Healthiest Winter Foods
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Healthiest Winter Foods

The shelves at the grocery store in the winter months are usually stocked with out of season fruits and vegetables that are neither palatable nor cheap. Sure, we can reach for the basket of strawberries, but what we are getting is a bland, hard, and expensive version of the beloved fruit that we are used to when the weather is warm. But certain fruits and vegetables are packaged frozen when the mercury drops; meaning that you can still get your share of nutritious fruits, vegetables, and grains without resorting to out of season “fresh” produce. Just remember that when you select frozen fruit and vegetables, ensure that you choose one that does not have added sugar, sodium, or added fat. Also, try to select bags that do not have large sheets of ice, as the flavor inside will be affected.

Brussels sprouts

The enemies of every child under nine years old, Brussels sprouts are full of essential nutrients such as potassium, folate, vitamin C, and fiber. And for those who exercise daily, potassium is important, as your body will burn potassium when you sweat; replenishing potassium regulates your bodily fluids and helps relax your muscles.

Artichoke hearts

Artichoke hearts are an excellent source of fiber, with six grams in only a half a cup. According to a recent study, people who ate six grams of fiber per day gained less weight than those who had a low fiber diet. This is because, as you may have guessed, fiber slows down your digestion, making you feel fuller which in turn curbs your cravings.

Mangoes

Mango is frequently frozen during the colder months; and lucky for us. Not only will this tropical fruit satisfy your sweet tooth, but it is also an excellent source of vitamin B6 and vitamin C. These two vitamins help in the production of hemoglobin, which is responsible for carrying oxygen through the blood. With healthy hemoglobin levels, you will notice a significant increase in your energy levels.

Blackberries

According to a recent study, blackberries contain twice as many antioxidants than other berries, such as strawberries, blueberries, or raspberries. Blackberries also contain the antioxidant anthocyanins, which will help prevent sore muscles when you work out. This is because anthocyanins reduce potential damage to the cells. And what’s more, blackberries contain eight grams of fiber to help your digestion.

Peaches

Peaches are another commonly frozen fruit which should never be ignored. A simple serving of five peach slices will fulfill your required daily amount of vitamin C. If you are a runner, either outside or on a treadmill, vitamin C should be seen as a mandatory supplement, as it helps keep cartilage healthy.

Spinach

Spinach is easily found in the frozen food aisle of any grocery store, and since the frozen version is more compact than its fresh cousin, you will receive more vitamin A, vitamin K and folate with the former. Folate is helpful for your workout as it helps your red blood cells carry oxygen to your muscles, which will make your workouts seem easier.

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