You’re all set with your New Year’s Resolutions, yet when you hit the store the fresh produce seems scarce. It is January afterall, and unless you live in a southern clime, you’re most likely feeling a little uninspired by the grocery shelves.
But this is the time of year when you need inspiration to help you stick to your “live healthier” goals, and fresh food is a necessity. We’ve looked through the research as well as food blogger and chef favorites to come up with these 8 essentials to help spice up your meals and your health.
1. Citrus. Citrus is great this time of year from the little clementines for snacks to grapefruit (which is a great add-in for your health).
2. Greens. Are you a bit kaled-out? We are. Although we love the stuff, sometimes its nice to spice up your greens repertoire. Chefs are turning toward bitter greens like Broccoli Rabe (Rapini) and Mustard Greens. Serve them as a side dish, sautéed, or add them to any soup broth. We also really like rapini sautéed and added to mashed potatoes!
3. Sweet Potatoes. Amp up your vitamin C and veggie quota with sweet potatoes. Serve them as wedges, roasted, or bake and top with “nacho” fixings, minus the chips.
4. Coconut Milk. If you haven’t added coconut milk to your diet, you should give it a try. It offers healthy fats and doesn’t coagulate when added to hot beverages. We like adding coconut milk to soups to provide a creamy, non-dairy base.
5. & 6. Miso and Ginger. Found separately (ginger is in the produce section; miso will be in a can or jar), these two ethnic staples boost your immunity and are an easy flavor-enhancer for everything from soup to dressing to stir-fry.
7. Broth. Chicken broth is good for the soul, and for your immunity. ‘Stock’ up on low-sodium varieties. Plus chicken or veggie broth can help bring flavor to any dish, enabling you to use a little less butter, cream and heavy fat.
8. Bone Broth. You want clear skin? Beauty insiders recommend bone broth. High in minerals and nutrients, including magnesium, potassium and collagen, bone broth is said to help ease inflammation and brighten the skin. Everyone is jumping on board. We like this recipe from Joy the Baker.
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