Just because it’s freezing outside again, it does not mean you cannot enjoy fresh produce. In fact, some veggies and fruits are in their prime during winters. So, let us get to discover 7 super winter foods you should be eating now!
Kale might have been getting all the attention so long, but now its time to introduce some chicories in your life. Not only do they taste great, they are also extremely healthy and perfect for cold weather meals. Add frisée, escarole, and Belgian endive to your greens list, and do not forget to add some purple radicchio into your fresh salad. You definitely will like the variety of colors, and together with it, your body will get its added dose of vitamins. Chicories are a little bitter, and if you somehow do not like that, then you might cook with them instead of having them raw. You can add Belgian endive to your spreads and dips, and escarole will make your soup taste more delicious.
Rich in fiber, vegetables like turnips, parsnips, beets, and celery roots grow underground, where they get to absorb lots of minerals right from the soil. They are undoubtedly healthy, and at the same time can satisfy your sweet tooth. You can roast the root vegetables with olive oil, pepper, and salt. If there are any leftovers, you can blend it with your stock together with ginger for an extremely delicious soup.
Even though it is not very common in the US, Jicama is a low-calorie tuber, and is also popularly known as Chinese turnip, Mexican potato and yambean around the world. It has a crunchy texture and a light, nutty flavor, and tastes great. You can cut them into long sticks and serve them with salsa, or you may even cube or shred them and add them into your salads.
Winter squash is a winter comfort food that is also good for you. The various shapes and sizes, from spaghetti to butternut to acorn, winter squash is rich in beta-carotene, and thus very good for your health. There are many ways to prepare squash, but the easiest way is to mash it or broil it together with Parmesan cheese or garlic powder.
Even if you are not much of a cabbage fan, give it a chance this winter. You can opt for green, white, or purple thick leaves, and not only will it fill you up, it might also help you fight cancer. There are many ways to have this super winter food. You can stuff it, roast it, or chop and add it to your salad.
This cousin of broccoli is generally overlooked, but do not forget that this cruciferous veggie is a great substitute for starch and a great source of vitamin K. Though there are many ways to prepare cauliflower, one simple yet delicious way is to puree it together with low-fat milk and some butter.
Juicy, fresh citrus fruits are at their peak during winters, so make sure you have lots of them. The flavonoids present in these citrus fruits helps fight free radicals, and will also help you absorb iron from other foods you eat. So, add oranges into your salads, add grapefruit into your dessert, or simply add limes and lemon slices into your next glass of water.