When the temperature drops and the days get shorter, most of us tend to crave heavier comfort foods. Casseroles and stews start to sound appealing after months of crunchy veggies and lighter fare. But when it comes to fruit, there are far fewer options during the wintertime.
In the summer, it’s easy to find fresh berries, peaches, and watermelon. Exotic fruits like mango and pineapple seem to be at their ripest. But just because there are fewer options, doesn’t mean you should skimp on fruit during the colder months.
Try these three tasty fruits all winter long for a sweet treat after dinner (or as a snack to help you power through the workday)
This relatively unknown member of the citrus family looks like a large grapefruit but isn’t quite as tart. The segments are larger, sweeter, and more water-filled. The pomelo is primarily found in southeast Asia but is gaining popularity in the states due to its myriad of health benefits. Pomelos boost the immune system, lower blood pressure, and boost digestive function.
Clementines (which seem to have undergone a recent re-branding and are now referred to as “cuties”), are delicious, healthy, and easy to pack. Much like a banana, it’s safely ensconced in its own skin and doesn’t need to be cut up ahead of time or prepared in any way in order to be enjoyed. Additionally, unlike an orange or other popular citrus fruits, clementines aren’t so juicy that you’ll have sticky hands after peeling one. Next time you’re at the grocery story, buy a box of clementines for the week and you’ll ensure that you get your vitamin C.
The pomegranate is another fruit that is far easier to find during the winter months. This luscious red superfood is brimming with vitamins and antioxidants. Though it can look a bit daunting and it does take some time to prepare, the fruit is low in calories, high in fiber and believed to fight cancer and promote heart health. If you want to try pomegranate for the first time, check out some of the youtube videos online for tips on how to cut the fruit most efficiently.
Don’t let the winter blues prevent you from eating healthy. Heather Calcote, a dietitian at Wellness Corporate Solutions says that eating well in the winter should be as easy and enjoyable as the summertime. At WCS they host "Salad Fridays" as a way to encourage employees to eat their greens and not simply load up on caloric comfort foods.