Growing or having access to fresh salad greens in the winter months is still possible for those living in colder climates. Kale, lettuce, arugula, and broccoli are just a few examples of vegetables that can do well in cold winter months in a backyard or patio garden. Local co-ops, winter farmers markets, and small grocery stores are also likely to carry local greens from area farmers.
Winter greens are packed full of nutrients
One cup of fresh raw kale contains:
- > 200% RDA of Vitamin A
- > 100% RDA of Vitamin C
- > 600% RDA of Vitamin K
One cup of raw broccoli contains:
- > 100% Vitamin C
- > 100% Vitamin K
In addition, winter greens are a good source of fiber, and they rich in a variety of minerals and antioxidants.
For those living in the Midwest and colder coastal climates, the above video gives great tips on how to set up your own winter garden.
In addition, winter greens don't have to be grown outside. Many can be grown in a cold windowsill or green sprouts can be grown indoors. Sprouted grains and vegetable seeds are packed full of nutrients. For example, research shows that broccoli sprouts are a great anti-cancer food.
In Bloomington, you can find a wide variety of different types of kale at Bloomingfoods Co-op. Broccoli and fresh salad greens like arugula are also available. Seeds for sprouting are availacle online or locally at the Westside Bloomingfoods in Bloomington, IN.
Nutrition information source: NutritionData.Self.com