I thought of starting a new type of posts that sounded quite interesting to me. As the first healthy Monday post I would give you a good tip as to what you should eat this month – recommendation of one fruit and one vegetable that’s good to eat along with a recipe that either includes one or both of them! What do you think?
I enjoy reading posts like these as it gives you new ideas to what to include to your meals and all the health benefits of those specific fruit and vegetables! I of course choose them compared to the season but also my likings. I’m starting to read up a lot more of what is good for your health and your body, what kind of vitamins and nutrients you need so I’m not a professional but I give all of these from my experience and readings (:
For January, an important fruit to include in your daily diet that you should already have had in December is citrus fruits and more particularly mandarins. I love mandarins because they’re so easy to bring with you as a snack and include in salads or eat as a dessert.Citrus fruits such as oranges and mandarins are full of vitamin C which is the antioxidant vitamin that boosts the immune system and are necessary during the winter season to keep colds away! They also contrain potassium, calcium and fiber which helps control your cholesterol level and is vital for bone maintenance. They are also low on the glycemic index so they are useful food for diabetics!
Did you know that it’s important to eat the white pitch as well as it contains most of the fiber and antioxidants?
A vegetable that I really enjoy during winter season are leeks. They’re super healthy and sweet and I love to include them into soups as they give out such a great taste! Leeks are a member of the onion family and include the ability to reduce ‘bad’ blood cholesterol as well as protect against heart disease. They are rich in vitamin C and E as well as fiber and folate which are significant minerals. They’re also high in minerals that are vital for your eye health. They also contain some calcium, iron, potassium and magnesium which are also mandatory in your diet.
My go to recipe in the winter time is always soup. There’s nothing better after a long cold day to heat you up from the inside and to give you vitamins and nutrients you need to fight of sickness and boost your immune system! I’m not a big fan of thick soups, I prefer watery soup so here is my favorite family recipe.
You’ll need a whole chicken, leeks, potatoes, carrots, oignons and celeri. We let the chicken boil for like an hour and then add the leeks, oignons and celeri and let it boil for another 30 minutes before adding the peeled carrots and potatoes. The soup is ready within 30-40 minutes depending on when the potatoes are cooked through!
It’s a really simple recipe, it takes quite a while to wash and cut everything but I always make a huge batch to keep for a few days.
Then you can grab a mandarin or orange or grapefruit for a refreshing dessert!
Let me know what you think of these ‘Good tips’ posts and how I can improve them!
Love, Jen xx