When you think of the word “February”, I imagine fresh fruits and vegetables are not the first images to pop into your mind. In fact they’re not the first images that pop into my mind, either; I think about dirty snow, deadlines and crying alone on Valentine’s Day. Oops.
That being said, there are quite a few fruits and veggies in season for the month of February. Some of my favorites, in fact. I’ll be linking some of my favorite recipes that correspond with the produce at the bottom of this article, so be sure to check those out!
Broccoli seems to have a reputation for being kind of blah, which seems unfair. Seems like most of the broccoli haters I know have never tried broccoli drizzled in olive oil and sea salt. Also, lo mein. How can you have lo mein without broccoli?! Not only is broccoli delicious (in my opinion), it also comes with a handful of health benefits. Broccoli is a great source of vitamins K and C, so if you feel yourself missing the sunshine this winter, broccoli may be your saviour. Vitamin C also builds collagen, which can help cuts and wounds heal faster. It probably won’t heal your broken heart on Valentine’s Day, though.
Citrus fruits of all kind are also readily fresh in the month of February. Before I did my research, I assumed this meant only oranges, but you can also find fresh kiwis, clementines, apples, tangerines, lemons, and grapefruits! I rarely ever just pick up an apple/orange and eat it, but I do enjoy putting slices of these fruits in my water to naturally flavor it. Lemon water in particular is super yummy, and can even help to improve the quality of your skin. Many people find themselves dealing with dry skin during the winter, so if that sounds like you, drink up on your citrus water!
Kale also seems to have its own hate bandwagon, which I can kind of understand. In its natural state, I agree that kale tastes like salty, crunchy hair. That being said, it’s an excellent addition to fruit smoothies, because that disgusting flavor is overpowered by the taste of fresh fruit (and you still get all the kale health benefits!) I probably don’t need to remind you again how good kale is for you, but I’m going to anyway. Kale is one of the most nutrient-dense foods on the planet, which means even a little can go a long way. Toss some kale into your next fruit smoothie, and feel yourself become an unstoppable superhuman.
Potatoes are amongst my favorite vegetables of all time. They’re versatile, they’re delicious, and they have a surprisingly low calorie count. Obviously, the junk we add to potatoes makes them not so great for you, but the actual potato itself isn’t going to hurt your health. (And even if french fries are unhealthy, who gives a crap? I personally like having a food baby at all times). Potatoes are also great because you can incorporate them into any meal of the day! Breakfast potatoes in a garbage plate are absolutely crucial. Trust me.
I know pomegranates are kind of a bitch to eat, but I firmly believe the taste makes it all worth it in the end. Like many of the other fruits and veggies on this list, pomegranates are a great source of vitamin C and antioxidants. There is also evidence that shows eating pomegranates can lower your risk of developing arthritis and cancer later in life, so adding it to your diet certainly won’t hurt. And, if you don’t feel like cracking open a pomegranate to harvest the seeds every week, you can always just buy some pre-made pomegranate juice. Problem solved.
Some recipes to try!
Pomegranate (and kale): http://www.wholesomelicious.com/kale-pomegranate-avocado-salad-zesty-tahini-dressing/
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