Feel Good Focus: Healthy eating

Issue date: 29 October 2018


Top tips to eat well

When the temperature starts to drop, days get shorter and winter is starting to set in, it can be all too tempting to reach for comfort food. It might provide a short burst of satisfaction, but it won't keep you feeling full or well-fuelled for the day. Eating healthily doesn't have to be expensive or time consuming and it's really important to keep your diet packed with vitamins and veggies over the winter months to keep colds at bay and boost your mood!

Porridge

A warming bowl of oats are a great way to start your day - they slowly release energy so will keep you going until lunchtime, while helping to lower your cholesterol. Try topping with nuts, seeds and fruits for an extra boost of fibre and vitamins. They're also inexpensive and can be made in the microwave. Easy!

One-pot stews

An easy way to combine lots of vegetables and protein-rich pulses is in a stew or chilli. Grab a big pan or a slow cooker and create a delicious one-pot wonder for a satisfying and healthy dinner. You can also put extra portions in the fridge or the freezer for dinners throughout the week… perfect when you just want something to eat but are too busy to cook.

Vitamin C and zinc

Vitamin C is essential for our immune system and energy levels, so choose a diet rich in foods like sweet potatoes, tomatoes, bell peppers, citrus fruits and broccoli. Zinc is also important for normal immune system functioning so get plenty of spinach in too.

Vitamin B12

Vitamin B12 not only contributes to normal functioning of the immune system, but also in the reduction of fatigue and tiredness. So it could help with those sleepy, dark mornings when you have an early lecture! Fish, milk, cheese and eggs are great sources of vitamin B12.

Visit the fruit and veg stall

There's a wide selection of fruit, vegetables and salad from local suppliers available at the Frenchay fruit and veg stall - plus they do their £1 per bowl offer which is far cheaper than the supermarkets!

Recipes to try

Meat-based meal: Sausage and Lentil One-Pot Stew

www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/2233/sausage-and-lentil-onepot

Vegetarian meal: Mushroom and Rice One Pot

www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/9795/mushroom-and-rice-onepot

Vegan meal: Vegan Chilli

www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/vegan-chilli

November is World Vegan Month - so why not take up the challenge of going vegan for a month? Take the opportunity to try new foods and improve your health!

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