It’s officially 2013, and your New Year’s resolution of losing weight has kicked into full gear. But don’t you feel like it’s the worst time of year to eat more nutritious foods when fresh summer fruits and vegetables are still months away?

Have no fear! We’re here to tell you that the mid-winter months don’t make healthy eating impossible! Heather Bauer RD, CDN, also a Huffington Post blogger, has shared a list of her favorite seasonal produce for January!

“At this time of year, when the weather gets colder and colder, vitamin C plays a big role in maintaining the immune system. These fruits and veggies are free of fat, low in calories and rich in vitamin C,” Bauer said.

Screen Shot 2013-01-03 at 10.56.37 AMClementines
They may be small, but clementines contain 60% of your daily-recommended intake of vitamin C! Plus, they’re portable, so they’re easy to grab and go!

Screen Shot 2013-01-03 at 10.57.17 AMBrussels Sprouts
They may have had a bad rap when you were a kid, but like broccoli and cauliflower, this superfood fights inflammation and protects against certain cancers. Brussels sprouts are also rich in fiber, potassium, vitamins A and C and iron—and also have very few calories!

Grapefruit
Screen Shot 2013-01-03 at 10.58.16 AMThe benefits from eating grapefruit are endless! Not only is this superfood a great source of vitamin C, it’s also rich in fiber, which can help keep you full and lower cholesterol. It’s also 90% water—helping you stay hydrated. On top of that, grapefruit has been found to help in weight loss. But please be careful—Bauer says that grapefruit is known to interact dangerously with certain medications.

Screen Shot 2013-01-03 at 11.01.09 AMKale
Whether it’s in a salad, sautéed or in the form of chips, eat kale—Bauer says it’s full of vitamins A and C, iron, potassium and calcium.

Screen Shot 2013-01-03 at 11.01.46 AMCarrots
Yes, they are great for your eyes, but did you know that one cup of chopped carrots contain more than 400% of your daily recommended vitamin A? “Plus, the naturally-sweet taste may help someone with a sweet tooth to keep cravings at bay,” says Bauer.

Screen Shot 2013-01-03 at 11.02.16 AMParsnips
Rich in fiber, vitamin C and potassium, this superfood has a distinct “sweet, nutty” flavor—which is great when added to hearty soups and stews.

Doesn’t this list motivate you more than ever? Hurry to your local Sparkle Market and load up on your January seasonal superfoods!

Here’s to not breaking your New Year’s resolution this year!

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