Here's some superfoods to keep in mind during this holiday season.
· Sweet potatoes: Rich in vitamin A and the antioxidant beta-carotene, sweet potatoes can help keep the immune system strong and promote healthy skin. They're also rich in potassium --- with more than a banana! -- and a "fiber-rich carbohydrate.”
· Nutmeg and cinnamon: Nutmeg, with its nutty, earthy flavor, and cinnamon, which shines with its sweetness, can do a whole lot more than garnish eggnog. Mixing these spices into fruit or vegetable sides can help you lower your cholesterol and maintain insulin levels in the blood.
· Pomegranates: This gorgeous fruit is proving its worth as one of the richest sources of antioxidants around, and it's popping up more and more in holiday dishes. You can indulge in the pomegranate's benefits by simply buying a bottle of its juice to add to your favorite recipe, or sprinkling the pretty seeds over a salad.
· Cranberries: This other bright red fruit packs some powerful health properties. Cranberry antioxidants can help the heart and fight bacteria. Fresh cranberries are only available until the end of December, so buy and store in the freezer.
· Brussels sprouts: Brussels sprouts contain one of nature’s most powerful cancer-fighting, free-radical squelching, DNA-protecting compounds called glucosinolates. One cup of cooked Brussels sprouts is an excellent source of vitamins C and K, and has a whopping 4 grams of fiber, all for just 20 calories. (Tip: It’s important not to overcook them, as that’s when their potentially off-putting sulfur smell will emerge.)