Christmas is over, the novelty of being back at work has well and truly worn off and payday is still more than a week away. And for those who go paid early for the festive season, this is the worst bit!
However, nutritionist Juliette Kellow has come up with her five top foodie tips for beating the winter blues. Hooray!
Juliette says: "Throughout the winter, it's especially important for us to support a healthy immune system, the body's natural mechanism to resist illnesses.
"But we tend to eat less fruit and vegetables in the winter months, making it even harder for us to get the recommended 5-a-day, and in turn affecting our intake of certain vitamins and overall wellbeing."
Juliette's top tips:
1. Consume recommended Vitamin C levels daily
It's a myth that large doses of Vitamin C stop you getting coughs and colds. But making sure you get enough nutrients in your diet, such as Vitamin C, is important to help support your immune system not only in winter, but all year long. Vitamin C isn't just important for the normal functioning of the immune system, it may also help contribute to the reduction of tiredness and fatigue.
2. Fill your kitchen with sun-drenched foods
Nothing will remind you more of summer than filling your kitchen with ingredients that typically need lots of sunshine to grow. These include grapefruit, oranges and juicy tomatoes.
3. Get griddling and grilling
Barbecues are a favourite pastime in the UK, with families holding increasing numbers every year. But griddling and grilling are healthy ways to cook food, whatever time of year! Bring that summery barbecue feeling into your kitchen – and onto your dining table by whipping up some grilled and griddled dishes in the kitchen.
4. Make meals lighter
We tend to eat more in the colder months, particularly more carbs. Our calorie intake also increases, making us more prone to weight gain. When the weather is cold and miserable, many of us fill up on carb-loaded comfort foods, whereas in the summer we're far more likely to eat salads and fruit! Eating more like you would in the warmer weather will help to bring back that summer feeling.
5. Eat more foods rich in the sunshine vitamin
Our bodies make Vitamin D when skin is exposed to sunlight. In winter - when there's less sun and the rays are much weaker - we make far less of this vitamin, which is key for maintaining the health of our bones, teeth, muscle function and immune system. So during the dark, cold months of winter, it's really important to top up our Vitamin D levels by eating more foods rich in this nutrient such as oily fish, dairy products and cereals.
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