The top 6 seasonal superfoods

During this time of year we tend to overindulge in the festivities, eating and drinking seasonal treats only to pay for it later. The good news is that some of our seasonal foods are actually superfoods, so we can indulge in them guilt-free!

One of the tricks of festive eating is to focus on these healthy seasonal items so you're less tempted by the unhealthy ones. Of course, we all have to cheat sometimes. 

Chestnuts

Roasted on an open fire sounds romantic but these quintessential Christmas nuts are also very healthy. Chestnuts have the lowest fat content of all the nuts and are also rich in fibre, which is great for keeping our digestion in good shape.

Brimming with heart-healthy monosaturated fats and a good source of magnesium, not to mention vitamin C, Vitamin B12 and iron, these nuts are definitely worth keeping on the seasonal menu. 

Brussel sprouts

Love them or loathe them, no festive meal would be complete without them. The great news is that brussel sprouts are nutritional big hitters. Part of the cabbage family they are loaded with nutrients, vitamin C and vitamin K, and just 100g provides most of your daily vitamin C needs.

Including about 4 grams of fibre per cooked cup, they can help regulate blood sugar levels and support good digestive health.

Cranberries

Bursting with vitamins, minerals and antioxidants, fresh cranberries are as healthy as they are tasty. These tangy berries are a good source of vitamin C, fibre and manganese and have minimal fat.

They're also a good source of beta carotenes which convert to vitamin A and help support a healthy immune system. Probably best known as a natural way to prevent urinary tract infections, they offer so much more. However, be aware of shop purchased juices as many contain high amounts of sugar.

Red Cabbage

This traditional seasonal dish, cooked with apples and spices is a real treat for the taste buds and the body. Packed with vitamins C and K, this colourful vegetable is also a great source of fibre. In fact, one cup of shredded raw cabbage contains 190% of the recommended daily amount of vitamin C.

In addition to its great nutritional content, red cabbage also contains anthocyanin pigments that may help boost brain health. A great-looking, great-tasting food that's well worth keeping on the festive table.

Smoked salmon

One of the richest sources of omega 3, smoked salmon is a regular on many festive tables. Omega 3 is great for supporting a healthy heart and to add moisture to our skin. These fish are also rich in vitamin D, which research shows 40 per cent of us are lacking during the winter months.

Vitamin D is essential for healthy bones, immunity and for keeping us happy. Along with vitamin B, vitamin D and selenium smoked salmon is one of the healthier seasonal foods. However, look out for the salt content as some are higher than others. 

Clementines

Although there is some debate on if these are actually a superfood, these traditional stocking fillers are a healthy sweet treat for the festive season. Full of vitamin C and antioxidants, they're easy to eat and can encourage children to snack on fruit.

One little clementine can provide 60% of the recommended daily dose of vitamin C and are good at helping the body to absorb iron.

All of the above are fabulous festive superfoods but if you feel like you need an extra boost our superfoods juices are all conveniently frozen so are ready for you to consume whenever you want. Simply remove from the freezer defrost and enjoy.