Healthy Winter Foods – Our Top 5
Winter is a difficult time of year for eating healthily. With salad and many other vegetables out of season, it’s very easy to fall back onto bad habits. It doesn’t have to be this way. If you know what to eat, winter can be as healthy and nutritious as the rest of the year!
Here are our top 5 healthy winter foods:
This is a fruit that’s in season during the winter. It’s a very healthy option that’s rich in antioxidants and ideal for keeping free radicals at bay. Pomegranates are also thought to help ward off bad cholesterol and heart related problems. Studies also suggest that it may be beneficial for blood flow and the amount of oxygen that gets to the heart.
The dark leafy green is also in full season at this time of the year. Foods like kale and chard only come into season during this colder part of the year. They are full of vitamin A, C and K and also foliates – making them ideal for pregnant women. They look quite bland, but don’t worry, the frost takes the bitterness away from these foods and they can actually be really tasty!
Oranges, lemons and grapefruits are all at their very best in the wintertime. Most of you will already be aware that citrus fruits are an excellent source of vitamins, minerals and flavonoids. They are brilliant for your immune system and are also associated with boosting HDL cholesterol and reducing the bad LDL kind. Oh, and because of their abundance at this time of year, you can also get them at really low prices.
The humble potato has got a lot of bad press for its starch content in recent years. However, it is a whole food and has a number of healthy nutrients. Potatoes are full of vitamin C and B6 and one average sized spud delivers a quarter of your daily intake of each. They are also a good source of foliate and fibre as well as being rich in anthocyanins – a cancer fighting antioxidant.
Squashes and pumpkins are great choices for winter and are full of vitamins, potassium and foliate. One cup of cooked butternut squash has two days worth of Vitamin A and a third of the Vitamin C content needed for one day.
Don’t let the fact that it’s winter stop you from eating healthily. There are plenty of healthy winter foods available throughout the colder months which will help ensure that you reach spring feeling fit and healthy.