It’s easy to eat plenty of fruits and vegetables during the summer. That basket of fresh berries from the farmer’s market near your luxury UDR apartment community is always good for a mid-afternoon snack and few things are more refreshing that a salad loaded with veggies on a hot July day. It is harder to maintain the same kind of healthy diet in the winter months, but including plenty of fruits and vegetables in your diet is important regardless of the time of year. Here are a few recipes packed with the winter veggies you should be eating.
Kale, Spinach and Other Greens
Warm up a cool kale salad by tossing in some hot chicken strips and sliced apples or diced pears, then topping it off with toasted pecans and a heated maple vinaigrette. The warm dressing has a pronounced flavor and enhances the other flavors in the salad as well.
Food & Wine serves up some other ideas for warm winter salads that include seasonal vegetables such as butternut squash, spaghetti squash and parsnips.
Strawberries and Blueberries
Berries of any kind are packed with antioxidants that are proven to boost your mood—and who couldn’t use a little more happiness during the dreary days of winter? You don’t have to pay exorbitant prices for out-of-season produce to enjoy the benefit of berries. Instead, load up your sleek, stainless steel side-by-side with frozen berries. Toss a handful into your steel cut oatmeal in the morning and voilà! You’ve taken care of one of your fruit servings for the day.
Pumpkin pie is a staple during the holiday season, but there are plenty of other ways to prepare this hearty vegetable that don’t require extra hours at the gym. Try a bowl of roasted pumpkin soup for dinner or cozy up with some pumpkin muffins for breakfast.
This seasonal fruit is typically available from January through mid-April. Blood oranges are packed with carotene, a powerful antioxidant that cleanses the body of environmental pollutants that are aplenty during the winter months. Many people enjoy eating blood oranges plain, but they can also be used in recipes to bring out the flavor of roasted meat or sautéed fish. This recipe for Mahi-mahi with blood orange salsa will certainly turn up the heat on a blustery day.
What are your favorite recipes that include winter veggies? Be sure to share them with our other readers.