With the limited variety of local fruits available in winter, avocados — and their many nutrients — are worth adding to your diet. Look for the rough-skinned Hass variety from Mexico or California currently in stores.

Easily added to many meals, avocados are packed with monounsaturated fat — the kind found in olive oil — that can help lower cholesterol, reduce risk of heart disease and keep blood glucose in check. They also provide magnesium, vitamin C and folate, and half a medium avocado has more potassium than a banana.

Plus, avocados contain more soluble fibre and protein than any other fruit.