10 Winter Power Foods

Boost your chances of staying healthy with these nutrient-packed picks

December 28, 2010
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Most milk, yogurt, and cheese contains vitamin D and calcium. These nutrients work together to prevent bone loss.

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Slow-Cooked Stews

Made with lean beef, post-run stews provide iron needed for red blood cell production.

All day buffet

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Green Tea

A mug will warm you up postrun--plus, research shows EGCG (a compound in green tea) has anticancer properties that may prevent skin-tumor growth.

A better blend

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Canned Tuna

It's a good source of vitamin D, important in the winter when less sun exposure decreases our body's ability to produce it.

Weighing in on protein

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This chewy grain (perfect for soups and stews) is high in cholesterol-lowering fiber and selenium, which reduces free-radical damage.

The runner's diet

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Winter Squash

Sharpen your eyesight for dark months with vitamin A superstars, such as pumpkin and butternut squash.

Vegetable matter

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Onions and Garlic

These bulbs provide a boost of flavor along with antimicrobial properties, which may help protect you from winter bugs.

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In season in early winter, this leafy green delivers a megadose of vitamin K, which helps maintain strong bones and form blood clots.

Greens know-how

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Baked Potatoes

White spuds are high in vitamin C, while sweet potatoes are rich in vitamin A--two antioxidants that help protect your immune system.

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Oranges, grapefruits, and other types of citrus fruits (at their peak in the winter months) are high in fiber and immune-boosting vitamin C.

Snack smart

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Eat Healthy All Year Round!