Frozen Assets: Winter's Healthiest Foods

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Boiling frozen vegetables causes vital nutrients to leach out into the cooking water. Steam, roast, saute, or microwave them instead.

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A Dry Approach

Extracting water from fruit concentrates nutrients and flavor for year-round eats

Dried blueberries

Rich in flavonoids, a class of antioxidants that may boost brain functioning. Add to pancakes, cereal, or ice cream for a treat.

Dried tart cherries

Contain anythocyanins, antioxidants that may limit inflammation. Toss into salads or oatmeal, or mix into rice pilafs.

Dried currants

Good source of potassium to fend off muscle cramps and keep blood pressure in check. Mix into chicken and tuna salads, oatmeal, or Greek yogurt.

Dried dates

High fiber quells hunger and reduces overeating. Chop and add to baked goods or energy bars.

Dried figs

Provide more calcium than many other fruits. Add to salads, stews, baked beans, and roasted vegetable medleys.

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