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Off Illness With Good Nutrition
Fall and winter are peak cold and flu season,
so help your family keep sickness at bay by
providing nutritious meals and snacks. Getting
the right nutrients, vitamins and minerals
builds the body's immunity to disease.
Prepare balanced meals. People tend to
eat fewer fruits and vegetables during the
winter when fresh produce is less abundant, says
Doralynne Jarvis, registered dietitian and
assistant director of Nutrition Services at
Avera Sacred Heart in Yankton, S.D. "I think one
of the best ways to eat vegetables during winter
is oven-roasting them," she says. "They become
sweeter and have better depth of flavor than
steamed or raw vegetables."
and drink high in vitamin C, which can help
lessen the symptoms of common colds. Fruit
juices are good sources, but make sure to choose
drinks that are 100-percent fruit juice instead
of those that have little to no fruit juice.
Oranges and other citrus fruits, red and green
peppers, papayas and broccoli are all good
sources of vitamin C.
can help keep children healthy, too. Yogurt,
dried and fresh fruits, pretzels and low-fat
cheese with whole-wheat crackers are good
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