Eating seasonally can lead to eating more delicious, flavorful food that may actually be healthier, better for the environment, and cheaper to buy. Sound wonderful? Get started eating seasonally with this guide: Seasonal Winter Produce for Your Best Health!
Part of living a healthy lifestyle includes eating seasonally, but many want to know what does ‘eating seasonally’ really mean? It wasn’t until I started my gardening journey that I really understood the concept of eating seasonally and why it is so important for our health and the environment.
With a greater understanding of our growing season, I have been able to eat more seasonally overtime which has led to eating more delicious, flavorful food that can actually be healthier, better for the environment, and cheaper to buy. That’s a win-win-win for everyone! Now, lets get you eating seasonally too!
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Eating seasonally means eating produce that is in season during a specific time of year. There are a few we are inherently familiar with, think biting into a crispy apple in the peak of Fall, or a juicy plump peach, sticky and sweet in the heat of summer. But what about all the other fruits and vegetables we love to eat? When is the best time to eat them?’
As always, I love to take my favorite ideas to Good Day Rochester! This week I brought all of my favorite winter produce on set to talk about what foods I love most this time of year, why they are healthy and what you can go out and purchase today! See how beautiful that set is? Watch the video below to learn more!
Seasonal Winter Produce for Your Best Health
If you watched the video above, you are going to see a lot of familiar produce here. Below you will find my favorite winter produce that you can go out and purchase right now, plus tid-bits of why each food is so important, and most importantly – delicious dietitian approved recipes for you to try!
Citrus fruits are in season down South, which means that they are really affordable and extra delicious this time of year. From grapefruits and oranges to lemons and limes, it is time to take advantage of these healthy and delicious fruits. Not only are citrus fruits high in vitamin C, but they also contain a great deal of dietary fiber which will help you to stay fuller, longer.
One of the most beneficial traits of the citrus fruit is their high antioxidant content which can help to protect the body from free radicals. They contain plant-based flavonoids which are antioxidants that have been shown to help reduce inflammation in the body and help to prevent cancer. While citrus juice like orange or grapefruit is tasty, consuming the whole, raw fruit may result in consuming nearly five times more flavonoids.
Citrus fruits aren’t the only delicious fruits in season this time of year! Be sure to try pomegranate, persimmons, kiwis and mango too.
Delicious Recipes Featuring Citrus Fruits:
Squash is traditionally harvested in the fall, but continues to be a staple throughout the winter months due to its ability to be stored for so long. Whether you reach for a butternut, acorn, or spaghetti squash, you are bound to find something that is not only delicious, but nutritious as well.
You see that vibrant orange color in that butternut squash up there? You can thank beta-carotene for that, an important nutrient that creates this beautiful color. And found within that beautiful orange flesh are the many nutrients that help this tasty treat provide you with many health benefits. While different varieties of squash have unique and individual nutrient profiles, most all squashes have been found to contain high amounts of vitamin A, C, E, B6 and minerals such as magnesium, potassium and copper.
Overall squash has been found to be able to help strengthen the immune system, improve the quality of eye sight, build strong bones, protect against heart disease, and even help to prevent cancer.
Delicious Recipes Featuring Winter Squash:
Carrots are a delicious staple in the homes of many, and with good reason!
Whether you are eating them raw or deliciously cooked, carrots pack a strong punch with their high beta-carotene content which produces their beautiful orange color. Beta-carotene is then converted in the body into vitamin A, an important nutrient that can help to improve the quality of eye sight. They are also rich in vitamin C, K, B8, folate, iron, copper, potassium and manganese.
Delicious Recipes Featuring Carrots:
Cabbage & Cauliflower
Both cabbage and cauliflower are making big comebacks in today’s modern food scene. These days people use cauliflower to make just about anything, including cauliflower rice and even cauliflower pizza crust!
Cauliflower is rapidly gaining popularity due to its versatility and mild flavor. This is a very welcomed trend as it is also highly nutritious – just one serving contains nearly 77% pf te daily recommended value of vitamin C!
Cabbage is an unsung vegetable hero if you ask me. It is versatile and bulky, which means you can use and eat a lot without consuming a lot of calories in one sitting. Not only is cabbage high in vitamin K and vitamin C, but it is a good source of dietary fiber and even plant-based protein.
Delicious Recipes Featuring Cabbage & Cauliflower:
Winter greens are my favorite. Hearty and delicious, there are endless ways you can use these up. Some of the most popular winter greens include chard, collard greens, rapini and kale. I grow a lot of kale in my garden, and let me tell you, kale is hearty! It will continue to grow, even in the snow, and actually takes on a sweet flavor.
Kale is known as a ‘superfood’ because of all the amazing health benefits that it offers us. Studies have shown that kale has the ability to provide the body with risk-lowering benefits for cancer, special cholesterol-lowering benefits, and help the natural detoxification system within the body. One cup of cooked kale provides over 1000% of your daily value of vitamin K and nearly 100% of your daily value of vitamin A & C!
Delicious Recipes Featuring Winter Greens:
I hope you have found some delicious recipes to get you in the kitchen and experimenting with delicious Seasonal Winter Produce!
I would love to hear from you! What is your favorite winter produce and why?
Let me know in the comments section below!
(Mine is grapefruit – I think I am addicted!)
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