Citrus is in peak season from December through February. Loaded with vitamin C, fiber and flavonoids, citrus fruits are flavorful, filling and may keep colds at bay. From citrus kale salad to lemon coconut protein bites, here are five nutritious recipes that highlight the abundant citrus available this winter.
1. CITRUS KALE SALAD
Fresh-squeezed orange juice is combined with a splash of vinegar adding a sweet and tangy flavor to this fiber-packed salad. Since kale is such a strong green, make this up to a day ahead to soften the leaves. Recipe makes 4 servings at 2 cups kale, 3 tablespoons dressing and 1 tablespoon feta cheese each.
Nutrition (per serving): Calories: 237; Total Fat: 15g; Saturated Fat: 3g; Monounsaturated Fat: 5g; Cholesterol: 6mg; Sodium: 125mg; Carbohydrate: 18g; Dietary Fiber: 5g; Sugar: 11g; Protein: 7g
2. SLOW COOKER LEMON GREEK CHICKEN
Chicken thighs are slow-cooked in fresh lemon juice, feta and oregano and served alongside a crunchy Greek salad. Double the recipe for leftovers during the week. Recipe makes 4 servings at 1 chicken thigh and 1 cup Greek salad each.
Nutrition (per serving): Calories: 301; Total Fat: 16g; Saturated Fat: 5g; Monounsaturated Fat: 3g; Cholesterol: 103mg; Sodium: 375mg; Carbohydrate: 18g; Dietary Fiber: 5g; Sugar: 3g; Protein: 24g
3. LEMON COCONUT PROTEIN NO-BAKE BITES
Sweetened with dates and fresh coconut, these protein bites get a burst of flavor from fresh-squeezed lemon juice. Whip up these 80-calorie bites for a satisfying, on-the-go, post-workout snack. Recipe makes 12 servings at 1 bite each.
Nutrition (per serving): Calories: 80; Total Fat: 6g; Saturated Fat: 2g; Monounsaturated Fat: 1g; Cholesterol: 71mg; Sodium: 219mg; Carbohydrate: 58g; Dietary Fiber: 6g; Sugar: 15g; Protein: 10g
4. ASPARAGUS SALAD WITH LEMONY DRESSING
Perfect as a side dish or a light meal, this salad gets its flavor by whipping the juice and zest of a lemon into a zesty vinaigrette. It packs 10 grams of protein, even more if you decide to serve it with hard-boiled eggs or chicken. Recipe makes 4 servings at 1/4 recipe each.
Nutrition (per serving): Calories: 272; Total Fat: 20g; Saturated Fat: 4g; Monounsaturated Fat: 6g; Cholesterol: 10mg; Sodium: 335mg; Carbohydrate: 17g; Dietary Fiber: 7g; Sugar: 5g; Protein: 10g
5. ROSEMARY ORANGE WAFFLES
An ideal weekend brunch treat, these waffles get their flavor from aromatic rosemary and fresh orange zest blended into the batter. With 10 grams of fiber and 17 grams of protein, this recipe is vegan friendly. Recipe makes 4 servings at 2 waffles each.
Nutrition (per serving): Calories: 365; Total Fat: 5g; Saturated Fat: 1g; Monounsaturated Fat: 1g; Cholesterol: 0mg; Sodium: 202mg; Carbohydrate: 64g; Dietary Fiber: 10g; Sugar: 18g; Protein: 17g