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Embrace December’s Seasonal Foods for a Wellness Boost
Here’s what’s in season in December in Ireland:
Apples – cooking and eating
Turnips & Swedes
December is a month brimming with seasonal delights that not only tantalise the taste buds but also offer a myriad of health benefits. As we delve into the heart of winter, incorporating these seasonal foods into our diet can be an excellent way to boost our wellness and fortify our bodies against the chilly weather. Here are five December seasonal foods that deserve a spot on your plate for a healthier, more vibrant you:
Cranberries: These vibrant, tart berries are a quintessential part of December. Packed with antioxidants and vitamin C, cranberries are renowned for their ability to support immune health. Incorporate them into sauces, salads, or enjoy them dried for a nutritious snack.
Pomegranates: Bursting with juicy, jewel-like seeds, pomegranates are a nutritional powerhouse. Rich in antioxidants, vitamins C and K, and fibre, these ruby-red fruits can aid in reducing inflammation and supporting heart health. Sprinkle pomegranate seeds over salads or enjoy them as a refreshing snack.
Brussels Sprouts: Often underrated, Brussels sprouts are a cruciferous vegetable that shines in December. High in fibre, vitamins, and antioxidants, they offer anti-inflammatory properties and support digestive health. Roast them with a drizzle of olive oil and a dash of seasoning for a flavorful side dish.
Winter Squash: Varieties like butternut squash and acorn squash are abundant during December. Loaded with vitamins A, C, and E, as well as fibre and potassium, these squash varieties offer immune-boosting and anti-inflammatory benefits. Use them in soups, or stews, or roast them for a comforting winter meal
Citrus Fruits: December marks the peak season for citrus fruits like oranges, grapefruits, and tangerines. Packed with vitamin C and antioxidants, citrus fruits bolster the immune system and promote glowing skin. Enjoy them fresh as a snack, or incorporate their juice into salads or marinades.
Incorporating these seasonal foods into your meals doesn’t have to be complicated. Simple recipes like cranberry sauce, roasted Brussels sprouts, or a winter squash soup can easily elevate your culinary experience while offering a bounty of health benefits.
Remember, seasonal eating not only supports local agriculture but also ensures that you’re consuming produce at its nutritional peak. By embracing these December superstars, you’ll not only savour the flavours of the season but also give your wellness a nourishing boost.
Let this December be a time to relish these seasonal treasures, celebrating the goodness they bring to our health and taste buds alike.
Cheers to a healthier and more vibrant you this winter!