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5 Tips for Eating Seasonally in Winter

Eating seasonal is nature’s way of providing your body with what it needs. In the summer, our bodies want liquid-rich foods, such as watermelon, cucumbers, peaches and tomatoes. In the winter, our bodies crave warming, fiber-rich foods, such as beets, winter squash and nuts. But it can be difficult to find seasonal foods in the winter months.

Know What’s Seasonal in Your Area

Shop at the farmer’s markets for local produce and other foods that are grown in the area. Heartier, root vegetables are usually available, but you may find nuts, local fish, micro-greens and grains that can boost your nutritional intake.

Know What’s Seasonal in the Winter

Even if you can’t find a farmer’s market close to your home, know which fruits and vegetables are seasonal when you shop at the grocery store. Look for cranberries, mushrooms, leeks, pumpkins, winter squash, figs, pomegranates, pineapple and oranges. They’ll have better flavors, even if they are shipped in from the southern states.

Start an Indoor Garden

Herbs, lettuce and tomatoes can be grown in containers and add amazing flavor to your winter dishes. You don’t need a lot of space to have an indoor herb garden. Plus, it’s a lot cheaper to grow your own.

Learn to Love Soup

Root vegetables make wonderful soups and stews. You can put a bunch of winter vegetables in your crockpot with broth and meat. Let it simmer while you’re at work. Come home to a delicious meal.

Try Out New Vegetables

After you know what produce is seasonal in your area, choose one new item every couple of weeks to incorporate into your diet. Cook it a couple of different ways, maybe roasted and then made into a soup or casserole. Try out new methods of cooking, too. You may enjoy pickled carrots or cauliflower. Instead of eating apples raw, bake them up with hearty oatmeal and cinnamon.

What are your best tips for eating healthy in the winter? Leave your comments below.