Winter is here, and that means that it is time to switch up your diet so that you can eat fresh fruits and vegetables that are in season near you. Eating fresh fruits and vegetables is not only better for your overall health but it is better for the environment as well. Non-local fruits and vegetables can be transported thousands of miles just to get to your grocery store, burning up energy and fuels through transportation. The biggest benefit that you will see by eating in season is that your body will be able to actively utilize the vitamins and minerals of your foods much easier. If you want to learn more about how you can eat healthy in any season, come into your local Five Seasons Family Sports Club today to speak with a nutrition expert!
When the cold temperatures take hold, there is one vegetable that reigns supreme: the root vegetables. Protected but the temperature of the soil, many root vegetables can live through the winter even when the plant dies above the surface. Potatoes are one of the staples of the holiday season, everything from mashed potatoes to potato chips run rampant this time of year, but you can make these tubers healthy and delicious too! The starch heavy nature of potatoes makes them less of a vegetable and more of a starch, but by simplifying the way you handle potatoes you can make these tasty tubers very healthy. Simply by dicing up some potatoes, adding some olive oil and salt, you can create a delicious home-style hash. Take it to the next level by adding in some onions, which are also in season right now!
These delicious little vegetables tend to get a bad rap. People think of Brussel sprouts as bitter, smelly, and less than appetizing. The reason we think this way is that Brussel sprouts are often times mishandled and poorly seasoned. One of the best ways to bring out your Brussel sprouts’ inner flavor is by baking them. Simply cut your Brussel sprouts in half, season them with salt and olive oil and put them in the oven at 350 degrees. When you see that your Brussel sprouts are starting to brown, take them out and drizzle them with balsamic vinegar. Put them back in the oven for five minutes and you will have delicious caramelized Brussel sprouts that the whole family will enjoy.
Looking for something else in season this winter? Try any of these delicious vegetables:
Cabbage, winter squash, onions, beets, celeriac, carrots, turnips, rutabagas, parsnips, sweet potatoes, radicchio, citrus fruits, pomegranates, dark leafy greens, and fennel.
Just because its winter doesn’t mean that your cooking creativity has to be hindered! Warm up from the cold with a delicious root vegetable stew or a flavorful salad. One of the best ways to stay healthy and fit through the cold winter is by pairing a healthy diet with a great workout routine. Come into your neighborhood Five Seasons Family Sports Club today to see how we can help you beat the cold this winter!