FIT for Women, Superfood

The winter food rut

By The Edith Sanford team

January 9, 2014

It’s a cold January day. You’re longing for brightness and excitement, and your heart sinks as you gaze across the flat, colorless scene before you. But you’re not looking out the window; you’re staring at your dinner plate.

Those traditional comfort foods you couldn’t wait to bust out a few months ago are now boring standbys — mushy, monochrome and just plain tired.

With summer months away, how do you wake up your taste buds and enjoy some color?

153093133We’ve got one word for you:

Citrus.

Yes, it seems overly simple, but winter is when most citrus fruits are at their sweetest and juiciest – making this the perfect time to brighten up your meals. Plus, the health benefits of citrus go beyond the Vitamin C you’re familiar with. Eating citrus, not just drinking the juice, is a great source of fiber, which will help you feel full and aid in maintaining a healthy weight. Citrus also provides flavonoids, important antioxidants that reduce inflammation and prevent cell damage.

Here are some tips for waking up your winter menu with citrus:

Make a Winter Citrus Salad

If you’re –done- with plain greens, try a salad that features seasonal citrus so keeping up with your all-important veggie intake isn’t a chore. There are many delicious recipes out there for citrus salads, so you’re sure to find one that you’ll love. This citrus avocado salad would be a good place to start!

Add Lemon to your Roasted Veggies

Roasted vegetables are a winter staple, but at a certain point they can lose all their appeal. Adding some lemon and ginger to your carrots and potatoes can put the spark back in this traditional side dish. Take a look at this lovely recipe, but we’d recommend cutting back on the olive oil!

Shake up Game Time Snacking

Use the upcoming big game as an excuse to liven up your munching routine. Instead of adding flavor by adding even more cheese to every snack under the sun, try this guacamole that uses grapefruit and Meyer lemon.

You can also experiment with a yummy citrus salsa that would be great on broiled fish, too. Versatile!

Think Outside the Orange

Most of us think of citrus as plain old lemons, limes and oranges, but there is a whole new world of citrus out there! Try kumquats, clementines, pummelos, or mandarins. Explore the produce section and really make the most out of these in-season finds.

Don’t let the winter food-blahs get you down. Stock up on citrus – old favorites and new – and discover all of the ways you can brighten up almost any meal.