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Winter Foods For Optimal Health

Posted By Tanja Djelevic On December 15, 2009 @ 11:40 am In Health & Wellness, Healthy Eating | No Comments

Cold weather might not be the best motivator in terms of going out and exercising, but being stuck indoors is a great opportunity to get reacquainted with your kitchen and focus on healthy nutrition. Here are some suggestions for nourishing winter foods …

Citrus Fruits
Seasonal citrus fruits like oranges, grapefruits, and tangerines brighten up winter days and contain vitamin C to boost the immune system during cold and flu season. Citrus fruits are also good sources of cancer-fighting phytochemicals [1] like flavonoids. Eat them out of hand or add them to warming drinks like Natural Cough Control Tea [2] and Warm Grapefruit Tea [3].

Root Vegetables
Carrots, parsnips, and turnips are the humble, yet comforting, vegetables of winter. Roasted, mashed, or puréed, these vegetables provide us with vitamins, minerals, and fiber. Think roots are boring? Try these recipes [4] from Eating Well and you might change your mind.

Winter Squashes
Pumpkin, acorn squash, spaghetti squash … winter squashes are colorful, sweet, and full of antioxidants and vitamins A and C. You can learn more about the world of winter squashes and find some easy ways to prepare them [5] over at Women’s Health.

Comfort Food
Let’s face it, we all want some comfort food this time of year. Fortunately, it doesn’t have to be bad for us! For healthy, filling recipes, check out these Hearty Soups and Stews [6] and 5 Healthy Muffin Recipes [7].

Do you have any favorite winter recipes to share?


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[1] phytochemicals: http://tanjadjelevic.com/blog/2009/11/05/phytochemicals-galore/

[2] Natural Cough Control Tea: http://www.wholeliving.com/article/natural-cough-control-tea-recipe

[3] Warm Grapefruit Tea: http://www.wholeliving.com/recipe/warm-grapefruit-tea

[4] these recipes: http://www.eatingwell.com/healthy_cooking/holiday_entertaining/rediscovering_root_vegetables

[5] easy ways to prepare them: http://www.womenshealthmag.com/nutrition/squash-types?page=0

[6] Hearty Soups and Stews: http://www.health.com/health/gallery/0,,20307141_1,00.html

[7] 5 Healthy Muffin Recipes: http://www.womenshealthmag.com/healthy-muffin-recipes-to-fight-off-sickness?page=0

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