Looking for the perfect antidote to winter? For many, the answer is food! Comfort food is more than just a good bowl of nostalgic food, it’s what keeps us going throughout the week, and it’s what we look forward to most at the end of a cold day! Winter is a great time to get the slow-cooker at the ready and whip up a simple bowl of nourishing food that warms the soul, and keeps the family fuelled for the week ahead!
Looking for inspiration? Your local fruit and veg shop is fully stocked with the best of winter produce to tantalise your tastebuds, and give you plenty of variety to create something amazing and nutritious this week.
Our pick of the week this week is delicious Grapefruit. Known for their sweet, tangy taste and burst of flavour, grapefruits are a citrus fruit that is packed with nutritional value. You will find that grapefruits vary in colour from white or yellow to pink and red. Their juices, peels and pulps are all great sources of vitamins. Pull together your favourite citrus for this Orange and Grapefruit Salsa for a bright addition to the breakfast table this weekend.
Winter citrus is in its peak season, and there are so many options for you to choose from. This week you can find Seville Oranges available, which are more bitter than an average Orange and are perfect for making marmalade. Navel Oranges are also great value this week, and are great for juicing together with your favourite winter fruits for a tasty breakfast delight. Blood Oranges are another great find for those seeking something a little bit different this week.
We are starting to see some great quality Blueberries available and coming back in price. Blueberries are believed to have the most antioxidants of all fruits and vegetables, which is great for decreasing the signs of ageing and diseases, so there are plenty of reasons to pick some up this week! They are wonderful straight from the punnet as a healthy snack.
Rhubarb is an excellent choice if you’re looking to cook up some comforting sweets this week. This Rhubarb and Custard Flan gets an A+ for comfort food and will be a winner with the whole family. Pick some up from your local Fruit and Veg shop this week!
Avocado remains a thrifty buy, with delicious and good quality Hass Avocados available at your local Fruit and Veg shop. Avocados provide healthy omega-3 fatty acids which are beneficial to lower cholesterol and improve heart health.
Mushrooms are a great option year-round. They are the only vegan, nonfortified dietary source of vitamin D. They also contain several other minerals that may be difficult to obtain from vegan diet, including potassium, copper, iron and phosphorus, making them a powerful little vegetable to add to your diet, vegan or otherwise!
Pick up a bunch of Carrots at your local Fruit and Veg shop this week! A wonderful winter staple, Carrots are full of vitamin a and beta-carotene which are essential to maintaining bone health. Don’t let your carrots go floppy in the bottom of the fridge, use them up to their full potential as a great snacking option in dips, use up in your favourite slow-cooker recipe, or make a healthy sweet option like these Carrot Cake Bliss Balls to give you a healthy carrot-fuelled energy-boost throughout the day!
Pick up some great, nutritious produce at your local Fruit and Veg shop this week and create some delicious meals for you and your family!