Craving warm foods, but want to stay healthy this winter? Here is a list of 5 in-season vegetables you can eat heated, without sacrificing nutritional value.
NUTRIENTS: Excellent source of Vitamin A, C, & B6. Kale also provides a healthy dose of dietary fiber, copper, calcium, and potassium.
LOOK FOR: Crisp, tender leaves that are bright in color.
EAT: Cooked. Suprisingly, Kale should not be consumed raw.
Cruciferous vegetables are better eaten when cooked. Eating raw may suppress the thyroid due to their fibrous nature.
Instead, sauté onions, garlic, and chopped kale in a bit of olive oil. Add to salads for an extra nutritious kick!
NUTRIENTS: Excellent source of Vitamin C, folate, fiber, and Omega 3-fatty acids.
LOOK FOR: White in color. Tightly packed heads with no brown spots.
EAT: Again, better to eat cooked. Personally, I’m a sucker for raw cauliflower and hummus, but try to eat in moderation.
Pureed cauliflower is a great alternative to mashed potatoes. Here is a super simple recipe I got from Whole Foods.
3. Brussel Sprouts
NUTRIENTS: These bad boys are jam packed with vitamins A, C, E, K, B6, potassium, thiamin, omega 3-fatty acids, protein, magnesium, riboflavin, iron, copper, and calcium.
LOOK FOR: Light green in color. Uniform sized buds makes for more even cooking.
EAT: Cooked. Steam, roast, or sautée with olive oil, sea salt, and cayenne pepper (my personal fave).
Disclaimer: These guys will clear you out if you know what I mean…
NUTRIENTS: Good source of Vitamins A, C, & E, as well as potassium, iron, and fiber.
LOOK FOR: Avocadoes should be uniform in color, and should be slightly tenderto the touch.
EAT: Raw. The possibilities are endless.. add to salads, omelets, smoothies, or eat alone with sea salt for a quick mid-day snack.
NUTRIENTS: Excellent source of vitamins A, C, K, E, & B6, as well as, potassium, magnesium, folate, and fiber.
LOOK FOR: Firm stems with dark green-purple heads. Buds should be closed with no yellow flowers.
EAT: Cooked. Steam until tender and add to dishes, or eat along with your favorite dips.