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  • Writer's picturePaul Andrews

Winter Greens, The Nutrient Packed Seasonal Delight

As the weather turns colder and the winter frost blankets the landscape, a vibrant array of winter greens emerge as nutritional powerhouses, packed with goodness and providing a welcome burst of healthy vitamins and minerals during the colder months of the year.

From kale and spinach to Swiss chard and collard greens, these leafy wonders offer a plethora of benefits, making them a must-add to meals on the winter plate for many.

Kale, often hailed as the king of greens, has a strong, robust flavour and exceptional nutrient profile, packed with vitamins and minerals like iron and calcium, supporting the immune system and bone health. Its versatility in salads, smoothies, or even baked as crispy chips makes it an easy addition to any winter menu and it continues to grow in popularity as a winter staple too.

Spinach, another winter green hero, boasts a delicate texture and plenty of nutritional benefits as well. Spinach is rich in iron and magnesium and spinach promotes cardiovascular health and aids in preventing anemia. Whether sautéed as a side or blended into a comforting soup or included in a winter salad or pasta supper, spinach effortlessly elevates winter dishes.

Sprouts, something that are often simply loved or loathed, again have plenty of goodness packed into them and are a versatile vegetable in the kitchen too. Perfect on their own as a side to a roast or sliced and added to other dishes (pastas and oven bakes), they add colour and texture to a dish too.

Swiss chard, with its colourful stems and dark, leafy greens, adds a touch of elegance to winter meals. Swiss chard is full of vitamins A and K, as well as fibre, supporting eye health and aiding digestion. Its slightly earthy flavour enhances soups, stews, or can be enjoyed on its own as a sautéed side.

Consuming winter greens during the colder months means eating produce that is in season which is good for the environment and helps people buy produce locally too, reducing food miles and the time taken from farm to plate at the same time. Winter greens can also be a good choice form a health perspective too as they are full of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants which helps fortify the body against seasonal illnesses, providing a natural defense during the flu and cold season.

Not only do they offer an array of health benefits, their seasonal availability means they are fresher, tastier, and more environmentally sustainable. Including winter greens in your diet adds a burst of colour, flavour, and nutrition whilst embracing seasonal produce so there are plenty of reasons to let winter greens become the star of your plate.

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