Winter season wins

The winter season is bountiful with a variety of colorful, delicious fruits and vegetables that conjure the sentiments of the season, while nourishing your body. Here are a few of my favorite winter fruits and veggies …

Citrus

Oranges, grapefruits and tangerines are all so juicy and delicious this time of year. They are a satisfying, healthy snack and they make a great salad topping or dressing. Citrus fruits are brimming with vitamin C, high in fiber and water, and low in calories. Want to know more about citrus? We have a blog for that!

Leafy Greens

I love a deep, green crunchy kale salad topped off with bright red pomegranate seeds. The leafy greens of the season are loaded with calcium, iron, vitamins A and C, folate, vitamin K, magnesium and phytonutrients. Click here for more information on the health benefits of leafy greens.

Root vegetables

Nothing says winter meal time like a piping hot tray of roasted root vegetables, or a steamy, baked sweet potato. Turnips, parsnips, celeriac and carrots are just a few of the delicious root vegetables to choose from this time of year. Because root vegetables grow downward, they absorb a lot of nutrients from the soil. They are packed with a high concentration of antioxidants, Vitamins A and C and potassium, to name a few. They are also a great source of fiber and complex carbohydrates.

Try this Food Network Roasted Root Vegetable Medley recipe from Wolfgang Puck.

That is just a small sampling of the great variety of winter fruits and vegetables to choose from! Maybe you can find a new one to try this season.

Get inspired by this list from the “Fruit and Veggies more matters” website:

Winter Fruits and Vegetables

This website has it all – including tips for selection and storage of fruits and veggies, their nutritional benefits, preparation tips and recipes!

Looking for more winter produce recipes?  Here you go!…

Cooking Light. In Season: Winter. http://www.cookinglight.com/food/in-season/winter-produce-recipes

Cooking Light. Best Recipes for Winter Vegetables and Fruits. http://www.cookinglight.com/food/top-rated-recipes/best-recipes-winter-vegetables-fruits

Everyday Health. Seasonal Cooking with Winter Foods. http://www.everydayhealth.com/healthy-recipes/winter-foods.aspx

BuzzFeed. 37 Colorful and Healthy Winter Salads. https://www.buzzfeed.com/emofly/bright-and-healthy-winter-salads?utm_term=.llyvBxN0Eq#.yvDeyJmWOZ

Shape. Winter Foods. http://www.shape.com/topics/winter-foods

Food Network. Winter Vegetable and Fruit Recipes. http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/photos/winters-bounty-inspired-veggies-and-fruits.html

Jen Kim, RDN

About Jen Kim, RDN

Jennifer is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN). She completed her Bachelor’s of Science degree at the University of Illinois, and holds a Master’s Degree in Business Administration (MBA) from San Diego State University. Jennifer also has a Certification in Adult Weight Management. She has worked in hospitals as a Clinical Dietitian, done obesity research and worked as a Corporate Dietitian for a national weight loss company. Jennifer is passionate about helping people live healthier lives. She believes in a balanced approach to nutrition – where all foods can fit – centered around a natural, plant-based diet. Jen lives in San Diego with her husband and two boys – where she enjoys playing soccer and tennis, hiking, playing on the beach, playing board games and shooting pool.

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