One of the most common complaints of the winter season is how the number of holiday parties and treats can wreck havoc on your waistline. The temptation of those holiday desserts combined with the belief that the best fruits and vegetables are no longer in season, can leave you in an unhealthy frame of mind.

 

However, despite the misconception that no good fresh food is found during the winter, there are several wonderful winter fruits and vegetables that you can add to your diet. By adding just a few, you can enliven your taste buds, increase your health, and help get your waistline back to normal.

 

Vegetables

  • Brussels Sprouts. This hearty food is delicious when roasted with olive oil and sea salt. Just make sure to remove the outer leaves and trim the stems.
  • Leeks. Finely sliced leeks are a great addition to salads, rice or omelets. You can also combine them with potatoes to make a satisfying soup.
  • Beets. Oven roasted beets make a yummy addition to your winter salad. For an extra punch of flavor, combine the beets with goat cheese and a drizzle of walnut oil.
  • Kale. Kale is best when it sautéed in olive oil. Transform it into an elegant dish by adding balsamic vinegar, garlic, and pine nuts.

 

Fruit

  • Persimmons. A delicious fruit that is jam-packed with antioxidants, permissions nicely highlighted when wrapped with fresh mozzarella and prosciutto.
  • Guava. Guavas are a great addition to any fruit salad. Or try a more interesting flavor profile by combining with figs and blue cheese.
  • Pomegranate. Pomegranate seeds add a pleasant punch to many dishes. Add them to your salad or to oatmeal for a tasty crunch.
  • Kiwi. This little green fruit has the added bonus of being chock-full of vitamin C. Add to your desserts, fruit salads, or even to a spinach salad for a great citrus flavor.