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How to Fight a Cold (sniff, sniff)

zincThis time of year many of us feel that stuffy head, runny nose, scratchy throat coming on and it’s hard to shake with this daily changing weather.  There’s a ton of products on the market promoting Vitamin C as the natural way to combat a cold and you’ve probably tried a few of those remedies.

But did you know zinc works better than Vitamin C?  Vitamin C boosts immunity but studies show zinc shortens a cold by about a day and a half.  Start taking zinc within 48 hours of that first tickle in your throat and try some zinc lozenges.  They were found to shorten the duration of common cold episodes by up to 40% in a study published in the Open Respiratory Medicine Journal.

To ward of illness, consider incorporating zinc on a daily basis.  It’s important for a healthy immune system, properly synthesizing DNA, promoting healthy growth during childhood, and healing wounds.  And, a study from researchers at Oregon State University have found that improving zinc status through diet and supplementation may reduce the risk of inflammatory diseases.

Additional benefits of zinc include proper functioning of the digestive systems, control of diabetes, reduction of stress levels, energy metabolism, and an increased rate of healing for acne and wounds.  Also, zinc is helpful in terms of pregnancy, hair care, eczema, weight loss, night blindness, colds, eye care, appetite loss and many other minor conditions.

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Winter in Season Produce

brussel sproutsBrussels Sprouts

Known for their ability to enhance DNA repair in cells and help block the continued growth of cancer cells, Brussels sprouts are one powerful member of the cabbage family. Best cooked by steaming, roasting, or boiling, and combined with a variety of spices and dressings, these vegetables make a fabulous base for casseroles and salads or work as a hearty side dish.

 

beetsBeets

Beets were orginally seashore plants with thin roots.  After centuries of cultivation, globe-shaped beets began appearing in the 1500s.  They are high in immune-boosting vitamin C, fiber, and essential minerals like potassium (essential for healthy nerve and muscle function) and manganese (which is good for your bones, liver, kidneys, and pancreas).  They can be roasted, steamed or broiled in a variety of recipes.

sweet potatoSweet Potatoes

One baked, medium-sized sweet potato contains 438% of your daily value of vitamin A, 37% of your vitamin C, and some calcium, potassium, and iron too. What’s more, they also deliver 4 grams of dietary fiber—16% of the daily value—and absolutely zip in terms of fat. All this at just 105 calories!  Sweet potatoes don’t have to take a long time to prepare. Cutting them into 1/2-inch slices and Healthy Steaming them for just 7 minutes not only brings out their great flavor but helps to maximize their nutritional value. And you can add cinnamon, nutmeg, and/or cloves for extra flavor and nutrition.

brocolliBroccoli

Containing a powerhouse supply loads of nutrients for little calories, studies suggest consuming broccoli can decrease the risk of obesity, diabetes, heart disease and overall mortality while promoting a healthy complexion and hair, increased energy and overall lower weight. You can steam broccoli as a quick dinner side, add it to a salad or mix it into a casserole.

 

kaleKale

This leafy vegetable is related to cabbage family (which also includes broccoli, cauliflower, and collards). At just 33 calories, one cup of raw kale has nearly 3 grams of protein, 2.5 grams of fiber (which helps manage blood sugar and makes you feel full), Vitamins A, C, and K.  Eat raw in salads or include Kale in soups and casseroles.

CeleriacCeleriac

Also called celery root, it isn’t actually the root of common celery, it’s a different vegetable. A very good source of vitamin K (a 100 g root provides about 34% of recommended daily intake) and some essential minerals such as phosphorus, iron, calcium, copper, and manganese. Celariac can be mashed in dishes, used as a spread, made into noodles and chopped for soups & stews.

citrusCitrus

Originally grown in Asia, hundreds of varieties are still cultivated.  While we may associate citrus with summer, these fruits (clementines, kiwi, grapefruit, lemons, oranges, pears, etc.) are at their ripest and juiciest in the colder months. Well known for containing Vitamin C, they also contain compounds called flavonoids, which may have anticancer properties.  Citrus flavonoids are also antioxidants that can neutralize free radicals and may protect against heart disease.  Eat these alone or include them in salads, smoothies, and as a garnish.

Check out many more recipes for the above in season produce on our Pinterest Board, In Season Fall/Winter Produce.

 



Holiday Season Parking Lot Safety Tips

An Almost Empty Parking Lot Illuminated At Night

Tips to Keep You and Your Valuables Safe

We know this time of year there is an increase of shoppers patronizing their favorite merchants looking for the perfect gift.  Unfortunately, with that comes an increase in criminals looking for easy targets in parking lots. Without even realizing it, Pedestrians make themselves at risk when walking to and from their vehicles.  The following tips can help make you safer in parking lots: (more…)