5 winter super foods to stock up on for better health this winter



5 winter superfoods to stock up on for better health this winter
During the winter months as the weather gets chilly and the nights draw in we often start to crave more comforting foods, but this doesn’t have to mean unhealthy. Superfood’ is the name given to a food that has strong nutritional qualities that you can only benefit from if you eat the food in its entirety. In the case of winter superfoods, it is their vitamin C, antioxidant and unsaturated fat contents known to help boost immunity and fight infection that places them in the superfood category.

Aim to include following superfoods in your diet each day to give your body the immune boost it needs to get you through the chilly months.

1.     Pomegranate - Healthy dose of antioxidants

Pomegranates are rich in vitamin C and also contain folate, vitamin K and potassium. This superfood is packed with antioxidants, such as tannins, flavonoids, polyphenols, and anthocyanins, which will help keep you strong and healthy during the winter months. Pomegranates are rich in high fiber content help fight cardiovascular diseases. You can add this fruit to yogurt, smoothies and salads. You can also snack on the seeds.

2.     Oatmeal - Low GI food

Oatmeal is much more than just a convenient breakfast food; it also provides nutrients that are essential during winter. Oatmeal is high in zinc and soluble fiber known as beta-glucan; the type of fibre known to help reduce blood cholesterol levels. Oats also have one of the lowest GI’s of all grains. Protein-packed, full of fiber and low on fat, oats are designed to boost your energy levels durin winters.

3.   Eggs – Powerhouse of nutrients

Eggs are a powerhouse of energy and are also rich in proteins and vitamins which help in keeping the body warm. Enriched with vitamins B12 and riboflavin (vitamin B2), egg is also a good source of the fat-soluble vitamins A and D and provides some vitamin E. At only 70 calories per egg, this superfood is an excellent addition to a low-calorie diet.

4.   Sweet Potato -  Super nutritious

Loaded with nutrients and low in calories, sweet potato is the go-to food for winters. Although they have higher sugar content than your regular potato, but its nutritional value is way higher. Rich in potassium, vitamin A and fiber, sweet potato can boost your immunity, cure constipation and lower inflammation. Sweet potato is also great source of Vitamin D, Magnesium and Iron.

5.   Oranges – Loaded with vitamin C

Oranges are mostly available during winters and are a must add to your diet. Loaded with vitamin C and anthocyanins, they keep the skin smooth as well as our heart healthy. They protect us from cold and flu. Oranges are also a good source of fibre, B vitamins, vitamin A, calcium and potassium. It’s full of powerful antioxidants and protects our cell from damage.

Bottom Line
Boost your immunity, crank up your energy and revitalize your hair and skin when you add some of these superfoods to your plate. Try boosting your nutrient intake by including these winter foods that are particularly high in vitamins, minerals. 

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