Make the Most of Winter: Eat better with winter produce

This produce is in season in the winter, making it easier to maintain a healthy diet even in the colder months.

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This produce is in season in the winter, making it easier to maintain a healthy diet even in the colder months. (And here’s where you can find it locally.)

Goguma (Korean sweet potato)

Goguma is a must-have snack served during the winter in Korea and Japan. They are usually roasted, peeled and eaten by hand. Goguma is one of the healthiest vegetables in the world because it is low in calories, rich with vitamins A and C and benefits the digestive system.

Goji Berries

Goji berries are traditional Chinese fruits that are often used Chinese herbal medicines. They are usually eaten by hand like raisins and have a sweet taste. Goji berries regulate your blood sugar and benefit both your kidneys and liver.

Daikon (Japanese radish)

Daikon is a spicy and tart vegetable that aids in the digestion and breakdown of oils, fatty animal proteins and dairy. They can be baked, boiled or steamed and are often served as a side dish for meat and fish.

Cabbage

Cabbage is a popular, budget-friendly vegetable served during the winter. It is best served raw such as chopped up and added to salads. Cabbage reduces cholesterol and lowers the risk of cancer and diabetes.

Pomegranate Seeds

Much like goji berries, pomegranate seeds are a popular winter snack that can be eaten by hand or sprinkled onto your favorite yogurt or salad for a tart flavor. The seeds are packed with antioxidants and anti-inflammatories.

Squash

Squash is another popular, inexpensive vegetable that is served during the winter. The most popular way to prepare squash is to sauté it and serve it as a side, but there are a variety of other ways to prepare it. Squash is rich in vitamin A and potassium.

(January 2017 Make the Most of Winter)

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