In the summer, fruits and vegetables are in abundance as you navigate the grocery store. I find myself purchasing my favorites cherries, strawberries, raspberries, and watermelon. However, then the cold rolls in and winter is here! What produce items can I eat now? What’s in season this winter? Here are a few of my favorite produce items that are in season right now!
Oranges & Other Citrus Fruits- Stick to your citrus fruits. Fruits like oranges, lemon, grapefruit, and clementine are a great choice this winter. The added bonus of vitamin C will boost your immunity as the cold and flu season rolls in. I enjoy lemon on chicken, in my water or tea, and in some soups.
Apples-Have you ever heard of apple picking in the fall? Apples are a great fall and winter fruit. There are a variety of apples to choose from. I personally like Fiji and pink lady. Be creative with this fruit! I like apples with sandwiches.
Bananas-Let’s go bananas this winter! Bananas are a great food on the go as we run out the door for work. I’ve been feeding my baby bananas as a great starter food. Bananas are a great source of potassium and Vitamin C. This special fruit also helps lower anxiety, which is great in the winter months. When you buy bananas look for a plump yellow one for the best taste. I enjoy a banana with a peanut butter sandwich.
Pears-Pears are another great choice this winter. This fruit is loaded with fiber, vitamin C, & vitamin K. This winter fruit can help prevent serious diseases such as heart disease and a stroke. This is another great first food for babies.
Potatoes-Ah! Good ol’ potatoes! This is a favorite for our household. Potatoes are a great winter food. There are several potatoes to choose from: russet, red, gold, and sweet potatoes. Potatoes are loaded with potassium, calcium, iron, magnesium. If you choose sweet potatoes you will get an added bonus of vitamin A/beta-carotene. My favorite kind of potato is red potato for the flavor. I mash them and fry them for breakfast.
Carrots-Carrots are another great winter vegetable. This super veggie will improve your skin, prevent cancer, and has components that slow down the aging process. Beta-carotene is a powerful antioxidant that fights aging, give your skin a glowing look, and will lower your risk of heart disease. Eat more carrots this winter by adding it to your winter soups.
Artichoke-The Italian in me has to add this one. I would eat artichoke often while growing up. Today, I enjoy an artichoke with a baked potato for a delicious nutrious meal. Artichoke has a good amount of fiber, vitamin C, magnesium, folate, and potassium. When you buy the artichoke just cut off the sharp ends of the leaves, wash, and put into a pot with some water to boil for 30 minutes. I add seasonings while cooking and dip in mayo or butter. Yum!
Brussels Sprouts-This vegetable is easy to find in the winter months. This super veggie contains sulforaphane a powerful anti-cancer compound. This veggie also has a good source of vitamin C, which is particularly important in the winter months. The best way to ensure the anticancer properties are strong is to steam or stir-fry these veggies. I like to cut them in half and add olive oil, salt, and pepper.
Kale & other leafy greens- The super food kale is a great source of vitamin A, C, and manganese. This leafy veggie is also a good source of fiber, calcium, vitamin B6 and potassium. Like other cruciferous vegetables kale has anti-cancer and anti-aging benefits called phytochemicals. Eat this veggie by sautéing it with olive oil, lemon, and your favorite seasonings.
This winter you can eat nutrious fruits and veggies that are in season. I know I will! Tonight I will enjoy an artichoke with a baked potato. What’s your favorite winter produce?
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