Don’t Skip the Veggies During Winter

March 4, 2015 3:57 PM

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Your street may be lined with snow, but that doesn’t mean you have to miss out on the power of seasonal produce during the winter months. Long ago, plenty of cultures in cold climes – from Minnesota to Norway – learned to harness the power of vegetables for good nutrition all year long. People passed down their knowledge that some vegetables, which ripened during the last few warm days of the season, could last for months during the cold months. My grandmother tucked them away liked treasures in her root cellar to provide sustenance and important nutrients to fight disease all year long. Root vegetables, such as beets and carrots, store well in cellars, as do tubers, such as potatoes and sweet potatoes, along with cabbage, onions, garlic and winter squash. It’s a good idea to take a valuable lesson from the food history books and make the most of seasonal winter produce today.

It’s not news that eating a diet rich in vegetables can promote good health; this healthy habit has been linked to a laundry list of benefits, including lower risk of certain cancers, heart disease, Type 2 diabetes, cognitive decline, age-related eye diseases, bone loss and metabolic syndrome (a clu...

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