Trying to stay safe and healthy? Fresh Fruits and vegetables are the perfect way to give your immune system a boost and protect yourself during any season! Though there are benefits to all fruits and veggies, there are a few specific produces that can give you extra protection and we have listed 7 of them below!
Keep reading to find out why these veggies can boost your health, along with some delicious ways to use them in your cooking!
1. Red Bell Peppers
If you think citrus fruits have the most vitamin C of any fruit or vegetable, think again. Ounce for ounce, red bell peppers contain almost 3 times as much vitamin C as an average-sized orange!
In addition to boosting your immune system, Vitamin C can also help you to maintain healthy skin so consuming more red bell peppers can keep you feeling fresh and healthy from the inside out!
Recipe Idea: Try slicing a red bell pepper and frying it in some olive oil with onions, tomatoes, garlic and a dash of paprika for a delicious tapas side dish!
2. Citrus Fruits
There is a reason that lemon and honey tea is always a go-to home remedy to fight flu-like symptoms. Almost all citrus fruits contain high levels of vitamin C, which is vital in fighting infections and because your body doesn’t naturally produce or store it, it’s necessary to consume Vitamin C daily!
Choose from a wide variety of citrus fruits including grapefruits, lemons, limes, oranges etc.
Recipe idea: Hello fruit salad! Add some sweet and sour citrus fruits to a bowl and mix with some berries or exotic fruits. Finished it off with some fat-free natural yoghurt. ENJOY!
Speaking of berries! Blueberries are packed with antioxidants. As well as being high in potassium and vitamin C, they are the superfood which is anti-inflammatory and can even lower your risk of heart disease and cancer.
Recipe idea: Make blueberries your topping of choice on all things breakfast! They work on pancakes, cereals, waffles, muffins and more!
Mushrooms have been rising up the superfood chart as they are high in minerals and vitamins. Having them in your diet can boost your immune system and give your skin a healthy glow. Rich in fibre, antioxidants and protein, these are a great choice to add to a healthy diet!
Recipe idea: If you’re looking for a quick meal option, mushrooms are a great addition in a quick omelette or pasta dish!
What benefit does Broccoli not have? As well as fibre, protein, iron, potassium and calcium. Broccoli also contains selenium, magnesium and that doesn’t even cover the Vitamins! Shall we go on? Broccoli contains vitamins A, C, E, K and a good selection of B vitamins including folic acid too.
If that doesn’t justify itself enough, this anti-inflammatory powerhouse food is known to improve mental health and reduce signs of ageing. Crazy!
Recipe idea: Toss some broccoli with olive oil, lemon juice, parmesan cheese, salt and pepper and roast in the oven for 25 minutes for a delicious side to any meal!
Protect your heart and consume more garlic! As well as heart-protection, garlic can help to reduce cholesterol and lower blood pressure. Not only this but it’s been proved to boost the function of the immune system and reduce the length of time of a common cold, so next time you feel an illness coming on, garlic is definitely a vegetable to include in your dishes!
Recipe idea: TIKTOK PASTA! This tried and tested viral dish has been approved by millions. In an ovenproof dish, oil and season your cherry tomatoes and a block of feta cheese into the middle of your tomatoes, add some oregano and add a little more olive oil. Bake for 30 minutes, add your fresh basil and garlic, mix together with the pasta and enjoy this fresh dish made with vegetables from NRTC Fresh!
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