By Laurel Leicht for Life by DailyBurn
This time of year, when holiday treats and comfort food are the standard fare, it almost starts to feel like fruits and vegetables are nonexistent. The produce section at your grocery store is still packed with fresh options, of course, but the best ones to grab this time of year aren't necessarily your typical favorites. "Don't only go for produce that's specifically harvested in the spring, summer or fall, like berries and bell peppers," advises Sara Haas, RDN, spokesperson for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. "Many fruits and vegetables peak during colder months and offer nutrients that are quite beneficial to your health." You'll also save money by choosing foods that are currently in season. Read on for our top picks of healthy winter produce, plus ways to cook and eat it to retain the most nutrients possible.
You of course don’t have to steer clear of produce that isn’t technically in season, but Haas recommends shopping for those -- berries, corn, green beans and peppers in particular -- in the frozen section. They’ll be less expensive than their fresh varieties and will possibly pack in more health benefits because "they're typically harvested at their peak and frozen immediately to retain nutrients," she says.