Recharge with harvest veggies
Feel your best with these in-season picks
Celery can help you stay focused and energized even on your busiest days thanks to its rich stores of phenolic
acids. Canadian researchers say these plant compounds switch on detoxification pathways in the liver, helping the body excrete energy-sapping toxins.
Have a 1-cup serving of cabbage today and you’ll feel 45% calmer for up to six hours. That’s the word from University of Connecticut researchers, who explain that vitamins C and K in cabbage slow the body’s production of the stress hormone cortisol.
Arugula is rich in lutein and zeaxanthin, nutrients that act as natural painkillers to soothe achy muscle and joint tissue. UCLA researchers report that adding 3 cups to your weekly diet can cut your risk of aches and pains by 33%—plus trim three days off your recovery time if you’re already feeling sore.
Enjoying 1⁄ cup of sweet potatoes 2 daily can help reverse signs of aging. According to research at UCLA, the spuds’ beta carotene heals and protects skin’s top layers to reduce fine lines by 33%. DELICIOUS IDEAS: For a side, toss 2 diced sweet potatoes, 3 Tbs. of olive oil, 1⁄4 tsp. of cinnamon, 1⁄ tsp. 8 of cayenne and salt and pepper to taste. Roast at 400°F for 30 min. For a sweet treat, boil 2 peeled sweet potatoes, then mash with 1⁄ cup of 2 coconut milk and 1⁄4 cup of honey.
Power through the holidays with 65% more pep just by adding 1⁄ cup of squash to 2 your daily diet. British researchers say the gourd contains two phytonutrients (alphacarotene and beta-cryptoxanthin) that steady carb absorption and improve insulin sensitivity, cutting your risk of fatigue-triggering blood-sugar swings by up to 52%.
A tasty way to avoid the “hibernation pounds” that hit 67% of us in the colder months: Reach for Brussels sprouts. They’re loaded with unique plant compounds (glucosinolates) that help cells burn more fat for energy. The effect is so powerful that Yale researchers say eating 1⁄ cup 3 daily halts winter weight gain— and 3 cups weekly can help you drop 8 pounds this winter!