Hibernating in the winter is normal but the lack of sunlight exposure can mean our bodies make less vitamin D, an important nutrient essential for bone health, reducing inflammation, boosting neuromuscular function and regulating immunity. Instead of reaching for a vitamin D supplement, you can add these three vitamin D rich foods to your diet.
Salmon is a rich source of heart-healthy omega-3 fats, protein, B-vitamins, phosphorus and selenium, which support everything from brain health to immunity. Salmon is one of the best food sources of vitamin D with 447 IUs (75% DV) per 3 ounce serving. Whip up some tasty salmon patties or bake pre-portioned filets in parchment or foil packets in the oven.
Canned tuna in water provides 154 IUs of vitamin D (26% DV) per 3 ounce serving and is a more affordable panty staple than its Salmon cousin. Like salmon, tuna is a source of protein, omega-3 fats, B-vitamins, phosphorous and selenium. Tuna salad is great on its own or as a filling protein topper on a fresh salad.
Did you know that two eggs provide 82 IUs (11% DV) of vitamin D as well as B-vitamins, phosphorous, selenium choline and a bit of iron? Scrambled or hard boiled, you can't go wrong.