Staying Health in Colder Weather

Trying to keep up with your New Years resolution but find it hard in winter? Here are some of SupermarketGuru's top tips to staying healthy, satisfied and happy...

February 24, 2014

Still trying to keep up with your New Years resolution to eat healthy? Well it can be difficult in cold weather to keep it up, and SupermarketGuru wants to give you some suggestions to make sure your plate is full of fresh, nutritious fruits and vegetables. This time of year boasts some of the most hearty and delicious produce of all year round - so think again if you (hold out for fresh fruits and veg during spring and summer months) thought only summer boasted the freshest fruits and vegetables.

Most of us take for granted and forget how very lucky we are to be able to choose from a variety of fresh fruits and vegetables all year round; and in fact it doesn’t even seem like the produce section in the supermarket varies much from season to season. If we pause for a minute, make a conscious effort and take a closer look at what foods are in season, our meals will be fresher, more nutritious, flavorful, cost less, and on top of that when the season comes for your favorite fruit or vegetable you will truly enjoy and savor it at its best! 

Choosing freshly harvested seasonal produce not only supports a healthy diet, but may also lessen some of the adverse global effects caused by packaging and shipping produce long distances.

As well as offering some great flavors, many cold weather vegetables are true nutritional stars – and at the time when the weather is changing, we’re seeing less sunlight (thus getting less of the sunlight vitamin) and it seems that colds and flu’s are being passed around – there is no better time than to eat a diet rich in nutritious fresh fruits and vegetables. 

Some vitamin C-rich winter fruits and vegetables include, blood oranges, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, celery root (celeriac), kale, passion fruit, persimmons, rutabagas, sweet potatoes, turnips, and winter squash. Just a reminder, vitamin C-rich foods help protect cells from free radical damage, help with vitamin E regeneration, improve iron absorption and some believe vitamin C may shorten the duration or help prevent colds. 

Many cold weather produce also serves up an excellent ‘dose’ of vitamin A, which functions to preserve and improve eyesight as well as help fight viral infections. Some of the best include: bok choy, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, carrots, collard greens, kale, passion fruit, rutabagas, sweet potatoes, and winter squash.

Try roasting root vegetables like, parsnips, sweet potatoes, beets, turnips, celeriac, and rutabaga with a sprinkle of salt, pepper and a drizzle of olive oil. Forty-five minutes later you will have a hearty, delicious, and outstandingly nutritious side dish or even main course for any winter meal.

Snack on apples, blood oranges, Clementine, grapefruits, passion fruits, pears, and red currants to taste the flavors and gain the nutritional benefits of winters best fruits. 

Use SupermarketGuru’s suggestions to make a shopping list, or ask the produce manager in your local supermarket to direct you to the freshest seasonal picks! Happy and healthy shopping and enjoy.

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