The chilly season is well and truly here and there’s still a few more cold snaps to be expected before we can look forward to the prospect of warmer weather! So, what better time to unleash the full potential of your winter pantry and strengthen your immune system to combat the flu and colds. To support your quest for optimal health and well-being, incorporating certain foods into your diet can have significant health benefits. There are a number of superfoods that can provide the necessary nutrients to boost your immunity during the colder months, some of which include:
- Garlic – Prepare to wield the power of garlic, the flavorful powerhouse that packs a punch! Garlic not only adds a delicious kick to your dishes, but it also fights off winter invaders with its natural antibacterial and antiviral properties. Let garlic be your kitchen ally and keep those pesky bugs at bay!
- Berries – Bursting with vitamins, berries are nature’s gift to supercharge your immune system and boost your body’s defences. Filled with antioxidants and essential nutrients, berries offer a scrumptious way to stay healthy and brighten up your winter days. Eat berries raw or add a handful to your smoothie or breakfast cereal to give your body an additional boost.
- Onions – The bold and versatile guardians of good health, onions bring bold flavours and nutritional benefits to the table. With immune-enhancing quercetin and gut-friendly fibres, they add a tasty twist to your winter recipes and are a good base for soups, stews curries and everything else for that matter! Let onions be your trusty companions on your journey to wellness!
- Chillies – Spice up your life and fight off the cold season with the fiery flavour of chillies. Not only do they bring the heat and warm you up, but they are known for their immune-boosting and anti-inflammatory properties. Add a playful kick to your winter dishes by using chopped fresh chillies in your cooking or drizzling chilli-infused oil on top of your dishes such as the innovative, flavour-packed Banhoek Chilli Oil made from locally grown chillies that are sun-dried, crushed, and infused into a hand-crafted oil that offers a rich source of vitamins A, B, C, and E.
Ul-rick Mowers, Head Chef at the Banhoek Chilli Oil Taste Kitchen states: “As a chef, I believe that the true essence of cooking lies not only in crafting delicious dishes but also in using the power of food to nurture and protect our health. Embracing the winter season with immune-boosting superfoods enhances the flavours on our plates and strengthens our bodies from within so that we are better able to fight against common ailments.”
Keep these superfoods as your pantry staples and get ready to rock the winter season with a vibrant and invincible immune system!