This is the last in my In Season series, winter foods. I was surprised when I was putting together the photos for this, how bright, warm, and sunny the veggies and fruits looked-it’s like nature is compensating for the lack of light in the winter months. But, of course, never question nature, because she knows what’s up. These foods that are in season now are chuck FULL of the things we need to stay healthy, hydrated, and well during the slow winter months.
Winter fruits and veggies are loaded with vitamin C, a crucial vitamin for immune health, especially in fighting off colds and flus. A lot of the foods available to us during this time are wonderful in stews, soups, or baked-which is perfect because warming foods are what our bodies need during the cold months. Onions contain phytonutrients, and a ton of vitamin C. They also reduce inflammation, and help heal infections. Pomegranates are a superfood known to help reduce in the prevention of cancers, and has been used for thousands of years as medicine. Kale contains a huge amount of iron, which paired with any of the other vitamin C rich foods available, allows for optimal absorption of the iron.
Read on for a full list of what’s in season now:
- Brussels sprouts
- Oranges (all varieties)
- Winter squash
- Collard greens
Fill the majority of your plate with these fruits or veggies and you’ll be aiding your body in its natural defense and functions during the winter months. Enjoy!