Nutritional Tips

If you?re feeling under the weather this season, revive yourself with a soothing mug of warm Turmeric milk. Fantastic for fighting colds and flu due to it?s anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties, Turmeric is also renowned for it?s uplifting qualities; perfect for beating those Winter blues!

You will need:

?Tumeric Milk

Coconut (it?s best to create your own using creamed coconut mixed with water) or nut milk, fresh ginger (grated or juiced), cayenne, cinnamon, turmeric and honey to sweeten.
1. Heat the Coconut milk on a low heat and add the Ginger, Spices and Honey. Be generous with the Ginger and Cayenne if you are hoping to alleviate cold and flu symptoms.
2. Keep the liquid on a low temperature until it starts to bubble and then stir gently. Ensure that the mixture does not overheat.
3. Leave the Turmeric milk to marinate for about 15 minutes.
4. Strain the milk and enjoy warm.

?Honey

Often referred to as Nature?s sugar, Honey is an antibacterial immune strengthener so Winter is a particularly good time to make this addition to your diet. If festivities have commenced early, honey also makes for a nifty hangover remedy. For further health benefits (and deliciousness), try making your own infused honey at home using Lemon, Ginger or Rosemary.

?pears

While it can be tempting to reach for more starchy foods during the Winter months, it?s important to make sure you?re still getting a variety of different fruits and vegetables. Lack of plants in your diet contributes to fatigue, disturbs digestion and consequently depletes the immune system. Create vegetarian alternatives of traditional comfort food such as Shepherd?s pie, Lasagna or Casseroles and find Wintery ways to enjoy fruit such as stewing, baking or roasting. Who?s for poached pears?

?B.sprouts

Brussel sprouts trigger mixed responses but one thing that can be agreed upon is that they are decidedly healthy! Crammed with immune boosting vitamin C, bone nourishing magnesium and fibrous goodness, these members of the Brassica family are certainly not to be overlooked during the festive period. Sprouts respond best to pan frying or slow roasting and culinary companions include pancetta, chestnuts, cumin, chilli, garlic, ginger, hazelnuts, walnuts and parmesan.

Sweet potato

Aside from providing a great source of sustained energy, sweet potatoes are loaded with anti-inflammatory and antioxidant goodness which works to support your immune system. Their natural sweetness isn?t the kind to meddle with blood sugar levels and because of this, they provide a nutritious flour and sugar substitute in healthy cakes and bakes. Highly versatile, sweet potatoes are equally delectable spiralised into noodles, baked ?jacket potato? style or simmered into a stew or curry.

 

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