14 Winter Citrus Recipes to Brighten Up Your Day

They’re one of most popular ingredients for crushing colds: winter citrus.

And it’s not hard to see why. Citrus fruits are packed with vitamin C, which helps keep your immune system strong. What’s more, those juicy oranges, lemons and mandarins contain powerful antioxidants that protect your brain and improve your heart health by lowering your blood pressure and cholesterol levels.

Of course you can make fresh orange juice of add a slice of lemon to your cup of tea to get these health benefits. But if you don’t want to throw away those treasured fibers or consume too much fructose, it’s best to enjoy winter citrus as a whole fruit. You could star citrus fruits in porridges and sweets, put slices in salads or add a zesty element to your sheet pan dinner.

Before you go all-in on winter citrus, it’s important to know that grapefruit interacts with common medications like cholesterol-lowering drugs, blood thinners, pain medication, certain antidepressants and antiviral drugs. So if you’re taking prescribed meds, please check with your doctor or pharmacist if it’s ok for you to consume grapefruit.

With that crucial note in mind, bring a burst of brightness to dark days with these 14 winter citrus recipes!

Immune-Boosting Winter Citrus Smoothie by Half Baked Harvest

Winter Citrus Recipes: Immune-Boosting Winter Citrus Smoothie by Half Baked Harvest | The Health Sessions

 

Passionfruit Porridge with Coconut and Orange by Two Spoons

Winter Citrus Recipes: Passionfruit Porridge with Coconut and Orange by Two Spoons | The Health Sessions

 

Winter Citrus Parfait Bar by Foxes Love Lemons

Winter Citrus Recipes: Winter Citrus Parfait Bar by Foxes Love Lemons | The Health Sessions

 

Winter Citrus Toast with Egg, Ricotta and Shaved Fennel by Christiann Koepke

Winter Citrus Recipes: Winter Citrus Toast with Egg, Ricotta & Shaved Fennel by Christiann Koepke | The Health Sessions

 

Avocado Grapefruit Salad by Fillmore Kitchen

Winter Citrus Recipes: Avocado Grapefruit Salad by Fillmore Kitchen | The Health Sessions

 

Mandarin Orange Salad with a Citrus Dressing by Chelsea’s Messy Apron

Winter Citrus Recipes: Mandarin Orange Salad by Chelsea's Messy Apron | The Health Sessions

 

Simple Moroccan Salmon by Feasting At Home

Winter Citrus Recipes: Simple Moroccan Salmon by Feasting At Home | The Health Sessions

 

Roast Chicken with Blood Orange and Olives by The View From Great Island

Winter Citrus Recipes: Roast Chicken with Blood Orange and Olives by The View From Great Island | The Health Sessions

 

Seared Scallops with Citrus Salsa by Kitchen Confidante

Winter Citrus Recipes: Seared Scallops with Citrus Salsa by Kitchen Confidante | The Health Sessions

 

Clementine Roast Chicken with Fennel and Honey by Pardon Your French

Winter Citrus Recipe: Clementine Roast Chicken with Fennel and Honey by Pardon Your French | The Health Sessions

 

Lemon Pasta with Ricotta and Fresh Peas by The Food Charlatan

Winter Citrus Recipes: Lemon Pasta with Ricotta and Fresh Peas by The Food Charlatan | The Health Sessions

 

Winter Citrus Salad with Walnuts, Dates and Rose by The Bojon Gourmet

Winter Citrus Recipes: Winter Citrus Salad with Walnuts, Dates and Rose by The Bojon Gourmet | The Health Sessions

 

Epic New Years Raw Citrus Cake by Earth Sprout

Winter Citrus Recipes: Epic New Years' Raw Citrus Cake by Earth Spout | The Health Sessions

 

Chocolate Chia Pudding with Orange Purée by Healthy Little Cravings

Winter Citrus Recipes: Chocolate Chia Pudding with Orange Puree by Healthy Little Cravings | The Health Sessions

How do you enjoy your favorite winter citrus? 

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