Help Your Body Prepare for Winter.

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What's happening to our bodies in Autumn?

We love this time of year, the change of the season brings the beautiful colours in the trees, the excuse to wear scarves & woolly hats 24/7 and the of course the cosy nights in.

In preparing for the cold, dark months of winter our body goes through all sorts of changes for example, Vitamin D starts to decrease, and serotonin levels drop and this is why introducing seasonal vegetables into your diet is a must. 

What are the benefits of eating Autumnal vegetables?

Autumnal vegetables are healthy, cheap and easy to prepare. So now is the perfect time to enjoy them! 

Just like all other types of food, vegetables can be both rich and nutritious or unhealthy and high in calories. Autumnal plants offer a diverse range of nutrients for this reason. Here are some benefits of eating autumnal plants:

– They contain antioxidants, which protect your cells from damage. Antioxidants also prevent cardiovascular diseases and cancer.

– They contain iron, which helps your body produce red blood cells that carry oxygen around the body effectively.

– They’re low in calories – the average chestnut contains about 26 kcal per 100g (about 1 slice).

How to make a luscious vegan winter stew - recipe included!

We love this Jamie Oliver recipe as it caters to all dietary requirements, not only is it vegan it’s gluten & dairy free too!  Cosy up with this soup for a healthy and hearty lunch or dinner.

Ingredients:

  • 1kg pumpkin
  • 2 shallots
  • 75g ginger 
  • a few sprigs of fresh herbs, such as chives, mint
  • extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 litre organice vegetable stock 
  • 125ml coconut milk, plus extra to serve
  • 1 lime 

Method:

  1. Deseed and roughly chop the pumpkin, peel and chop the shallots, then peel and finely grate the ginger. Pick and finely chop the herbs.
  2. Place the pumpkin, shallots, ginger and some oil in a large saucepan and sauté until soft.
  3. Add the stock, coconut milk and chilli powder. Season, then bring to the boil and simmer for 40 minutes.
  4. Blitz in a food processor then serve with the fresh herbs, lime juice and a splash of coconut milk.

Find the full recipe here; https://www.jamieoliver.com/recipes/vegetables-recipes/pumpkin-ginger-soup/

As we head into the winter season, it is important to make sure our bodies are prepared for all the changes in the weather. The cold weather, dry skin and flu season can be particularly taxing on our immune system. One of the best ways to stay healthy during this time is by eating foods that provide us with the nutrients needed to sustain us through this busy time of year.