By Brenda Ward
When the days become shorter and the wind rattles the window pane, it’s time to wrap up and get ready for winter chills and viruses. A good multi-vitamin will help, but also eat well to boost your immunity.
When the weather’s turning bleak, a feast of healthy flavours can brighten up the dullest of days – and winter produce is among the healthiest.
First gather some dark, leafy greens to help build resistance to colds. Kale contains large amounts of Vitamins A, K and C, and kids love curly kale leaves rubbed in olive oil and roasted on an oven tray to tasty, crunchy kale crisps.
Broccoli is rich in Vitamin C, protein, fibre and calcium – and contains very few calories. If you don’t have a garden, buy it as fresh as you can.
Those who find broccoli has a strong smell should only eat vegetables that are freshly picked, which have very little odour. However, there is a flip-side. What gives the vegetable its smell is the sulphur compounds which offer anti-inflammatory benefits.
Toss chunks of potato, kumara, pumpkin and multi-coloured carrots in olive oil, with some unskinned garlic cloves and fresh rosemary leaves for a tasty and filling feast to accompany roasted meats and lean steaks.