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Winter Food: 25 Healthy Winter Recipes Featuring In Season Produce

In this Guide to Winter Food, we’re showcasing five of the most popular seasonal ingredients for winter: winter squash, leafy greens, citrus fruits, sweet potatoes and beets. You’ll learn about the health benefits of In Season Produce AND we’ve rounded up 25 delicious Winter recipes that will inspire you to cook and stay warm in your kitchen during these chilly months!

In this Guide to Winter Food, we're showcasing five of the most popular seasonal ingredients for winter: winter squash, leafy greens, citrus fruits, sweet potatoes and beets. You'll learn about the health benefits of In Season Produce AND we've rounded up 25 delicious Winter recipes that will inspire you to cook and stay warm in your kitchen during these chilly months!

Winter – which officially starts December 21st and ends on March 20th – doesn’t exactly scream seasonal produce the way Spring and Summer do, but there are still a surprising amount of fresh vegetables and fruits that peak in the Winter.

We’re lucky that some of Fall’s bountiful produce like sweet potatoes, winter squash and beets store well and keep for months. Citrus fruits like lemons, grapefruit and tangerines peak in the winter, and nutritious leafy greens like arugula, collard greens and spinach thankfully grow year round.

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There’s nothing like getting fresh fruits and vegetables from your local farmer’s market or CSA to inspire clean, healthy eating. Read on to discover some recipes that are bound to become some of your favorites this winter! 

SEASONAL WINTER FOOD +  25 COMFORTING WINTER RECIPES

SEASONAL WINTER FOOD: Winter Squash

Winter squash comes in all types of varieties including butternut, delicata, spaghetti, acorn and kabocha. Delicious roasted, in soups, sauces or used in place of pasta noodles, it’s hard to get tired of squash when there’s such a variety of ways to eat it!

These anti-inflammatory gourds are also super good for you, filled with fiber (helps eliminate toxins), beta-carotene (great for your skin) and folate (which is especially important if you’re planning to get pregnant).

WINTER RECIPES: WINTER SQUASH RECIPES

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SEASONAL WINTER FOOD: Leafy Greens

Leafy greens are tremendously healthy and totally delicious! Add to stir-fries or soups, sauté for a simple side dish, blend into smoothies or use as a base for salads.

Dark, leafy greens are a powerhouse food that support optimal heart health, brain cognition and microbiome gut health, to name a few!

WINTER RECIPES: LEAFY GREENS RECIPES

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SEASONAL WINTER FOOD: Citrus Fruits

Citrus fruits show up every year when the days get shorter and we’re in desperate need of some bright flavors and colors. Grapefruits, lemons, oranges and tangerines are all wonderful ways to add vibrancy to our plates and palates.

Known for their high Vitamin C content, citrus fruits provide a much needed boost when winter colds kick in. They’re also hydrating and help your body absorb other nutrients, so it’s smart to pair them with superfoods like leafy greens for maximum health benefits.

WINTER RECIPES: CITRUS RECIPES

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SEASONAL WINTER FOOD: Sweet Potatoes

Inexpensive, long lasting and downright delicious, sweet potatoes have come a long way from just getting paired with marshmallows at Thanksgiving and are now showcased in a variety of recipes, from soups to tacos, casseroles to even desserts!

Filled with magnesium and potassium, these spuds are also a great way to satisfy a sweets craving with their naturally sweet taste. Their sugars are slowly released into the bloodstream, providing a balanced source of energy – no blood sugar spikes or fatigue here!

WINTER RECIPES: SWEET POTATO RECIPES

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SEASONAL WINTER FOOD: Beets

Beets have become much more popular over recent years with their deep, earthy flavor and wide variety of applications since they can be eaten fresh, cooked or roasted. Cooked beets are pretty sweet and juicy, meaning that beets have even been showing up in dessert recipes like chocolate cake or red velvet cupcakes!

Beets have been linked with lowering blood pressure, increasing stamina and fighting inflammation, making them a healthy and detoxifying addition to your diet.

WINTER RECIPES: BEET RECIPES

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What are some of your favorite ways to prepare these winter foods? Let us know in the comments below!

In this Guide to Winter Food, we're showcasing five of the most popular seasonal ingredients for winter: winter squash, leafy greens, citrus fruits, sweet potatoes and beets. You'll learn about the health benefits of In Season Produce AND we've rounded up 25 delicious Winter recipes that will inspire you to cook and stay warm in your kitchen during these chilly months!

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18 comments on “Winter Food: 25 Healthy Winter Recipes Featuring In Season Produce”

  1. I am all about eating in season produce and this round up has some amazing recipes included. Thank you for doing this!

  2. What an awesome resource! Thanks so much for rounding all of this up. Many great ideas for the next few months.

  3. What great seasonal ideas! Love this. Such creative ways to get allll the winter veggies in!

  4. These look amazing. My New Years resolution is to eat more beets, this will definitely help. Unfortunately we’re just going into Summer down this end of the world, but I’m definitely bookmarking this post for when the colder weather rolls around because it all looks great.

  5. Such a great list. I’ve had my fair share of butternut and acorn squash this season already!

  6. What a delicious and mouthwatering selection of winter recipes there to keep us all busy during the holidays! Thank you for sharing x

  7. Beautiful roundup! Proves you can eat the rainbow any time of the year. Now I’m craving beets. 🙂

  8. What a wonderful roundup of gorgeous recipes! I think I might start with some of the cooler ones like smoothies and salads because we’re currently experiencing a very hot summer in Australia! ????

  9. So excited for this post! I love eating in season and now have so many delicious recipes to choose from!