Winter has arrived.
And she usually brings with her a lovely truckload of sneezes, sniffles, and something else that rhymes with ‘swat’.
Here at Montagu we believe that the road to a healthy lifestyle is paved by good food choices. It’s possible to avoid germs and viruses in advance by powering up with natural cold and flu-fighters.
And who better to turn to for that than Mother Nature herself?
Here are your top 4 foods to ward off those pesky colds and flu
Seeds are ideal to use in breads and salads for an added nutrient-dense, low-cal crunch. They are nature’s little dynamos, adding a nutritional punch to all sorts of foods and drinks.
Health benefits of seeds:
- Chia seeds are a source of selenium (15 g serving). Selenium is necessary for the normal functioning of the immune system.
- Sunflower seeds (30-40 g serving) are a source of Vitamin B6 and zinc, both which are necessary for the normal functioning of the immune system. Vitamin B6 also contributes to the reduction of tiredness and fatigue.
- Pumpkin seeds and sesame seeds (30-40 g serving) are high in zinc. Zinc is necessary for the normal functioning of the immune system.
Nuts don’t only taste amazing. They’re packed with nature’s natural immune supporters which keep colds and flu at bay.
Be sure to add lots of nuts to your diet this winter (30-40 g serving per day), because they’re filled with essential vitamins and minerals.
Health benefits of nuts:
- Blanched hazelnuts are high in vitamin E and copper. Vitamin E contributes to the protection of cells from oxidative stress. Along with copper, it also helps maintain a healthy immune system.
- Hazelnuts are a source of manganese, which contributes to cell protection from free radical damage.
- Almonds are a source of Vitamin B2 which helps with the production of immune cells to fight infection. It also contributes to the reduction of tiredness and fatigue.
- Almonds, pecan nuts, cashew nuts Brazil nuts and peanuts are all sources of zinc which helps your body to sustain a strong immune system to fight colds and flu.
Plus, our almonds are now on special! Get 1kg of premium quality CSSR almonds at your nearest Montagu store for just R159.90.
Ginger: a humble root, famous for its medicinal properties and health benefits.
Ginger tastes pretty potent on its own (not recommended for on-the-go snacking), but can add a spicy bite and flavour to Asian and Indian food and hot drinks. It can be eaten fresh, powdered, dried as a spice, in oil form or as a juice.
Health benefits of ginger:
- aids digestion of food
- has been shown to contain cancer-fighting properties
- helps reduce nausea, dizziness and vomiting
- helps treat ‘morning sickness‘ in pregnant women
- is a natural anti-inflammatory
- helps boost the immune system
- has been shown to reduce muscle pain
Remember that age-old remedy that seems to have been passed down since before your great-great-gran’s day? Those ladies knew what they were doing when it came to beating colds and flu the natural way.
They also knew that “prevention is better than cure”, so even if you’re feeling on top form now, keep those bugs at arm’s length with a potent blend of these natural flu-fighters:
- Hot water
- Fresh lemon juice
- Raw honey
- A Panado (if you’re starting to feel a little ‘achy’)
But of course, it is always wise to seek medical advice from a health professional before self-medicating.
Now we’ve got your attention!
The best for last, your favourite indulgence in the world, and surprisingly good for you… chocolate!
Now, this doesn’t mean you should reach for the nearest sugar-stuffed chocolate bar. We’re talking about chocolate in its raw, most unrefined form: cacao. These little nibs are eventually processed further into cocoa powder and are thought to be better for you than dark chocolate. Cacao nibs are basically cacao beans that are roasted, separated from their husks, and broken up into smaller pieces or ‘nibs’.
Health benefits of cacao:
- Cacao nibs are less refined than cocoa powder and are therefore more nutritionally potent
- Cacao nibs are high in flavonoids – antioxidants that are known to rid the body of free radicals and unwanted bodies like viruses
- Cacao nibs are a low calorie snack and still have a chocolatey taste – making them a better food choice than other chocolatey treats
- Cacao beans, being high in dietary fibre, are also a source of magnesium, iron and other essential minerals.
- Cacao has been known to boost natural endorphins – giving you that fantastic feel-good mood
As with everything good in life, moderation is important. So go easy on the chocolate and be sure to live a balanced, healthy lifestyle. Eat well, exercise and get enough sleep.
Get it all in one!
Keep those pesky winter bugs at bay with a little help from Montagu Dried Fruit and Nuts!
Try our recently launched We Care Immune Support Mix, packed with all the goodness of:
- sunflower seeds
- pumpkin seeds
- ginger cubes
- Goji berries
- cacao nibs
The We Care Immune Mix joins the body’s personal army to defend it against attacks, and is:
- high in copper (contributing to the normal functioning of the immune system)
- high in dietary fibre
- naturally cholesterol-free
- naturally very low in sodium
- high in energy
Plus, with the help of our yummy Crunchie recipe, the kids are sure to love it too!
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