Well, folks, it’s that time of year. The months that follow the holidays can be anything but joyous. For those on the east coast, they’re cold, bleak and likely filled with illness. From the stomach bug to the common cold to that dreaded f-word (F-L-U), wintertime can be an unpleasant 12 weeks.
There are plenty of foods that offer a boost to the immune system, mental health and overall well-being all winter long. Think B vitamins for mental wellbeing, mood and mental clarity; Vitamins C and E to increase white blood cells that offer immune system support; Vitamin D to help fight fatigue; magnesium to decrease anxiety and stress levels; and fiber for a healthy digestive system
We’re half-way through winter, with spring approaching on March 19 – spend the next 42 days offering the support your body needs to stay healthy and strong.
Here are a few of our favorite foods (and the vitamins and minerals that make them so great).
Almonds – Vitamin E, magnesium
Broccoli – fiber, B vitamins, Vitamin E, magnesium
Citrus fruits – Vitamins C and B6, magnesium
Eggs (with yolk) – Vitamins D and E
Red bell peppers – Vitamins C and B6
Legumes – B vitamins, magnesium
Mushrooms – Vitamins D and B2
Papaya – B vitamins, Vitamins C and E
Salmon – Vitamins D, B12
Soy Milk – Vitamins A, B-12
Spinach – Vitamin C and E and B vitamins
Yogurt – Vitamins D and B12, probiotics