When you think of seasonal foods the first things that most likely come to mind are mouthwatering foods of summer; golden corn on the cob, crisp green beans, juicy watermelon and fresh berries. The long cold days of winter may have you dreaming of summertime foods and outdoor activities but winter also offers a whole host of delicious foods that should be taken advantage of during these cold months. Some even play a crucial role in fighting off that troublesome dry winter skin.
A must have winter remedy for dry skin and chapped lips is not only found in your moisturizing lotions but also in your kitchen! Stock up on healthy omega-3 fats such as avocado, olive oil, salmon, tuna, walnuts, and flaxseed to help fight off that flaky skin. And remember, staying hydrated with water during winter is also important for glowing skin.
Just because the ground may be frozen doesn’t mean that all plants cease to grow. To make use of the small bounty that does grow during these cold, short days, be mindful of what is on sale at your local grocery store. In fact, one of the fruits many people associate with summer, the grapefruit, is at its peak growing season in the winter. Oranges, clementine’s, pears, and tangerines are the most tasty in the winter and typically are at their best prices.
Winter squash is a great source of vitamin A, vitamin C, potassium, thiamin, folate, and fiber. Winter squash is wonderful on its own or added to a soup. Simply halve the squash, remove the seeds, sprinkle with olive oil, salt, and pepper and roast in a 350 degree oven for about 30 to 45 minutes.
Other vegetables at their peak in winter include:
- Sweet potatoes
- Snow peas
- Brussel sprouts
An easy way to boost up the nutritional value of dinner is in vegetable soup. Homemade vegetable soup can be as easy as opening cans. Yes, that’s right, canned veggies! Not only do they contain approximately the same nutritional value of fresh veggies, buying canned goods is easy on the wallet. Simply purchase your favorite vegetable soup ingredients and rinse all canned vegetables before cooking. Rinsing the canned foods removes much of the sodium used in packaging. For a hearty winter twist, add a cup of quick cooking barley to your soup and you’ve just added a whole grain that has made dinner well rounded and also heart healthier!