Ah, it’s winter season again. That time of year when the leaves have already changed color with most of them almost completely fallen away while the colder temperatures are becoming more constant. With the arrival of winter, some people have the impression that produce growing season has now come to a complete halt. We don’t agree with the notion of a halt, but do however think that the fall and winter season has some of the best tasting produce. The big question is which ones are the most delicious and most healthy? Luckily, we’ve curated a list of awesome fruits and vegetables that we know you’ll love, along with their health benefits.
In case you missed it, we’ve also written this lovely post on the impact of the seasons on what we eat. Feel free to give that one a read as well!
Kale is possibly the most popular super foods around. You can certainly enjoy kale during the winter season as it’s a super food that battles allergies in addition to being a garnish for your your salads, stir fry and meals. As a low calorie, high-fiber vegetable, kale is one of the most nutrient dense foods in the planet with an abundance of vitamins and antioxidants, which may also help reduce the risk of heart disease. Kale is known as a vegetable with a preference for growing in cooler temperatures, so you can also try your hand at growing them yourself this winter so that you can pick them straight from your garden. This article has great tips on how you can grow kale in your home vegetable garden.
Leeks are very versatile vegetables that are easy to prepare and also have tons of benefits for this season. Considered one of the healthiest foods on the planet, much like kale, leeks contain lots of vitamins and antioxidants that provide benefits to help regulate blood flow, in addition to contributing to good heart and bone health. Leeks can also help to reduce the risk of chronic inflammatory diseases like diabetes and arthritis. Here’s a great article that contains tasty leek recipes you can use as inspiration!
In the interest of keeping this post quick and exciting, we’re combining the rest of our recommendations into one final group. Once you’ve gained a great understanding of what’s in season, you’ll find that the cold weather shouldn’t really be an excuse to stop eating the best fruits and produce that’s available to you. So we’ve already provided a few suggestions, but you can still enjoy winter squash, radishes (depending on the variety), clementines, celery, grapefruit, orange, carrots, and cauliflower. Just like with other seasons, you can get a wide variety of quality food (especially if you’re a strong proponent of shopping locally) at reasonable prices. While there’s no hard rule that says you need to be limited to these fruits or vegetables, it’s worth noting that they will certainly help prepare your immune system for the harshness of winter.
One thing to keep in mind is that you’d be supporting your body’s natural nutritional needs by eating seasonally as well. If you’re having difficulties figuring out how to get started, don’t hesitate to look up in-season recipes and food charts that will outline what’s available in which season. That can be a great first step to getting started, from there, you van always venture out and do deeper research into the specific health benefits you can gain from from eating the fruits and vegetables on our recommended list.