Cranberries aren’t just for Thanksgiving turkey. In fact, these red power fruits are essential in maintaining a health urinary tract, teeth, immune system and even stronger bones. Since you cannot find them year-round, try grabbing some while they’re in season and freeze them. They are exceptionally tart, which is an acquired taste for some. If you want to find ways to incorporate them into your diet without gagging, try:
- Serving homemade cranberry sauce with grilled chicken or pork.
- Try using a cranberry relish for turkey sandwiches.
- Drying them and making a snack mix with them.
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Brussels sprouts are one of those greens that everyone knows and no one likes. While some people will eat them only around the holidays, these are available year-round and are something you should add to your weekly diet. They are known to be nature’s most powerful cancer-fighter, and they’re strong fighters against free radicals. Just one cup of cooked Brussels sprouts has an amazing amount of vitamin C, K over 4 grams of fibers and just takes up 20 calories in your diet. Roast them up with some nuts or add raw Brussels to your salad to start reaping the benefits of this super food.
Sweet potatoes are one of those vegetables that you associated with Thanksgiving – especially slathered in butter and marshmallows. Sweet potatoes are naturally sweet though, and they really don’t need the addition of marshmallows or sugar. They’re one of the more affordable super foods you’ll find in your grocery store and are rich in fiber, potassium, and powerful antioxidants. Use them in place of regular potatoes for fries, hashes or even in mashed potatoes.
Pecans have the highest level of antioxidants compared to any other variety of nut. These might be the star during the holidays, especially for baking, but just one ounce of pecans has 19 different vitamins and minerals and only 196 calories. There’s over three grams of protein, fiber and heart-healthy fat too. Try adding them to your salads instead of croutons, or use chopped pecans to coat chicken instead of breadcrumbs.
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