As we embark on spring it’s time to visualise long summer evenings, barbecues and lighter meals. In the meantime, here’s how to keep our insides warm as we wait for the weather to warm up.
Keep eating immune-boosting foods
Just because the weather is getting warmer, it doesn't mean there aren't still flus, bugs and colds floating around. You may still be craving foods like bread, rice and pasta, but we still need to eat plenty of vegetables and fruit to keep our immune systems strong through spring.
- Vitamin C helps your body fight infections and can be found in citrus fruits, kiwifruit, tomatoes, broccoli, and spinach.
- Vitamin E helps to keep your immune system strong and can be found in spinach, broccoli and tomatoes.
Remember, it doesn’t matter whether your veges and fruit are frozen, canned or fresh – the more, the merrier!
Try a slow cooker
It's not too late in the year to start using your slow cooker. After a busy day, there’s nothing better than coming home to a hot, homemade meal. A slow cooker will quickly become your bestie. They’re easy to use, simply pop your ingredients in and let them cook away. Do it before work, so it’s ready and waiting by the time you get home.
We love that you can turn cheap cuts of meat (like chuck steak) into delicious, tender, flavour-packed meals. Check out our 20 slow cooker recipe ideas, costing less than $3.75 per serving.
Warm your insides
Breakfast: porridge makes a simple, cheap and warming breakfast on cold mornings. Boost the flavour by adding spices, chopped nuts, fruit, peanut butter or yoghurt.
Lunch: soups are a warming lunch option and are great with a whole grain bread roll. If you’re short on time, there are plenty of great packaged soups for under $5 that will be ready in minutes. Look for soups packed with veges and low in salt (the lower the sodium per 100g, the better).
Dinner: try the tasty dinner meals below to help you stay cosy!
PAK'nSAVE and the Heart Foundation
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Healthy food doesn’t have to use expensive ingredients or be complicated to make. Our hacks are here to help you get yummy meals, packed with veges on your plate, whatever your situation – whether you’ve got a tribe to feed, or simply don’t have time to cook.