There's a lot of talk about eating what's in season, but it can be confusing out there because almost everything is available all the time Since there are tons of great reasons to focus on eating seasonal produce I decided to find out more!

My 'New Year New You' commitment, has taken me knee deep into nutrition research. Just thinking about what's in season during the winter brings on a lot of interesting challenges if you're a little stuck in the land of carrots, celery, peas, and carrots.

Winter season in Texas brings us a variety of colorful root veggies and beyond, like Turnips, Beets, Celeriac,Celery (yes it has a season!), Kohlrabi, Lamb's Quarters (a veggie!), Pummelo, Brussels Sprouts, Turnips, Sunchokes (in the Sunflower family) and many more interesting roots and citrus according to the seasonal food guide.

Not only is food in season more delicious and nutritious because it's fresher, but you have the opportunity to support local farmers and avoid the costly and environmental effects of getting things shipped from miles away.

Lubbock has many opportunities to shop locally grown and seasonal produce, you just have to know what to look for. We of course have our local farmer's markets and many of our grocery stores carry Texas grown produce.

One thing I've learned is it's important to expand our plate and eat a wider variety of veggies to really support our health with a nutrient rich diet! Let me know if you have some good recipes to share for seasonal winter produce. I'm going to do some exploring, some cooking, baking, and some crock pot creations and keep you posted on what I find. Let's get creative and eat smarter!