Although it is not too cold in Southern California right now, we are in the middle of winter. Eating warming, nourishing foods during this time of year can help support your organ systems that are under stress from the cooler temperatures. What foods are good for the winter?
Meats: beef, pork, chicken, goat, shellfish, organ meats, nitrate-free preserved meats
Beans: all dried beans, especially adzuki and black beans
Fruits: lemons, oranges, kumquats, grapefruits, and other citrus, pomegranates, kiwi, and dried fruits
Vegetables: Brussels sprouts, cabbage (especially fermented), celery root, collard greens, endive, escarole, kale, kolrabi, leeks, onions, parsnips, radishes, rutabagas, sea vegetables, turnips, winter squash
Grains: barley, rice, millet, oats, dark varieties of quinoa
Herbs, Spices, Condiments: ginger, sea salt, miso, tamari, and pickled vegetables
One thing to keep in mind is quality: always strive for finding organic foods and grass-fed or free-range for animal foods. Notice that all of these foods are whole foods and if you buy organic, they will be free of toxins and promote healthy weight management.