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Winter superfoods to add to your diet

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6 superfoods

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Want to stay radiant inside and out this winter? Make these six foods your best friends, and reap the benefits of a tough immune system, top-notch energy and glowing hair and skin. Bonus: They're all super-yummy comfort foods.
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During the bleak months of winter, strengthening your immune system and boosting your mood are top priorities. Luckily some of the most powerful superfoods out there happen to be the tastiest ingredients in many of the comforting dishes we crave in winter. Stock up on these six flavour-packed eats, and you'll be glowing all winter long.

1

Potatoes

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If you tend to avoid potatoes because of their starch content, keep in mind that an average-size Yukon Gold potato contains only about 100 calories, 25 grams of carbs and 4 grams of protein. They're also packed with vitamin C, fibre and blood pressure-lowering chemicals. As long as you don't load them up with butter, a baked or roasted potato makes a diet-friendly, health-enhancing side dish.

2

Garlic and onions

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Onions and garlic have long been appreciated for their medicinal value. Both are anti-inflammatory and antibacterial, and they improve immune function, making them great for cold and flu season. They also clean out toxins in women's blood cells. Sautée and then add them to root vegetable hash, stir-fries or pasta sauces.

3

Pecans

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This decadent nut is a powerhouse of healthy fats, age-defying antioxidants (the highest concentration of all tree nuts) and fibre, so they'll help keep you feeling satisfied for longer after eating. Pecans are incredibly versatile snacks. Just as tasty in savoury dishes as in sweet ones, they make a great addition to cereals or topping for berries and Greek yogourt, or enjoy them as a simple appetizer with goat cheese and crackers.

4

Eggs

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At only 70 calories per egg, this superfood is an excellent addition to a low-calorie diet. Eggs are high in iron, vitamin B12 and amino acids, which keeps your skin and hair looking radiant. Starting your day off with two of these will give you nearly half your day's requirement of protein, so you'll be able to stave off cravings throughout the day. Whipping up a quiche or hard-boiling them to top salads makes for a quick and satisfying weeknight dinner. Look for organic, free-range eggs to avoid added antibiotics.

5

Coffee

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It seems too good to be true — your feel-good cup of joe isn't actually a vice but a health-boosting elixir! It's been proven that java drinkers actually live longer than non-sippers and have less risk of Parkinson's disease, Alzheimer's and diabetes. Drinking two to three cups per day lets you cash in on many antioxidants as well as magnesium, a known stress-reducing mineral. Splurge on fair trade, high-quality beans to ensure you get the best boost.

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