The best ingredients and recipes to keep you healthy and warm this winter.
We are well and truly into the freezing and miserable weather that Melbourne delivers in winter. When it comes to fighting off colds and staying warm in this cold weather, there are some foods which can help. Read on for some ingredients and links to recipes which can help you MOVE THROUGH WINTER and stay warm and healthy!
Rosemary has drying and warming qualities which make it a great herb to help boost circulation in cold weather. It’s also helpful if you feel like you’re getting sick as it helps dispel cold and mucous from the body. You can add rosemary to soups and stews, add it to your bath salts for a soak, make a tea or you could whip up these amazing fries which also use garlic, another great winter ingredient.
Garlic is known to boost the function of the immune system. Studies have shown daily supplements can reduce the number of colds you catch as well as the length of cold symptoms. Increasing your garlic intake during these colder months can help reduce the risk of getting sick as well as help reduce the severity and length of the symptoms. Try this comforting garlic soup or snack on this hummus for your cold fighting hit. The hummus ticks a few extra boxes with the turmeric and black pepper as well!
Cinnamon is so warming and comforting in winter – not to mention delicious! Some of its lovely health benefits include aiding in digestion, lowering blood sugar and cholesterol as well as having potent antibacterial, antifungal and antioxidant effects. Sprinkle a little on your porridge or try making this incredible chai to enjoy the benefits of cinnamon this winter.
Turmeric and Black Pepper:
You’ve probably heard all about turmeric’s anti-inflammatory properties. Did you know turmeric is also antibacterial, antifungal, antiviral, and is helpful in drying phlegm if you have a cold? Studies have shown that consuming turmeric with black pepper helps you absorb turmeric’s most medicinal constituent, curcumin. Not only does black pepper help with turmeric absorption, it also aids digestion and stimulates blood flow. Add a pinch of ground pepper to this tonic or this turmeric and lentil soup to unlock turmeric’s super powers!
We hope you can incorporate these ingredients into your meals and use these recipes to stay warm and healthy this winter. Happy cooking!