Monday, December 22

A Guide to Seasonal Winter Produce

California grows about 80-90% of all fruits and vegetables in America, so one can see why these seasons are important. Even if you don't live in California or go to local farmer's markets, this guide can be helpful to anyone that purchases produce from the U.S. Not only does food taste amazing when in season, but purchasing these plants in season also helps sustain a healthy earth because the farming is in tune with nature.

So without further ado, these are some of my favorites that I like to eat in the wintertime. They nourish me, and I love going to the markets because I know when I'm suppose to be eating what. If it's at the market then it's in season, and this is also a great way to get the freshest, best-tasting produce year round. It also makes one's diet interesting, because I can't wait to have it again when that time of year comes around.


Here are my winter favorites:

Asian Pears - Used in vitamin water, eaten raw, blended for a salad dressing, sliced on salads, blended in smoothies, juiced, frozen as popsicles, and dried for snacks. A great source of vitamin C, K, fiber, magnesium, potassium, copper, and are high in water content. They're also amazing at healing wounds, maintaining strong teeth, and promoting healthy blood pressure levels.

Mandarins - Used in vitamin water, juiced in sauces, eaten raw, juiced in a salad dressing, sliced on salads, blended in smoothies, juiced, frozen as popsicles, and dried for snacks. A great source of vitamin A, B6, C, E, calcium, fiber, magnesium, potassium, phosphorus, and are high in water content. They're also wonderful for weight loss, maintaining a healthy immune system, and improves the skin tone.

Oranges - Used in vitamin water, juiced in sauces, eaten raw, juiced in a salad dressing, sliced on salads, blended in smoothies, juiced, frozen as popsicles, and dried for snacks. A great source of vitamin A, B6, C, calcium, fiber, magnesium, iron, potassium, protein, copper, phosphorus, niacin, and are high in water content. They're also good for the kidneys, fighting against viral infections, and keeping the heart healthy.

Lemons - Used in vitamin water, juiced in sauces, eaten raw, juiced in a salad dressing, sliced on salads, blended in smoothies, juiced, frozen as popsicles, and grated for zest. A great source of vitamin A, B6, C, calcium, fiber, magnesium, iron, potassium, and copper. They're also fantastic for maintaining beautiful skin, weight loss, and soothing toothaches.

Kiwis - Used in vitamin water, eaten raw, sliced on salads, blended in smoothies, juiced, frozen as popsicles, and dried for snacks. A great source of vitamin A, B6, C, E, K, calcium, fiber, magnesium, iron, potassium, protein, copper, phosphorus, niacin, and are high in water content. They're also fabulous for boosting the immune system, a sleep aid, and maintaining beautiful skin.

Cabbage - Used in sauces, chopped in soups, as a garnish, chopped in salads, and blended in smoothies. A great source of vitamin B6, C, K, calcium, magnesium, and potassium. It's also brilliant at preventing cancer, protecting the skin against aging, and keeping bones strong.

Dandelions - Used in sauces, eaten raw, chopped in salads, blended in smoothies, and juiced. A great source of vitamin A, B6, C, E, K, calcium, fiber, magnesium, iron, potassium, copper, phosphorus, and omega-6 fatty acids. They're also excellent for detoxify the liver, calming inflammation, and helping to maintain a healthy immune system.

Brussels Sprouts - Used in sauces, blended or diced in soups, lightly cooked, sliced on salads, blended in smoothies, and juiced. A great source of vitamin A, B6, C, E, K, calcium, fiber, magnesium, iron, potassium, protein, copper, phosphorus, niacin, and omega-3 fatty acids. They're also outstanding for maintaining proper digestion, lowering cholesterol, and cancer prevention.

Celery - Used in sauces, eaten raw, chopped in soups, as a garnish, in salads, blended in smoothies, and juiced. A great source of vitamin A, B6, C, K, calcium, fiber, sodium, magnesium, potassium, phosphorus, and is high in water content. It's also incredible at lowering blood pressure, treating joint pain, and maintaining a healthy nervous system.

Carrots - Used in sauces, eaten raw, grated in dips, sliced in soups, lightly cooked, as a garnish, sliced on salads, blended in smoothies, and juiced. A great source of vitamin A, B6, C, E, K, calcium, fiber, magnesium, iron, potassium, copper, phosphorus, niacin, and omega-6 fatty acids. They're also terrific for whitening teeth, improving vision, and preventing infection.

Dill - Used in sauces, minced in dips, chopped in soups, as a garnish, in a salad dressing, minced on salads, blended in smoothies, and juiced. A great source of vitamin A, B6, C, calcium, iron, and potassium. It's also phenomenal for protection against aging, maintaining healthy bones, and strengthening the immune system.

Ginger - Used in sauces, in vitamin water, minced in dips, blended in soups, as a garnish, in a salad dressing, minced on salads, blended in smoothies, and juiced. A great source of vitamin B6, C, E, fiber, magnesium, iron, potassium, manganese, and omega-6 fatty acids. It's also awesome for maintaining colon health, strengthening immunity, and reducing pain.

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♡ Claudia

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