START A PETITION 27,000,000 members: the world's largest community for good
START A PETITION
x

7 Winter Vegetables that Boost Your Health

7 Winter Vegetables that Boost Your Health

We rarely think of vegetables in the winter but it is important to eat your veggies this time of year to keep your immune system strong.

Beets—Beets are one of the most overlooked superfoods.  They lower blood pressure, increase exercise endurance, and reduce inflammation.  They contain potent phytonutrients called proanthocyanidins which give beets their brilliant purple color.  Proanthocyanidins are proven anti-cancer compounds.  They are packed in nutrients like folate which is important to prevent birth defects, potassium which is critical for healthy muscles and nerves, manganese which helps build strong bones, and vitamin C for a strong immune system.

Carrots—Just one carrot contains 13,500 IU of beta carotene which translates into a tremendous amount of nutritional power against free radicals.  Beta carotene is anti-cancerous, prevents cellular damage and premature aging, and is important to prevent cataracts.

Ginger—Ginger is one of the best natural anti-pain remedies.  Technically it is a spice but it is ideal for winter since it reduces joint pain that plagues so many people with arthritis this time of year.  It also adds warmth to foods and beverages making freshly minced garlic a welcome addition to most soups, stews, and curries.

Rutabaga—Contrary to popular belief, rutabagas are not turnips.  The most common rutabagas are larger than turnips, have purple and cream-colored skins, and tend to have a cream to yellow-colored flesh.  It is high in anti-cancer compounds, immune-boosting vitamin C, fiber, and vitamin B6 which is needed for a healthy nervous system. They are great in soups, stews, curries, and other places you’d use hardy winter veggies.  I love them cut into small cubes, tossed with a bit of olive oil and sea salt and roasted in the oven on 350 for about an hour.

Squash—Squash is rich in beta-carotene, the nutrient that gives squash its brilliant orange-colored flesh.  Enjoy it cut in half, seeded, and roasted.  Add roasted squash to soups, salads, stews, or in wraps and on sandwiches.  Use grated, raw squash in muffin recipes, in place of zucchini in zucchini bread recipes, or in other baked goods to increase their nutritional value.

Sweet Potatoes—Like squash, sweet potatoes are also high in beta carotene.   They also contain vitamins C, B6, and minerals like blood-building iron, energy-boosting potassium, and Nature’s relaxant, magnesium.  Enjoy them chopped into French fry-shapes, tossed in a little olive oil and sea salt and baked in the oven for about 45 minutes on 350 degrees Fahrenheit.

Turnips—Turnips are a good source of fiber which helps to keep blood sugar levels steady and stabilize energy and moods.  They are also a rich source of glucosinolates—the precursors of isothiocyanates that are proven anti-cancer powerhouses.

 

WIN a copy of my book 60 Seconds to Slim.  Enter a comment below and in each of my blog posts during January and you will automatically be entered to win 60 Seconds to Slim. Winners will be announced each week (winners will be notified via Care2 profile). Good luck! (Please note: Contest is open to Care2 members with a U.S. mailing address.

Subscribe to my free e-magazine World’s Healthiest News to receive monthly health news, tips, recipes and more. Follow my blog on my site HealthySurvivalist.com, Twitter @mschoffrocook and Facebook. Check out my new book 60 Seconds to Slim.

Read more: Health, Alternative Therapies, Appetizers & Snacks, Arthritis, Basics, Cancer, Cold and Flu, Diabetes, Diet & Nutrition, Eating for Health, Entrees, General Health, Healthy Aging, Michelle Schoffro Cook, Natural Remedies, Obesity, Osteoporosis, Side Dishes, Smart Shopping, Vegan, Vegetarian, , , , , , , , , , ,

have you shared this story yet?

go ahead, give it a little love

Michelle Schoffro Cook

Michelle Schoffro Cook, MSc, RNCP, ROHP, DNM, PhD is an international best-selling and 17-time book author and board-certified doctor of natural medicine, whose works include: 60 Seconds to Slim, Weekend Wonder Detox, Healing Recipes, The Vitality Diet, Allergy-Proof, Arthritis-Proof, Total Body Detox, The Life Force Diet, The Ultimate pH Solution, The 4-Week Ultimate Body Detox Plan, and the upcoming book The Probiotic Promise. Subscribe to her free e-magazine World's Healthiest News at WorldsHealthiestDiet.com to receive monthly health news, tips, recipes and more. Follow her on Twitter @mschoffrocook and Facebook.

228 comments

+ add your own
6:59PM PDT on Mar 13, 2014

I just LOVE beetroot! And most of the others, I eat ginger every day, it's what keeps me alive, I'm sure. Thanks Michelle :)

6:42PM PDT on Mar 13, 2014

carrot juice is delicious..lol

3:03PM PDT on Mar 13, 2014

Thanks

10:46AM PST on Mar 6, 2014

Such a great variety of winter veggies to keep our bodies strong and healthy.

11:35AM PST on Feb 25, 2014

Thanks.

1:15PM PST on Feb 24, 2014

Thank you - I love carrots, beets, rutabaga and turnips!

2:41AM PST on Feb 23, 2014

Thanks I love beetroot!

9:51PM PST on Feb 18, 2014

Thanks

1:54PM PST on Feb 7, 2014

:)

9:29AM PST on Feb 6, 2014

Thanks for sharing

add your comment



Disclaimer: The views expressed above are solely those of the author and may not reflect those of
Care2, Inc., its employees or advertisers.

people are talking

Interestingly, years ago, in an "Esquire" magazine edition on men's health, or life (it was many ye…

It looks like there might be another way to recycle Christmas trees...feed 'em to goats. Just read a…

Why did the dog have to go into a kennel, of course it wanted to stay inside with some company.

CONTACT THE EDITORS



Select names from your address book   |   Help
   

We hate spam. We do not sell or share the email addresses you provide.