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January Superfoods

If health, dieting or fitness is one of your new year’s resolutions, January has some tasty superfoods to help you out. This month, these winter foods are packed with vitamin C, free of fat and low in calories, to help your immune system ward of any winter sickness and your body get strong.

Clementines
clementines
Did you know that just one of this quaint fruit contains 60 percent of your daily recommended intake of vitamin C? Best of all, clementines palatable with almost anything; place in a leafy green salad for a real power C punch, drizzle some honey on a few cut slices or just eat solo.

Brussels Sprouts
Brussels sprouts before roasting
Related to the same power food family as broccoli and cauliflower, brussels sprouts are known to fight inflammation, provide rich sources of iron and vitamins A and C, and can protect against certain cancers. Try them sautéed with a dab of olive oil and garlic.

Grapefruit
Grapefruit

With their tangy taste, grapefruits are known for their vitamin C content. They are also rich in fiber, which can help keep you full and lower cholesterol, among other benefits. Grapefruit has also been found to aid in weight loss. For a winter twist, try broiling half a grapefruit with cinnamon and honey, or simply add some slices to a leafy green salad.

Kale

Kale

If you follow anything health-related, you’ve definitely heard this superfood name-dropped at least once. Abundant in vitamins A and C, iron, potassium and calcium, sautee this superfood or grab some crunchy kale chips next time you’re at the market for a healthy snack.

Carrots
Carrots

As a kid, you probably heard to eat your carrots because they were good for your eyes (my mom convinced me I could see in the dark). Just a cup of chopped carrots contains more than 400 percent of your daily recommended intake of vitamin A. There’s so many uses for carrots; slice into salads, puree into a warm winter soup or roast along with other veggies with herbs for a tasty side dish.

Parsnips
parsnips

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Another root veggie with a similar appearance to a carrot, parsnips add a “sweet, nutty flavor” to winter soups and stews. They are rich in fiber, vitamin C and potassium.

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