By Becky Bassham

You can’t get enough vegetables.

Winter veggies in the cruciferous family of broccoli, cauliflower, and cabbages pack a healthy dose of anti-oxidants to ward off colds and flu this time of year!

Leafy green veggies are also abundant. Kales, chard, and greens such as mustard or collards are excellent choices. Keep in mind that some greens are much more hearty than others. Lettuce, although grown most of the year, it is subject to climate changes such as cold, wind, rain, and freezing temps at night. This can cause brown tips on the edges of the leaves. When choosing lettuce, I recommend romaine lettuce. It holds up better during the cold and wet weather during this time of the year. Moisture is the enemy of lettuce. Since moisture causes lettuce to break down, make sure to dry it off after you bring it home from the market and store it in a cool, dry place.

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