Many of us around the Everyday Food office have already succumbed to a winter cold this year, and we all have our own secret remedies. My own recent bout left me with one clear takeaway message - never again! So I'm taking preventative measures and aiming to eat more foods with proven immunity-boosting powers...
Red Bell Peppers: About 90 milligrams of vitamin C daily is enough to keep you healthy. When I hear "vitamin C" I automatically think about citrus fruit but, actually, red bell peppers are the top source - just half of one has 76 milligrams of vitamin C, compared with 35 mg in half an orange. Sauteed bell peppers are a tasty way to get your fill.
Mushrooms: Have a coughing co-worker? The most common type of mushrooms, white button, can increase your body's production of antiviral proteins that ward off infection once it has entered your body. They're delicious wrapped up with chicken and goat cheese in burritos.
Yogurt: This one is my personal favorite - In one study, employees who had a daily dose of probiotics, the good bacteria found in yogurt, took fewer sick days than those who didn't. Aim for one cup of low-fat, plain yogurt a day; I like mine at breakfast with granola, or in healthy desserts.
For three more foods to help you stay well all winter, check out page 60 of our Jan/Feb issue.