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While summer produces a bounty of fresh and flavorful vegetables just begging to be made into salads, pasta dishes, and more, winter can seem like an uninspiring time to aid your weight loss plan using seasonal produce.

Cold weather makes you crave “comfort” foods that are usually high in fat and low in nutritional value. Fortunately, the vegetable aisle isn’t as barren as you might think this time of year, even though the farmers’ markets have packed up until spring.

Here are some prime winter veggies to add some fat-fighting pizzazz to your meals. Get creative with great-tasting and healthy stews, roasted veggies, and more! The options are endless.

Sweet Potatoes

A staple of the thanksgiving table, sweet potatoes are delicious even when not topped with marshmallows. Fat free, full of beta carotene, potassium, filling fiber, and vitamin C, they are a satisfying addition to your winter diet.

Cabbage

Cabbage is a versatile and affordable winter vegetable that is surprisingly nutritious and low in calories, while containing lots of vitamins A and C.

Cauliflower

A delicious cousin to broccoli, cauliflower is a versatile vegetable with great texture and nutrition. Folate, fiber, and vitamin C are among the numerous health benefits of this cruciferous vegetable.

Kale

A darling of the “superfood” advocates, kale is a dark leafy green that packs a healthy punch. A good source of vitamins A, K, and C, manganese, fiber, copper, calcium, and potassium, kale is about as healthy as you can get.

Squash

Rightly celebrated for its nutritious varieties, squash contains fiber, beta carotene, and vitamin C, plus potassium, fiber, folate, and thiamin, depending on the variety you choose.

Brussels Sprouts

When properly prepared, these little vegetables taste delightful–and their nutritional profile is stellar as well. Brussels sprouts have shown to have cancer-fighting components and contain vitamins C, K, A, and many other nutrients!

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Sources:

http://www.eatingwell.com/blogs/diet_blog/5_underappreciated_winter_vegetables_that_will_help_you_lose_weight

http://health.howstuffworks.com/wellness/food-nutrition/natural-foods/winter-vegetables.htm

http://bodyecology.com/articles/healthiest_winter_veggies.php#.UqaPwMRDvTA

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