Autumn is officially in the air, with winter just around the corner, and it’s easy for the dark evenings and colder weather to take its toll. However, with a healthy dose of vitamin-rich Tenderstem® added to your favourite winter warmers, you’ll have what you need to keep those colds at bay.
We’ve teamed up with nutritionist and registered dietitian Juliette Kellow to reveal why Tenderstem® is the ideal vitamin boost in winter.
It’s loaded with vitamins for our immune system
Winter is the most common time for feeling run-down when colds are circulating around the office, at school or in the family home. One of the best ways to protect yourself from illness is keeping an eye on what you eat to keep your immune system strong.
Juliette said: “Eating a healthy, balanced diet is one of the best things we can do to keep our immune system working at its best, but some nutrients are especially good at supporting immunity. These include vitamins A and C, together with folate (a B vitamin). Many fruit and veg contain these nutrients, but Tenderstem® is one of the few vegetables that’s rich in all three of these, making it an ideal choice for staying fighting fit.”
Fight that sluggish, lethargic feeling
The dark nights that come with the colder months can often leave us feeling zapped of energy, but what you may not realise is that our diet can play a part in this too.
Juliette said: “Tenderstem® is packed with nutrients that are linked to giving us energy. Vitamin C has a role to play in producing energy in our bodies and can help us feel less tired. Folate, too, helps to reduce tiredness and fatigue. But it also contains a nutrient called manganese, which is needed in just small amounts, but is vital for energy production.”
Winter warmers to keep you up and running
Tenderstem® is a great way to ensure you’re getting plenty of nutrients during autumn and winter, and we’ve got a huge selection of winter warmers to keep you satisfied.
Why not try a warming jambalaya with Tenderstem®, prawns and chorizo? This colourful dish has a hint of spice from red chilli to warm up those cold evenings.
Alternatively, feed the family with this lamb traybake with Tenderstem® and salsa verde. With minimal preparation, this is an easy and delicious way to cater for winter evenings.
For the ultimate nourishing supper, try our recipe for smoked mackerel and red rice congee, developed by international TV chef and cookery author Ching He Huang. Juliette Kellow says of this dish: “There are lots of different nutrients that are needed for an ‘energy yielding metabolism’ and this recipe is packed full of them, meaning this is a great dish to cook when you know you’ve got a busy time ahead. The vitamins and minerals which these ingredients contain enable the body to release that much needed energy stored in food. This recipe is packed with phosphorus, manganese, vitamin C, vitamins B3 and B12. Plus this meal is a source copper and vitamins B1, B2, B6. The mackerel is a great source of protein and is rich in omega 3 fatty acids.”