As we enter the cold days of winter, you may find yourself in need of a little sunshine. Did you know that most citrus fruits ripen to their sweetest and juiciest during the winter months? They are a natural immune booster, full of vitamin C and powerful antioxidants. Not only do they fight illness, they taste great, too! Take advantage of their bright color, and powerful flavor to help fight the winter blues. Look for lemons, limes, oranges, grapefruit, and kiwi at great prices in the produce section.
Here are ten ways to add citrus fruit to your winter diet:
- Freshen up a salad. Citrus fruits are both sweet and sour. That combination makes for the perfect salad topping. Try my favorite salad recipe, Quinoa Salad with Lemon, Spinach, and Poppyseeds. Add a little grilled or shredded chicken if you want a serving of protein with your meal.
5. Get A Little Tender. Did you know that a citrus marinade will not only flavor chicken and steak, but will tenderize it as well? Use oranges if you want a hint of sweet flavor, and limes for a little more tart.
7. Have a Cow. It’s a tasty recipe with a funny name. Orange Cow is a fruity drink adults and kids will love. The recipe calls for frozen orange juice. Try using fresh orange juice and ice cubes instead.
Check out the links below for even more ways to use citrus fruits Enjoy!
Certified Nutrition Education Assistant