Despite the fact that February is the last month on the winter list, no warming is expected. Frost does not stop, and the snow does not even think to melt.
No wonder in the old days February was called “lute”. The definition of “fierce” is the best fit to describe the weather conditions of this month. Hard frost and violent whirlwinds rage at this difficult time for people.
But it is worth remembering the positive aspects. Firstly, February is the shortest month of the year, which means that officially winter will end soon. Secondly, we gradually begin to feel that the day is getting longer, and this cannot but rejoice.
Nevertheless, all our strength and resources are running out. Now we need to start the second wind. And we will do this using the methods we already know: healthy sleep, walks in the fresh air, morning exercises and, of course, healthy and wholesome nutrition.
Our immune system is nearly exhausted and needs recharging. Epidemics of infectious diseases are about to begin and we need strength to resist them. Therefore, we urgently increase our immunity and make up for the deficiency of vitamin C. In February, as in January, our body needs warmth, so try to eat more hot food.
Due to the lack of vitamins, trace elements and sunlight, there is a high probability of progression of depressive moods, so one should not miss the opportunity, especially on sunny days, to walk in the fresh air.
Meanwhile, spring is coming and it’s time to think about a good figure. The food should be low-calorie foods, but at the same time satisfying.
We must provide our body with all the substances it needs. It is not so easy to do this in winter. But there are foods that will help us to strengthen the body at this time of the year and will allow us to welcome spring with joy.
For a long time it has been a popular and extremely useful product, especially in the winter-spring period.
Sauerkraut is the absolute leader among canned vegetables in terms of vitamin C. In addition, it is famous for a large amount of vitamins A and B. Vitamins are found both in the cabbage itself and in its brine. In sauerkraut cabbage, 2 times more vitamins are stored than in shredded cabbage. If you ferment and store cabbage according to all the rules, then you can enjoy a tasty and healthy product for 6-8 months.
Another feature of sauerkraut is its low calorie content. 100 g of the product contains only 20 kcal, most of which is spent on the digestion of what has been eaten.
The advantages of sauerkraut include the fact that it strengthens the immune system, has a therapeutic effect in case of stomach pain and metabolic disorders, activates intestinal motility, cleanses the body, improves heart function, and promotes a good mood.
Sauerkraut can be added to salads, served as a side dish for meat, and cooked cabbage soup from it. Cabbage goes well with Jerusalem artichoke.
The pomelo is considered a dietary fruit. It is often compared to grapefruit, but unlike it, the pomelo tastes sweet and is easier to peel.
Pomelo is rich in vitamins A and C, B vitamins, phosphorus, calcium, sodium, iron, limonoids and essential oils.
The fiber contained in the pomelo has a beneficial effect on the functioning of the gastrointestinal tract. Potassium supports the cardiovascular system, and limonoids, in turn, help fight cancer. Pomelo perfectly satisfies the feeling of hunger, and the lipolytic enzyme contained in it promotes faster breakdown of proteins, which is why this fruit has acquired dietary status.
The only drawback of the fruit is the lack of a lot of juice in it.
Adding pomelo to your winter diet will boost your immune system and help your body prevent flu and other colds.
Pomegranate is a delicious and healthy fruit. It contains iodine, calcium, iron, magnesium, potassium. Pomegranate juice is 20% sugar, 9% citric and malic acid. It also contains vitamins A, C, PP and B vitamins.
The pomegranate is called “a medicine for a hundred diseases.” Its juice is recommended to use for anemia. And in case of indigestion, a special decoction is prepared from the peel and partitions of the pomegranate.
Due to the high content of tannins, pomegranate juice is used as an anti-inflammatory agent for burns. To do this, the juice is diluted with water and the burned area of the skin is moistened. Then sprinkle this place with dry pericarp, crushed into powder. Under the crust that forms over the wound, healing proceeds quickly.
The juice of sweet pomegranates helps with kidney diseases, and sour pomegranates – with stones in the kidneys and gall bladder. Pomegranate juice is also used to quench thirst for fever and as an antipyretic.
Pomegranate pulp is used in salads, drinks and desserts.
