With their nutritional richness, these foods collected in their natural season add to their intense flavor a greater protective power against cold and colds.
The energy of the banana can protect you in winter against cold
This delicious tropical fruit peels so easily that it looks like a gift is being opened. In fact, it is, for both the body and the palate.
The banana, with its sweet and aromatic pulp, is an excellent source of healthy and quick energy, making it a good snack when tightening hunger or practice is exercise.
This is due to its richness in carbohydrates (18%) and fiber (3%), but also to its contribution of magnesium and B vitamins, such as B6 and folic acid. Its abundant potassium also helps regulate blood pressure.
The Canarian banana, with black specks, is sweeter and richer in potassium than the banana.
Vitamin gourds can protect you in winter against cold
In winter, pumpkin is very comforting both for the soft sweetness of its pulp and for its beneficial effect on the body. Besides being mildly diuretic and laxative, pumpkin acts as a digestive balm, calming down inflammation in the stomach and intestines.
Its carbohydrates (6.5%) are assimilated slowly, which makes it suitable for keeping sugar at bay. It is also very rich in vitamins, in group B and above all in the three antioxidants: 200 grams provide two-thirds of the beta – carotene or pro-vitamin A that is required per day – especially orange varieties -, 30% of vitamin C and almost 20% of E.
It can be grated in salads, although cooking enhances its sweetness.
Endive, light, and digestive
It is grown sheltered from light, allowing the tips to show: hence they acquire a greenish tone and the trunk remains white.
The tender leaves of this winter vegetable, of Belgian origin, are as light as lettuce (11 cal / 100 g) and its mildly bitter taste, in addition to giving it an exquisite touch, facilitates digestion.
They are very rich in vitamins: a couple of buds (100 g) provide almost a third of the folic acid needed per day, 20% of vitamin A and 15% of C.
They are delicious passed through the pan.
The exquisite and aromatic sweetness of RAF tomatoes
Those who believe that tomatoes no longer taste like tomatoes have the chance, between December and April, to enjoy a variety that may change their mind.
Grown in the Almeria plain, particularly in the La Cañada-Níjar area, the tomato has an exquisite sweetness that has earned it the nickname of “blackleg” tomato. The higher salinity of the water and the land makes the plant absorb more sugars.
Like other tomatoes, it is very rich in vitamins: a 200-gram serving provides 80% of the vitamin C required per day, 30% of A, and 13% of E. The antioxidant power of these vitamins is added that lycopene, a red pigment associated with a lower risk of colon cancer.
The flattened and ribbed authentic RAF unfolds all its flavor shortly after maturing when its skin is red but still green on the top. It is enough to salt it and dress it with a good virgin olive oil.
Ginger, medicinal root
This aromatic Asian root takes its name from the Sanskrit Singapura, which means “horn-shaped.” Its bulky and branched appearance may indeed resemble the antlers of a deer, but once peeled it reveals a juicy, very medicinal pulp.
The ginger is above all, a great digestive, useful to relieve gas, indigestion, and dizziness. Due to its calorific effect, it helps fight colds, and its anti-inflammatory compounds – ginger – make it a good ally against rheumatic diseases.
It is becoming easier to find it fresh; It can be grated in salads, included in soups, stews, and pastry doughs, or prepared as a very comforting spicy infusion in winter.
Oatmeal rich in fibers that protect the heart
The golden grains of oats are often eaten in flakes as an ingredient in breakfast muesli. However, there are so many health benefits that we must not forget that the diet can be enriched using them in other ways, in the form of grain, flour, or milk.
The oat is made by two – thirds by carbohydrates gradually assimilated, which influences the effect of fiber (6.7%). It is soluble, mainly made up of beta-glucans, and in addition to avoiding glucose peaks, it relieves constipation and helps reduce cholesterol.
Oats also provide more protein than any other cereal (13.8%) and are rich in magnesium, manganese, and zinc. Its vitamin B1 and a substance called a venin also help protect the nervous system.