The Best Foods You Need To Eat This Winter To Protect Your Body + FREE Shopping List

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Winter produces some of the best food – the winter frost adds a bit of sweetness.  It helps when you eat in seasons because you are preparing your body for the seasonal elements.  This is especially important if you stay in a colder region during the winter.   Winter produce has tons of nutrients that protect itself against the winter elements that are passed on to you when consumed.   
 
Buying local is an automatic way to eat seasonally while supporting your farmers in your area.  Eating seasonally will ensure quality and freshness. Leafy dark greens, root and bulb vegetables, and citrus fruits are the best food to be eating this winter. 

Root, Tuber, and Bulb Vegetables 

Root, tuber, and bulb vegetables such as turnips, potatoes, rutabagas, onions, and garlic have the ability to absorb the vitamins and minerals in the soil. The soil is full of nutrients and an excellent source of fiber. These vegetables are high in vitamins A, B, and C along with antioxidants.  It is best to choose organic when buying because root and bulb vegetable easily absorbs toxins from the ground. You will find that root vegetables have a deeper sweeter flavor and tend to be juicer when in-season.


Greens

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If you want to get the most from your salad greens in the winter, choose greens from the chicory family such as Belgian endive, curly endive, escarole, and radicchio which are an excellent source of vitamin A, potassium, and calcium.
 
Leafy greens such as kale, collard greens, and turnip greens are rich in beta-carotene, vitamin C and other properties that fight against cancer.  They are a good source of fiber, minerals, and calcium (just about the same amount as cows milk). 

Citrus
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Nothing like good ‘ole winter citrus to help you combat the winter weather and it is peak season during the winter months. Tangerines, navel oranges, clementines, grapefruit, and tangelos are high in vitamin C, phytonutrients, fiber, potassium and cancer-fighting properties.

Winter Squash

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Winter squash brings the sweet flavor in the winter time with squashes such as buttercup, spaghetti, golden and acorn.  Winter squash compared to summer squash are more nutritious,  a better source of natural sugars and richer in complex carbohydrates and beta carotene.  It also provides you vitamin A and C, potassium, and magnesium.

Ways to Prepare

 

Winter produces us with an amazing variety of produce to create some delectable dishes.
  1. Baking or roasting the winter squash will bring out the sweetness of the squash even more. They are great pureed for a soup.  Great substitute for potatoes.  
  2. Chicory can be your winter replacement in your salads for summer greens.  They can be braised, blanched or grilled to reduce the bitter flavor.  Honey or some citrus will also cut that bitter flavor for you.
  3. Leafy greens just need some light cooking – steaming, blanching or sauté.  It is best not to boil the greens unless you plan on drinking greens juice with your meal. Just chop them up and add to you soups or stew, you’ll be drinking the liquid anyway.  
  4. The only way to eat citrus is  – FRESH, baby! Add it to salads, smoothies, or juice it.

This winter, I want you to try to incorporate some of this produce into your winter dishes. I have created a Winter Produce Shopping List to help you incorporate these foods into your favorite dishes. Also, check out my Pinterest board for some recipes for winter produce.  What produce will you be trying this winter?

WINTER SHOPPING LIST

 

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