5 Vegetables to Stock Up Your Kitchen This Winter

I was walking into student teaching this morning and felt it for the first time…fuhreezing blowing wind. I realized that winter really is upon us at last..

And because we all know winter means hibernation (or laziness) for most of us and less physical activity, it’s that much more important to stock up on healthy food when possible. Veggies and other proactive measures can help prevent the colds and flus that seem to run rampant this time of year.

My favorites:

Chard

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This yummy green veggie is full with a chunk of vitamin A and C, two vitamins that work wonders on keeping the immune system strong.

Best way to prepare: throw it raw in a salad or try this sauteed chard recipe (but go easy on the butter ūüėČ )

Brussel sprouts

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This wonderful vegetable also works wonders on the immune system with it’s high vitamin C content. Brussel sprouts have also been shown to lower cholesterol and aid digestive health.

Best way to prepare: roast them in the oven with olive oil and garlic. Omnom.

Cauliflower

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With super high vitamin C content, as well as folate, vitamin K, and B6, this vegetable is a must this winter. Research has linked cruciferous veggies such as cauliflower to many types of cancer prevention, digestive health, and anti-inflammatory properties.

Best way to prepare: raw with guac. Mmmm.

Cabbage

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Cabbage is not only healthy but extremely versatile and CHEAP. Also an excellent source of vitamin K, vitamin C, vitamin B6, manganese, dietary fiber, potassium, vitamin B1, folate and copper.

Best way to prepare: sautéed with garlic and onions; made into raw sauerkraut (for the yummy probiotics); raw in a salad.

Kale

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Kale how I love thee. I think it’s safe to say kale changed my life for the better – Check out this nutritional powerhouse HERE.

Best way to prepare: raw or sautéed with olive oil and salt. Omnom.

Now tell me: what are your favorite winter veggies?!

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