Jan 1, 2011

Best Winter Foods

by Kiku Reidhead

If you ever get bored of putting the same produce in your grocery basket, winter is the season to branch out. This article discusses winter foods that are not only available and fresh during the winter months, but will provide your body with healthy nutrients, too.

Pomegranates and citrus fruits are great sources of vitamin C. Your immune system will most likely need a boost sometime during the winter months. So, grab a grapefruit, some oranges or a pomegranate and fight off catching a cold. Pomegranates are also full of nutrients to promote long-term health including polyphenols to fight inflammation.

As for greens, eating leeks and brussel sprouts is a delicious way to get fiber into your winter diet. Including brussel sprouts on your menu will add a variety of vitamins and nutrients to your meals including vitamin K, vitamin C, and folate. Leeks are also full of folate, a nutrient needed to create DNA which also helps the intestinal tract.

Other vegetables that are both flavorful and healthy include beets and root vegetables like sweet potatoes and yams. Beets are full of color, thus indicating their vibrant nutritional value - the iron helps to cleanse and build blood. Sweet potatoes and yams are considered "healthy carbohydrates" and  a much healthier alternative to the normal baked potato. These are rich in vitamin A and beta-carotene.

If you've never cooked these fruits and vegetables before, not to worry - the Internet is a giant recipe database. Anymore, all you need to do is search for a desired recipe and you will have a delicious, healthy meal right at your fingertips. So, next time you are in the grocery store, don't shy away from trying something new - your body will thank you now and later. 

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