22 ways to get more vitamin c this winter
from breakfast to cocktails, brighten up your meal with these immunity-boosting citrus recipes.
Published Feb 12, 2016 5:00 AM
by Regan Stephens
cilantro lime chicken nachos We’ll always love you, Taco Tuesday, but these nachos, topped with limoncello and lime-marinated chicken, just became our weekly Mexican food fix.
campari + citrus sorbet Who says sorbet is relegated to summer months? Not us. Orange and grapefruit juices and campari make a brilliantly refreshing dessert-cocktail hybrid that looks pretty impressive to boot.
broiled grapefruit crisp Sweet grapefruit is topped with a nutty, aromatic crumble in this filling breakfast that’s quicker to prepare (and infinitely more tasty) that your basic bowl of oatmeal.
salmon with fennel, citrus, + chiles This flavor-packed, heart-healthy recipe works well with any number of fish, but salmon adds a lovely pop of pink to the plate.
kiwi margaritas Kiwis may not technically be part of the citrus family, but they’re similarly in-season and packed with vitamin C. Blended with lime juice and tequila, surely this cocktail could help combat a seasonal sniffle? Mix up a pitcher and toast to your good health.
blood orange loaf cake Lovely layers of orange (it’s in the super spongy cake, rosy pink glaze, and delicate candied topping) brighten up a morning coffee or afternoon tea.
citrus chicken quinoa salad What’s the opposite of a sad desk lunch? Whip up this fresh and filling salad for dinner (lean protein, nutty grains, sweet citrus — it has everything!) and savor it again tomorrow. No need to reheat, it tastes just as delightful cold.
citrus, fennel, + avocado salad With creamy avocado, slivers of fragrant fennel, and a palette of tangy oranges, this beautifully bright salad brings together the best of the season in one dish.
cuban fish tacos + citrus mango slaw Tasty tacos are chock full of sunny flavor from citrus fruit, mango, cilantro, and jalapeno, and are deceptively easy to throw together. Taco Tuesday, you’re back on.
winter citrus galette Delicate pastry provides a backdrop for oranges in every hue with this equal parts delicious and gorgeous addition to a casual brunch or Sunday supper.
sparkling pomegranate punch With or without alcohol, this rosy punch — a blend of fruit juices and bubbles — ups the festive factor with the help of pomegranate arils and candied rosemary sprigs.
citrus salad with lemongrass syrup Elevate simple oranges and grapefruit with a little lemongrass syrup for a light finish to a heavy winter meal. Pro tip: pour a splash of prosecco to transform the juicy dessert into a refreshing cocktail.
roasted chicken with allspice + citrus Consider this recipe for your next stuck-in-the-house blizzard dinner. Thinly sliced oranges and lemons caramelize over roasted chicken for a lively take on a cold weather comfort food.
candied citrus peel Little know fact: citrus peels are packed with vitamin c, too. Make these easy treats with orange, lemon, or grapefruit. With or without the chocolate dip, they’ll liven up your afternoon snack.
greek lemon chicken soup Basic chicken soup gets a snappy upgrade thanks to lemon zest. Feta, couscous, and garlic round out the Mediterranean flavors in this quintessentially warming winter staple.
lemon bars Each puckery bite of these toothsome bars delivers a satisfying balance of rich shortbread and vibrant, creamy lemon curd. An especially delicious way to get some extra vitamin c.
blood-orange chia pudding This pretty pudding’s full of omega-3 fatty acids, fiber, protein, and vitamins. With a little prep, pop it in the fridge overnight and start your day with a deliciously nutritious power breakfast.
lemon poppyseed pancakes A generous dose of lemon juice and zest boosts pucker while poppyseeds contribute a nice texture and crunch to these decadent pancakes, which pair (un)surprisingly well with pajamas and hibernation.
orange creamsicle smoothie Straight OJ? You can do better. Add some sunshine to your morning routine with summer’s nostalgic popsicle in a glass. Fresh orange juice, frozen banana, and Greek yogurt combine for a creamy smoothie that only tastes like dessert.
lemon pasta with shrimp Fresh squeezed lemon has the power to make filling pasta with garlicky shrimp taste simultaneously light and comforting.
shaker lemon pie It’s time consuming, but don’t let that deter you from making this buttery dessert that bursts with pleasantly biting flavor. Ultimately, it’s as easy as…you know.
cilantro lime chicken Fire up the grill for a taste of summer amid freezing temps. Honey balances the tart lime in this lively, super-flavorful dish and reminds us of warmer days.