The Best Fruits and Vegetables to Eat During the Winter
As the weather gets colder and the days grow shorter, it can be difficult to stay healthy. It's easy to let our diets slip and start eating more comfort foods that are heavy in carbohydrates and fat. But comfort food doesn't have to mean unhealthy food. There are plenty of delicious and nutritious fruits and vegetables that are in season during the winter months. In this blog post, we'll share some of our favorite winter fruits and vegetables and how to incorporate them into your diet.
1. Citrus fruits: Oranges, lemons, grapefruits, etc. Citrus fruits are a great source of Vitamin C, which is important for boosting the immune system. They can be eaten as a snack or used in recipes such as soups, stews, or salads.
2. Root vegetables: Potato, sweet potato, carrot, beetroot, turnip, parsnip, radish etc. Root vegetables are a great source of dietary fiber, vitamins, and minerals. They can be roasted, mashed, or used in soups or stews.
3. Leafy greens: Kale, spinach, Swiss chard etc. Leafy greens are a great source of vitamins A, C, and E as well as iron. They can be eaten raw in salads or cooked in recipes such as stir-fries or soups.
4. Winter squash: Butternut squash, acorn squash, pumpkin etc. Winter squash is a great source of vitamins A and C as well as potassium. It can be roasted or pureed and used in soups or pies.
5. Apples: Apples are a great source of dietary fiber and Vitamin C. They can be eaten as a snack or used in recipes such as pies or crumbles.
6. Pears: Pears are a great source of dietary fiber and Vitamin C. They can be eaten as a snack or used in recipes such as pies or crumbles.
7. Cranberries: Cranberries are a great source of vitamin C and dietary fiber. They can be eaten raw, cooked into sauces or jams, or used in baking recipes such as muffins or breads.
8. Broccoli: Broccoli is a great source of vitamins A and C as well as calcium., It can be eaten raw or cooked and is often used in stir-fries,, pasta dishes,, soups,, or casseroles.
9. Chestnuts:, Chestnuts are a good source of carbohydrates,, protein,, fats,, vitamins B6,, folate,, thiamin,, niacin,, pantothenic acid,, riboflavin,, vitamin B12,, phosphorus,, magnesium,, copper,, manganese, iron - so they make a good vegetarian option for people who don't eat meat - and zinc. They can be roasted whole (be sure to score the chestnuts before roasting so they don't explode),sliced and cooked into stuffing, ground into flour for baking recipes or even pureed into chestnut soup.
10. Brussels sprouts: Like broccoli, Brussels sprouts are a nutritious vegetable that is high in vitamins A and C so they're perfect for helping you boost your immune system during the winter months. They can be boiled, steamed, roasted, mashed or even eaten raw if you're feeling adventurous. And if you're not a fan of traditional green Brussels sprouts, you can try roasting red Brussels sprouts for a sweet/savory side dish that will add some color to your plate!
In conclusion, these are just some of the many delicious fruits and vegetables that are available during the winter months. So next time you're feeling like reaching for unhealthy comfort foods, consider incorporating some of these seasonal favorites into your diet instead! Your body—and taste buds—will thank you!