Eating with the seasons is an amazing way to connect with the Earth and your own health. What grows during a certain time of year, is what our bodies naturally crave. Eating seasonally also has amazing benefits for the skin. In the summer when the air is hot and your skin needs deep hydration, hydrating foods are plentiful. (Think watermelon, juicy peaches, plums etc.) In the Winter we also need hydration but a very different form. We need warming foods that also offer our bodies moisture. Pomegranates, Persimmons, root vegetables, winter greens and so many more. Here is a list of our favorite Winter foods to help you keep your glow through these colder months!
When we think of Winter we always think of the ruby gems from the gorgeous pomegranate! In ancient times this fruit was highly coveted for healing and was seen as the fruit of youth. This is all still very true today. Pomegranates are hydrating, anti-microbial, protective and have qualities that help collagen production. They are also high in vitamin C, vitamins K and C, potassium, copper, zinc, iron and antioxidants. The juice, the fruit and the seeds all hold individual healing powers. The perfect way to brighten grey winter days…have a bowl of little ruby seeds and watch your skin glow!
Collard Greens are a Winter wonder. Hearty, nutrient dense, and just filled with life. Collards are considered to be one of the most nutritional foods in the world, and consist of various vitamins such as vitamin C, A, E, K and different types of vitamin B. They are also packed with soluble fibers, carbohydrates, sugars, dietary fibers and minerals such as Zinc, Magnesium, Calcium, Manganese, Iron, Phosphorus, Potassium and Sodium. Consumption of these beautiful leaves prevents cell damage, thus slowing down the aging process. Not to mention eating collards has been linked to stronger, healthier skin and nails. You can use collards in soups, stews, and our favorite as a wrap for your favorite filling!
A romantic fruit of Winter. A very short window exists for these beauties. But they are worth the wait every single year! Persimmons are rich in a number of vitamins, specifically vitamin A, beta-carotene, lutein, lycopene, and cryptoxanthins. These can all function as antioxidants in the body as well, specifically to reduce oxidative stress and prevent signs of premature aging, like wrinkles, age spots, Alzheimer’s disease, fatigue, loss of vision, muscles weakness, and a number of other conditions. Our favorite way to eat them? Dipped in some melted raw cacao with a dash of cinnamon! Skin healing super-foods!
Endives are a beautiful staple in Autumn + Winter. The leaves are delicate and stunning as a plate for other goodies. The slight bitterness of Endive is excellent for our bodies. Bitter flavors are often incredibly healing and are a sign of a food that often offers detoxification support for many of our organs. Packed with vitamin E, vitamin A, and antioxidants. Excellent for glowing skin, healthy thick hair and also incredible for the digestive system! Skin health is often related directly to digestive health so…keep the endives coming!
How stunning are these Red Currants? A lesser known berry but a true winter jewel. Red currants may be small, but they are actually tiny powerhouses of essential vitamins, minerals and antioxidants that are key to looking youthful, feeling great and keeping healthy and nourished. Rich in B vitamins ,vitamin C, Magnesium, Potassium and Iron. Your skin, hair and nails will crave these tiny beauties! When you find them fresh in Winter you can freeze them to enjoy during the warmer months!
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