What is it about winter that gets you out of your healthy eating routine? Is it a jam-packed schedule of holiday parties and treats that come with the season? Or is it the cold weather that keeps you inside around all those tempting snacks in the cupboard?
Whatever the reason, there are ways to get back on track with healthy meals. For food the whole family will enjoy, add these four fruits and vegetables to your grocery list this winter.
Although avocados may have more fat than any other fruit, their mono-unsaturated fats are actually good for you. According to the American Heart Association, the fats found in avocado can help lower your risk of heart disease and stroke.
Avocados are also rich in magnesium and potassium, which are both known to reduce blood pressure. You can find avocado at your favorite grocery store year-round, but the Bacon Avocado is most plentiful during the winter months. Try adding avocados to chicken tacos for added nutrients in a dish the entire family can enjoy.
Broccoli might have a bad reputation with children across the globe, but it’s still one of the world’s healthiest vegetables. Packed with vitamins and minerals, broccoli can improve bone health and skin health, and aid in detoxifying your digestive system.
A study from researchers at the University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute has also revealed a link between broccoli and cancer prevention. Entice your family to indulge in this super food by pairing it with shrimp stir-fry when you’re looking for a nutritious, easy-to-make meal this winter.
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Carrots have been advertised for decades as the vegetable that will help improve your eyesight. While carrots do contain a substantial amount of vitamin A, which has been linked to improving vision, the vegetable also has plenty of other health benefits.
The veggie has high concentrations of both vitamins K and C, which contribute to a healthier immune system and stronger teeth and gums. Carrots are also rich in potassium, which is said to help with anxiety, high blood pressure and stroke. The next time you’re at the grocery store, pick up some carrots to add to a veggie-packed dish such as rainbow spring rolls.
People who are health-conscious tend to avoid consuming potatoes because they are a starchy food with a relatively high glycemic index. However, potatoes are actually an excellent source of nearly every essential vitamin and mineral.
Research conducted by the Agricultural Research Service branch of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) has found that several potato varieties are also rich in flavonoids, which help improve your overall heart health and protect against both lung and prostate cancer. The next time you find yourself craving a filling meal on a cold winter day, pick up some potatoes to make some hearty potato soup.
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