The Benefits of Winter Fruits and Vegetables

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Winter soup

It may be cold, but many crops survive the chilly nights to produce some of my favorite fruits and vegetables out of the year. From delicious butternut squash and sweet clementines to crunchy kale, these seasonal fruits and vegetables offer a variety of nutritional benefits. Buying fruits and vegetables in season will also save money at the grocery store.

Kale is a great source of vitamin A, which will support eye health. Kale also contains iron, magnesium, and calcium. One single cup of Kale contains almost 3 grams of protein.

Clementines are a variety of mandarin oranges. They are easier to peel than oranges, making them a great on the go snack. While many people use clementines and tangerines are actually different fruits—but both are part of the mandarin family. Like oranges and other citrus fruits, clementines are a great source of vitamin C, a potent antioxidant.

Brussels sprouts are small but mighty members of the cabbage family. You can enjoy a cup of brussels sprouts for only 38  calories. They are also a source of fiber, protein, vitamins A, C, and B6 which supports immune health.

The winter squash family includes pumpkin, spaghetti, butternut, acorn, and more. Although they are normally harvested in the Fall, they are sold throughout cooler months. The different varieties of winter squash contain different nutrients; butternut squash is a great source of vitamin A and vitamin C, and acorn squash is agood source of vitamin B6.