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How to Add Winter Produce Your Diet (And Why You Should)

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By Meg Reichert, MS, CPT, owner of Sage and Thyme Wellness

When people think of produce, they usually think of spring and fall. But winter is prime-time for many delicious fruits and vegetables. What’s more, incorporating winter produce into your diet is a great way to boost your immune system during flu season and give you hearty meals to look forward to when it’s cold out. Ahead, my favorite foods to eat in winter.

  • Brussels Sprouts

    These babies are high in fiber, which keeps you full, and antioxidants like vitamin C, which can boost your immune system in the winter months. They’re also loaded with folate and potassium, great for your metabolism.

    Recipe to try: Roasted Brussels Sprouts

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  • Kale

    Yep, your favorite leafy green is in season from December through February. Loaded with vitamins A, K, C, and B6, this anti-inflammatory superfood is the perfect addition to any salad, smoothie, or side dish. 

    Recipe to try: Spiced Kale Chips

    (Photo: Shutterstock)

  • Citrus

    One orange has all the vitamin C you need in a day, and citrus fruits are low in calories but big on flavor. In season November through January, citrus fruits have more cooking potential than you might think, as shown by the recipe below. 

    Recipe to try: Broiled Grapefruit with Cinnamon

    (Photo: Shutterstock)

  • Winter Squash

    Squash isn’t just a fall food, which is great news for when you’re craving some healthy, comforting dishes. Winter squash has a serious heartiness factor that will make you feel warm and cozy on those cold winter evenings (and afternoons…and mornings…).

    Recipe to try: Stuffed Acorn Squash Bowl

    (Photo: Shutterstock)

  • Pomegranates

    They make you think of Christmas for a reason: Pomegranates are in-season through January and pack a serious dose of disease-fighting antioxidants. Add them to pancakes in the recipe below for a fun, flavorful twist on the classic breakfast staple.

    Recipe to try: Pumpkin Flaxseed Pancakes with Pomegranate Maple Syrup

    (Photo: Shutterstock)

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