Winter Fruits & Vegetables
Winter not only brings the holidays and colder weather, but it also brings new fruits and vegetables in season that you can incorporate into your cooking. Here is a list of our favorite fruits and vegetables that are in season during winter.
Pomegranates are full of seeds that are great sources of vitamins, antioxidants and fiber, which keep you feeling fuller for long and may help prevent overeating during the holidays. These seeds make great salad toppings for a touch of sweetness and an easy addition of nutrients.
Another fruit you can add to salad, mandarin oranges contain the antioxidant beta-carotene and are high in Vitamin C. They provide a refreshing citrus tang to your holiday foods.
Grapefruits are refreshingly tart and contain beneficial potassium, vitamin A, vitamin C, lycopene and potassium, which is a beneficial nutrient in lowering blood pressure. Eat one for breakfast for an energizing start to your day!
Beets are a versatile vegetable that can be used in soups and salads. Roasted, raw or boiled, beets contain compounds that can help lower blood pressure, increase blood flood to the brain and may even help protect against heart disease. Toss them in a salad with salty goat cheese or blend them into a soup!
Parsnips develop their sweet flavor when grown in winter and may lessen your risk of depression, heart disease, cancer and age-related vision and hearing loss. They are tasty additions to soups and stews for a comforting meal in cold weather.
Cauliflower is also very versatile, so it’s easy to work into your winter meals. Cauliflower can be roasted for a simple side dish, used to make pizza crust gluten-free, and processed into a rice-like consistency as a low-carb alternative to regular rice. Cauliflower is always a good choice because it’s a cruciferous vegetable and a good source of antioxidants, which may aid in cancer prevention.