by Chtaini Ogwuche
If you live in Michigan or anywhere in the North as I do, then you do not have to look very far to see that the season has definitely changed. The air is continuously carrying a crisp breeze throughout the city streets. The trees that have any remaining leaves are touched with hues of orange and honey gold, which is most pleasing to the eye. These are clear indications that the holidays are near and festivities will delight the souls of many near and far. With Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s just weeks apart, families will now flood the markets to stock their homes full of food for the coming celebrations.
No matter where you live, food is famously one common element that has the ability to draw people together. So this brings me to one very important point about food. While the aroma of fresh-baked goods and all of those tantalizing traditional dishes will be of peak interest this season, please let us not forget to add in those fresh fruit and vegetables also. This is typically the time of year where most people overindulge in high-calorie goods and then find themselves in a panic to lose weight to uphold a New Year’s resolution come the first of January. Now specialist agree that by adapting a more balanced eating style year-round this will eliminate the need for binge diets and anxieties reflected by extra, added weight. Start now by making a conscious effort to incorporate foods into your diet that are high in nutritional value and low in calories. Shop for produce that is in season. The advantage is that they will likely taste better and be lower in price, making certain items budget friendly.
Oranges, grapefruit, pineapple and cranberries are high in vitamin C and make for mouth-watering additions to holiday recipes.
Broccoli, blueberries, beets and leafy greens are classified as superfoods and are great antioxidants which is key to fighting many illnesses including cancer.
Finally, I encourage you to just have fun. In these turbulent times when the media is plagued by negative news, I petition you to keep the pulse of life going by spreading love and joy to one another. While you are at home making your favorite meal, consider your neighbor and share a portion. Plan a visit to a friend’s house whom you may not have seen for a while. Give a compliment to a stranger in the store. Have family over for dinner and enjoy every day that we are blessed to see.
Seasons Greeting to you All!