7 Fruits & Veggies That Will Help Keep You Healthy This Winter

The arrival of winter always puts me into overdrive. With holiday travel and festivities and the daily juggling act of being a working mom, I’m always on the go. I can’t afford to be sick, and I don’t want my son to get sick either. I dislike taking medicine y mi hijo isn’t a huge fan of the doctor’s office, so we’re taking lots of preventative measures to avoid all the germs flying around. Besides washing our hands frequently, the easiest thing we do to stay healthy is eat these vitamin-packed frutas y vegetales as often as possible:

1. Pumpkin
This winter staple is filled with antioxidants and vitamin A, which helps fight free radicals and the cold virus, according to Jenné Clairborne, a New York City holistic health coach. Another bonus: The seeds are rich in zinc, a natural immune booster; roast them for a healthy snack.

2. Pomegranate
Snack on pomegranate seeds. “They have tons of antioxidants that fight free radicals and boost immunity,” says Clairborne. “Throw them raw on a salad or top off a roasted pumpkin squash with the pomegranate seeds and some rosemary.”

3. Rosemary
This herb is delicious in pasta sauce – and it has powerful anti-inflammatory, antibacterial and antifungal properties.

4. Cabbage
It’s delicious in salads and cabbage is one of the healthiest vegetables out there, with about 20 vitamins and minerals.

5. Brussels sprouts
This hearty veggie is rich in vitamin A, vitamin C, and manganese, and it’s an excellent source of fiber.

6. Apples
Another great source of fiber, manzanas are chock full of vitamin C and antioxidants. “I like to slice up apples, peel them, toss them with Brussels sprouts and olive oil and roast them with some sea salt and rosemary,” says Clairborne.

7. Avocados
Packed with B, C, and K vitamins — as well as omega-3s and potassium — avocado is a superfood that tastes great on toast and in sopa.