Our Favorite Seasonal Winter ProduceBy Tone It Up on
We’re walking in a winter wonderland…of seasonal veggies! Winter sometimes gets a bad rap for its produce selection, but there really is an amazing bounty of in-season fruits and veggies.
They’re packed with nutrients to keep your immunity and energy high during the chillier months. Check out our favorites and their health perks below, and then head over to the TIU app for recipe inspiration!
Winter squash is actually more nutrient-dense than summer squash. Winter squash varieties are high in immunity-boosting vitamin C and vitamin A. They’re also packed with vitamin B12, which supports energy levels.
Some of our favorite types of winter squash: butternut, acorn, and spaghetti squash. Check out our Spaghetti Squash with Lentil Bolognese here!
While kale usually gets all the attention (and you know we love kale!), swiss chard is also a nutritional superstar. The leafy green delivers a ton of antioxidants — including polyphenols, vitamin C, vitamin E, and beta-carotene — which protect the body from illness by preventing free radical damage. It’s also loaded with fiber, so it will keep you satisfied and balance your blood sugar levels.
Pomegranates contain unique and powerful plant compounds called punicalagins and punicic acid that are responsible for a lot of their perks. Punicalagins are actually so powerful that pom juice has been shown to have three times the antioxidant activity as green tea and red wine! Pomegranates have also been found to fight inflammation and protect heart health.
Another immunity booster! Sweet potatoes with orange flesh are one of the richest sources of beta-carotene, which is converted to vitamin A in your body. Vitamin A has been shown to support and enhance immunity. Sweet potatoes also deliver plenty of antioxidants and fiber.
Broccolini (aka baby broccoli) is a great way to switch up your green leafy veggies. It’s also rich in vitamin A, vitamin C, fiber, and an enzyme called indole 3 carbinol, which supports liver detoxification and helps keep hormones balanced.