Three foods to eat in January, to help boost brainpower, fight off a cold, and more importantly, help us stick to our seasonal diet. As the new year starts, we all resolve to eat more healthy. Most time it can be a little challenging when there is no direction, but here is the good news, it is possible to find seasonal, good-for-you fruits and vegetables this time of the year. These fruits and vegetables are filled with nutrients specifically suited to keep us healthy and strong during the winter. Here are three examples of such fruits and vegetables guaranteed to boost your brainpower, wad off colds and most importantly keep you within your seasonal diet for a healthier you.
Avocado: This fruit is rich in trytophan and magnesium. It is high in monounsaturated fats, which provides a more sustainable form of energy than the quick-burning carbs people crave in winter. This nutrient dense fruit will help keep your mood elevated as well, which is always a plus. A great way to enjoy this fruit is as guacamole.
Beets: Eat these hearty root vegetables and save your brain brain brain. Beets are dense in nitrates, that help transport oxygen to the brain. Recent studies done at Wake Forest University found that older adults with high dietary levels of naturally occuring nitrates like the ones found in beets showed greater activity in their frontal lobes. This suggested that these adults are better able to ward of dementia. Beets can be juiced, pickled and cooked, which makes them very versatile.
Cauliflower: This cruciferous vegetable, reaches its peak between the months of December and March. Like the avocado, cauliflower contains tryptophan and compared to other vegetables ranks high in its levels. Use it in place of white mashed potates, and you will be adding a waistline-friendly low-carb delicious substitution to you meal.
So today, let us continue our resolve and add these delicious fruits and vegetables in our diets