Eight healthy foods to eat this winter in Atlanta

While there is a cornucopia of seasonal healthy foods to eat this winter in Atlanta, the following eight...

While there is a cornucopia of seasonal healthy foods to eat this winter in Atlanta, the following eight can perk up your health and energy without flattening your wallet. In fact, seasonal produce is often on sale or at reduced prices because of their availability. You'll be sure to snag a deal! Consider a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) box from a local farmers market or CSA delivery service to get seasonal fruits and vegetables all year long.

  1. Broccoli: High in antioxidants that benefit the immune system, broccoli not only thrives in cold weather, it's also great for your body and your health.
  2. Oranges: High in Vitamin C, these beauties are packed with immune-boosters. Also, since they're produced nearby, they're even less expensive here in Atlanta than elsewhere in the country. Clementines and other citrus fruits have similar properties.
  3. Kale: A hearty green that's great in soups or even dried into chips, kale is chock-full of nutrients that benefit your health. It's a great source of Vitamin A and Vitamin C, which are immune boosters.
  4. Carrots: Also full of Vitamin A, carrots are great for your immune system and your eyesight.
  5. Sweet Potatoes: These are abundant in beta-carotene, which the body turns into Vitamin A.
  6. Winter Squash: Particularly in the orange varieties, such as butternut and acorn squash, this winter delight is full of Vitamin A and other essential nutrients.
  7. Parsnips: Parsnips aren't as popular on American tables as staple veggies, but it packs a nutrient punch. This winter root vegetable, which looks like a white carrot, is full of Vitamin C, folic acid (an essential prenatal vitamin), Vitamin B6 and Vitamin E.
  8. Cranberries: Cranberries have an anti-viral effect. They help fight off E. coli and bacteria that cause gastric ulcers.

These are just eight of the healthy foods to eat this winter; one visit to your local farmers market will acquaint you with dozens more. For more information, consult an Atlanta health care provider.

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