Summer time is so easy for consuming fresh fruits and vegetables. There are so many delectable foods available at your fingertips. Once winter rolls around, the selection of fresh fruits and vegetables begins to get a little scarce. Sure you can buy most fruits and vegetables year round at the grocery store but let’s face it, the taste and quality just is not the same. And after awhile bananas everyday get a little old.
You can find plenty of ways to reap all the health benefits of produce even when it is freezing cold outside. Try to purchase seasonal produce as much as possible. We tend to eat less fresh fruits and vegetables during the winter as we fill up on other foods. Focus on fresh produce to keep you healthy during the cold months ahead.
Try adding some fresh fruit to your hot cereal or some fresh vegetables to your pizza. Add some dried cranberries to a tossed green salad. Even if you are not adding a full serving of fruits or vegetables, a small amount is better than none at all. Frozen, canned or dried fruit are also an option and count just the same as fresh produce. If you purchase canned fruit, try and buy the “in its own juice” or “lighted sweetened” to keep the sugar content down.
The following fresh fruits and vegetables are plentiful during the winter months:
- Mandarin Oranges
- Brussel sprouts
- Snow Peas
- Sweet Potatoes
- Winter Squash
So don’t give up on fresh fruits and vegetables this winter, be creative and enjoy some new and different selections.