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Must-eat winter vegetables for children to stay healthy

Must-eat winter vegetables for children to stay healthy Must-eat winter vegetables for children to stay healthy (freepik.com)

Healthy eating helps a child develop fully and resist illnesses, especially during the winter season. According to nutritionists, 50% of the plate should be filled with fruits, vegetables, and greens. It is easier in the summer but in winter, fruits and vegetables are mostly greenhouse-grown or imported, according to nutritionist Iryna Nakonechna who recommends what to eat in winter to stay healthy.

The expert notes many people complain that in winter, most fruits and vegetables are plastic, so you can only eat cabbage. However, she provided a whole list of beneficial products that you can give to a child in winter.

Fresh vegetables

  • Cabbage (white, red, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts, broccoli, Savoy, Chinese)
  • Carrots
  • Beets
  • Pumpkin
  • Celery (stalks and greens included)
  • Sweet potatoes
  • Jerusalem artichoke
  • Radish (black, red, daikon)

Pickled and salted

Pickled and salted food is prohibited for children under one year because of salt.

  • Cabbage
  • Eggplants
  • Tomatoes
  • Cucumbers
  • Seaweed
  • Apples

Fresh-frozen vegetables and mixes

  • Corn
  • Peas
  • Bell peppers
  • Mushrooms
  • Broccoli, cauliflower
  • Carrots
  • Mixes of these vegetables

"Do not forget about greens. It is always available in stores and markets, like all vegetables. And if you feel like having a fresh tomato or cucumber in the middle of winter, don't resist. Believe me, in winter, they are as chemical as in summer, and the high cost is formed by expensive energy resources and logistics," says Iryna Nakonechna.