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December 22, 2010

Eating Healthier this Winter

The holidays are particularly challenging as far as healthy dieting goes. There are so many social events, office parties, and family dinners to attend that we tend to go into overload. But there are several suggestions and tips that can help us keep a check on our love handles. Begin with seasonal fruits and vegetables. South Beach diet provides several cost effective suggestions for reaping the benefits of fresh fruits and vegetables during the winter.

Citrus fruits, like oranges, grapefruits, and tangerines, are at their peak during the winter months, as are winter squashes and dark leafy greens, such as collards, kale, and brussels sprouts.

Get to know your local farmers markets and grocery stores. Take a good look around your local farmers markets if they are still open, small local grocers, and supermarkets for good deals on produce. Your supermarket will likely run weekly promotions on selected produce. Check the weekly circular for coupons or bargains before heading to the store.

Shop the frozen-food aisle. Believe it or not, some nutrients are better retained in frozen produce than fresh. The frozen-food aisle is also an especially great place to find berries, peas, and other off-season fruits and veggies. Plus, frozen produce is a real time-saver because it requires less preparation. By stocking your freezer, you’ll always have fruits and vegetables on hand — no matter what season it is.

Posted by terri at December 22, 2010 07:49 PM