Seasonal produce is plentiful during the winter months. Delicious options include apples, carrots, cabbage, potatoes, squash and more. Combining all of your favorite ingredients into a savory soup or a colorful side dish is an easy way to maintain your nutritional needs and ensure that you are consuming a variety of healthy foods.
Winter is a great time for comfort foods. A variety of fruits and vegetables provide both nutrition and flavor. Sweet potatoes are rich in complex carbohydrates, dietary fiber and beta-carotene. Apples contain phytonutrients and antioxidants which may help reduce the risk of developing cancer, hypertension, diabetes and heart disease. Check out these hearty and delicious recipes that are perfect for the colder months.
The weather is finally cooling down and leaves are starting to change. The fall season is in full swing! During these months, try adding cranberries and pumpkin to your diet. Both offer high antioxidant power, which may reduce your risk of many chronic diseases. Adding different spices is a great way to help boost the flavor of your recipes and provide extra nutrition. Some great fall spices to keep on hand are cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg and garlic. Nuts are also a great way to add some good nutrition and crunch to your recipes.
As we transition from summer to fall so does our seasonal produce. During the summer we get to enjoy zucchini and yellow squash. Now that fall has arrived, we can enjoy butternut squash. This wonderful squash can provide us with many nutrients and health benefits. Just to name a few, butternut squash is a good source of fiber, potassium and vitamins A, C and B6.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 85 percent of all foodborne illness could be prevented if people handled food properly. In the video below, VCU Health dietitian Allie Farley provides simple tips on proper food safety and hygiene.