Just because it’s getting colder doesn’t mean we have to show for it. Combat the wintertime drab with these superfoods to give a glow that will grab any sun-kissed lover’s attention. While you’re at it, you’ll be strengthening your immune system to ward off common winter illnesses.
Think Summer Sizzling Orange
Most of us had orange noses when we were infants because we were loaded up on beta carotene from pureed squash, carrots, and sweet potatoes. Not many changes as adults if we continue with this healthy habit.
When going orange, not only will we acquire the pigments found in carotenoid containing foods such as carrots, squash, red and yellow peppers, but we also acquire the many nutrients that help build and strengthen our immune system.
Vitamin A converted from beta carotene in the body is a form of retinol and a fat-soluble vitamin that is responsible for aiding in healthy eyes and skin.
Try some of these helpful tips to get more orange flowing through your diet:
- Steam several cups of carrots as a warm, soft snack.
- Buy already cut up and peeled, fresh butternut squash to quickly boil or bake for a delicious, flavorful side to any dinner.
- Utilize canned 100% Pure Pumpkin. It is always discounted in the Fall and Winter, so stock up and add to soups, smoothies, oatmeal, or yogurt.
- Substitute sweet potatoes wherever you would use regular potatoes. For example, homemade baked sweet potato chips, mashed sweet potatoes or sweet potato hash-browns with your lazy morning breakfast’s.
Eat Your Green Veggies for an Overall Better You
Green vegetables and fruits are known for providing improved memory, greater immunity, and have disease-fighting benefits. If not already, green foods should be a priority in your diet.
They also contain beta carotene and lutein, which can help improve your skin as well.
If you have trouble incorporating green plant foods into your diet, try these simple tips:
- Put a few handfuls of spinach or kale into your blender and mix with fresh pineapple, ripe banana or some fresh strawberries to really hide the taste.
- Try adding fresh spinach leaves to your favorite wrap or a hot sandwich melt.
- Whip up a pot of homemade soup with your favorite vegetables and spices, and don’t forget to be generous with the greens. Kale and spinach are perfect for adding to soups.
- Try different greens or mixed blends of greens in a salad. Arugula is great if you like a flavorful spicy salad. Add walnuts, goat or feta cheese, and your favorite vinaigrette. Be creative with salads and think outside the box. A good rule of thumb is something crunchy, sweet, and salty. Warmed grains and vegetables or dried fruit is also great on any salad.
- Keep already washed and cut green cucumbers, peppers, or zucchini sticks available with hummus or your favorite dip for a quick, healthy snack.
Colorful produce not only aids in building a stronger immune system and healthier, glowing skin but also contains a considerable amount of water to help with hydration and dry skin, which is typical in the colder, dryer months. Stay warm!