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 …
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!
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.
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:
- Belgian Endive
- Brussels Sprouts
- Buttercup Squash
- Cactus Pear
- Collard Greens
- Date Plums
- Delicata Squash
- Mandarin Oranges
- Maradol Papaya
- Passion Fruit
- Red Banana
- Red Currants
- Sharon Fruit
- Sweet Dumpling Squash
- Sweet Potatoes
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