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Healthy And Delicious Winter Fruits And Veggies

You probably know what fruits and veggies are in season in the spring, summer and fall. But did you know that plenty of produce is in season during the months of December, January and February?

Here are some of our favorites:

Clementines

These small, sweet orange fruits are an excellent source of vitamin C. They are fat-, cholesterol- and sodium-free. Serve them up as an after-school snack or pack them in your (or your child’s) lunch!

Kiwifruit

These sweet green fruits are a good source of fiber, vitamin E and potassium. They are also low fat and sodium- and cholesterol-free. Did you know they can be used as a natural meat tenderizer? Cut the fruit in half and rub the cut end over the meat—or mash the fruit with a fork and spread on the surface of the meat. Or whip up some kiwi lime pie, which is made with a graham cracker crust, as well as pumpkin seeds and ground flax instead of butter.

Kale

This member of the cabbage family is rich in vitamins A and C and is a good source of calcium and potassium. Serve it with your favorite noodles, with a salad, or add it to a stir fry. You can also substitute it for spinach or collard greens.

Brussels sprouts

These small bright green veggies are high in fiber and vitamin C and are a good source of folate. They are also low in calories. You can candy them with brown sugar, roast them with olive oil, or add steamed sprouts to a pasta dish. Next time you entertain, consider making some roasted brussels sprouts and apples as a side dish. The sweet and tart flavor of Fuji apples complements the bitterness of the sprouts.

Pears

Sweet golden pears are an excellent source of fiber and are rich in vitamin C. Consider serving them as a snack, adding them to soup, making a cobbler with them or even making a dip with them.

Turnips

These veggies are an excellent source of vitamin C and are fat- and cholesterol-free. You can serve them like potatoes—mash, bake, broil or steam them. You can also eat them raw or add them to soup or a stew. At dinnertime, consider whipping up some mashed turnips and sage. This simple recipe takes just 20 minutes to prepare and involves peeling and cubing turnips and a potato, then boiling them. Shallots, fresh sage and butter add plenty of flavor.

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