The Dietitians Association of Australia (DAA) is nutritious comfort foods to help immunity this winter. They are encouraging a focus on whole foods, including those containing vitamin C, zinc and protein, stating that these can help fight off the germs that cause colds and flu.
DAA spokesperson, Simone Austin, said that making nutritious meals a priority in the colder months can reduce the likelihood and severity of colds. Tasty, warming foods will surely boost the mood and immune system this winter.
Ms Austin recommends inexpensive and hassle-free nourishing winter meals, such as:
- Beef and bean stew
- Porridge topped with pumpkin seeds and chopped nuts
- Warming seafood soup with added dark leafy greens and slices of capsicum
- Grainy toast or a wholemeal muffin topped with baked beans
- Delicious fruit crumbles, using fresh or frozen berries.
After more than 14,000 cases of the flu were reported in Australia last year, this winter DAA recommend a nutritious diet with more emphasis to vulnerable populations, such as the elderly, whose immune systems may already be compromised.
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