Cozy up this week with a fast and easy dish that can be made with fresh local ingredients! Delicious chicken, sweet potatoes, honey, and apples are all available locally this season through Cortland’s many excellent producers. What better way to get into the holiday spirit than by giving back to the community while making a perfect winter meal? Read on to learn about how good these foods can be for your body and to find the links to a few tasty recipes!
Chicken is packed full of great nutrients including calcium, protein, potassium, and vitamins A, C, and K. Adding chicken to a meal can also help decrease the symptoms of anemia due to the presence of iron. Chicken is very good for eye health, boosting the immune system, and maintaining cardiovascular health. It can also help to lower blood pressure and decrease the risk of stroke and heart attack.
Delicious locally grown sweet potatoes are rich in potassium, fiber, vitamins A and C, manganese, and antioxidants. These nutrients can help regulate blood pressure and are good for diabetics as they don’t cause blood sugar spikes. They are also anti-inflammatory and can help with weight loss.
High quality locally produced honey is rich in antioxidants and organic acids. These properties may lower the risk of heart attacks and stroke and can promote eye health. Honey is a better sweetener than sugar for diabetics and may help to lower blood pressure, triglycerides, and improve cholesterol.
An apple a day keeps the doctor away! Apples are an excellent source of nutrients as they are rich in vitamins A, C, E, K, B1, B2, and B6. They are also a great source of other nutrients such as fiber, potassium, and antioxidants. This means that apples are excellent for heart health, can lower the risk of diabetes, lower blood pressure, and are good for your bones. Apples also contain compounds that help to fight asthma!
Click below for the delicious recipes that include these great local ingredients, and be sure to support local producers this holiday season!
Apple Cider Chicken recipe
Roasted Sweet Potatoes recipe