Winter Foods and Herbs

Food that is good for your body during the winter months are potatoes, carrots, parsnips, turnips, rutabagas, apples, pears, nuts, grains, beans and seeds. These foods have vitamin C, B6, magnesium, iron and many other nutrients to keep our blood thick in the winter time. Any food which can be stored in its wholesome state without cooking it, such as canning, is good winter food. Preserving food by canning it, takes away a lot of the nutrition. Other good food to eat during the winter is food that grows during the winter. Deep leafy greens such as chard, kale and collard greens thrive in the winter months. You can harvest your greens throughout the winter, just brush off the snow from the leaves and you will get some great tasting greens. They have vitamins A & K and folate.  Vegetable soups are good winter time foods.

Three good herbs to take in the winter time are cayenne, red raspberry leaf and peppermint. Dr. Christopher tells us to take a teaspoon of cayenne in a cup of water three times a day. Start with 1/4 of a teaspoon and work up to a teaspoon. Cayenne is a warming herb. It will warm up our blood. Drink a cup of red raspberry leaf tea or peppermint tea to stay health during the cold and flu months.

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