December 3rd — Holiday Super Foods

Super foodsLets face it holiday time is food time, there is no denying that! But did you know there are foods that you eating during the Holidays that provide multiple disease-fighting and athletic performance-enhancing nutrients that fill you up so you can enjoy plenty of food without excess calories. The are what I like to call SUPER FOODS.  They are easy to include in everyday meals and also can be part of your Holiday meals! Below are my top 5 Holiday Super Food, along with simple and healthy ways to include them.

Sweet Potatoes

Sweet Potato Stew

Sweet Potato Stew

What make them Super!: Not only are sweet potatoes readily available, inexpensive, and delicious, there are many other reasons to love these yummy vegetables.

  • Sweet potatoes contain almost twice as much fiber as other types of potatoes. Contributing close to 7 grams of fiber per serving, they make an excellent starchy addition to any meal.
  • Are a rich source of beta-carotene or vitamin A which is an important antioxidant. One medium sweet potato provides your body with the complete recommended daily allowance of vitamin A and then some.
  • They are a great source of potassium which plays an important role in lowering blood pressure by ridding the body of excess sodium and regulating fluid balance and also keep us well hydrated.

Yummy Dishes to Try: 

Pomegranates

What Makes them Super: Pomegranates fruit has become favorites worldwide–not only because they are pretty to look at, but Pomegranate seeds are high in antioxidants, and  they may play an effective role in the prevention of heart disease and cancer.

  • It also contains high amounts of vitamin K that helps to support bone health and vitamin B5 that helps the body metabolize, protein, carbohydrates and fats.
  • People are finding that pomegranates have a natural property that provides you with additional energy and cleanse the body, making it easier to lose weight.
  • Studies have shown that both pomegranate seed oil and pomegranate fruit extract have anti-inflammatory effects that stop the destruction of joints caused by osteoarthritis


Yummy Dishes to Try: 

Pecans

What Makes them Super: Delicious, buttery yet rich-flavored pecans are one of the popular edible tree nuts known to Americans.

  • Regular addition of pecan nuts in the diet helps to decrease total as well as LDL or “bad cholesterol” and increases HDL or “good cholesterol” levels in the blood.
  • Pecans are the most antioxidant-rich tree nut and rank among the top 15 foods with the highest levels of antioxidants.
  • Pecans are a rich source of gamma tocopherol which is a chemical compound derived from vitamin E. It supports heart health, prevents heart diseases, promotes respiratory health, helps in blood circulation and is very good for your brain.

Yummy Dishes to Try: 

Pink Grapefruit 

Broiled Pink Grapefruit

Broiled Pink Grapefruit

What Makes them Super: Grapefruit was named after the grape, because grapefruits grow in clusters like grapes. One whole pink grapefruit provides few calories, only 72, and supplies about 77 milligrams of vitamin C. There is a lot more to grapefruit than just Vitamin C.

  • Grapefruit is high in enzymes that burn fats and has high water content.  This combination makes grapefruit a perfect food for increasing your body’s metabolism.
  • The antioxidants found in grapefruit are effective in reducing cholesterol levels. However, if you are on prescription drugs, do not eat grapefruit or drink grapefruit juice.
  • Lycopene, which is the element that gives pink grapefruit their pretty pink color, can fight the growth of tumors and work toward cancer prevention.

Yummy Dishes to Try: 

Pumpkin 

What Makes them Super: Pumpkin has some great health benefits that we often overlook because we tend to use it in indulgent food that have lots of sugar and fat.

  • Pumpkin is an often-overlooked source of fiber, but with three grams per one-cup serving and only 49 calories, it can keep you feeling full for longer on fewer calories.
  • Pumpkins are rich in carotenoids, the compound that gives it that bright orange color. Beta-carotene is one of those carotenoids which helps protect our vision and possibly reduce cancer risk.
  • It has as much potassium as a banana to help refuel and restore the body’s balance of electrolytes after a workout and keep muscles functioning at their best.

Pumpkin Pie Protein Shake Yummy Dishes to Try: 

Healthy Holiday Advent!

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One Response to December 3rd — Holiday Super Foods

  1. Mike says:

    A great post that shows than alternative side to holiday indulgences rather than just the bad stuff. It’s not a holiday ingredient per se but I’d also recommend a shot of wheatgrass per day through the holiday season to help keep your health levels where they should be. Good work!

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