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The 5 Best Vegetables to Eat in Winter [Slideshow]

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Veggies are great all the time, but there are certain varieties of vegetables that are best in the winter. Harvests occur at different times of the year, which is why you might notice that certain fresh foods are better depending on the season.

Winter Vegetable Harvests

Many people think that to survive, vegetables need a warm climate. You might be surprised to learn that certain vegetables thrive in the cold weather, coming out of the ground even tastier than ever.

The key is knowing which vegetables to look for at the supermarket or indoor farmer’s market so that you can reap the benefits of eating fresh veggies instead of frozen year-round.

Flip through the slideshow below to learn about the best vegetables to eat in the winter.

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1. Brussels Sprouts

Brussels Sprouts can survive freezing temperatures, making them the perfect winter vegetable. They're high in fiber, which means they provide you with that full feeling you crave during the colder months. You'll have fewer sugar cravings. Brussels Sprouts are also a GR8 source of potassium, vitamin A, vitamin B6, and protein.

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2. Leeks

Leeks are another vegetable harvested in the winter that you can use to add flavor to countless dishes. Great in stir-fries, with roasted chicken, or soups, they're incredibly versatile and extremely healthy. They're a GR8 source of beta carotene, vitamin K1, manganese, and other key nutrients. It's said that leeks can help protect heart health, reduce inflammation, and aid digestion. 

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3. Carrots

If you're craving a healthy snack this winter, grab some carrots. Chances are that you'll notice they taste sweeter than they do in the summer months when it's not uncommon to get a carrot stick that seems a little bitter. The reason for this is that in order to survive the cold, carrots convert their starch into sugar to stop from freezing. Carrots go well in winter stews, as a side dish, or as something to eat on-the-go. They're a GR8 source of vitamin A, potassium, and fiber.

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4. Spinach

Craving a tasty salad or fresh green juice? Spinach is among the go-to winter greens. The dark leafy green is excellent for speeding up digestion, and also for improving the health of your nails. Similar to carrots, winter spinach has a sweeter taste due to the higher amount of sugar the plant produces in response to the cold weather. It's considered a superfood, with abundant sources of vitamin C, magnesium, potassium, and folate.

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5. Red Cabbage

If you're looking for a colorful vegetable to slice up and throw in a salad or add to a stew, red cabbage is the perfect winter vegetable. Like many others, it becomes sweeter in the colder months, providing a more flavorful taste. Use it to make your own egg rolls, add to stir-fries, and more. It's a GR8 source of vitamin K and vitamin C.

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Anne is a GR8NESS Contributing Writer, covering mental health, self-development, body, health, and pet care. She believes that self-betterment comes from addressing all aspects of the mind, body, and soul. When she’s not writing, you will definitely find her giving her dog belly rubs and reading the first half of every book she buys.
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