How To Stay Cosy This Winter!
The chilly winter weather is well and truly here, so we've started raiding our wardrobes for the warmer things in life. Out come the boots, longline cardigans, teddy jumpers, beanies, mittens, slippers and fluffy blankets. Not to mention the steaming hot pots of tea with sweet floral scents in the air. Did we mention we love the winter months?
Although it's lovely to be able to snuggle up under your favourite blanket by the fireplace (if you have one) or in a cosy chair, it's important to stay warm and fight off any colds lurking just around the corner. Strengthening our immune system as we take on the winter months is vital to fighting off colds and the flu in a lot of cases. You can even start early and ensure you maintain a strong immune system by developing healthy eating habits over time.
One of our favourite things to do is rug up in our favourite blanket or jumper and fill our Limae blender up to the top with ingredients full of antioxidants and Vitamins C, B6 and E. One of the biggest immune system boosters is Vitamin C, which helps to encourage the production of white blood cells in the human and protects them from damage. White blood cells help to protect the body against infection. Vitamin C is found in many fruits and vegetables, including kiwi fruits, oranges, strawberries, grapefruits, bell peppers, spinach, kale and broccoli to name a few.
Vitamin B6 can be found in green vegetables, chickpeas, salmon and tuna, what are lot of people don't know is that Vitamin B6 plays an important role in the human body by keeping the nervous system and immune system healthy. Vitamin E is another essential player in the fight for healthier immune systems, Vitamin E is a powerful antioxidant and helps the immune system fight infections. It can be found in nuts, spinach and seeds.
Check out our cosy winter weather smoothie below and hopefully it will warm your toes.
1 cup of sliced strawberries
1 whole banana, thinly sliced
One tablespoon of ginger
One tablespoon of almonds
Your favourite milk
Peaches - Peaches are rich in Vitamin A, as well as vital minerals such as iron, potassium, antioxidants and fluoride.
Strawberries - A fantastic source of Vitamin C, with decent amounts of Vitamin B9 (folate) and potassium. Strawberries are also rich in antioxidants and plant compounds.
Ginger - Ginger contains Vitamin C, as well as a small amount of iron. It also contains gingerol which has powerful medicinal purposes.
Bananas - Bananas contain fibre, potassium, folate, antioxidants, including Vitamin C. They are one of the best sources of Vitamin B6.
Almonds - Almonds are a great way to get healthy fats, fibre, protein, magnesium and Vitamin E into your daily diet.