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Winters Bounty

In order to get you started with our first predicted food trend of 2014, clean eating, we’re going to give you an idea of what kind of produce you should add to your shopping list this week.

Just because it’s winter doesn’t mean you should skip the produce aisle. For starters, the cold months are the perfect time to branch out to bolder fruits. Some of the best hit their peak just in time to snap your taste buds out of their winter funk. Many offer a great combination of sweet flavor and an acidic tang. They’re refreshing and can provide a nice mental boost during long, cold winters, but there’s a catch.

A healthy diet is made from more than just fruit. Canadian scientists recently compared the cancer-protective properties of 33 vegetables and found that the most powerful tumor fighters—brussels sprouts, leeks, beets, and kale—are often among the ones least likely to land on your plate. So, I found the five fruits and four vegetables that you must eat this winter. If you find any of them hard to swallow, hopefully our tips will unlock their flavor potential.

Pomegranate
High in polyphenols and helps fight inflammation.

Brussels Sprouts
Extremely versatile and very comfortable on the holiday table.

Persimmons
High in anti-oxidants and help in preventing diabetes.

Leeks
A member of the onion family with a mild flavor.
Use in stews and stir fry.

Kiwi
Packed with vitamin C.

Beets
Roast with sea salt and serve with goat cheese and walnuts . . . yum!

Guava
This tropical fruit has a lot of heart healthy lycopene.

Kale
Sauté with garlic and golden raisins to help temper the bitterness of
this seasonal favorite.

Pomelo
Somewhere between a lime and a grapefruit is best to describe this
bright winter citrus.

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