We all know how quickly time passes and as the holiday celebrations come to a close, its a good time to set our intentions for the New Year. Staying healthy during the winter season is commonly on everyone’s list. Winter is that time of year when the flu and colds tend to circulate. Prevention is a great strategy when it comes to cold and flus.
It is helpful to consider what you eat as a foundation of prevention. Focusing on eating more whole foods (foods that don’t come in packages) and adding extra vegetables to your meals is a consistent beneficial option. Adding a daily salad to lunch or dinner can easily add 2 servings of vegetables. At the same time, avoiding sugar and processed food is another tool to help your immune system stay stronger. Sugar is hard on our immune system and can leave us feeling tired. With the busyness of life, we know that sometimes people fall short on these guidelines. There are some supplements that are helpful to close that gap. Multivitamins can be a helpful support.
One helpful strategy is to keep greens on hand for a quick salad or sauteing. Most grocery stores sell prewashed greens in boxes or bags that work well for salads and cooking.
Recipe: Sauteed Greens
1-2 TBS coconut oil or olive oil
2 cloves garlic, thinly sliced
1 bunch organic greens or mix of greens, washed thoroughly
additional olive oil to taste (if using coconut oil)
sea salt and fresh pepper to taste
- Lightly brown garlic in oil on medium-low flame in large skillet.
- Slice greens thinly and add to skillet. Mix greens with oil until wilted.
- Serve with a touch of olive oil and salt and pepper to taste.
Note: This recipe works well with Swiss chard, kale, spinach, and any of the heartier greens. It can be served as a side dish or used as a base for the main course like meatballs, sausages, or chicken.
[This recipe is adapted from http://www.realfoodkosher.com/simple-sauteed-greens/]
Holly Niles is a licensed Clinical Nutritionist and Nutrition Director at Integrative Wellness & Physical Therapy in Bloomfield, CT. For more information about Holly and Integrative Wellness & Physical Therapy, you can call (860)519-1916 or visit www.IntegrativeWellnessAndPT.com. To order high quality, professional-grade digestive multivitamin supplements, you can visit the website products page.