Snack on Nuts and Seeds
Vitamin E is a fat soluble vitamin that supports healthy skin. It’s also a type of antioxidant vitamin, and as we learned above, antioxidants are compounds that help to neutralise free radicals that if allowed to build up in the body, can cause damage to our cells and immune system. We could then become more prone to picking up viral infections such as the common cold and the flu.
Nuts and seeds are plentiful sources of vitamin E and are therefore great for feeding our body what it needs to support a healthy immune system. Almonds, hazelnuts, pine nuts, Brazil nuts, peanuts and sunflower seeds are among the top vitamin E rich nuts and seeds.
Snacking on nuts and seeds also provides protein that helps to keep us full, and good fats that help us absorb the fat soluble vitamins such as vitamin E (along with vitamins A, D and K).
So keep a snack pot of your favourites in your work bag, in your car or desk drawer or with your gym kit to snack on when the urge takes you. Eating peanut butter for breakfast, either on toast, smeared onto apple slices or whizzed up into a protein smoothie is also a great way to start the day.