As a new food blogger, I don’t want my posts to only talk about recipes. I want to talk about anything food! During the winter months, I don’t think much about the fresh produce in season. This could attribute to that I reside in Texas, and lately we have had a very mild winter. It is mid-February and the weather was beautiful this weekend. My husband, Matt, and I played a golf with our neighbors in shorts! I remember in high school that it snowed on Valentine’s day – it was so romantic! This weather is warmer than usual as a native Texan, but I am hoping Spring is upon us. Isn’t Groundhog Day coming up soon?
So here is a list of some seasonal fresh produce and the benefits of eating them. (It is also more budget-friendly as well.) I am going to provide recipes containing these 5 fresh produce in the near future, so stay tuned!
Apples – Apples are rich in antioxidants and dietary fibers. Apples can help reduce the risk of diabetes, prevent stomach disorders, Parkinson’s, and so much more. This fruit is easy to take with you when you are on the go as a quick snack.
Beets – Beets are high in Vitamin C, anti-inflammatory agents, and Betalains. Betalains are suppose to help aid in detoxification of the body. This is a vegetable that I don’t eat often at all, so this post will help challenge me to try beets more.
Carrots – Carrots contain beta-carotene and fibers. This root vegetable can help to improve vision. This is also a easy snack to have throughout the day. Matt loves baby carrots, so we always have baby carrots in our refrigerator.
Kale – This green leaf was a popular little leaf for awhile there. It was the most talked about vegetable and used in juices, smoothies, and many dishes. Kale contains Folate, a B Vitamin that is key for brain development and prevent the development of neural tube defects during pregnancy.
Sweet potatoes – Sweet potatoes also contain beta-carotene, and this vegetable can also help regulate blood sugars. This is a really easy vegetable to cook as a quick side dish.
What is your favorite seasonal fresh produce?