While the summer months are abundant with vibrant produce, it seems most of us struggle to keep up the healthy eating habits during the fall and winter because we don’t have as many options during the colder months. Dig just a little deeper, however, and you will find that root vegetables are the perfect answer to this culinary conundrum.
Bright orange and sweet, crispy and fresh, spicy and colorful; sweet potatoes, jicamas, and radishes are just a small example of the diverse textures, colors, and flavors that roots can add to a winter meal. Sweet potatoes are the epitome of comfort food when they are slowly roasted in the oven with olive oil and salt and then drizzled with honey while they are still warm!
If you are looking for a crispy addition to any salad, look no further than jicama. This tuber is abundant during the chilly months of the year. It has a crispy and refreshing texture that will brighten up any salad. All you need to do is peel the thin outer layer and it is ready to eat - no cooking required.
Radishes also become abundant during this time of year. The small root vegetables are bright red with a spicy white interior but also come in bright green and pink colors! These are great paired with tacos and a splash of lime juice, and they can be a great addition to salads too.
Don’t let the winter blues put a damper on your healthy eating! Eat fresh and in season by following this great resource for seasonal produce in your area - www.fruitsandveggiesmorematters.org