This winter will you reach for the cookies or take the extra – and more beneficial – step to cook up hearty oatmeal with a side of pomegranate? The following five foods are perfect to keep you warm and healthy through the winter!

Root Vegetables

Root vegetables like beets, carrots and turnips are masters at withstanding the cold, so local farmers are able to provide fresh produce, and you are able to the benefits! Try boiingl turnips for your dose of vitamin A and C. Veggies like parsnips, turnips, celery root and beets grow underground where they absorb lots of minerals from the soil. They’re a healthy choice that even satisfies your sweet tooth!

Oatmeal

There is nothing quite like a warm bowl of oatmeal packed with delicious and nutritious additions to warm up your body this winter. While instant oatmeal is convenient, old-fashioned oats cooked over the stove are best. Oatmeal is high in zinc, important for proper immune function, and soluble fiber, associated with heart health.

Citrus Fruits

Including oranges, lemons, limes and grapefruits, citrus fruits are their juiciest in the cold winter months, so take advantage! You may be sitting at your kitchen table watching the snow fall but when you bite into a juicy citrus fruit, it will feel like summer for a moment! Citrus fruits pack their punch of Vitamin C and flavonoids.

Avocados

Avocados are an excellent source of vitamins A, C and E and potassium, and a good source of fiber and iron. Slice one up and add it to your toast in place of butter, or blend one into your smoothie!

Pomegranates

Pomegranates have been all the buzz lately, but actually they are not new at all. They are one of the world’s oldest fruits as well as one of the most nutritious . Their seeds alone are packed with antioxidants and anti-inflammatories that can help treat heart conditions like high cholesterol, high blood pressure, heart attack, and congestive heart failure. Extracting the seeds from a pomegranate can be tricky, but the heart-healthy, sweet-sour pods are well worth the effort.

When crafting your next grocery list, be sure to include root vegetables, oatmeal, citrus fruits, avocados and pomegranates. These hearty foods will serve your body well all winter.