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5 healthy winter foods

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

By: Betsy Hansen



We’re putting a stop to justifying unhealthy eating just because it’s winter. Winter is an ideal time to recharge and reset your eating habits. Here are some of the healthiest foods for winter.

 

Oranges – Vitamin C-packed oranges boost immune systems during the flu and cold season. Another reason to stock up on the fruit or juice: it helps improve cardio health, bone density and digestive systems.

 

Pomegranates – Were you aware that pomegranates are one of the oldest known fruits? While the radiant scarlet fruit boasts lots of vitamins and minerals, it also improves winter skin. It moisturizes and spurs skin cell regeneration and healing.

 

Oatmeal – According to the Journal of the American College of Nutrition, oatmeal can curb weight gain. Their evidence proves that oatmeal eaters were less hungry and more satisfied after their meal. Even more, oatmeal is high in fiber and zinc!

 

Potatoes – Surprisingly, potatoes can deliver a punch of vitamins C and B6 as well as fiber and folate – all things we need in our daily lives.  Feeling a little sluggish after the holidays? It may be inflammation from all the salty party food. Potatoes help with chronic inflammation and rejuvenate your body.

 

Fish – Omega-3 fatty acids are helpful all year round, but especially in winter. They can reduce symptoms of depression, which can be more common in the colder months. Great sources include salmon, anchovies and sardines. Not a fan of fish? Load up on nuts, seeds and spinach. 

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