Fresh Seasonal Winter Vegetables

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While thoughts of winter are typically centered on snowfall and the cold, vitamin-rich vegetables should also be on your list! Some of the best tasting and healthiest veggies reach their peak this time of year and now is the best time to add them to your meals.

Cabbage is loaded with vitamins C, K, and folate along with antioxidants and fiber. Great in a soup or fresh in a salad, now is one of the best times of year to get some cabbage in your diet.

Winter squashes make an excellent side-dish and are incredibly easy to prepare. Butternut, acorn, delicate, and kabocha squash are loaded with vitamin A and potassium. The simplest way to cook these is to cut them in half lengthwise, remove the seeds, dash them with a bit of salt, and place them open-side down on a baking sheet with a small layer of water. Bake at 350 until the skin is soft and they're ready to serve. These seasonal beauties start hitting store shelves as early as late September and are usually found through early March.

Sweet potatoes are not just a Thanksgiving treat but are a wonderfully healthy alternative to white potatoes. Full of beta-carotene, fiber, and vitamins A and C, sweet potatoes can add color and nutrition to nearly any meal. When stored in a cool, dry, and dark place they can keep for about 30 days.

Onions are considered by some to be the ultimate flavor enhancer. While they can be readily found year-round, onions are best in the winter months. This is also when you're more likely to find locally grown onions at your local farmer's market. High in vitamin C, onions have also been found to lower LDL "bad" cholesterol and raise HDL "good" cholesterol.

Carrots have become a popular snack food in recent years, and that's fantastic! High in vitamin C and other nutrients, carrots are considered by many to be their favorite vegetable. Whether snacking on them individually or adding them to a main course, carrots are a wonderful addition to your winter routine.


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