Wintertime is notorious for packing on pounds as we eat our way through the holidays and cold nights. After the holidays we all try to lose weight anyway we can, but why try so hard? If you just eat the right things, you will shed weight effortlessly.  Certain foods aren’t available during the winter, so instead try these readily accessible winter foods.

Certain weight loss foods like avocados aren’t in season in the winter, so what the heck are we supposed to eat? Don’t fret; there are plenty of delicious fruits and veggies that are in season in the colder months, so prepare your taste buds.

 

 

Brussels Sprouts

Brussels sprouts are in season from September to March, so they are perfect for your winter dinner table. Not only are they delicious but also Brussels pack tons of fiber in every bite. These fiber bombs are low in calories and oddly high in vitamin C, so eat these to keep scurvy away, ye pirates. Brussels can be shredded into salads or roasted and sautéed for a tasty side dish.   I keep Brussels sprouts on my winter menus as a main stay.

 

Citrus

You don’t usually think of Oranges as a winter fruit, but they are in season from November to February. These citrus snacks are loaded with vitamin C and are perfect low calorie snacks. Citrus can be added to sweet or savory meals to punch up a normally dull dinner. I like to keep Mandarin oranges and little cuties on hand for my go-to snacks in the bitter cold.

 

Winter Squash

Squash is harvested in the fall but luckily they last forever so you can use them all the way through winter. Winter squash is the perfect starch for your dinner table. Try turning spaghetti squash into the perfect low-carb pasta alternative. Butternut squash makes a great soup to warm you to your bones on a cold winter night.

 

Kale

Kale does very well growing n colder climates, so this leafy green is your perfect winter green. We often don’t eat enough greens in the cold winters, so our body really needs these nutrient rich foods. High on vitamin C and A, Kale also packs tons of your daily potassium.

 

Passion fruit

In season in January and February, this tasty fruit is often hard to find. If you can procure this winter fruit, scoop out the seeds and put them into your next smoothie. High in vitamin C, passion fruits are a great treat. Search for them in Asian supermarkets in your city.

 

Pomegranates

You will be lucky to find pomegranates in season past January, so keep an eye out. Pomegranates are almost impossible to clean, so luckily POM sells the seeds ready to eat. Get your potassium fill with just one of these little taste grenades.

 

Fennel

Fennel tastes like black licorice and are texturally similar to celery. For best results roast these root veggies and get the best flavor. Low in calories and high in fiber, this cold weather food is great to add to a dinner as the starch.

 

Enjoy these foods that are ripest in the winter and spice up your normally dismal cold weather meal.

 

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