Raisins are one of the sweetest dried fruits, cultivated mainly in the countries of the Near and Middle East, as well as the Mediterranean. The beneficial properties of this product have been known for a long time. In ancient times, dried grapes were used to strengthen the nervous system and as a sedative.
Today, doctors recommend using raisins for heart disease, anemia, impaired liver and kidney function, diseases of the gastrointestinal tract, hypertension, inflammation of the respiratory system. Raisins help in the fight against fever, weakness, and strengthen the gums and teeth.
Raisins retain almost all the beneficial properties of grapes. And this is about 80% of vitamins and 100% of various microelements. It contains iron, boron, magnesium, B vitamins, ash, fiber, tartaric and oleanolic acids.
However, raisins are not recommended for everyone. Due to its high sugar content (about 80%), it is not recommended for obesity, diabetes, heart failure, stomach and duodenal ulcers.
This variety of green apples can be called the most delicious and high quality among all its kind. There are many variants of the names of these apples: “Semerynka”, “Simirenka”, “Semerenko” and “Simirenko”.
The name of the variety comes from the surname of L.P. Simirenko, the father of a learned gardener. Thus, it would be more correct to call them that way: “Simirenko” or in the our country version – “Simirenka”.
All green apples are high in nutrients. Simirenko’s apples, in turn, differ from other green varieties by a high level of saturation with vitamins, microelements and fiber.
These apples contain antioxidants, pectin, malic and tartaric acids, potassium, iron, magnesium, vitamins A, E, K, C, PP, H and B vitamins.
Simirenko apples are used to improve digestion, treat gastritis and stomach ulcers. The iron in apples helps to increase the number of red blood cells, so they are recommended for people with low hemoglobin.
Two apples a day will lower blood cholesterol levels and boost immunity.
Quail eggs are delicious and nutritious. Compared to chicken eggs, they contain a greater amount of biologically active substances and vitamins. The protein content in quail and chicken eggs is approximately the same. In quail – 12%, in chicken – 11%. But, unlike chicken eggs, quail eggs contain a huge amount of vitamins A, B1, B2 and B 12. It also contains magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, manganese and iron. It should be noted that quail eggs contain less cholesterol than chicken eggs.
Quail eggs are a great substitute for meat on a vegetarian menu. They are also recommended for strenuous physical activity and dietary nutrition. with a low calorie content, they combine many vitamins and mineral acids.
Regular consumption of eggs facilitates the course of neuroses, psychomatous conditions, bronchial asthma. Eating eggs in moderation is recommended for people with heart disease. It is believed that quail eggs are very useful for men and can replace Viagra.
Children are encouraged to eat 1 to 3 eggs a day. Adults 4-5 eggs per day.
Dill is a popular and affordable seasoning with a strong aroma and a large supply of nutrients. With proper drying, dill, although it loses to a large extent its unique aroma, at the same time retains up to a third of all vitamins, trace elements and nutrients, including keratin and vitamin C.
Dill can be used as a condiment for a wide variety of dishes: salads, grilled meats and soups. Dry dill is used primarily for pickling and pickling.
Along with dried dill in winter, its dry seeds are widely used. They can also be added to soups, marinades, etc.
In folk medicine, dill is used as a diuretic for kidney stones, and also as an expectorant for colds. Dill is used to make lotions for purulent skin lesions and eye inflammation.
An infusion of dill stalks is used to treat heart failure. His decoction is prescribed for children with flatulence and abdominal pain.
Despite the fact that pistachios are very high in calories, they contain many trace elements useful for humans (copper, manganese, phosphorus, potassium, magnesium) and vitamins (E, B6).
Pistachios contain over 50% fat. They also contain proteins and carbohydrates. The high calorie content provides a high nutritional value to the product. Due to their nutritional value, pistachios are recommended for use when the body is depleted.
Vitamin E, which is abundant in pistachios, is known as a natural antioxidant with anti-aging effects.
Pistachios are rich in proteins, do not contain cholesterol and unhealthy fats, therefore they serve as a substitute for some foods for vegetarians and people who want to get rid of extra pounds.
