The winter season doesn’t generally bring to mind images of fresh produce or particularly healthy food choices. Heartier, heavier and warmer options tend to be more common during the colder months. However, there are a number of produce options that thrive in the winter and many warm, comforting dishes that perfectly fit the seasonal temperatures. Whether you’re watching what you eat or just want to enjoy some seasonal specialties, here are some of the best foods to keep you healthy and happy during this chilly time of year.
Because they grow directly in the ground, root vegetables are better at surviving the drop in temperature during fall and winter than other fruits and vegetables. As a result, they are readily available year-round for you to enjoy!
Carrots are a great source of antioxidants, including beta-carotene, and vitamin A. Their peak season is late fall, but some varieties are specifically harvested during the winter. They can be cooked in a variety of ways and can be kept for several weeks if stored properly.
Potatoes are good, but sweet potatoes are even better. Like carrots, they’re a fantastic source of antioxidants. Their natural sweetness might also make them more palatable for people who usually aren’t a fan of vegetables.
Along with snow and cold comes an increased risk of sickness. It’s important to stay healthy year-round and foods high in vitamin C can help you power through whatever comes your way. Luckily, citruses aren’t the only source.
Red bell peppers contain as much as 190 milligrams of vitamin C and are also a good source of vitamin A. Lower in sugar than oranges, they’re even a slightly healthier option.
Fennels are one of the weirder looking vegetables, shaped like an onion with stalks of feathery leaves on top. Even weirder? They kind of taste like black licorice. Fennels contain many different vitamins and minerals including vitamin C, potassium and magnesium.
When it’s cold outside all you want to do is stay in and keep warm. Luckily, some of the most comforting foods can be healthy for you as well.
Oatmeal is a convenient breakfast food but also an excellent source of fiber and zinc. Adding too much sweetener diminishes some of the benefits; stay away from prepackaged oatmeal if you can. A container of plain oats will likely be cheaper and you can control the amount and type of sweetener you use!
Soup can also be very healthy, depending on what you put in it. Try to utilize only vegetable or chicken broth as a base, making sure to add as many fresh vegetables as possible. Add beans or chicken for some extra protein.
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Healthy eating leads to healthy living, especially during the winter! Contact Puro Wellness Center and Spa today to learn more about how you can stay in top shape year-round. We specialize in providing you with a unique, customized approach to helping you reach your specific health goals.