Rich in fiber and potassium, the reddish-purple beet you’re probably familiar with is available year-round. Don’t be afraid to try the leafy green part of a beet, either! These greens are rich in vitamins and minerals that will get you through the hardest of winter days. Feel free to eat your beets in a variety of ways.
You may not like Brussels sprouts, but they are actually amongst the trendiest vegetables right now, both for their flavor and their health benefits. Vitamins K and C as well as a serious amount of fiber make this vegetable one you should go to for fuel in winter. Here are some of our favorite Brussels sprouts recipes.
Kiwi (we mean kiwifruit not the flightless bird) comes packed with enough vitamin C and vitamin K to help anyone get through winter. Fiber, antioxidants, and phytonutrients are all also found in generous quantities in this fruit. Experience the benefits of this fruit from one of our best kiwi recipes.
If you’re unfamiliar with the physical appearance of a kumquat, just imagine a small, slightly oval-shaped orange. These citrus fruits contain sugars which are easily converted to energy. They’ll also help your skin and digestive system stay healthy. Mix kumquats and cranberries for some extremely seasonal winter fuel.
If you’re an American, you call a rutabaga a rutabaga. If you’re anything else, you call this turnip-like member of the cabbage family a swede — unless you're in Scotland, where they're called neeps. Regardless, they are high in antioxidants and vitamin C. No matter how you eat them or what you call them, you’ll be sure to stay healthy and energized if you choose to eat them this winter.
Sweet potatoes are arguably one of the best foods to fuel the human body with energy. The slow-digesting complex carbohydrates sweet potatoes are made from will provide slow, steady energy without any undesired blood sugar spikes. Here are some of our favorite ways to eat sweet potatoes. One contains Brussels sprouts and cauliflower, too, so you’ll get three energy-boosting winter foods in one dish.
Heart disease beware: The carotenoids in winter squash are here to thwart you. In addition to helping prevent heart disease, just one cup of winter squash provides you with nearly half of your daily vitamin C requirement. If you can only find butternut squash, don’t worry — it’s a tasty example of a winter squash.