The 10 Healthiest Winter Vegetables
by Jillian Kubala, MS, RD (Healthline.com)
At Car’s Jars we use local and seasonal produce as the foundation for our flavorful soups and salads. We LOVE this article highlighting the healthiest winter season vegetables! Click below for the full article or scroll down for a highlight of each of these vegetables and why you should include them in your diet!
- Kale: This cruciferous vegetable is packed with vitamins, minerals, fiber, antioxidants, and powerful plant compounds. Kale has powerful anti-inflammatory effects and may help reduce the risk of certain cancers.
- Brussels Sprouts: Brussels Sprouts are an excellent source of vitamin K which is crucial for bone and heart health and beneficial for brain health. They are also high in an antioxidant called alpha-lipoic acid which can help reduce blood sugar and increase the body’s sensitivity to insulin.
- Carrots: Packed with beta-carotene, which is converted to vitamin A in the body, Carrots contribute to healthy immune function, eye health, and proper growth and development.
- Swiss Chard: This green leafy vegetable is low in calories, yet rich in vitamins and minerals. It also contains antioxidants that may help reduce the risk of heart disease.
- Parsnips: This root vegetable is an excellent choice for digestive health. Parsnips are an excellent source of soluble fiber, vitamins B & E, potassium, magnesium, and manganese.
- Collard Greens: These greens are exceptionally high in calcium which is essential for bone health, muscle contraction, and nerve transmission. The vitamin K in collard greens also plays a key role in supporting bone health.
- Rutabagas: Rutabagas are root vegetables that are high in vitamin C and potassium. Increasing your potassium intake may lower blood pressure and reduce the risk of heart disease.
- Red Cabbage: Red cabbage contains a high amount of antioxidants called anthiocyanins which may help protect against heart disease and certain cancers. Red cabbage is also high in vitamins C, A, and K.
- Radishes: Radishes are an excellent source of vitamins B and C as well as potassium. They also contain isothiocyanates, which may have cancer-fighting abilities
- Parsley: This cold-hardy herb is rich in nutrients and contains the healthy plant chemicals luteolin and apigenin which may promote brain health.