Ah, winter! The time of year filled with cozy sweaters, fresh white snow, and holiday cheer. Winter is also the time of year when many people indulge in perhaps a little too much of cookies, chocolate, and rich comfort food. While all these foods are perfectly fine in small amounts here and there, it can become daunting to stay on track with healthy eating when so many treats are beckoning. Luckily, winter is also the season for many delectable fruits and vegetables. Today, I will a share a few of my favorite winter fruits and vegetables. Hopefully, they will provide you with some inspiration when looking to incorporate some healthy foods into your family’s meals this time of year.
Oranges are delectable cold-season fruits. The antioxidant power of Vitamin C in oranges helps reduce the future risk of many diseases, including cancer. In addition, oranges are also rich in fiber that helps promote digestive regularity. Oranges are great on their own, as juice, or even in salad dressings.
FUN TIP: Next time you reach for the store bought orange juice, try making your own instead! Freshly squeezed orange juice has less sugar and preservatives, and it actually tends to taste better than the store bought variety!
Sweet potatoes are wildly popular around this time of year. They are a wonderful vegetable, filled with beta-carotene and Vitamin A, which are important in maintaining vision and fighting disease. Some great healthy ways to eat sweet potatoes include fries (cooked in a little olive oil) or in a yummy soup made with low sodium broth.
Pears, like oranges, are a great source of Vitamin C and fiber. These delicious fruits taste wonderful on their own, but also taste great baked with a little brown sugar or mixed into salads!
Written by Menaka Suri