During winter, it is true that we have fewer options than summer. But, that doesn’t mean we have nothing seasonal to keep us healthy. Fibre-rich produce is what we have to look out for our well-being especially when winter sets in.
You’ll find oranges in plenty during winter. Just like its colour, it is like sunshine that boosts our energy to fight the chill. It is said that citrus fruits like lemon, grapefruit and lime are the juiciest during winters. “They are filled with vitamin C, which improves our immune system, and are rich in fibre, which also helps in losing weight,” says Mayuri Aavula, a freelance nutritionist and editor of www.trudiet.in. They are available at cheaper prices during winter so pick them up and prepare a shake or a snack to cheer you up.
Commonly known as star fruits, it is yellow in colour and has a star-like shape. Next to citrus fruits, you’ll find this fruit in abundance during winter. They are rich in vitamin C, potassium and low in calories. A daily dose of this fruit will keep your heart healthy and body with no fibre deficiency. When you shop for star fruits, choose the ones that are evenly coloured and firm.
They are like the powerhouse of potassium, which even a banana offers, but kiwi has fewer calories. Potassium is a great source to maintain blood pressure and they say kiwis are waist-friendly nutritional fruits. It is also rich in vitamin C and acts as an antioxidant too.
Did you know pomegranates are categorised as berries and the seeds are called as arils? This fruit is known to be one of the world’s oldest fruits and also has a lot of nutritious benefits. They reduce the risk of cancer, heart disease and Alzheimer’s. “Pomegranates are rich in vitamin C, vitamin K, fibre, folate, and boosts our haemoglobin level,” says the nutritionist. “It’s healthy for pregnant women. Include one pomegranate per day in your diet,” she adds.