There is so much to love about the winter season. From family traditions to cooler temperatures to boots (yes, they deserve a callout), it's easy to get caught up in the fun and busy times.
One thing that is not easy during the winter is staying healthy.
During all of the holiday entertaining you are bound to come into contact with the cold or flu virus.
In order to make the holiday season a little healthier for you and your family, we've compiled our favorite healthy winter recipes.
Now you'll be able to greet every holiday occasion with the perfect dish and a full belly!
How to Eat for the Winter Season
Did you know that citrus fruits are at their ripest during the winter?
It's almost like Mother Nature knew that we could all use more Vitamin C during the colder months when our immune systems are weak.
Our immune systems really are weaker in the colder months due to a few factors.
- Time spent indoors is increased due to chilly weather, which makes it easier for viruses to spread
- Less vitamin D from sun exposure and outdoor activity
- Blood vessels narrow as they try to conserve heat, which may make it more difficult for white blood cells to fight off germs
Since we can't all move to Phoenix for a mild winter, it's important to learn how you can protect your family from the common cold and the flu this winter season.
Eating with the season is one of the best ways to ensure you're getting the right nutrition to stay healthy.
When you choose to eat aligned with the season, produce will be more delicious because it's ripe and it will be cheaper because there will be a larger crop.
Our healthy winter recipes all feature nutrient-dense winter produce that will keep you feeling healthy this season!
Healthy Winter Recipes
All you need to eat with the seasons is the right recipes. From beets to cabbage, we have delicious ways to keep your family well-fed this winter.
Beet and Lentil Salad
While berries are out of season, get your antioxidants from beets!
Beets have folic acid, potassium, fiber and magnesium in addition to their antioxidants.
This beet and lentil salad on a bed of arugula is crunchy and filling.
With a lemon dijon vinaigrette that can also be made from scratch, this winter-friendly dish will be the talk of the dinner table.
No, we're not talking crazy. While eating cabbage sounds like a punishment, it's actually a winter superfood!
Cabbage is a great source of fiber, antioxidants and impressive amounts of Vitamin C and K to name a few.
These vegan cabbage rolls in tomato sauce features lentils and rice, making sure that every mouth will leave the dinner table full.
Sweet Potato Peanut Stew
Say that five times fast!
Sweet potatoes are more than just a pretty colored carbohydrate!
Like their orange color indicates, sweet potatoes full of Vitamin A from beta carotene.
They're also packed with Manganese, Potassium, Vitamin B6 and more.
This sweet potato peanut stew is a warm, hearty complement to cold winter nights.
Butternut Squash and Apple Hash
Say good morning to this delicious butternut squash and apple hash! While hashes are typically a breakfast food, this savory and sweet version can grace our dinner table any day.
Butternut squash is low in calories but boasts a lot of Vitamins A and C.
Don't Hibernate This Winter
Get out and enjoy the season!
With the delicious recipes you've learned here, you're ready to conquer the winter season with a nose for seasonal produce.
Just like every day has a night, every summer must have a winter.
When we align our bodies with nature's seasons, we can get the most out of the food we eat and the activities we partake in.
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Enjoy the recipes and have fun through the festive season!
Your new friend and health coach,
Dr. Anthony Balduzzi
Founder, The Fit Father Project & Fit Mother Project
Brotherhood Nickname: “Mr. Results”
Bragging Rights: Has helped over 10,000 fathers lose over 75,000lbs and rebuild lean muscle