Winter is the season for fresh citrus fruits and oranges are our top pick here. This tart-sweet fruit packs in a load of the very essential vitamin-C — that helps your body in its fight against germs; in addition to potassium, folate, minerals and fibre.
Well, we have all heard it – “An apple a day, keeps the doctor away”. This otherwise super-expensive fruit is available in plenty during the chilly months, which makes it more affordable. Bite into one for your mid-day snack, and reap its benefits!
This root vegetable has more carotene (what the body converts to vitamin-A) than any fruit or vegetable. In addition, carrots are an excellent source of vitamins B, C, D, E and K, as well as calcium pectate (a pectin fibre that has cholesterol-lowering properties).
4. Mustard leaves (sarson):
A winter crop, the mustard plant’s leaves are highly nutritious. The young tender leaves of the plant are flavourful – are an excellent source of several vital antioxidants, vitamins, minerals and carotenes.
Peas, with their sweet taste and starchy texture come loaded with phytonutrients that provide us with anti-inflammatory and antioxidant benefits.
Turnips pack in insoluble fibre, folates, vitamins and minerals. This root vegetable has a rather pungent taste, which becomes mild after cooking.
It’s counted among the world’s healthiest veggies. Vitamins, minerals, carotenoids and a host of flavonoids that offer antioxidant protection – this leafy vegetable – has them all.
8. Fenugreek leaves:
Loaded with vitamins, minerals, fibre and phytonutrients. It can lower cholesterol, help keep your diabetes under check and more. Make those methi parathas, today!
Radish, a root crop that is pungent or sweet in taste is available in plenty during winter. This root vegetable has a lot of roughage and is a powerhouse of potassium, folic acid and ascorbic acid. Eat it raw, make parathas, sambhar or whatever.
A source of vitamins, potassium, protein, carbohydrates, calcium and fat – peanuts are good for you in so many ways. Roast or boil some peanuts and have them with your tea this chilly evening