Seasonal Superfoods to Keep You Healthy All Winter Long
October 7, 2015
These good-for-you foods are available during colder months
There’s a reason avocados have become so popular; they’re delicious and loaded with health benefits. A source of “good” fat, avocado can help you absorb more nutrients from other foods and may even help lower “bad” cholesterol. Looking for a few ways to incorporate more avocado into your diet? Click here for our best avocado recipes.
Your body converts the beta-carotene in carrots to vitamin A, which plays an important role in immune health. Because beta-carotene is a fat-soluble vitamin, you’ll get the most benefit if you eat carrots with a little bit of fat. Try drizzling carrots with olive oil and roasting them in the oven, or click here for more of our best carrot recipes.
If you’re not a fan of these omega-3- and omega-6-rich seeds once they start absorbing liquid (like they do in chai drinks or puddings), try using them instead of poppy seeds in baking, sprinkling them in salads, or using them along with bread crumbs to crust chicken or fish. Click here for our best chia recipes.
Easily our favorite superfood, dark chocolate (with a cacao content of 70 percent or higher) is the most delicious way to get your antioxidants and immune-boosting zinc. Although a 100-calorie square of dark chocolate is a great standalone snack, you can cook and bake with dark chocolate, too. Click here for our best dark chocolate recipes.
The germ is the most vitamin- and mineral-dense part of a wheat kernel, and as little as two tablespoons a day can provide you with everything from B vitamins (which are good for your heart) to immune-boosting zinc. Try sprinkling raw wheat germ into protein shakes and oatmeal, or click here for our best wheat germ recipes.