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Everyone loves to enjoy fresh fruits and vegetables throughout the summer months when our markets are filled with endless options. But, what about the winter months?
It is equally important to incorporate fruits and veggies to your diet all year long.
According to Choose MyPlate, a nutritional guide implemented by the United States Department of Agriculture, half of your plate should be fruits and vegetables. This debunks our common belief that fruits and vegetables should compliment our meats and starches.
In fact, we receive most of our essential nutrients from the food that grows from the ground (and on trees).
Fruits and vegetables contain several vitamins, minerals and antioxidants that are important for good health. Each fruit and vegetable has its own benefits that can keep you feeling your absolute best, especially during the cold Michigan weather. Surely, your body and mind will thank you for eating an abundance and a variety of these power-enriched foods.
The seasonal winter fruits are citrus based, such as:
Citrus fruits are full of vitamin C, an antioxidant that is great for your immune system. From preventing the common cold, to fighting off stress, you cannot go wrong with eating citrus fruits during the winter months.
As for the seasonal vegetables, look for:
Vegetables contain some of the same benefits as fruits, also being packed full of vitamins and nutrients.
If you’ve never ventured far from common legumes, now is the perfect time. Don’t be afraid to pick up a couple veggies at your local market that you’ve never tried before – you just might be surprised at how much you like them.
Winter produce can be incorporated into many flavorful dishes to maintain a healthy (and tasty) intake of vegetables and fruits throughout the winter.
Here a couple recipes to get you started.
Maple Roasted Root Vegetables
This recipe includes several winter vegetables into one delicious dish. If you are reluctant to try out the winter produce, just know these vegetables will be syrup glazed. And, we all know any meal that calls for maple syrup is a must try.
Cranberry Citrus Salad
This salad contains several complimenting flavors, containing a mix of orange, cranberry and a sweet balsamic taste. This flavorful salad is the perfect first course to any meal.
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