Winter is definitely one of my favourite times of the year. If we’re lucky, we’ll be sat in our living room during the winter months with big socks and jumpers on, watching thick snow fall onto our driveway. We’ll be all snuggled up and cosy, knowing that we’ve got nowhere to go. Naturally, we’re sipping hot chocolate at this point. Check out these perfect winter fruit ideas to enjoy this season.
It can be difficult to know what produce is freshly available and in season during the winter. There definitely isn’t as much fresh fruit available in the grocery stores as there is during the summertime, but there’s still plenty to choose from. In this article, we’re going to take you through some of our favourite fruit that’s in season during the holiday season.
Apples are great, aren’t they?
They’re light, refreshing, sweet, and crisp. The perfect snack in an awful lot of ways. However, they sometimes don’t fill me up that well.
Apples are in season all winter long, so there’s sure to be a plentiful stock wherever you get your groceries. My favourite thing to do with an apple in winter is to make a rich, sweet apple crumble. It’s one of the most luxurious and decadent things I cook. All brown sugar, cinnamon, and fresh apple goodness.
We tend to have it swimming in custard, and we also tend to eat it very quickly, even though it’s usually hotter than anything! It’s difficult to wait! The secret to a good apple crumble is to keep the crumble itself simple and put all your spices into the apple mix. That way you have a great flavour as well as a delicious, crispy topping. It’s an easy winter recipe.
Cranberries are a delicious fruit, though I think they’re hugely underappreciated. Personally, my favorite use of cranberries is in cranberry juice: it’s light, refreshing, and tastes great in a cocktail.
It’s also great when it’s used in a healthier smoothie. Starting the day with one of those is certainly much healthier than starting the day with a cocktail – although not nearly as much fun! Cranberry pairs really well with citrus fruits in a smoothie, so perhaps toss some cranberries in with some blood orange or grapefruit the next time you make a smoothie!
Winter squash is much the same as other gourds from other times of the year. My favorite recipes for squash involve treating them as though they’re an enormous root vegetable. The reason for this is that their flesh is hard and tough, like root veg, but they have an inherent sweetness that a lot of fruits have.
Squash goes very well in a number of different marinades. To make that happen in your kitchen, try boiling cubed squash for roughly ten minutes until the cubes are soft on the outside. Then submerge them in a marinade of your choice, and allow them to soak before heating through to serve as a side.
A squash would work particularly well with a smoky, hot marinade, perhaps a smoky peri peri sauce would work well. At the end of the day, experimentation is key in the kitchen, so if that doesn’t sound good to you, have a mess around until you find a marinade that works for you.
There’s plenty of fruit available in the winter, you just need to get your hands on it. When you do, make sure to experiment in the kitchen, as winter fruits are some of the most versatile out there!
How to have a healthy winter this year
If you are wondering how to feel good and stay healthy this winter then you need to add a healthy diet to your plan. Whether you follow a weight loss plan or just eat a little healthier it should be easy to plan a healthier winter. A few simple swaps like eating grilled chicken instead of fried chicken could make all the difference.
Are you starting the day with a healthy filling breakfast? Try overnight oats or baked oats for a good start to the day as an alternative to porridge and I am sure you won’t feel hungry until lunch. Why not pop your tea in the slow cooker at the same time as you make breakfast to save time when you get home from work? Most recipes can easily be adapted for the slow cooker.
Don’t forget to keep an eye on nutrients too with things like cranberry juice drinks and ensuring any recipes you make have plenty of vegetables.
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