Eating Seasonally in Winter
“Seasonal eating” is a term you might have been hearing more and more about recently – but it’s far from a new, trendy concept. In fact, with so much amazing produce available to us year-round these days, it’s easy to forget that it wasn't too long ago we had no choice but to eat only what we could get our hands on each season!
Even with the abundance of food options available today, eating seasonally is still a great idea for a bunch of reasons. Firstly, fruit and veggies are at their most affordable when they’re plentiful – it’s why we can put avo on everything in the warmer months (when they’re in season), and find them more expensive throughout winter (when they’re out of season). Buying produce in season also means you’re eating it when it's at its most nutritionally packed; it ensures you get the right variety of vitamins and minerals for the season, which is especially important in winter when our immune system needs that extra boost.
Here are our top picks for what you should be looking for in store during winter.
The humble broccoli is a good source of dietary fibre – which supports our gut health – and also has plenty of immune-boosting vitamin C and folate.
Try it stir fried or roasted in a bit of garlic and olive oil – it makes a great side dish. You can also add it to curries and casseroles, but only once they’re pretty much done as broccoli cooks fast. It’s also delicious in soups like this Broccoli and Potato number
Like its cousin broccoli, cauli is a great source of vitamin C and folate. It makes a delicious, nutritious, high-fibre alternative to rice in dishes like this Cauliflower Fried Rice, or try tossed in olive oil and spices and roasted.
Pumpkins are packed with vitamin A and C, which both help support your immune system. Vitamin A is also important for eye health.
Pumpkins of all varieties make a colourful alternative to a mashed potato as a side, or on top of a shepherd’s pie. It’s also a hearty addition to pasta bakes – you could even swap out some of the pasta sheets in lasagne for thinly sliced pumpkin.
Juicy mandarins are an excellent source of vitamin C, which helps absorb iron from food, helps reduce tiredness and fatigue, and also supports the immune system.
The best way to eat mandarins is on their own – with nature already providing them with their own packaging they make the perfect grab and go snack!
Pears are an excellent source of dietary fibre, which supports digestive health, plus they’re a good source of vitamin C to also help support your immune system.
With their delicately perfumed flavour pears make a great porridge topping, especially if they’re getting a bit too soft. Cut them up and stew them with a touch of water, then keep them in the fridge to add to your porridge throughout the week.
This blazing orange fruit is high in vitamin A and C, which both help support your immune system.
Persimmons are at their tastiest when their flesh is firm and crisp. They’re delicious on their own or sliced and added to salads. Add some slices to plain yoghurt and nuts for a balanced afternoon snack.