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Winter Superfoods You Should Be Eating Now

Winter Superfoods You Should Be Eating Now

Winter Superfoods You Should Be Eating Now

1. Root Vegetables – Each root vegetable contains it’s own health benefits, but they all share many of the same characteristics. High in fiber and phytonutrients, root vegetables are generally low in fat and calories. They are also high in antioxidants, vitamin C, vitamin B, vitamin A, beta-carotene, and essential minerals such as iron, potassium, phosphorous and magnesium. Since root veggies are packed with slow burning carbohydrates and so high in fiber, they will help to make you feel full longer. Because they are low naturally low in calories, they can help maintain a healthy wait and boost your overall health.

3. Chia Seeds – These little seeds are incredibly nutritious, with significant concentrations of protein, fiber and several essential minerals. They are also high in Omega-3, antioxidants, B-Vitamins, calcium, and boron. Chia seeds are a great food for runners. Because they absorb ten times their weight in water as they expand, the water will then be released slowly and evenly into your system. The seeds can be either black or white and both types are highly nutritious. Originally grown in Mexico and the Southwest between 1500 and 910 B.C., Chia seeds were an important part of the Aztec and Mayan diet. Aztec warriors used Chia as their main source of fuel during conquests.

4. Winter Squash – The benefits of eating winter squash year-round are similar to those of root vegetables. Just like the root veggies, winter squash is low in calories and high in vitamins and minerals. Acorn, butternut and spaghetti squash all contain anti-inflammatory properties that can alleviate achy muscles and sore joints. Enjoying winter squash is easy to do, especially with the variety of recipes they can be added to! Have you ever tried adding sliced butternut squash to a kale and pomegranate salad? Or baking a roasted squash pizza for dinner? They make delicious and creamy soups, and add special flavor to stews.

5. Avocados – These delicious fruits are constantly gaining attraction and being billed as a superfood, which is not at all surprising given it’s health benefits! Avocados are high in heart-healthy fats, magnesium, potassium copper, iron, zinc, vitamin K, folate, Vitamin C, B5, B6 and vitamin E. They have a decadent flavor and rich texture, making them easy to add to almost any recipe. Avocado’s are a great replacement for butter and other spreads on bread, sandwiches and wraps. Try adding avocado to your next fruit salad, spicy salsa, or even on nachos!

6. Citrus Fruits – Eating just one citrus fruit per day can drastically increase your overall health. Oranges, limes, lemons, grapefruits, tangerines and pomelos are all rich in compounds called flavonoids that have been shown to have powerful anticancer properties. They are high in Vitamin C, folate, potassium and a great source of fiber.

7. Pomegranates – The pomegranate fruit contains about 600 juicy seeds, which are actually the only part of the fruit that is edible. Low in calories and high in fiber, this fruit has been shown to aid in weight management. They are high in vitamins and phyochemicals that have been shown to promote heart health and help prevent cancer.

8. Frozen Berries – Sure, a berries peak season is not in winter. But frozen berries are always freshly picked then frozen in their peak season. This ensures that you get the most antioxidant bang for your buck! Frozen berries are a great addition to smoothies year round, since they are naturally lower in sugar than many other fruits. Try added thawed frozen berries to yogurt, oatmeal, waffles, and crepes. They can easily be incorporated into your daily diet with ease and satisfaction.

SOURCES FOR THIS ARTICLE:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/01/28/winter-produce-foods-eat-now_n_4662452.html?utm_hp_ref=mostpopular

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