Winter gets a bad reputation as being produce scarce. However, there are some really healthy, nutritious options out there if you are willing to look. Below we have a list of some of the delicious winter superfoods available for you to try as the seasons change.
Top Seven Winter Superfoods
Winter Squash. Acorn and Butternut squash are in high supply this time of year so take advantage of this seasonal superfood. What you get with winter squash is a high dose of fiber, magnesium, beta carotene and vitamin C and B6. On top of that winter squash is easy to prepare whether you roast it or turn it into a soup base.
Kale. This winter superfood star is highly versatile in how it can be used and prepared whether you choose to use it in a salad, a pasta dish or a soup. Kale is a fantastic substitute for spinach during the winter months and is chalk full of good-for-you things including potassium and folate.
Brussel Sprouts. Not only are they flavorful, but they are nutritious as can be. High in vitamin K, C, B6, folate, manganese, and potassium. Just pop them in the oven with some of your favorite seasonings and let them brown up a bit. Healthy and delicious!
Fennel. This one isn’t for everyone. If you aren’t into licorice flavor, fennel will be a hard sell. However, if you either like it or can get past it, you are in for a health-heavy treat. Fennel will load you up on fiber, potassium, manganese, calcium, iron, magnesium, phosphorus and copper. Every part of fennel is edible and can be used in a variety of ways including raw, braised, or cooked in soups, stuffings and broths.
Parsnips. These root vegetables are great for improving your fiber and folate. They are very flavorful (more so than a carrot) and can be added into many recipes. Parsnips are an excellent addition to your soups, stews, veggie roasts or even mashed up in your mashed potatoes for an extra, healthful kick.
Pomegranates. These fruits are not the easiest to eat per se, but they are worth the struggle because they are delicious. And healthy. Very healthy. When you harvest a pomegranates’ fruits you immerse yourself in polyphenols which help with heart health, fighting infections and improving your memory.
Persimmons. This might be the most obscure winter superfood on our list, but it is worth looking into. Though small in size they are mighty in the nutrition department. Just one little fruit will give you a full day’s worth of vitamin A which helps immunity and eye health. Try adding persimmons into a salad or even swapping it out for your usual dessert of choice.