Squash is a delicious vegetable that is a great source of folate, vitamin E, vitamin A, and carotenoids. These compounds are great for skin, eye, and heart health. Leeks are wonderful in soups and are a great source of fiber and vitamin C which help with bowel and heart health. Other great choices available in the winter are brussel sprouts, parsnips, cauliflower, and salad greens like kale and chard.
There are many fruits that flourish in the winter, most notably citrus is particularly excellent. Things like clementines, grapefruit, and tangerines. These are high in vitamin C, potassium, and folate which promotes heart health and maintains fluid balance. Pomegranates are an excellent source of antioxidants like flavonoids and polyphenols, which protect against heart disease and cancer.
Taking advantage of fresh produce while it is in season is not only an excellent way to eat nutritiously, but also a great way to save money! Take advantage of these beautiful winter produce items and try this salad recipe. Let us know what you think on the WellCats nutrition Facebook group!
Download recipe for Winter Vegetable Salad in Herb Vinaigrette here.
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There is no "ideal" body shape or size, but reaching and maintaining a healthy weight strongly influences your overall health, helping to control and prevent many diseases and health conditions that can limit both quality and length of life. Reaching and maintaining a healthy weight lowers the risk of cardiovascular disease, high blood pressure, stroke, diabetes, and may even lower the risk of many types of cancers.
Overweight and obesity are determined by the amount of extra body fat. Body mass index (BMI) is a practical method for estimating the risk of obesity-related health complications, especially when combined with other measurements, such as waist circumference. More accurate measures of body composition can accurately determine the percentage of body fat, some of which are offered by the Total Wellness program. This information, when considered alongside genetic and lifestyle factors, has significant implications about overall and long-term health.
What are the factors associated with healthy weight?
There are many factors that can impact a person's weight, including genetics, medical conditions, lifestyle and behaviors.
The most basic factor is "energy balance". Energy IN is the food and drink consumed that supply calories, and energy OUT is that which is utilized by our bodies for basic daily functions (breathing, digesting, etc) and physical activity. When the IN exceeds the OUT, weight is gained. When the OUT exceeds the IN, weight is lost. When the two are the same, weight is maintained. That being the case, physical inactivity and poor eating habits are common contributors to overweight and obesity. It's also important to note that regardless of one's weight, healthy eating habits and regular physical activity are essential to maintaining health.