Comfort food and winter… sometimes it seems as if they go hand in hand! But, did you know that gaining extra weight could be very detrimental to your overall vein health? Extra weight adds stress on your veins and can cause blood flow disruptions, which can then lead to varicose veins. Maintaining a healthy diet keeps your body full of the vitamins and minerals it needs to keep a healthy vein system operating at peak performance in the human body. Here are some food choices that you can add to your diet that will not only keep you healthier, but improve your overall health as well.
Make cancer-preventive Brussels sprouts taste good by taking off the outer leaves and roasting them on a baking sheet with some olive oil and sea salt at 425 degrees.
Leeks taste much like mild onions and work well in potato soup, in rice dishes, salads and other dishes that require onions. They are tasty and full of antioxidants.
Bake vitamin-rich beets by wrapping them in foil and baking them in a 350-degree oven for an hour. Cut into small cubes and put them in a green salad with some goat cheese and a drizzle of walnut oil.
Kale is full of iron but can at times taste very bitter. Sauté kale in some olive oil, garlic and balsamic vinegar and throw in some pine nuts to have as a side dish… it’s delicious!
Inflammation-reducing pomegranate has a tart flavor, which makes it good for mixing in with oatmeal in the morning. You can also use the gelatinous seeds, which have a crunch and large amounts of flavor in salads, or even atop some dips.
Kiwi is very high in vitamin C, which can increase immunity to several different illnesses. Mix some kiwifruit into a spinach salad to combine immune-boosting fruits and vegetables in one dish.
Persimmons contain substances that fix damage to cells caused by diabetes. Serve the miniature orange-like fruit with a bitter citrus flavor in a dish with some prosciutto and fresh mozzarella cheese.
Guava is filed with the antioxidant lycopene, which could protect against coronary artery disease. Add raw guava to figs and blue cheese for a heart-healthy dish suitable for a snack or breakfast.
Use pomelos as a dessert additive for sorbet or frozen yogurt. This fruit is suspected to prevent the spread of cancer cells because of its high density of antioxidants called flavonoids.
Indulge in health-promoting fruits and vegetables all year round, but especially during the wintertime. Not only will they help the body stay well, but they also promote mental wellness with their fresh flavors. Many healthy fruits and vegetables have strong flavors. It is possible to combine them with other flavors to make them more delicious and have the family wanting more!