Healthy winter foods

I read this great article in my Runner’s World mag last night. “Healthy Winter Foods.” It was a cover story and immediately got my attention. I couldn’t find the actual article online; however, here’s a list of other good running-food related articles from Runner’s World.

Basically, the article is about what frozen foods are good to buy during the winter months and some creative ways to use the frozen foods. Here’s a brief summary/list of foods from the article:

  1. Blackberries: Super high in antioxidants–especially anthocyanins. Anthocyanins can help reduce damage to muscle cells and thus in turn reduce muscle soreness. Plus, there’s a TON of fiber (8 g/cup). That’s what I’m talking about. 😉
    • Blackberry dressing: In a blender, mix together 1/2 cup thawed blackberries, 2 tablespoons olive oil, 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar, 1 teaspoon honey, and a handful of fresh mint.
  2. Mango slices: Rich in vitamin C and vitamin B6–our bodies need these vitamins to make hemoglobin (which carries O2 through our bodies to keep energy levels up). Mangoes also have antioxidants with anti-cancer properties.
    • Gingo Mango Stir-Fry: In a skillet, cook 2 cups cubed chicken. Then mix in 1 sliced red bell pepper, 1 cup frozen mango slices, 2 tablespoons soy sauce (I’d use low sodium), 1 tablespoon chopped ginger, 1/2 teaspoon red chili flakes, and juice of one lime. Cook for about 3 minutes and then serve over brown rice. Sounds yummy!
  3. Peach Slices: 10 slices of these bad boys provides more than double the daily requirement for vitamin C! And vitamin C is really important for runners because it helps keep our cartilage healthy.
    • Cinnamon peach topping: In a saucepan, mix 1 cup frozen peaches, 1/2 cup orange juice (try a lower sugar brand), 1 teaspoon lemon zest, and 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon. Simmer for about 5 minutes. Then add 2 tablespoons cornstarch and 2 tablespoons maple syrup. Simmer a bit longer–until slightly thickened. You can use this sauce over things like pancakes, ice cream, of pork loin!
  4. Spinach: Spinach is just awesome. And 1 cup of frozen spinach is wayyyy dense compared to 1 cup of the fresh stuff. So when you use 1 cup frozen spinach you are getting more vitamins, like vitamin A and vitamin K. In addition, you’ll be consuming more folate. Folate is great because it helps red blood cells carry oxygen to working muscles…so it’ll help during those intense treadmill workouts. 🙂
    • Potato spinach soup: In a pot, sauté 1 chopped onion for about 4 minutes. Then add 4 cups of broth, 1 box frozen spinach, 1 chopped potato, 1 teaspoon cumin, and salt and pepper to taste. Simmer until the potato is tender. Then puree in the blender. Add juice from 1 lemon and 1/2 cup plain Greek yogurt.
  5. Winter squash: Overflowing with beta-carotene. Our bodies convert beta-carotene to vitamin A–this helps maintain immune cells that help fight off cold and flu viruses.
    • Butternut Squash Hummus: Add 1 10-oz box of thawed squash puree to a food processor. Blend with 1/3 cup tahini, 1 tablespoon orange zest, 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil, 1 teaspoon cumin powder, 1/2 teaspoon paprika, 2 garlic cloves, and salt and pepper to taste. Serve it up with your fav veggies of pita chips!

There are also recipes and info on artichoke hearts, Brussels sprouts, Lima beans. I’m not a huge fan of these so I just skipped over them when reading the article. Oops.

But I’m glad Runner’s World did an article on using frozen fruits and veggies during the winter months. I’ve been finding that fresh stuff is either gross or SUPER expensive. Hence the reason why I started using frozen fruit in my fruity pancakes!

In other news…

My friend Larissa, finally posted her pictures from the NYC November weekend and here are some pics from Times Square!

So fun!

Such a fun weekend! 🙂

In other other news…

Becca and I rocked an interval workout this morning at the gym. And it was a good one! I’m pretty tired right now…that’s how tough it was.

I came home ready for a quick and filling breakfast.

Enter: Yogurt + waffles + fruit!

I picked up some of these at the grocery store yesterday

And I like them!

Added a container of this:

Plus some fresh strawberries and blackberries…

And you get this!


I’m off to work on my argument…have a fantastic morning!


About Running the Off Season

I am a runner trying to stay healthy and in shape! I try to live a healthy lifestyle through good food choices, exercise, and fun!
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