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What is your favorite winter fruit or vegetable, and how do you enjoy eating it?

As part of Health Advocate’s Maintain, Don’t Gain campaign, many of our members are aiming to maintain healthy habits–like maintaining weight, eating right, exercising, and reducing stress–leading up to, and lasting throughout, the holidays.

When you’re trying to eat healthier, it’s always a good idea to incorporate plenty of fruits and vegetables into your diet. We asked some of our members who are participating in the Maintain, Don’t Gain campaign what their favorite winter fruits and veggies are, and how they enjoy eating them. Here are a few of our favorite responses:

“Clementines are my favorite winter fruit. As a challenge, I try to remove the rind in a single piece.” –Andrew

“Separate kale on a baking sheet, drizzle lightly with olive oil, and add fresh sea salt and pepper.  Bake till crispy and enjoy!” –Roger

“Butternut squash…which I steam and mash and top with cinnamon!” –Terry

“I enjoy roasted Brussels sprouts and acorn squash.” –Meg

“I love clementines! I eat them raw or use the juice to make salad dressing.” –Rini

“I absolutely love cinnamon, so when pears are in season, I slice and sprinkle cinnamon on top. Mmmm!” –Leticia

“I love pomegranates. I remove all the seeds and then eat them in handfuls. I will also add pomegranate juice and a squeeze of lime juice to sparkling water. It’s refreshing and way better than soda.” –Katherine

“My favorite winter fruit is Gala apples.  I make apple juices and toss apple slices in my salad.” –Jessica

“My favorite  winter fruits are tangelos, oranges, and tangerines. I love just eating them on their own, but have also started putting them on my salads as a natural sweetener. And I started cooking with them, too–baking chicken and topping it with the oranges.” –Shenay

“I love any kind of winter squash. I either cube and roast it, or mash it like potatoes.  I also like curried butternut squash soup. Yum!” –Gina

“So many!  Squash is one…I love it halved, drizzled with a little olive oil, and baked in the oven.  Also, roasted root vegetables are especially yummy.  Beets, parsnips, carrots, etc.–I cut them into same-size pieces, lay them on a baking tray with a little olive oil and seasoning, and roast them until they’re golden and fork-tender.  So delicious!” –Marina

“All green vegetables are great. I love green juice–kale, spinach, celery, lemon, lime, cucumber and ginger is a great mix.” –Karen

Are you looking to maintain your health during the holidays, too? Tweet us @HealthAdvocate and tell us your favorite ways to enjoy winter fruits and vegetables!

For Health Advocate members with access to our Wellness Program:

It’s not too late to join our Maintain, Don’t Gain campaign for 2014! Simply log in to your Health Advocate Wellness website and opt-in to the Maintain, Don’t Gain campaign (depending on your particular program/website, you can register either by clicking the Maintain, Don’t Gain banner on the top of the page, or by clicking “My Account”). During the campaign, you will receive valuable tips via email and/or text messaging that can help you stay healthy throughout the holidays.

Additionally, if you have access to a Health Advocate Wellness Coach through our wellness program, you can connect with a coach who can help motivate and guide you to make healthy lifestyle choices. Call us today to get started!