It is official. Soon the clocks will have gone back, the nights now appear to be dark in the blink of an eye, and going outside in the cold, wet weather can be unappetizing even for the most outdoorsy of us. The urge to order takeaways and take comfort in chocolate is as strong as ever.
And while a bit of indulgence is just what everyone needs this year, it is also important we take care of our health and eat well too.
Immune systems are lower in winter, and with COVID showing no signs of budging, it’s best to bring the vitamins out.
Nature’s best source of vitamins is, of course, the vegetable, which is why this piece will let you know what in-season vegetables you can get your hands on to have a healthier winter!
Kale is one of those foods that gym-goers and health fanatics could not get enough of over the past few years. Hailed a superfood, kale is extremely rich in vitamin A, C, and K and is also loaded with antioxidants which are perfect for fighting off those winter bugs.
While you might associate kale with a summer salad, these dark green textured leaves thrive in winter, making them an excellent addition to any meal.
Another vegetable that is home to the super greens, collard greens also belong to the same family as kale and other nutrient-rich vegetables such as Brussel sprouts.
Collard greens are high in calcium (which is also associated with a bitter taste) and actually thrives amongst freezing temperatures.
It offers a whole nutrient cocktail, including vitamin K, B, and C, which are all vital for strong bones.
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Out of the greens and into the reds, red cabbage is a great veg to opt for this season. While green is also great, red cabbage is 10x chock full of more vitamins and antioxidants! The red variety also contains anthocyanins, which have been known to help prevent heart attacks in women!
Carrots are a staple in most of our households whatever the season, but did you know when it comes to winter, carrots are at their sweetest? Carrots are a powerhouse of nutrients, boasting vitamins A, B, B2, B3, C, D, and K. And if that is not enough to shake a stick at, they also contain the nutrient carrots are hailed for – carotene. Carotene helps prevent blindness and is also great for helping maintain a healthy heart, skin, hair, and nails!
Parsley is a wonderful herb that has so many uses that it should be a part of everyone’s garden! It is very simple to grow (and can be difficult to contain once it gets started), and has an impressive vitamin and nutrient profile in concentrated amounts, which includes vitamin A, C, and K.
While parsley can survive winter outside, it is a great herb that can be grown indoors on your kitchen shelf and added to winter stews and comforting meals.