Starting to feel the cold? Here are some in-season foods that will help keep your body healthy and happy during the winter months.

Citrus fruits

Most citrus fruits are in season all winter; look out for grapefruits, mandarins, navel oranges and lemons. Citrus fruits are high in vitamin C and have a high level of antioxidants which help boost your immune system to keep the flu away. Try drinking a glass of mixed citrus juice in the morning or adding lemon to some hot water to add digestion.

Fennel

Fennel is also a good source of vitamin C. Fennel consumed in powder form can help to break down a build up of phlegm caused by respiratory illnesses. Try chopping some up and roasting it with potatoes, alternatively it is also a great addition to almost any salad.

Spinach

Spinach is considered a ‘super food’. It is rich in vitamins and minerals, especially vitamins C, E and K, iron and folate. Try adding it to your next winter curry or stew or mixing it through a pasta dish. It can even be added to your morning smoothie!

Silverbeet

Silverbeet is an often mistakenly overlooked vegetable. It is a rich source of vitamins A, C and K which are all important to keep your body functioning properly. Silverbeet can be used in curries, stews and salads or try layering it in a lasagne.

Ginger

Ginger is excellent at promoting blood flow which will keep your fingers and toes warm all night long. It also improves your body’s ability to absorb essential nutrients and is good for clearing up blocked sinuses, try a warm ginger tea next time you are bed ridden with the flu!