feel-good food

Our Christ­mas menus don’t have to be guilt-in­duc­ing. In fact, some fes­tive foods are real win­ners in the well­be­ing stakes.

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BRUS­SELS SPROUTS

So they’re not ev­ery­one’s fes­tive high­light, but skip th­ese green spheres and you could be miss­ing out. Part of the cru­cif­er­ous veg­etable fam­ily, they con­tain cancer-fight­ing an­tiox­i­dants and are rich in fi­bre for a healthy gut.

CHOCO­LATE

in mod­er­a­tion, this treat can help keep colds at bay. ‘go for at least 80% co­coa, which is packed with polyphe­nols, highly pro­tec­tive an­tiox­i­dants that help your im­mune sys­tem to com­bat colds,’ says nu­tri­tional ther­a­pist Judy Wat­son. ‘it also con­tains theo­bromine, which works as a rem­edy for chronic (longterm) and acute (sud­den) coughs, by block­ing the nerves that trig­ger the cough re­flex.’

Clemen­tines

apart from be­ing packed with im­mune-boost­ing vi­ta­min c, this christ­mas stock­ing favourite can help lift your mood. its scent can be both uplift­ing and calm­ing, ac­cord­ing to an aus­trian study.

BRAZIL NUTS

as an­other year ends, any­thing that helps us turn back the clock is a win­ner in our books. th­ese nuts are loaded with an­ti­age­ing se­le­nium. ‘as lit­tle as 20g (about six nuts) pro­vides nearly all your RDA,’ says healthspan nu­tri­tion­ist Rob hob­son.

Cin­na­mon

one sniff and it’s christ­mas. apart from epit­o­mis­ing the fes­tive sea­son, this spice bal­ances blood-sugar lev­els, helps con­quer sugar crav­ings and re­duces heart dis­ease.

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