Top 5 Healthy Winter Foods

Every Tuesday I'll be sharing a Top 5 list. It could be anything from top 5 kitchen utensils to top 5 global food destinations. Today I'm sharing my Top 5 Healthy Winter Foods and a recipe for each ingredient. 1. Cranberries Cranberries are full of vitamin C and antioxidants that fight inflammation. Try this cranberry-pear chutney for a great sandwich condiment.

2. Lentils Lentils are high in protein. Great in soups, stews, and even on the side of scrambled eggs, they are an inexpensive winter staple, for vegetarians and meat eaters alike. They contain dietary fiber, folate and vitamin B, all of which are great for your health! Try my recipe for lentil stew.

3. Sweet Potato Packed with dietary fiber, vitamins A, B and C, sweet potatoes are a great staple for your kitchen. At Red Rooster we use them in doughnuts, but they're equally good just baked, and topped with a pat of butter. Check out my recipe for chunky mashed vegetables.

4. Pumpkin Pumpkins are packed with beta-carotene, the precursor to vitamin A. They're low in calories, and versatile. You can use them in soups, salads, and as you know, pies. Pumpkins store extremely well, which makes them a great food for winter. Try my recipe for Pear-Pumpkin Salad.

5. Whole Wheat Pasta Whole grains retain significantly more nutrients than refined white flour. They retain the fiber, vitamin B, E and antioxidants of the germ and bran, whereas refined grains retain only the carbohydrates and protein of the endosperm. Use whole wheat pasta in my recipe for Whole Wheat Rigatoni with Potatoes.