Now that we’re in the peak winter months, you might find yourself thinking there’s not many options when it comes to fresh, seasonal produce. But fear not! There’s still lots of healthy options out there. Here, we’ve put together a list of a favourite seasonal produce to eat this winter to stay healthy and energized.
Although available year-round, turnips are at their most delicious and sweetest this time of year. Also referred to as winter greens, turnips are from the same family as kale, cabbage and brussel sprouts (other delicious winter vegetables you can add to your grocery list this season). Though you might not be excited by the humble turnip, they are seriously underrated and have a number of culinary uses as well as many health benefits. Some of the reasons to include turnips, both the greens and the root, in your diet include their cancer prevention properties and that they promote cardiovascular, bone and lung health. Try sauteeing the greens as a side or boiling, mashing or roasting the roots. Here are some yummy ways to add turnips to your diet.
These juicy citrus delights are a versatile kitchen staple for good reason. Famously a great source of Vitamin C, they also protect and fight cancer, lower cholesterol and reduce the risk of disease. Oranges add a pop of colour and distinctive flavour to a variety of winter dishes. They can be zested or juiced and added to sauces and dressings, or enjoyed as a delicious sweet and tangy treat or salad topping. Check out some delightful recipes to make the most of this season’s oranges.
Though they look like giant green onions, leeks actually have a much milder flavour and are a great addition to winter soups, stews and pies. Closely related to onions and garlic, one cup of leeks contains just 54 calories and so they’re a great way to bulk up your meal without overdoing the calories. These winter vegetables are as excellent sources of vitamins, and also offer health benefits such as protecting your vision, regulating your blood flow and promoting bone health thanks to their phytonutrient content. Here are some tasty leek recipes to try.
Parsnips are sturdy root vegetables that enjoy the cool winter climate since they require frost to convert their starches to sugars and to develop their sweet, nutty flavor. They look a little like carrots and are a close relative. Rich in dietary fiber, they have many health benefits such as improving heart health and promoting weight loss. Additionally, since they are rich in vitamins and minerals they provide a boost to the immune system, can help prevent birth defects and promote growth. Check out ways to enjoy parsnips at breakfast, lunch and dinner here.