Whether it is winter or summer taking care of our health and well-being is important and what we put into our bodies is part of this.
This blog post will tell you the benefits of vitamins and minerals and give you examples.
So if you are unsure what Fruits, Vegetables, Nuts, Seeds, Pulses and Grains are best, that information is here too.
You can be creative and create your own personalised smoothies and soups or you can try some of the amazing recipe ideas that I found online.
Vitamins & Minerals
Benefits: Vitamin A Can Help To Promote & Support
- Cell Recognition
- Immune Function
- Reproduction Function
- Growth of all bodily tissues, skin.
- Improves hair condition.
- Helps with acne.
- May help protect your bones.
- Too little vitamin A can have an negative effect on your health but so can too much. Try to include vitamin A fresh produce into your diet and avoid supplements.
- Sweet Potatoes
- Butternut Squash
- Red Bell Peppers
Benefits: B Vitamins Can Help to promote and support
- good digestion
- healthy appetite
- proper nerve function
- hormones and cholesterol production
- cardiovascular health
- muscle tone
- cell health
- growth of red blood cells
- energy levels
- good eyesight
- healthy brain function
- Citrus Fruits
- Brown Rice
- Sunflower Seeds
Benefits: Vitamin C
helps to protect cells and keeping them healthy.
Prevents Premature Greying Of Hair
maintaining healthy skin, blood vessels, bones and cartilage.
helping with wound healing.
- Improves Your Mood
- Green chili peppers
- Yellow peppers
- Dark leafy vegetables
Benefits: Vitamin D
Helps create vitamin E.
Helps iron absorption.
A super antioxidant
Supports gum and teeth health.
Helps maintain psychological function
Supports the immune system
Helps maintain bones and cartilage
Improves skin appearance.
Reduces tiredness and fatigue.
- soy milk
- orange juice
- Pumpkin seeds
- sesame seeds
- Dark Chocolate
Benefits: Folic Acid
- shown to reduce inflammatory markers.
- Promotion of brain health.
- Reduction of heart disease risk factors.
- Helps towards healthy pregnancy and baby.
- helps your body produce and maintain new cells.
- Brussel Sprouts
- Dark Green Leafy Vegetables
- Pinto Beans
- helps make your skin glow by activating B vitamins.
- necessary for many important physiological functions.
- key to supporting the immune system.
- promotes hair growth.
- Helps to prevent hair loss.
- Promotes energy.
- Dried Fruit
- Coconut Milk
Benefits: Zinc Can Help to promote and support
- learning and memory
- treat the common cold
- wound healing
- Reduce the duration of a cold.
good for fertility
- Pumpkin Seeds
- Dark Chocolate
- Potatoes – even better with their skin
- Cashew Nuts
- Tofu – Firm
- Soy Yoghurt
- Hemp Seed
- Bok Choy
- Chia Seeds
Juice, Smoothie and Soup Recipes
Low on ideas? Try out these Recipes
Vegan Banana Chai Lactation Smoothie
GREAT FOR NEW MUMS
- 1/3 cup prepared Chai Spice tea*
- 3/4 cup almond milk
- 1 frozen banana
- 1/2 tbsp chia seeds
- 1/4 tsp vanilla extract
- Pinch cinnamon
Immune Booster Sweet Green Smoothie
Tag your Smoothie Images with #foodiecrusheats
- 1 cup of roughly chopped spinach and kale, packed tightly
- 1 1/2cups Almond Breeze Unsweetened Almond milk
- 1 1/2 cups frozen mix of mango, pineapple, and kiwi chunks
- 1/2 teaspoon freshly grated ginger
- 1/2 lemon, juiced
Acai, Pomegranate and Raspberry Smoothie
full of antioxidants
- 1 cup acai juice
- 1 cup pomegranate juice
- 3 cups frozen raspberries or 1 12-ounce bag
Vitamin C Thirst Quencher Smoothie
Warning: Flavour Blast
- 1/2 large red bell pepper
- 1 extra-large ruby red grapefruit,
- 2 oranges
- 1/2 cup water (if needed)
- Ice to make it cold (optional)
Sweet Pea Smoothie
A Super Glow & Boost Recipe
Puree 1 cup frozen petite peas, 1 banana, 1 small apple (cored), 2 cups fresh or frozen strawberries, and 1 cup plain yoghurt or milk throw them all into a blender.
4 Cups, 2 Servings.
Recipe By Unknown.
I wish I knew whose recipe this is, do you know? I have had this smoothie made for me a few times by a friend who swears by it for hangovers and I can confirm it works. I asked for the recipe but it was word of mouth from an friend, who got the recipe from her mother and they got it from…
Cucumber Cleansing Smoothie
Super Cool Cleansing Smoothie
- Puree 1/2 seedless cucumber
- 2 Apples
- 4-5 Kale leaves, chopped – No stem
- 1 Large lemon – Juice
- 1 Cup water, plus ice to make it cold (optional)
Makes 4 cups or 2 servings.
Click Here for the full Cucumber Cleanser Smoothie Recipe
Green Goddess Immune Boosting Soup
What Doesn't This Soup Do?
- Spinach and other dark leafy greens: they’re high in Vitamin C and antioxidants to fight infections.
- Lemon juice: citrus fruit is high in Vitamin C, which boosts the immune system by helping to produce white blood cells to fight off infections.
- Broccoli: rich in anti-oxidants.
- Garlic: fights infections.
- Ginger: fights inflammations and toxins.
- Turmeric: an anti-inflammatory spice that’s been used medicinally for centuries.
- Cayenne: a powerful anti-inflammatory.
- Black pepper: like cayenne, it calms inflammation and promotes sweating.
- Wasabi: relieves congestion.
- Pumpkin seeds: high in Zinc for strengthening the immune system.
- Coconut milk: provides Vitamin C, anti-oxidants, and energy.
- Yoghurt: has germ-fighting probiotics.
Jamaican Vegetable Soup
Get A Boost, Warm & a Kick With this SOUP.
- 5 tbsp Vegetable oil
- 1 Red Onion finely chopped
- 2 Stalks celery finely chopped
- 1 Red pepper deseeded and finely chopped
- 200g Sweet potato cubed
- 2 Bay leaves
- 1 tsp Minced ginger
- 1tsp Minced garlic
- 2tsp Paprika
- 5tsp Ground allspice
- Scotch bonnet chili chopped to your taste
- 450ml Hot vegetable stock
- 450ml Very finely chopped tomato
- 4 Sprigs of thyme
- Optional 450g Leftover coconut rice and peas warm before adding