It’s official…it’s winter Down Under and we are already shivering. Even though we’re already missing our long, warm days and endless smoothies, there is something that isn’t so bad about the season: the produce. There’s some truly delicious fruits and veggies that are at their best at this time of year. We’re celebrating some of our favourite winter fruits, that just happen to have some handy health benefits too.
Need a bit of sunshine in these dreary winter days? Oranges, lemons, mandarins, blood oranges, grapefruits…such a delicious sounding list, and they’re all in season now! Citrus is a great source of Vitamin C, can help ward off those winter colds, and as an added bonus they’re utterly delicious. Use them in cakes and muffins, or as a fresh-squeezed juice.
These luxurious-looking fruits are full of ruby-red ‘jewels’ that add a touch of glamour to salads or your morning oatmeal. The seeds are full of antioxidants, which help keep your heart and blood pressure healthy. You can eat the seeds as a snack or topping for breakfast, or try a commercial pomegranate juice for a more convenient option. Just make sure there’s no added sugar.
You thought citrus was the Vitamin C powerhouse on this list? Well, allow us to introduce you to kiwi fruit. In addition to being named after a very cute flightless bird, they’ve got a higher Vitamin C content than citrus fruits. They’re also a source of Vitamin E, which is important for keeping your skin healthy. This is very handy in winter, where our skin does tend to dry out in the cold air (or because we’ve spent too much time in front of the heater)
You might be more used to them dried, but fresh cranberries are much lower in sugar than their packaged counterparts. They’re also high in Vitamin A, which is good for your skin and eyesight. Fresh cranberries can be hard to track down in Australia, so like pomegranates, substitute for the juice version – the sugar free version that is!
An apple a day…it’s a cliché for a reason. Apples have to be one of the most convenient fruits out there, and many varieties are at their best in winter. They’re high in fibre, Vitamin C and antioxidants, and are super versatile too. Try them in a crumble like our low-carb Apple Quinoa Crumble, stewed to spice up your breakfast, or just throw one in your bag as you head out the door.