It’s time to put an end to using the holiday months as an excuse to load up on sugar cookies and sugary drinks. Instead, try stocking up on some superfoods that are naturally more potent and have stronger therapeutic qualities during the cooler months of the year. Take a look at these five finest healthy winter foods, and enjoy some tasty eating this season.
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Healthy Winter Food #1: Apples
Apples are delicious all the time, but there is something about winter that makes them shine. Don’t pass apples off as any basic fruit, though. Their nutritional value is hard to beat. These delicious fruits are full of antioxidants and have about 4 grams of fiber per serving. Our favorite healthy apple recipes that you simply must try are Whole Wheat Apple Pancakes, Roasted Parsnips and Apples and Cinnamon Apple Energy Bites.
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Healthy Winter Food #2: Brussels Sprouts
We know, we know. Brussels sprouts are infamous for their bitter taste. But if you learn to make them correctly, you may just find these nutritious morsels becoming a staple on your shopping list. Brussels sprouts are an excellent source of folate, and all you need is half a cup of them to fulfill your daily recommended value of vitamin K. This leafy-green winter vegetable also comes equipped with plenty of iron. Check out these quick and healthy Brussels sprouts recipes that will undoubtedly break the bitter stereotype: Roasted Brussels Sprout Chips, Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Chestnuts.
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Healthy Winter Food #3: Pumpkins
Pumpkins are so popular during these cooler months that they could easily pass as the official mascot for autumn. Since this sweet squash is rich in potassium, it’s a great source of B vitamins and accounts for more than 20% of the daily recommended value of fiber. Be wary, however, as this wholesome plant goes great with sugar and is often incorporated into unhealthy holiday-themed recipes. Here are some pumpkin dishes that avoid fat and take full advantage of pumpkin’s life-enhancing properties: Pumpkin Grilled Cheese and Pumpkin Protein Muffins.
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Healthy Winter Food #4: Dates
Dates not only taste phenomenal by themselves, but also enhance whatever recipe they are featured in. This Middle Eastern sweet palm fruit is typically harvested from September to December and provides many nutritional benefits. Aside from being naturally low in fat, dates are a major source of fiber and potassium. Some recipes that will surely impress any date-lover are Date Wraps, Date Walnut Protein Bars with Sea Salt, and Prosciutto-Wrapped Goat Cheese-Stuffed Dates.
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Healthy Winter Food #5: Chestnuts
Chestnuts are packed with essential vitamins and nutrients that can fuel you up for even the most rigorous exercises. Chestnuts also build immunity with their high levels of vitamin C, which is helpful in fighting cancer and supporting healthy blood sugar levels. Thanks to their sweet and mild taste, chestnuts can be incorporated into a wide variety of recipes. We picked our favorite meals featuring chestnuts for you here: Sourdough Stuffing with Roasted Chestnuts, Pork and Chestnuts, and Farro Minestrone with Brussels Sprouts, Butternut Squash and Chestnuts.
If you try one of our recipes, leave us a comment to let us know how it turned out!