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Healthy Foods to Start Your Year Off Right!

By Sara Butler

Did you make any resolutions for 2017? Well, hopefully, one you made and plan to keep is to eat better and be healthier this year! Especially after all those holiday puddings.

If you’re less than impressed with the selections of healthy foods in the produce section of your grocery store, don’t give up. There are a variety of healthy foods you should consider adding to your grocery list this month. These foods are seasonal and right now are at the peak of their flavor and nutrient density!

Grapefruit

Grapefruit is really good for your heart but has a slightly bitter flavor that can be difficult for some people to handle. Well, instead of reaching for its sugary cousins, consider giving grapefruit another go! It can give you a big dose of healthy Vitamin C to help keep colds at bay and support a healthy immune system. It might also have an impact on your cholesterol levels. So, don’t give up on this citrus fruit just yet -- just shoot for the ruby red variety, which is slightly sweeter!

Beets

Beets are the root vegetable with heart – and are incidentally good for you heart and your brain! The high nitrates in beets help to get more oxygen to your brain, and may even help to ward off dementia. Don’t confuse the nitrates found in beets with the kind found in processed meats, though. Those types of nitrates are synthetic and aren’t great for you, unlike the natural kind found in whole foods.

Brussels Sprouts

Many people are scarred by childhood memories of slimy, limp Brussels sprouts at their dining room table, but those days are gone! Brussels sprouts can be made delicious with a little roasting, providing you with a powerful punch of folate, which is especially good for you if you’re pregnant.

Turkey

Healthy food isn’t just in the produce aisle; it’s in the meat section too. Good quality protein is really important to a healthy diet, and turkey, as well as other poultry, is a great protein to add to your diet in the winter. That’s because the tryptophan in turkey can help to ward off the winter blues some people get and help to improve your mood! You can also find the same amino acid in grass-fed beef, coconut oil, and seafood.

To learn more about your health and wellness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic.

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