Healthy snacks for winter

By admin
20 May 2014

What could be better on a cold winter’s day than cuddling up under a warm blanket in front of the TV? The snacks that go with the experience, of course. But make sure you don’t eat too many this winter.

Why not try healthier alternatives to avoid putting on weight? They will help keep colds at bay by boosting your immune system.

Super-foods for winter

  • Butternut is a valuable source of vitamin C. It’s also high in fibre and contains antioxidants that will improve your immune system.
  • Garlic is packed with antioxidants that help fight colds and flu. But don’t consume too much garlic if you have to be close to people the next day.
  • Apples are a good source of potassium, fibre, antioxidants and vitamin C. Eat the skin too – that’s where most of the antioxidant is.
  • Sweet potatoes are a good source of vitamin A, which supports the immune system.
  • Yoghurt contains probiotic bacteria that help balance your digestive tract. It can also help prevent colds.

Healthy snacking

Avoid putting on weight this winter by snacking on healthier foods. All the kilojoule values are based on a 100 g portion.

Avoid: Crisps = 2 230 KJ

Enjoy: Popcorn = 1 613 KJ

Avoid: Pretzels = 1 635 KJ

Enjoy: Carrot sticks = 148 KJ

Avoid: Chocolate = 2 345 KJ

Enjoy: Marshmallows = 1 333 KJ

Avoid: Cream cheese dips = 1 430 KJ

Enjoy: Hummus = 695 KJ

Avoid: 1 cup hot chocolate (with water) = 665 KJ

Enjoy: 1 cup rooibos tea = 13 KJ

Sources: YOU, 19 December 2013,

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