Healthy Seasonal Flavors

  • 18 November 2013
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_By Shannon Pulusan_

During the winter months we tend to forget who we are and follow the ways of a bear—always hungry and ready to hibernate. With a line-up of holiday feasts, complete with crowded tables of steaming dishes and overflowing plates, we allow ourselves to indulge for the occasion. Though portion sizes are difficult to control when your family chefs prepare your favorites, there are some benefits to seasonal ingredients beyond their great taste.

So before you put off healthy eating for next year’s resolution, consider the healthy qualities of some holiday favorites.
Cinnamon: This ingredient sprinkled on pastries serves as an anti-inflammatory spice that strengthens the immune system and lowers blood pressure.
Ginger: The ingredient that is the very foundation of a gingerbread home’s flavor also serves as an anti-inflammatory that lowers blood pressure up to four hours.
Cranberries: This super berry is full of health-promoting antioxidants.

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