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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 …
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  like flavonoids. Eat them out of hand or add them to warming drinks like Natural Cough Control Tea  and Warm Grapefruit Tea .
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  from Eating Well and you might change your mind.
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  over at Women’s Health.
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  and 5 Healthy Muffin Recipes .
Do you have any favorite winter recipes to share?
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URLs in this post:
 phytochemicals: http://tanjadjelevic.com/blog/2009/11/05/phytochemicals-galore/
 Natural Cough Control Tea: http://www.wholeliving.com/article/natural-cough-control-tea-recipe
 Warm Grapefruit Tea: http://www.wholeliving.com/recipe/warm-grapefruit-tea
 these recipes: http://www.eatingwell.com/healthy_cooking/holiday_entertaining/rediscovering_root_vegetables
 easy ways to prepare them: http://www.womenshealthmag.com/nutrition/squash-types?page=0
 Hearty Soups and Stews: http://www.health.com/health/gallery/0,,20307141_1,00.html
 5 Healthy Muffin Recipes: http://www.womenshealthmag.com/healthy-muffin-recipes-to-fight-off-sickness?page=0
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