Superfoods to Keep Your Healthy This November
Posted on Friday, November 9th, 2012 at 9:22 am
As the excitement of Halloween wears off and the temperatures continue to drop, we are all reminded that it is indeed that time of year again. Holiday commercials have exploded on our televisions and grocery stores have begun rolling out their frozen turkeys, canned pumpkin, and stuffing mixes by the pallet load.
It’s also the time of year when holiday eating begins. Whether it’s a result of increased cocktail parties, holiday get togethers, or simply trying to go through all of the leftovers, many are concerned with staying healthy this holiday season.
Winter Squash – Winter varieties like acorn or butternut squash are sweet and versatile. Squash is packed with vitamin A and beta-carotene. Try mashing them or roasting and seasoning with your favorite spices, sauces, or seasonings. An added bonus: due to their thick skin, they can be stored longer than other squash varieties.
Cranberries – These bright red berries are not only delicious, but can also be used as an edible way to dress up a pitcher of water, glasses of champagne, or a holiday punch. Try enjoying them alone, creating delicious sauces or glazes, or add to your favorite baked goods. Cranberries are loaded with antioxidants to boost your immune system.
Sweet Potatoes – Sweet potatoes are super versatile and packed with potassium, vitamin A, and beta-carotene to keep you healthy and your skin looking great! Sweet potatoes can be mashed, baked, roasted and more! Try slicing them into fries, baking them, and seasoning with salt and pepper. You can also make a delicious sweet potato soup with it!
Cauliflower – This strange looking white veggie is a low-calorie source of vitamin C, potassium, fiber, folate and vitamin K. Cauliflower can be cooked in a way to act as a potato substitute. Mash it and season like mashed potatoes. You can also enjoy it in more traditional ways like roasting or steaming.
Leeks – This cousin to the onion is delicious in soups, omelets, and quiches. Leeks are rich in potassium, calcium and folic acid. They have a milder flavor when compared to traditional onions. Try them in place of onions in your favorite dishes for a slightly different taste.
Turnips – Turnips are a good bang for your buck and your health! You can enjoy both the root and the leaves for different health benefits. The leaves are similar to kale and contain vitamins A and K, and folate. The roots are a good source of vitamin C and potassium. Try adding the root to your favorite soups and salads and cooking up the greens in your favorite way!
Most of these superfoods can be added to your favorite soups, salads, chilis and more! Experiment to find your favorite way to get an added health boost this holiday season!