During the colder months, it can be tempting to curl up under a quilt with a batch of post-holiday cookies and a plan to emerge in the spring. There's something about winter that inspires cravings of warm, cozy, and carb-heavy cuisine. While we're all in favor of comfort food, a three-month break from veggies may not be the wisest course of action for your health. In addition to improved nutrition, consuming more vegetables can aid your digestive system and boost energy levels during the season when you're likely to be the most sluggish. To experience the best of both flavor and nutrition, here are 10 delicious winter vegetables to add to your grocery list right now.
1. Belgian EndivesWestend61/Getty Images
The cornerstone of some of our favorite salads andВ hors d'Е“uvres,В Belgian endivesВ can be grown year-round, making them the perfect winter snack. They contain vitamin B6, which is a natural mood enhancer, as well as vitamin C, which provides a seasonal immune boost.
2. ShallotsJack Andersen/Getty Images
As a small, botanical variant of onion, shallots add both rich flavor and warmth to savory dishes. They also come with an array ofВ health benefits-from improved metabolism to lower blood pressure.
3. Brussels SproutsWestend61/Getty Images
A staple among side dishes at culinary hot spots,В Brussels sproutsВ have enjoyed a cultural resurgence among winter vegetables. Roast or sautГ©e with natural spices and oils (bonus points for hand-chopped garlic) for a filling and flavorful dish.
4. KaleHelena Yankovska/Unsplash
KaleВ is having a resurgence in popularity as a superfood,В and its relevance is far from over. This mandatory winter vegetable is a good source of protein, fiber, and a range ofВ vitamins and mineralsВ like potassium and vitamin A. Add kale to braised veggie dishes,В soups, and more.
5. BeetsWestend61/Getty Images
As long as we're adding kale to the menu, there's no better addition to a winter kale salad than sliced beets. Pair with pistachios and aged bleu cheese for a seasonal flair, or grab a packet ofВ beet chipsВ for a healthier take on winter snacking.
6. Winter SquashRyan Jacobs/Unsplash
No list of winter vegetables would be complete without the inclusion of winter squash. This must-try veggie is delectable when baked with light spices and ghee and will add a splash of color to your kitchen countertop.
7. Sweet PotatoesWestend61/Getty Images
Rich inВ beta-carotene andВ B vitamins, sweet potatoes are a flavorful winter vegetable that's ascended to popular status in recent years. While it's higher in sugar than other root veggies, it can be a good way to satisfy your sweet tooth without compromising your wellness goals. JustВ bakeВ and enjoy.
8. RadishesMarkus Spiske/Unsplash
Radishes are another one of our favorite winter veggies that pack aВ host of potentialВ health benefits-from supporting immunity to aiding in weight loss. If the flavor of raw radish is too intense for you, they can also be sautГ©ed, roasted, or poached in butter for a more delicate flavor.
9. CabbageDiana Miller/Getty Images
Often overlooked but incredibly versatile, cabbage is rich in vitamins C, K, and B6. In addition to a strongВ nutrient profile, cabbage actually tends to grow sweeter in the colder months, making it one of the best winter vegetables.
10. Collard GreensBruce Block/Getty Images
Another member of the cabbage family, collard greens are ideal for braising, cooking into stir-frys, and incorporating in chilis and stews. Like the best winter vegetables, this versatile and flavorful veggie cooks perfectly with comfort food.