Eating seasonally is easy and enjoyable in the spring and summer months, when garden vegetables abound and the orchard trees and bushes are heavy with ripe fruit.  However, while things look a little more bleak in the winter, you still have some delicious choices to carry you through to the warmer months.

kale

Kale – this king of the vegetables is not only chock-full of vitamins and minerals, it is also delicious when sautéed with garlic and onion, or eaten raw in a salad. Check out our Recipes page for a great Kale and Avocado Salad recipe!

cauliflower

Cauliflower – a cousin of cabbage, broccoli, and collard greens (all of which are also winter veggies), cauliflower takes on a delicious nutty taste when doused in browned butter. It can also take the place of mashed potatoes on the table, in a dish that even the pickiest eater would not turn down. Just mash or blend the cauliflower together with some butter and garlic. If your clinician allows it, you can even add some Greek yogurt to make it creamier.

pears

Pears – one of the few winter fruits in this region, pears are delicious when eaten alone, or when used in recipes. Try them sliced up in a salad with spinach and onion, or roasted in the oven with butter, vanilla, and honey. Either way, don’t neglect this delicious winter fruit!

swt potatoes

Sweet Potatoes – this tuber is the ultimate winter comfort food.  High in vitamin A and beta-carotene, sweet potatoes contain twice as much fiber as other potatoes, which means their caloric energy is used more slowly and efficiently.  Plus, it doesn’t hurt that they are quite tasty when baked and eaten with butter, cinnamon, and pecans!