The first month of winter has already come and gone. Hopefully you have survived without the winter blues. Our diet can help keep our immune system in good order so here are some tips to keep you well for the next few winter months.
Winter can be a time of less variety in the diet. There are fewer fruit and vegetables in season, the power houses of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants that our immune system thrives on.
How can we increase the variety?
Over my life I have often received positive comments about my teeth- how straight and white they are and the big smile! As a dietitian I know the importance of good teeth for good health particularly in later life. I intend to still be able to chomp into an apple and chew my steak into my later years. This relies on good teeth.
Food can be both friend and a foe to your teeth. Food provides nutrients we need such as:
We all want to choose nutritious snacks more often but sometimes it is easier said than done when those chocolate bars are staring you at the supermarket check out. Let's see what we can do about it to help.
1. Surround yourself with nutritious appealing food choices . A wrinkly apple or an orange needing to be peeled in the lunchbox are not going to win over your favourite chocolate biscuit. Buy in season, quality fruit if you want to eat more of it.
My favourite meal of the day is breakfast!
I am always hungry in the mornings, I love the food choices and it gets me set for the day. Over the years breakfast has changed from everyone sitting together at the table, to (often) being on the run, at varying times from early to mid morning. It’s also become an event to go out for with meetings and particularly on weekends and holidays.
It can be hard to find a nourishing snack, to go with a coffee or cup of tea or to have for recovery after exercise. Here is one a friend shared with me. Her family look forward to this muesli slice in their lunches. If dark chocolate is added to the bottom, it is like a delicious Florentine. read on for the recipe and to see why this is so nutritious!
This floating fruit platter was a hit on the weekend with my friends and family. It's easy to throw in packets of lollies and chips to take to the beach and leave the fruit at home or at the bottom of the beach bag.
The 'key selling points' of the fruit platter seemed to be:
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