Chilly weather changes more than just your wardrobe, it also changes the way your body feels. Your energy levels, metabolism, sleep and the foods you prefer can all change based around the season. Seasonal food is fresher, tastier and more nutritious than eating foods that are out of season. When foods are harvested early so that they last longer, they almost always don’t contain all the nutrients that they can when they are harvested in season. Another benefit is getting a wide variety of foods in your diet. This benefits every part of your body, and helps naturally detox and heal your body as well.

So here are the 5 best winter foods to eat this season:

1. Root Vegetables

Carrots, beets, and turnips grow well in the cold and they are filled with beta-carotene and vitamins A and C. They can be bought locally, which is always a healthier option and a perfect winter food. They boost your strength, digestive function, lower blood pressure, boost cognitive and overall brain health. They are also full of vitamins and minerals such as calcium, iron, magnesium and vitamins B and K.

2. Oatmeal

Another awesome winter food is oatmeal. Oatmeal is so much more than a quick breakfast food. Not only are the flavors and toppings almost close to endless it is packed full of nutrients your body needs during the winter. Oatmeal is high in zinc (which supports a strong immune system) and high in fiber (supports digestion). The quick to-go oatmeal is not the best option. Those pre-made packets are full of sugar and preservatives. Go with old fashioned oats on the stove top. It takes 5-10 minutes to create a delicious and healthy breakfast to start your and your children off right for the day. Or try some overnight oats that are ready to go when you wake up!

3. Soup

Soup is a nutritious winter food, as long as you hold off from the cream and salt overkill. Look for soups that have a broth base. What is so great about soups is that they are high in Vitamin D which is very helpful since we don’t see as much of the sun as we normally do in the summer. Vitamin D is a crucial nutrient to your body as a whole, so getting a good natural source of it during the winter is very important to stay healthy into the new year!

4. Cruciferous Vegetables

Vegetables such as broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage and brussels sprouts are so incredible to eat during the winter. Winter time can bring harsh wind and cold nights and it is easy for your body to break down and you can easily catch a cold. Cruciferous vegetables are amazing for enhancing immune system to stay healthy during those cold days. They are also very high in vitamin C which strengthens your body’s defense as well.

5. Eggs

Eggs are an incredible source of protein and vitamin B12. They will keep you full longer and they help support your overall immune system function. Eggs are also amazing at boosting energy and fighting fatigue which is helpful for the months when the sun doesn’t shine as brightly. Many people struggle with feeling depressed during winter and eating eggs can give you that boost for your body and your mind.