There is a lot to love about winter – cozy nights by the fire, the holidays, snow, and of course all the delicious winter recipes.
Unfortunately though, winter also means flu and cold season. For some, it means seasonal depression and low vitamin D levels. For others, winter means high levels of stress, especially around the holidays. We also have to mention the chance of overindulging on yummy holiday treats and sweets.
Thankfully, there are plenty of winter foods that are also healthy and delicious. Adding a few of these to your winter dinner table can help boost your immune system, keeping you healthy all winter long. Others are good for adding in a boost of energy, stress relief, or for minimizing the effect of seasonal depression.
At Eric’s Health Food Shoppe, we stock our shelves with organic, natural, and healthy ingredients all winter long. Below you will find some of our top picks for healthy winter foods.
Bone broth has become incredibly popular over the last few years – and for good reason! Packed with minerals, electrolytes, and nutrients, bone broth is the ultimate health boost in liquid form.
Bone broths are nothing new though. Even in prehistoric times, our ancestors understood the value of bone broth. Today, scientists are backing up the health claims with hard evidence and research.
Bone broth can be made with pork, beef, veal, turkey, lamb, bison, buffalo, venison, chicken, or fish – basically any animal bones. It’s very simple to make (though it does take awhile) and can be customized based on your own tastes.
Chicken bone broth has been shown to reduce the chances of getting a cold or flu. Other studies have shown regularly drinking bone broth can help fight against infection and disease.
Bone broth is a great winter option, not only for the boost in immune system function but also because it is a great warm, filling option on cold winter days.
Pick up some organic meat at Eric’s to make your own bone broth recipe or if you are short on time, we also offer pre packaged bone broth.
When you start to feel a winter cold coming on, the first thing you might reach for is a warming bowl of soup. It’s a classic winter remedy and something we’ve all probably had.
The best part of soup is how adaptable it is. You can make soup to fit any dietary needs or to match even the pickiest of eaters. Chicken noodle soup, cream of mushroom, tomato soup, broccoli chowder, french onion soup, split pea soup, egg drop soup… the list could truly go on and on.
Not only is soup adaptable but depending on what you add to your soup, it can also help tackle common winter issues. The warm broth can help soothe a sore throat while packing in healthy immune boosting ingredients. Soups with broccoli or pumpkin can also help reduce stress thanks to the minerals and nutrients packed into these healthy ingredients.
Stop by Eric’s today to pick up some organic foods for your next healthy soup recipe.
While not quite a “food,” warming winter drinks are a great way to add even more nutrients to your diet.
There is nothing better on a cold winter day than bundling up in a warm blanket with a nice hot cup of something delicious. While tea or hot chocolate are the traditional options, there are also many other drinks you can and should be drinking this winter.
For a stuffy nose, try a nice cup of hot water with lemon and ginger. Tea can help fight off infection with natural antibacterial compounds. It has also been shown to lower risk of seasonal depression by up to 31%. Golden milk (made with turmeric) has seriously impressive anti-inflammatory and antioxidant effects. If hot chocolate is more your style, switch to something with dark chocolate (70% or up) for a boost of magnesium, zinc, and iron.
Stock Up For Winter in Brooklyn
Now is the time to prep your pantry for winter. Stock up on all your favorite holiday treats while leaving room for lots of healthy foods and snacks. Whether you plan on cooking yummy dishes all winter long or indulging in winter feasts with family and friends, good food will no doubt be a large part of the season.
Eric’s Health Food Shoppe carries a large selection of healthy and organic foods as well as winter supplements like Vitamin D and C. If you are located in Brooklyn, stop by and see what we have to offer.