Fall is in full swing, and some areas of the country may even be experiencing their first snow of the season. This means that winter is just around the corner which is often a time when our diets change yet again. We may have gone from a lighter and more refreshing fare to a little bit of a heavier diet in the fall. In the winter months, you may find yourself eating even heartier foods like crockpot dinners, soups, and stews.
The great news is that even with a little bit of a heavier diet this time of year, you can include lots of gut-boosting foods into your diet to help keep your health in tip-top shape. Enjoying these foods is also a great way to help support the immune system all winter long.
5 Gut-Boosting Foods for the Winter
#1 Pumpkin: Pumpkin can be enjoyed throughout the fall and all the way into the winter months. It is excellent for digestive health as it’s rich in fiber and is easy to digest. Try adding cubed pumpkin to things like soups and stews or add fresh pumpkin to a smoothie for an added health boost.
#2 Mushrooms: Mushrooms are great for this time of year. They are extremely powerful in fighting against the common cold and flu and they pair wonderfully with stir fry’s. They are also rich in beta glucans which are rich in prebiotics to help support gut health. Want an even more convenient way to get mushrooms into your diet this winter? Check out our brand new Magnificent Mushrooms blends. We offer three different blends, one to support the immune system, one for brain health, and one geared towards athletes. All of these blends contain medicinal mushrooms to help your body function at its best.
#3 Kale: Kale is an excellent winter veggie to add to your diet to help support gut health. Kale is rich in dietary fiber to help keep your digestive system running the way it should be and is also rich in important vitamins and minerals to keep you healthy this winter.
#4 Herbs & Spices: Try adding some herbs and spices to your recipes this winter. Things like cinnamon, turmeric, and ginger are all excellent for digestive health and can even combat inflammation. They are also delicious paired with many soup and stew recipes, so you can add these to a number of your favorite cold weather recipes.
#5 Sauerkraut: Sauerkraut is rich in probiotics to help feed the healthy bacteria in your gut. Having healthy gut bacteria is essential to staying healthy, so try adding some sauerkraut to your diet. You can add it to sandwiches, salads, or if you enjoy the taste, it can be eaten on its own.
This winter, make it a priority to take care of your digestive health. With proper digestion, you would be surprised at how much better your body feels and how much healthier you stay all winter long.