Best Foods to Eat During the Winter for Detox (Seasonal Foods)
Winter is brutal on your body. You need to take extra care of your body during this season of illness and close quarters. That includes eating seasonal foods that support and promote detoxification and optimal health. The foods with the highest amount of nutrients will be those seasonal foods that are naturally grown during this time of year. Your body needs these nutritional heavyweights during the process of detoxification.
Here are the best foods to eat during the winter to detox. They are seasonal, delicious and nutritious, and provide the antioxidants necessary to guard you against free radicals and released toxins.
These are high in vitamins, minerals and antioxidants, including magnesium and manganese. They are best steamed or sautéed with some garlic and crushed red pepper.
The sulfur compounds in garlic are responsible for its pungent odor and taste. They also pack a wide variety of health benefits, including antioxidants, anti-inflammatory, anti-viral and anti-bacterial properties.
Almonds are high in manganese, magnesium and vitamin E. They are versatile and tasty. Throw them in a vegetable dish, a casserole, your cereal or a salad.
Cauliflower is beneficial for its anti-cancer properties. It also contains glucosinolates that help activate enzyme detoxification. Cauliflower contains sulfur-containing nutrients and antioxidants that help boost the body’s capacity for detoxification. Cauliflower mash is a favorite this time of the year.
Pepper, Cumin, Turmeric, Fennel, and Ginger
Talk about a powerhouse! These spices are essential in the detoxification process. They boast immune-boosting and anti-inflammatory properties. When you pair them with detox-enhancing foods, they can get your body’s detoxing engine revving.
Lentils provide the insoluble and soluble fibers that are perfect for stabilizing your blood sugar. They also provide support to the intestines, especially during the detoxification process.
This is one of the truest superfoods with a ton of detox-supporting nutrients. It has anti-oxidant, anti-cancer and anti-inflammatory properties and may even help improve your cardiovascular health. Massaged kale salad is one of my favorites. It also helps the texture of this powerful green feel less tough.
Beets are an essential source of phytonutrients known as betalains. They provide detoxification support and anti-inflammatory benefits. One of my favorite foods this time of the year (and year-round). I love cooking them in a cast iron skillet with some avocado oil. The golden ones are my favorite because of their sweetness, but all are wonderful. They pair well with many salads or just as a side. Beets pair well with things like arugula, nuts and seeds and goat cheese.
Do not over-peel onions because you might be tossing out their important flavonoids, which act as phytonutrient powerhouses. The flavonoids are actually concentrated right in the outer layer of the flesh. Moreover, these are high in manganese; vitamins C, B9 and B6; and they are an essential source of potassium.
Limes and Lemons
Limes and lemons are loaded with vitamin C. These citrus fruits also contain flavonoid compounds that provide anti-cancer and anti-oxidant benefits.
Cabbage’s antioxidant properties make it a must to eat for winter detox. It is an anti-inflammatory and anti-cancer food that is also a great source of vitamins A and C. The polyphenol content of cabbage is different and will depend on the varieties that you eat. That’s why you need to mix green, red and Savoy varieties.
These seasonal foods are easy to find, easy to prepare, and easy on your detox. They are delicious by themselves or combine them in a soup.
Take your winter comfort food to the next level with some detoxifying powerhouses!
Detoxification is really important through the winter season. Especially during the holidays when we are exposed to more sugars, caffeine, alcohol, processed foods, stress, less sleep and environmental toxins. As we go through the holidays and into the New Year, I recommend adding some (or all) of these powerful foods onto your plate. Get creative in the kitchen and have fun cooking up some new and exciting dishes.
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