Winter can be a tough season for everyone, and not just avid gardeners! That’s why we figured out three great foods you can take in to fight off Old Man Winter and the doldrums that affect so many people during those blue winter months.

Pomegranate

These delectably tart yet sweet seeds pack an incredible punch of flavor for their size.  The juicy seeds can be eaten directly out of the fruit.  We like to break the fruit into two and store it in our refrigerator.  Any time we feel the cravings for something sweet we just grab a few of these power-packs and pop ’em in our mouth.  But beware: the juice on these guys can stain your fingers and lips and leave behind some tell-tale signs in case you’re trying to horde all these delicious babies for yourself!

A 1/4-cup  pomegranate seeds only has 35  calories, 8 grams of carb, and nearly 2 grams of fiber.  It’s a great topping for a salad or whole wheat cereal. Pomegranate contains B vitamins , folate and the antioxidant anthocyanins.

Brussel Sprouts

I know, many people find brussel sprouts more depressing than winter.  But, I’m a firm believer that this has been caused by people who don’t know how to prepare these beauties properly.

Brussel Sprouts grow long into the winter months, so you can be harvesting these fresh out of your organic garden well into the winter months.  A 1/2 cup of cooked brussels sprouts has around 30 calories and 5 grams of slow carbohydrates and 2 grams of dietary fiber.

Brussel sprouts will help you chase away any winter-time colds with a fresh wintertime source of vitamin A, C, and K.

Brussel sprouts will help you chase away any winter-time colds with a fresh wintertime source of vitamin A, C, and K.

For those of you still not convinced, check out our balsamic roasted brussel sprout recipe in December’s edition before writing these off forever.

Sweet Potatoes

This sweet, orange, starchy vegetable is a nice sweet reminder of the holiday season. Most North American gardeners can raise sweet potatoes that are ripe and ready just in time for the winter harvest.

Sweet potatoes are an excellent source of beta-carotene, an antioxidant, which helps reduce cell damage in the body. Beta-carotene from foods might help reduce the risk of some cancers.  Sweet potatoes are about 100 calories with 30 grams of carbohydrates.  So, be careful to add some protein, fat and fiber to your all sweet potato diet if you want to stay slim and trim this winter. Sweet potatoes, along with cinnamon are also well known as a blood sugar stabilizer.

Many people get sweet potatoes and yams confused in the store, but just remember Yams are more frequently grown and eaten in parts of Central America, and Asia, while sweet potatoes are more frequently grown in parts of the American South East.