Pistachios relieve fatigue, give vigor, have a beneficial effect on brain activity, cardiovascular system, help with heart palpitations.
Dates are a very ancient and widespread food product today. Dried fruits of dates, which are considered one of the most useful dried fruits, have become very popular. contain all vitamins and minerals necessary for humans.
Dates contain a large amount of natural sugars, therefore, for those who follow a diet but love sweets, dates can be recommended as a substitute for sweets.
Dates also include fats, a huge amount of salts and minerals (copper, iron, magnesium, cobalt, phosphorus, zinc, etc.), various amino acids, vitamins (A, C, B1, B2). Thanks to fluoride, dates protect teeth from caries, dietary fiber and selenium reduce the risk of certain cancers and strengthen the immune system, vitamins improve the condition of hair and skin, help prevent liver diseases and eliminate vision problems.
Ginger is a herb whose treated roots are used as a spice and medicine. Ginger can be used to prepare almost all dishes, you can make tea from it and just eat it in its pure form. Fresh ginger has a stronger aroma, while dry ginger has a more pungent taste.
Ginger is considered a very healthy food. It contains: magnesium, phosphorus, silicon, potassium, iron, manganese, nicotinic, oleic and linoleic acids, vitamin C, asparagine, choline, such important amino acids as leucine, threonine, phenylalanine, etc.
The essential oils in ginger root make it extraordinarily aromatic. Ginger owes its specific taste to gingerol, a substance considered invaluable for human health.
Ginger is used to improve digestion, stimulate the stomach and intestines, increase appetite, strengthen memory, relieve headaches, remove toxins from the body, as well as for bruises, coughs, radiculitis, disorders of the reproductive system.
Champignons are the most affordable and easiest mushrooms to prepare. In addition to the fact that they are low in calories (only 100 kcal per 27,4 g), they are also extremely useful. They contain valuable proteins, vitamins (E, PP, D and B vitamins), minerals (phosphorus, potassium, zinc, iron), organic acids (linoleic, panthenol).
Champignons have antibacterial and antitumor effects, reduce the risk of atherosclerosis, lower blood cholesterol levels, help relieve fatigue and headaches, improve skin condition, and help with stomach diseases.
In addition to being beneficial, champignons can be harmful to humans. Chitin contained in mushrooms is practically not assimilated in the body, especially in children, and prevents the assimilation of other substances included in their compositions. Therefore, you should not get carried away with mushrooms.
Rabbit meat is a dietary meat and a very healthy product. Rabbit meat is similar in its properties to chicken, and surpasses it in the amount of protein. It is for its high protein content and a small amount of fat and cholesterol that rabbit meat is valued all over the world. A distinctive feature of rabbit meat proteins is that they are almost completely absorbed by the body, in contrast to beef, which proteins are absorbed by only 60%.
The rabbit meat also contains a large amount of vitamins (B6, B12, PP), iron, phosphorus, cobalt, manganese, fluorine and potassium.
Rabbit meat is low in calories, so it can be consumed by people who want to lose weight. Rabbit meat is recommended for people who need complete proteins, preschool children, the elderly, nursing mothers, those who suffer from food allergies, diseases of the heart and blood vessels, liver and stomach.
Groats, widely used in cooking and loved by many housewives.
Buckwheat is rich in minerals. It contains: iodine, iron, phosphorus, copper. Buckwheat contains a lot of vitamins E, PP and B vitamins. Polyunsaturated fats, which are part of buckwheat, have a beneficial effect on metabolism and help reduce blood cholesterol levels.
Buckwheat proteins contain a huge amount of amino acids necessary for the body, due to which buckwheat is considered a valuable food product, similar in composition to meat.
Despite the relatively high calorie content, buckwheat is a dietary product, the regular use of which contributes to weight loss due to its positive effect on metabolism.
Take care of your health, and remember that the cause of most diseases is our internal state. Spend more time with your interests, enjoy your favorite activities, give your smile to loved ones. Invest good energy in your favorite things and loved ones and it will return to you in doubled size!