Fill Your Green Bag With Health-Boosting Produce

Wondering what produce to pick up to protect your family from colds and flu? Here are four common health-boosting produce items to add to your produce bag as the months get chillier.

Autumn is the season for falling leaves, gorgeous scenery, fantastic events and outdoor adventures. However, the change in season can also bring with it a nasty side effect for some Australians – a cold or flu.

The drop in temperature around autumn and winter, as well as spending more time in close quarters, can be responsible for a case of the sniffles. While a cold is annoying, there are ways to reduce your risk of contracting one.

It's known that eating a balanced diet rich in vitamins and minerals is a great way to keep healthy, and could potentially prevent and treat colds and flu. With this in mind, here are four of the best health-boosting produce and 'flu-fighting' foods to pop in your reusable produce bag as the weather gets cooler:

Oranges

According to Kidspot.com.au, vitamin C has been found to prevent the onset of flu and colds and the associated symptoms. Oranges are a rich source of vitamin C, so eating plenty of this juicy fruit is a great way to boost your levels of the beneficial vitamin – not to mention, they're delicious! Navel oranges are plentiful during the winter months.

Cumin

This flavoursome spice is particularly good at boosting immunity, according to the Healthy Food Guide Australia. Ground cumin is perfect for adding zing to hearty dishes such as curries and stews – both perfect wholesome meals for the cooler months!

Eggs

Poached eggs on toast is not only a delicious breakfast to start a chilly morning – it's also a great source of vitamin A, which is known to keep your digestive tract healthy, according to the Healthy Food Guide Australia. Your digestive tract can act as a barrier to illness and infection, meaning you're less likely to contract nasty winter sicknesses. Try your eggs scrambled, fried or boiled for a healthy and yummy breakfast hit.

Green tea

Though not exactly a food, a box of green tea bags could do a world of good in protecting you against seasonal sickness. Keeping hydrated is essential to keeping away winter bugs, as it avoids dehydration and flushes out toxins, according to the Western Australia Department of Health. However, not everyone wants to scull back an icy cold glass of water in cold weather! Get your hydration hit with a warming green tea – this drink is also filled with healthy components and antioxidants for overall better health.