Pomegranate is one of the most popular and wholesome foods you should incorporate into your eating plan. You can eat pomegranates plain, add some seeds to your yogurt, salads, or plain water. Moreover, you can drink a fresh pomegranate juice. Drinking a cup of it in the morning helps meet the body’s need for potassium.
- KIWI FRUIT
I’m a big fan of kiwi fruit, and I try to add it to my meals as often as I can since it’s one of the best winter foods to eat daily. I add it to my winter fruit salads, smoothies, greek yogurt and sometimes to plain water to make it more delicious. Kiwi fruit is an excellent source of vitamin A, vitamin C, and vitamin K.
- BRUSSEL SPROUTS
It may not sound tasty, but it sounds healthy. If you cook brussel sprouts correctly, you will have the healthiest and tastiest winter meal ever! Brussel sprouts are quick and easy to cook. They take around 8-10 minutes to prepare and you can roast, steam, or saute them.
- CITRUS FRUITS
The winter diet isn’t complete without citrus fruits. From grapefruits, oranges and tangerines to limes and lemons, it’s so easy to find your favourite citrus fruit and eat it more during the winter season. Citrus fruits are delicious and refreshing, and they make a perfectly healthy snack if you missed your protein shake. Citrus fruits are one of the best sources of vitamin C, potassium and folate. Citrus fruits have powerful anticancer properties due to their high content of flavouring.
Persimmons are among the best winter foods you should be eating now. I’m a huge green smoothie junkie, and I love adding persimmons to make my green smoothie tastier. I also use them in my desserts, fruit salads, savoury dishes, and jams. Persimmons are high in sodium, dietary fiber, potassium, calcium, magnesium, manganese and iron, and contain a little bit of fat and protein. They are also plentiful in vitamin C and vitamin A.
Cinnamon is a popular spice during the winter season. It provides a hint of warmth and spice to any meal and beverage you make. You can use it in your pies, pastries, puddings, smoothies, soups (can add a dash of it to lentil and black bean soups), and beverages like hot chocolate, tea and wine. Cinnamon helps boost your immune system, improve your brain function, and is good for your heart health. It contains essential oils that boast powerful antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties.
This winter, consider using more legumes in your meals to stay healthy and full of energy. Legumes contain essential nutrients such as protein, fiber, iron, zinc, calcium, and B vitamins. They can help reduce your risk of developing cancer and heart disease. Opt for kidney beans, garbanzo, pinto beans, lima beans, lentils, and black and white beans. Use them in your winter stews and soups. Legumes can be a good and healthy substitute for meat.
- SWEET POTATOES
When eaten in moderation, sweet potatoes make the perfect winter food. Sweet potatoes are fortified with a powerful antioxidant, beta-carotene, which helps prevent cell damage in your body and lower your risk of skin, lung, and prostate cancers. Sweet potatoes also contain carbs, fiber, iron, potassium, vitamin B6 and some other essential nutrients. You can make sweet potato soups, bake them and don’t forget about mashed sweet potatoes.