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10 of the best seasonal vegetables to eat this winter
There are plenty of vegetables which can survive and grow even under a blanket of snow, these are called ‘Winter Vegetables’. Seasonal vegetables are packed with nutrients, they taste great and buying local produce is better for the environment.
Like it or lump it, whatever your thoughts are about Brussels sprouts, they’re a highly nutritious vegetable. They’re rich in vitamin K and high in the antioxidant alpha-lipoic acid which is beneficial to those with diabetes.
Cabbage is very low in calories and rich in vitamins, minerals and antioxidants that may help reduce inflammation. Increasing your intake of potassium-rich foods like cabbage may help lower high blood pressure levels.
Leeks provide a good source of vitamins A, C and K which helps your blood to clot. They are also a great source of minerals including magnesium and iron which helps our nervous system to work properly.
Celeriac is a highly nutritious vegetable which offers several health benefits, such as improving bone and heart health. Celeriac may also reduce the risk of diabetes.
Cauliflower is considered a superfood because it’s full of nutrients and high in fibre which is important for digestive health, and may reduce the risk of several chronic diseases.
Turnips have glucosinolates (plant-based chemicals) that may help prevent all kinds of cancer, from breast to prostate. Turnips are rich in a certain antioxidant called lutein which keeps your eyes healthy and wards off problems like cataracts.
Beetroot is packed with essential nutrients, they’re a great source of fibre, potassium, iron, and vitamin C. Beetroot can help improve blood flow, lower blood pressure, and increased exercise performance.
Parsnips are highly nutritious, they’re a great source of fibre, vitamin C, vitamin K, and folate. They also improve your digestive health, regulate blood sugar levels, and enhance heart health.
Compared to a standard white potato, sweet potatoes offer more vitamins and antioxidants. Sweet potatoes are an excellent source of beta-carotene, which helps support your immune system and gut health.
Swede is a cross between a turnip and cabbage, this root vegetable is particularly high in vitamins C, E, K and B6. 100g of swede has 41% of the recommended daily intake of Vitamin C – great for fighting off winter colds.
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