Best Winter Fruits and Vegetables for Weight Loss

February 17, 2014

Winter does not mean your diet is confined to bland-tasting fruits and vegetables. In fact, winter vegetables hold their own in the flavor and nutrition categories. Shopping for in-season vegetables makes all the difference when it comes to preparing healthy and delicious meals. Add the following winter fruits and vegetables to your grocery list to reap the most health benefits:

Grapefruit: Grapefruit is the perfect combination of sweet and tart. Plus, it’s a nutritional powerhouse, packing in a hefty amount of vitamins A and C. The pink and red varieties contain lycopene, which studies show may help fight cancer. Half of a grapefruit clocks in at just about 40 calories, making it an excellent low-calorie choice for your medical weight loss plan. Enjoy half of a grapefruit sprinkled with cinnamon for breakfast with a slice of whole-wheat toast to kick off your day.

Brussels Sprouts: Brussels sprouts get a bad rap, but don’t wrinkle your nose so fast. This low-fat veggie will keep your heart healthy with its cholesterol-lowering ability. It is also an excellent source of fiber, vitamin C, and folate. Drizzle olive oil and balsamic vinegar on raw Brussels sprouts, and bake in the oven at 400 degrees for 40 minutes for a medical weight loss-approved side dish to your next meal.

Sweet Potatoes: High in cancer-fighting beta-carotene, antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals, you can’t go wrong with this root vegetable. This power veggie is easy to prepare—just bake, roast, or steam, and enjoy! The sweet flavor stands on its own, but if you’re craving more, you can add cinnamon, nutmeg, or garlic cloves for extra flavor and nutrition.

Parsnips: This veggie looks like a carrot but has a sweeter taste. High in fiber, vitamin C, and potassium, parsnips can help you reach your weight loss goals by keeping your heart healthy and hunger at bay. Add this veggie to a stew or roast in the oven for an excellent snack or complement to other greens.

Oranges: Winter wouldn’t be complete without immune-boosting oranges. The juicy and sweet flavor makes for the perfect snack if you’re on the go or the perfect complement to your lunch. With no saturated fat, cholesterol, or sodium and a boost of fiber and vitamin C, you’ll be on your way to weight loss success in no time!

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