30 Best Vegetables for Good Health In Winter


30 Best Vegetables for Good Health In Winter

Jan 24, 2015 //

Winter can be a tough season for vegetable lovers, especially if you live in a colder climate. No need to fear though, there are plenty of winter vegetables you can eat to hold you over until Spring arrives again. Here are 30 healthy vitamin-rich cold-weather veggies you should stock up on right now.

1. Potatoes

Potatoes are a great staple food that are typically available year-round. They will fill you up without being too expensive. Plus, there are tons of ways to eat them, such as my personal favorite, twice baked.

2. Beets

Beets are packed with vitamins and have many proven health benefits. Plus, they are a natural source of sugar. Try them roasted with other veggies for a delicious meal.

3. Carrots

Vitamin A and dietary fiber are two excellent reasons to eat carrots this winter. Snack on some carrots when you’re feeling hungry.

4. Parsnips

Parsnips are a great source of fiber, vitamin C, and potassium. Try them in a soup for a warm, tasty meal when it’s too cold to go outside.

5. Radicchio

For a low calorie addition to any great salad, try radicchio, which is full of nutrients like magnesium and vitamin K.

6. Fennel

Fennel is a crunchy and sweet vegetable you can add to your salad. It has vitamin C and potassium, and it can help ease your digestion.

7. Cabbage

Cabbage is great for vegetable lovers on a budget, and is packed with vitamins and minerals.

8. Broccoli

A great snack, broccoli can be served in a salad or eaten with hummus. You can boil it too, but it will lose some of its nutritional value.

9. Kale

Known for being high in calcium, vitamin C, vitamin K, and beta carotene, kale is yet another great addition to a salad.

10. Cauliflower

Cauliflower is a winter vegetable that is high in fiber, and can be served in a variety of equally delicious ways. Try roasting or steaming it, or just eat it raw.

11. Brussels Sprouts

Brimming with antioxidants, brussel sprouts are a great vegetable that have a long shelf life. Eating them roasted is extremely delicious.

12. Escarole

Crunchy and delicious, escarole doesn’t last long. Make sure not to let it go bad.

13. Squash

There is no shortage of delicious ways to cook squash, and since they have lots of carotenoids, Vitamin A, and potassium, there aren’t many reasons not to love them.

14. Sweet Potatoes

There are so many delicious sweet potato recipes, it’s hard to choose the best way to serve them. From baked to blended, sweet potatoes are always satisfying.

15. Turnips

Slightly sweet and an excellent compliment to many other Winter veggies, turnips should not be overlooked.

16. Onions

Onions are incredible. What dish doesn’t go great with onions? They are high in fiber and vitamin C, and make everything more delicious.

17. Swiss Chard

Swiss chard is often used in Mediterranean cooking, and is great in a mixed salad.

18. Celeriac

Though it doesn’t look appealing, celeriac is low in calories, and high in vitamin C and fiber. Plus, it is pretty tasty, and stays good in the fridge for a while so you don’t have to worry about it going bad.

19. Romaine Lettuce

Romaine lettuce can grow in a variety of weather conditions, and has antioxidants which could help prevent cancer.

20. Cardoons

Cardoons are a fibrous vegetable that thrive in winter and are closely related to artichokes, and have many of the same health benefits.

21. Horseradish

An excellent compliment to many dishes, horseradish can be stored for a long time, and even preserved for later.

22. Leeks

Leeks are nutritious, and go great in soups. Try making a leek and potato soup in vegetable or chicken broth for a warm lunchtime meal.

23. Shallots

Another great addition to Winter dishes, shallots are milder than garlic but taste good with other vegetables.

24. Mustard

This leafy vegetable is used around the world in a variety of dishes, and is used to make the condiment of the same name. It is packed with vitamins and nutrients, too.

25. Bell Peppers

A great year-round vegetable, bell peppers go great with your morning eggs or a hearty chili.

26. Amaranth

Also known as Chinese spinach, amaranth goes great in salads or soups, and is full of antioxidants.

27. Eggplant

Eggplant is a low-fat food that goes great in sandwiches, but it isn’t a significant source of any vitamins or minerals.

29. Bok Choy

Bok choy is a nutritious vegetable in the cabbage family. It has zinc and omega-3s, making it a great heart-healthy veggie.

28. Snow Peas

Often used in Chinese recipes, this vegetable is a good source of iron. Use it quickly so it doesn’t go bad.

30. Galangal Root

Hot and peppery, galangal root is a year-round vegetable that is typically used as a spice. It can last for a few weeks in the fridge.

Every meal doesn’t have to revolve around potatoes throughout winter. There are plenty of winter vegetables with plenty of nutrients and flavor all winter long.


Caleb Palmquist

Caleb is a freelance writer living in sunny St. Petersburg, Florida. He is a health and fitness enthusiast who wants to inspire people to live happier, longer lives. Caleb's hobbies include hiking, kayaking, biking, and cooking.

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