During the winter, it can be harder to find seasonal foods. However, the foods that are in season can give you and your family some protection against the ills of winter. These include dry skin, vitamin deficiencies, and illnesses such as the flu. Instead of cuddling up on the couch and ordering pizza to fight the cold, get in the kitchen and make some hearty, home cooked dishes to help keep yourself and the kids happy and healthy through the chilly months.
Brussels sprouts are best harvested in the winter, so these tiny nutrient powerhouses may be more readily available at cheaper prices right now. Brussels sprouts are a great source of fiber and provide plenty of vitamins A, C, and K. If you need a tasty recipe to help entice the family into trying them, try this Brussels sprouts recipe.
Pomegranates are a tasty fruit that most kids like. The seeds can be thrown on top of dishes to sweeten them up or can be eaten as they are. If your kids are picky, pomegranate juice may help you to introduce this low-calorie fruit that is super high in antioxidants into their diets.
Lean beef is hearty can make a dinner warm and comforting. Beef is also high in protein, B vitamins, and iron. Eating lean beef a few times a week through the cold winter months can help prevent against iron-deficiency induced fatigue and can boost the metabolism. Beef is very satisfying, which can also help your loved ones to fill up on a hearty, healthy dinner and stay away from the snacks.
Sweet potatoes are delightfully flavored, so most kids won’t oppose a meal made with some sweet potatoes. Sweet potatoes are also high in beta carotene and fiber and low in calories. Get creative and make sweet potato chips or add sweet potato cubes to a fried rice meal. Enjoy and stay warm!