Say goodbye to pills and hello to pulses as we give you our top advice on how to sail through winter snot-free!
The cold, dark nights are in full swing, the woolly jumpers are out and here to stay. But throughout the winter, we need to wrap up our bodies from the inside if we’re going to escape colds and flu. Increasing your protein intake is a failsafe (and incredibly simple) way to do this.
We caught up with nutritionist and health guru Jenna Hope @jennahopenutrition who explained, ‘In winter our immune system tends to be weaker, making us more susceptible to disease, inflammation and infection. It’s essential for us to optimise our diets, and protein intake plays a key role in it.’
Protein boosts our immune system and kicks our body into antibody overdrive. With that in mind, here are Jenna’s expert-approved ways to become a protein pro this winter.
- Switch your morning cereal for eggs or protein porridge. They’ll warm you up and provide you with a protein hit, and keep you feeling fuller for longer. Try adding a good quality protein powder to your porridge. If you’re looking for a vegan option try Free Soul Vegan Protein Blend, £24.
- Snacking at this time of year often involves cake, biscuits or chocolates, foods that won’t provide you with much protein or immune-boosting nutrients. Opt for a handful of nuts, Greek yogurt with cinnamon or hummus (although there’s always an excuse for a cheeky mince pie now and again).
- Add beans, chickpeas and lentils to your soups, stews, curries and minced meat. This is a great way to add more protein and fibre-rich foods, which are cheap, convenient and easy – you can buy them in cans for even easier cooking, so there’s no excuse not to use them.
- Switch your jam on toast for peanut butter (no added sugar) or cream cheese. This will help to control your blood sugar levels while boosting your immune function, too.