The last two months of the year bring changes in weather, the holiday season accompanied by binge eating and drinking, and this can wreak havoc on your well-planned diet. But by omitting junk food and incorporating seasonal fruits and vegetables into your diet, you can make sure that you do not pile on too many pounds by the end of the season. They're tasty, healthy and easily available, so you can indulge without worrying about your waistline.
It is important to eat fruits when they are in season; fruits available in their respective seasons are tastier and more nutritious. Cherries taste better in the summer, and strawberries are best in the winter. Fruits that are available in season are more likely to be locally produced. This means that there is a greater likelihood of it being organic. Fruits that are available out of season are likely to be grown with the aid of artificial agents.
November and December mark the beginning of winter; this season is especially tough on the body as it taxes the immune system. Lack of adequate sunlight can lead to a drop in serotonin levels -- this can cause depression and food cravings. A regular intake of vitamin C can help strengthen the body's immune system. Food that has vitamin D in it can compensate for the lack of sunlight.
Some of the fruits that are in season during the last two months of the year are: strawberries, oranges, pears, persimmons, apples, kiwis, blackberries and cranberries. Kiwis, oranges, persimmon and strawberries are rich sources of Vitamin C and they can help you deal with the winter months by boosting your immune system and keeping you healthy. Pomegranates provide Vitamin C as well as Vitamin A.
Salads and Shakes
All these fruits taste best when they are eaten raw. But if you need some variety, try incorporating them into your diet by adding them to salads, desserts, shakes or even other dishes. Kiwis are great for tenderizing meat; you can apply the flesh of the kiwi fruit on your meat before you cook it for flavor and tenderness. Cranberries make excellent sauces which can be used for breads and pies. Persimmons can be used in vegetable salads, and fruit soups too.