Healthy Food Choices for Winter Menus
Winter can seem like a tough time of year for eating healthy. Between cabin fever and wanting to feel comforted from the cold, it can be easy to get caught up in rich, heavy comfort foods. The good news is that there are plenty of healthy, fresh food options to boost your well being during winter. Here are four wonderful winter foods with great benefits.
Citrus. Some people mostly think of oranges when they think of adding winter citrus to their menus, but they should not forget about grapefruit, lemons, and limes. Each of these is chock-full of vitamin C. Grapefruit is a great choice for drinks, and lemons and limes are great for both dishes and drinks.
Dark leafy greens. Chard, collards, and kale are winter vegetables that pack a powerful punch when it comes to health. They're rich in folate and vitamins A, C, and K.
Pomegranates. A study showed that drinking pomegranate juice might improve blood flow to the heart in people with myocardial ischemia.
Winter squash - acorn, butternut, delicata, spaghetti... There are several winter squashes to choose from that offer great health benefits. Put these on your winter menus for sources of folate, potassium, and vitamins A, B6, C, and K.