5 Fantastic Winter Vegetables

Just one cup of red cabbage contains as much potassium as one banana and three grams of filling fiber. (Image courtesy of FreeDigitalPhotos.net)

While many people think of fresh veggies mixed up in summer salads, some seasonal produce hits its peak in the winter months. Here are five healthy and delicious winter vegetables to look for next time you head to the grocery store (via Care2.com):

  1. Red cabbage. Known around the world for its ability to add flavor to soups, stews and salads, cabbage is also a nutritional powerhouse. Just one cup contains as much potassium as one banana, almost three grams of fiber and a substantial amount of calcium.
  2. Brussel sprouts. One serving of these leafy greens (about seven) contains more potassium than a banana, as much vitamin C as a glass of orange juice and four grams of fiber. And prepared right, brussel sprouts can be just as tasty as they are healthy. Check out this recipe for roasted brussel sprouts.
  3. Cauliflower. This lighter version of broccoli is rich in vitamin C and can make a great savory side dish.
  4. Broccoli. This vegetable is an excellent source of potassium, folate, fiber, vitamins C and A and the eye-protecting antioxidants lutein and zeaxanthin.
  5. Kale. This leafy green is a nutritional superfood, with as much potassium as a banana, more vitamin A and more than 55 times the lutein and zeaxanthin of 12 baby carrots. Purchase organic kale if you can, as conventional kale is particularly prone to pesticide residues.




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