Top 5 Fruits to Eat During Winter

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Have You Ever Heard Of Seasonal Eating? Eating Seasonally Means That You Eat The Fruits And Vegetables That Are In Season, And It Comes With Quite A Few Benefits.

Seasonal eating is a great way to connect with the planet and eat sustainably. It's also an affordable and delicious way to enrich your diet and make sure that you're eating a wider variety of fruits and vegetables.

If you've got a sweet tooth, embrace it with different types of fruits! Fruit can naturally satisfy that craving for something sweet while boosting your immunity and giving you armor against winter colds.

What are some of your seasonal winter fruit options? Read on to find out.

1. Grapefruit

Grapefruit is a juicy, sour-sweet citrus fruit that ripens in January. Grapefruit is rich in vitamin C, which plays a huge role in boosting your immune system, strengthening your bones, and helping you to stay healthy. Citrus trees don't do well in Canada's cold winter climate, but we can source grapefruits from areas like California in the winter months.

2. Pears

If you're looking for another juicy winter fruit that will boost your health, turn to pears. Pears contain a good helping of vitamin C, potassium, magnesium, B vitamins, and more. A wide variety of pear trees can grow well in western Canada, and a recent hybrid pear developed in Canada can grow even stronger across the nation. 

3. Pomegranates

Like grapefruits, we tend to source our pomegranates from California. Pomegranate seeds have a sour-sweet taste that pairs well with salads, yogurt, and even savory meat dishes. Pomegranates are rich in antioxidants which are great for reducing inflammation in the body and protecting your cells from damage.

4. Cranberries

If you've visited British Columbia or Quebec, you may have come into contact with Canada's vast cranberry bogs. Cranberries hit their stride in the late fall months, continuing to grow in abundance throughout the winter. Cranberries are tart in flavor and rich in antioxidants, vitamin C, vitamin K, and potassium.

5. Apples

We often associate apples with the fall season, but another hybrid fruit has hit the market in Canada: the Red Prince apple. The Red Prince can grow in Canada throughout the winter and spring, and you'll find other apples sourced from the southern regions of North America in grocery stores. Apples are jam-packed with nutrients and fiber, keeping you healthy, full, and satisfied.

Embrace an Affordable and Delicious Diet With Seasonal Fruit

If you've got a sweet tooth, adding different types of fruit to your diet can satisfy the craving. Winter fruit options are a great way to embrace an affordable and delicious diet that will keep your immunity high throughout the cold and flu season. Which fruits are you most excited to try?

Team Nutrition is here to help Canadians make the best choices for their health, lifestyle, and budget. Contact us to find out more about the services we offer and how we can guide your dietary choices.

Registered Dietitian Nutritionist