When people think about the winter, the first thing that comes to mind is hardly ever fresh vegetables. But when you’re on a plant-based diet, it’s important to know what foods are available and in season, even in the colder months. These are a few vegetables that are at their prime during the winter months:
These little sprouts have been steadily gaining popularity, and it’s for good reasons. Brussels sprouts are incredibly good for you. When steamed, they help lower cholesterol and have a better ability to bind with bile to aid in digestion. There has also been research that shows brussels have been shown to have cancer-preventative properties. Read more here.
Cabbage can start becoming available as early as July, but most types of cabbage thrive in the colder weather. They are also very healthy. It’s a great source of fiber, and when eaten raw has been linked to helping cure stomach ulcers. It’s also full of minerals and vitamins c and k.
Carrots are chock full of beta-carotene, which when converted to Vitamin A plays a key role in strengthening our immune systems. With flu season rearing it’s ugly head in the winter, it’s a great idea to strenghten your immune system any way that you can. Carrots are also linked to reducing the risk of cancer and cardiovascular disease.
This is a great one for the list, because onions can be added to almost everything. They are high in both fiber and vitamin c, and very low in calories. Onions also have been linked to lowering bad cholesterol and raising good cholesterol. Keep them fresh by keeping them away from the refrigerator and in a cool, dry place.