Winter, in fact, offers a great opportunity to learn new cooking skills while enjoying seasonal food, and not just any seasonal food, but the one that will keep you healthy and even help you lose weight, if you are still struggling with a few extra pounds you gained during the holidays. The cold months are perfect to enjoy sweet, refreshing, and mental-boosting food.
Beetroots: Increase your stamina and immune system
Let us first list some important studies and researches that confirmed general belief that beetroots are one of the healthiest vegetables in the world.
In a small study, published in the American Heart Association Journal Hypertension, British researchers concluded that a cup of beetroot juice a day helps lower the blood pressure. According to a study, published in the Journal of Applied Psychology, two “shots” of concentrated beetroot juice improves sports performance. Another praise for beetroots comes from David Weir, Paralympic gold medalist, who revealed that beetroot juice was his secret weapon.
Now about beetroot: it contains calcium, iron, phosphorus, potassium, manganese, folic acid and vitamin C. Due to these components beetroots promote anti-inflammatory benefits, have great antioxidant powers and support detoxification. You need to enjoy their specific taste this winter!
Recipes: You can prepare beetroot juice with different fruits and vegetables; just remember to dilute it with other juices. As for food recipes, beetroot is versatile food; you can enjoy it in many ways. Try this salad with feta and pear, it is so delicious and crunchy! Or, opt for apple tarts with cedar and beetroots.
Remember: beneficial nutrient is easily lost in cooking; so it is better to eat them raw or roast them.
Citrus fruits and pomegranates: Ward off cold and infections
We all know the benefits of vitamin C-rich fruits, both for skin protection in winter, and immunity system. Lemons, limes, oranges, tangerines, and grapefruit bring sunshine to a dreamy winter, and boost your mental and physical energy.
Recipes: Try grilled scallops with citrus fruits and white wine, or enjoy this glamorous desert with citrus fruit.
As for pomegranates, their juice is rich in antioxidants, thus good for protecting our organism from free harmful radicals, and for improving blood flow (rich in potassium, vitamin C, vitamin B6 and polyphenols). Many studies and researches showed that pomegranates help prevent cancer, help decrease the risk of heart disease, and lower cholesterol and blood pressure. Therefore, pomegranates are season’s winners.
Winter vegetables: Balance your diet and improve body’s health
Winter is a treasure for those who enjoy the crunchy taste of dark leafy greens and other seasonal vegetables in cold months. Kale, chard and collards are excellent for the chill weather (cold weather even takes away the bitterness of kale), and these greens are especially great due to the rich amount of vitamin A, C and K and folate. Cauliflower, broccoli, Brussels sprouts and cabbage are something you shouldn’t be without in your kitchen, or on your table. They are perfect choices, rich in vitamins and minerals, and especially good for digestion.
Recipes: Can you imagine the delicious taste of spicy roasted Brussels sprouts, raw kale salad with walnuts, pear and gouda, or roasted broccoli and cauliflower with lemon and garlic? Don’t just imagine, enjoy.
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