7 Superfoods to Help You Survive Winter

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Breaking out the warm sweaters, scarves, hats, boots, and jackets is all part of the season. They offer warmth and protection from winter weather, but bundling up isn’t the only way to fight back against cold weather. It’s time for a winter survival guide — foodie style.

Superfoods are those healthy foods that have a little something extra. Vitamins, minerals, proteins, and fiber are only some of the benefits that can be found in the extensive range of superfood-food lists. Eating healthy in-season may have the reputation of being a summer, spring, and fall diet plan. Farmers Markets are easily accessible, and the natural of sweetness of berries or melons make them great additions to desserts. But don’t be fooled — winter has its fair share of the superfood glory. Whether you find yourself a chronic battler of the common cold, someone who is ready to kick-start their fitness program, or trying to incorporate more seasonal foods into your meals, you’ll find seven delicious superfood options for meals this winter.

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1. Pomegranate

This vibrant red fruit is not only in season during the winter months, it is also high in polyphenols, including flavonoids and tannins, which act as antioxidants according to Registered Dietitian (R.D.) Jill Taufer. Pomegranates can provide folate, potassium, vitamin E, and vitamin B6 for your diet as well. As it packs nutrients into your body, it is also fighting inflammation and free radical damage through its antioxidants. Meeting daily potassium requirements is important, especially if you’re hitting the gym during long winter nights, because potassium levels can drop as you sweat.

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