10 Red and Pink Superfoods for Valentine’s Day

The pectin in apples provides filling fiber. (Image courtesy of FreeDigitalPhotos.net)

Doctor’s orders: Apples are rich in pectin, a fiber that lowers cholesterol and helps keep you feeling full. (Image courtesy of FreeDigitalPhotos.net)

Show yourself some love this Valentine’s Day with these super healthy (and delicious!) red and pink foods (via The Huffington Post):

  1. Apples. They really do help keep the doctor away. The pectin in apples provides 4 grams of filling and cholesterol-lowering fiber per serving.
  2. Beets. Rich in vitamin C and folate, beets are also packed with antioxidants and fight inflammation.
  3. Red berries. These low-calorie, fiber-rich foods are an excellent source of vitamin C, and may help protect memory. Try making dark chocolate covered strawberries for the perfect Valentine’s Day treat–the cocoa is full of antioxidants!
  4. Cherries. The antioxidants in this sweet fruit are known to protect heart health and aid in post-workout muscle recovery. (For 7 reasons to eat more cherries, read our post here.)
  5. Cranberries. Loaded with vitamin C, cranberries can help your body to fight off infections more quickly and effectively.Continue Reading …

5 Fantastic Winter Vegetables

Just one cup of red cabbage contains as much potassium as one banana and three grams of filling fiber. (Image courtesy of FreeDigitalPhotos.net)

While many people think of fresh veggies mixed up in summer salads, some seasonal produce hits its peak in the winter months. Here are five healthy and delicious winter vegetables to look for next time you head to the grocery store (via Care2.com):

  1. Red cabbage. Known around the world for its ability to add flavor to soups, stews and salads, cabbage is also a nutritional powerhouse. Just one cup contains as much potassium as one banana, almost three grams of fiber and a substantial amount of calcium.Continue Reading …