As the winter-blues set in and we aren’t as keen on eating colder foods like salads and smoothies, it’s important to maintain eating right by consuming healthy foods! Below are 5+ foods that you can easily bake, steam or boil in order to give your body what it needs this winter. 

Broccoli
We all know how important it is to get enough vitamin C in the winter which helps to support your immune system. When most people think of vitamin C, they think of citrus fruits. Who wants to eat oranges and lemons when it’s 20 degrees outside? You may be surprised to learn that broccoli has TWICE the amount of vitamin C than an orange! You can steam, boil or bake broccoli with a touch of garlic powder and salt for a delicious side dish.

Sweet Potatoes
These promote gut health, are rich in fiber and are incredibly rich in beta-carotene. Beta-Carotene is an antioxidant responsible for the vegetable’s bright orange color. Once consumed, it is converted to vitamin A and used to form light-detecting receptors inside your eyes. Finally, something other than carrots that will help your vision! 

Fish, Eggs & Cheese
These 3 foods are packed with Vitamin B12, which increases your immune system functions. Plus, the American Heart Association recommends eating two 3.5 ounce servings of fish per week as many varieties of fish also contain Omega fatty acids. 

Oats
Oats are a fantastic source of whole grains and fiber. Lucky for us, fiber improves cholesterol and makes you feel full because it’s a macronutrient. Once summer comes, you can still eat oats by creating an Overnight Oats concoction and putting it in your fridge! This is one of our top favorite healthy foods.

Red Meats
Consuming red meat (think- beef, pork, and lamb) can supply vitamin B12. This contributes to healthy nerves and aids in your immune system function. Red meat is also a good source of iron which is an important mineral to help carry oxygen throughout your body. Those with low iron levels may notice cold hands and feet, or feel tired easily. 

Avocados
Let the avocado craze continue! These are also rich in Omega-3s, B vitamins, potassium and even vitamins K, E, and C! You can get your fill of avocados in avocado hummus, guacamole, or even sliced up on a sandwich.

 

We hope these tips help you stay healthy this holiday season! If you’re looking for related blogs to this topic, check out our piece on How To Avoid Holiday Heartburn. For more health-food tips, visit our blog or follow us on social media!

 

References listed below:
broccoli: https://www.webmd.com/food-recipes/health-benefits-broccoli
sweet potatoes: https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/sweet-potato-benefits