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Nutritious family eating for winter health

Easy ways to include vitamin-packed, delicious foods into your family meals for a best-odds diet in the flu season.


White meat, fish and pulses are great for protein-packed healthy family meals boosting energy and growth, but to aid the body’s defences, try adding these savvy extras to your family’s favourite winter recipes.

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1. Red peppers
Did you know that red peppers are MANY times more nutritious than green ones? All peppers are great for vitamin C, antioxidants and vitamin K.
TRY Adding strips of red pepper lightly sautéed with onion to serve with steak or chicken.

2. Mushrooms
A source of protein and iron, and a brilliant food for a healthier immune system, helping protect against heart disease and generally improving your body’s defences.
TRY Chopping up mushrooms into a tomato sauce for pasta. (Whizzed in a blender if you need to disguise them from fussy eaters.)

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3. Lemon
Lemons (and limes) are excellent for Vitamin C, which enhances the performance of white blood cells and is valuable for the body’s ability to fight viruses. Also rich in antioxidants and great for relieving colds and flu.
TRY Stirring freshly squeezed lemon into yoghurt at breakfast or drizzling it over chicken and broccoli stir fry as it’s cooking for an easy vitamin boost in your family meals.

4. Onion
When slow-cooked, onion becomes sweet and mellow – perfect for sauces. It has antibacterial properties, it’s great for Vitamin C and can help balance blood sugar levels.
TRY Slow cooked onion soup (thinly sliced onion sautéed in butter until soft then simmered in stock with herbs for 30 minutes) for a simple and healthy family meal.

5. Apple
Bananas are a great healthy snack, but apples are BRILLIANT for Vitamin C and antioxidants. They can also help lower cholesterol, keep memory sharp and settle tummy upsets.
TRY Peeling and removing the core, then making thickly sliced apple rings. Toast these in a hot pan for a few minutes then lightly fry in a little butter and cinnamon until brown. Serve with yoghurt or cream. Perfect for a sweet treat as part of a healthy diet.

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Sophia

Sophia

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I love lemons, can I use the skin too?

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Using a slow cooker in winter is the ideal way to feed a family on the go with healthy ingredients, prepared in the morning for mum's convenience. Come home to the smell of a delicious hot meal for everyone and there are no pots and pans all over the place to wash up in the evening, so more time to spend with the kids too.

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balticam

balticam

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Talking crap here... Eat garlic or take food supplement garlic capsules and you forget all colds and flu for good.

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LAngel

LAngel

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A really good article to remind us why we should continue using these foods.

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mjord

mjord

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Wonderful atricle - thank you. We all need to be reminded of these 'super foods' from time to time.

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