Trying to stay healthy during the winter season and avoid catching the cold or flu? From eating oily fish like salmon to sweet potatoes, or simply drinking more tea in the office, there are a range of foods you can eat to keep the sniffles at bay. And we’re not talking about just eating more oranges or your leafy greens. Best of all, these options are readily available through our huge range of corporate catering menus and kitchen supplies service.
Oily fish like salmon, tuna, mackerel and sardines are full of omega 3, which help boost immunity and fight infections like the flu. In addition, there are many other health benefits including:
The powerful antioxidant properties of garlic have been shown to potentially prevent or reduce the duration of colds. A study found that people who took a garlic supplement every day experienced a 63% reduction in the number of colds. In addition to keeping you healthy throughout the winter season, garlic has a heap of other health benefits including:
It’s so easy (and delicious) to add garlic to your diet, but if you’re worried about garlic breath during your working lunch meeting, opt for garlic capsules instead.
Boost your immune system by eating lean meat, such as beef, lamb, veal, pork or chicken. They are a great source of zinc and iron, which is essential for a strong immune system.
Fennel can help clear chest congestion and relieve your cough.
Vitamin C may not be as useful as we thought in preventing colds, but studies have shown that taking it at the first sign of a cold can help reduce the severity by about a day. Try oranges, grapefruit, lemons or limes in your cooking to stock up on vitamin C.
If you’re not a fan of citrus fruit, there are other foods that are rich in vitamin C, including:
Whether you like the button, Portobello, oyster, or shiitake mushrooms, they’re great for boosting your immune system.
Dark, leafy greens like spinach, kale, Swiss chard and rocket are great sources of vitamin C, which help boost your immune system.
Whether you like it black, green or white, tea contains antioxidants, which can have flu-fighting properties. Studies have also shown that tea can help:
Drinking a hot cuppa can also relieve a sore throat and help with chest congestion, so make sure your pantry supplies are stocked with tea bags!
Yogurt is full of good bacteria, which help boost the immune system. Studies have found that eating a small tub of yogurt a day shortened the duration of cold symptoms by two days.
Vitamin D, which can be found in milk, may keep colds at bay, so drink up!
Fun fact about dairy: did you know that milk will last longer if you add a pinch of salt to each quart?
Blueberries are itty-bitty immune boosters! And it doesn’t hurt that they taste great too.
Good news for dark chocolate lovers – it can help fight the common cold! But just remember to eat it in moderation.
Brazil nuts are high in protein and selenium, which are essential for your immune system health.
Oats contain a fibre called beta-glucan, which is great for lowering your cholesterol and boosting your immune system.
Tip: Consider providing breakfast for your staff and order corporate breakfast catering with yogurt pots, oats, fruit and more. Plus, it’s a great way to increase productivity.
Often used in curry dishes, turmeric is high in antioxidants and is a considered a natural anti-inflammatory. Recent studies show that people who consume turmeric are less susceptible to colds and coughs.
Studies show that honey can reduce a cough and soothe the irritation.
These simple ingredients and immune boosting super-foods are easily accessible and simple to add as part of your everyday diet. To order delicious corporate catering, healthy snacks for your pantry or office fruit to help guard and fight colds during winter, speak to our catering consultants for recommendations or a free quote