What are the best foods to cook in winter?

Winter is cold in most areas of the country. It's a time when people are trying to stay warm. Did you know that certain foods actually help your body to stay warm? These foods are naturally at their peak in this season.

Not only do these winter vegetables help to keep your body warm they are anti-oxidant rich.

It is difficult to tell what is in season these days when you go into a supermarket, with the growing food processing and worldwide distribution. As nice as it is to take advantage of the availability of foods year round, it is equally important to pay attention to what is naturally in season for optimum health benefits and flavor. One of the best ways to keep track of what is in season in your area is to go to the local farmer's market. In the winter months look for vegetables that are in their peak of season to eat as much as possible in your diet, along with vegetables that are easily available and grown in nearby regions.

The most warming vegetables that support your body to stay warm are the root vegetables and hearty winter greens.

Any vegetable that takes time to grow, and the edible part grows beneath the surface of the ground, or likes cold weather is usually warming and a good vegetable to eat in winter.

It is also a time of the year that you may want to eat a little more meat than in the summer months. This is for the same reason as eating winter greens and root vegetables. It helps to keep your body warm.

If you like to eat salads, try eating salads that are more root vegetable, bean, or grain oriented, rather than the usual leafy green salads. Or add a little meat to your green salad.

If it were very cold in your area in winter, I would avoid green salads completely. However, some areas that is not quite as cold, it can be very beneficial to have a romaine salad with chicken. If you love fish, one way to have a winter fishmeal is to serve it with root vegetables, winter greens or potatoes instead of rice.

Some of "The World's Healthiest Foods" vegetables in season in the fall and winter:

  • Carrots
  • Beets
  • Winter Squash
  • Potatoes
  • Sweet Potatoes
  • Yams
  • Kale
  • Brussels sprouts
  • Collard Greens
  • Cabbage

This page was updated on: 2002-11-29 23:45:09
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