News Video | Policy | GPs | Hospitals | Medical | Mental Health | Welfare | Search

 


Hearty recipes with winter produce

Hearty recipes with winter produce

Eating seasonal produce is an easy way to boost wellness this winter, says 5+ A Day.

Winter fruit and vegetables can be used in a variety of ways to help strengthen the immune system and maintain healthy eating habits.

“The immune system comes under attack during the cooler months and the temptation is to reach for not so healthy comfort food,” says 5+ A Day nutritionist Bronwen Anderson.

“A great way to stay healthy this season is to incorporate plenty of winter produce into your favourite recipes.”

Fruit and vegetables not only have nutrients to help boost the immune system and overall wellbeing, they also contribute to heart health.

“Different coloured fruit and vegetables have different benefits, which is why eating a variety of fresh produce is important to get the best mix of antioxidants, fibre and nutrients. Winter produce can also be used to create delicious and tasty meals,” says Bronwen.

Here are quick, easy tips on how to make the most of winter’s produce.

Tamarillos: Originally from South America, tamarillos arrived in New Zealand in the 1890s.
Nutrition:
Tamarillos are a good source of vitamin C, essential for the growth and repair of many structures in the body, such as skin, muscles, bones, teeth and blood vessels.
Quick recipe ideas:
Team tamarillo wedges with blue cheese for a tasty addition to cheeseboards or add tamarillo flesh with apple and banana in cake or muffin recipes. This fruit is particularly nice with vanilla flavours. Give winter casseroles a flavour boost by adding the flesh of three or four tamarillos or try adding peeled slices to a beef or lamb stew.

Persimmon: Known as the “food of the Gods”, persimmons are also the national fruit of Japan.
Nutrition:
Persimmons contain vitamins A and C and fibre.
Quick recipe ideas: Ripe persimmons become sweet and custardy when baked. Cut the fruit in half and drizzle with honey. Place cut-side up and bake until caramelised and golden. Serve with low-fat yoghurt or mascarpone. For a fresh twist on traditional roast chicken, add cubed persimmon to your stuffing. This adds colour and is a great complement to sage and thyme. Dice and freeze persimmon and use to thicken smoothies.

Kiwifruit: Kiwifruit seeds were introduced to New Zealand by Isabel Fraser in 1904.
Nutrition:
Kiwifruit are rich in vitamin C and are a good source of fibre. Kiwifruit is considered to be one of the most nutrient-dense fruits, meaning there are more vitamins and minerals per gram and per calorie in kiwifruit than most other fruit.

Quick recipe ideas: For a nutritious snack, take chunks of peeled kiwifruit and mix with low-fat yoghurt. For a winter warming dessert, poach six peeled and halved kiwifruit in one cup of fresh apple juice, vanilla extract, two whole cloves, along with a pinch of nutmeg and two tablespoons of brown sugar. Simmer for 10 minutes and serve with low-fat yoghurt.

Oranges: Oranges were first cultivated in China over 4500 years ago.
Nutrition:
Oranges boast a wealth of nutritional benefits. This sweet and juicy fruit is rich in vitamin C, making it an immune-boosting superfruit.
Quick recipe ideas:
Pair sweet oranges with fresh mint and nutty brown rice for a filling and nutritious lunchtime salad. To add a flavour burst to pork, coarsely chop oranges and mix with chopped red onion, coriander, a squeeze of lime juice and chopped fresh chilli. Try this no-fuss salad or side dish; bake beetroot until tender, mix with fresh orange juice and balsamic vinegar.

Kumara: New Zealand kumara are available in red, gold and orange varieties.
Nutrition
: Kumara is a good source of vitamin C, potassium and fibre. It also has a low GI rating, which means it provides a gradual, continuous supply of energy from one meal to the next.
Quick recipe ideas: Kumara wedges make a nice alternative to fries. Slice kumara and lay on an oven tray with a little oil, bake until golden. Make a delicious winter soup using kumara and curry spices. For a quick kumara gratin, layer sliced kumara with onion slices and garlic in a baking dish. Pour over a little milk and bake in a hot oven until kumara has softened.


For more tips and recipes go to www.5aday.co.nz or find us on Facebook at facebook.com/5adayNZ or Fredge_5Aday on Twitter.

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Culture Headlines | Health Headlines | Education Headlines

 

Eddie Izzard: UK Comedy Legend Returns

Hailed as one of the foremost stand up comedians of his generation. Star of stage and screen. Tireless supporter of charity. Runner. Political campaigner. Fashion Icon... February 2015, Eddie Izzard will bring his massive FORCE MAJEURE world tour to New Zealand with tickets going on sale at 10am on Tuesday 28th October. More>>

Festival Starts 28 Oct: Improv Fest Makes Up New Show

For any other festival, finding out less than two weeks from showtime that half the cast of a programmed show can’t make it to New Zealand would be a nightmare. Instead, the New Zealand Improv Festival Director Jennifer O’Sullivan saw an opportunity ... More>>

NZ Music Awards Finalists: Lorde, Sol3 Mio Top 2014 Tuis Charge

Lorde has taken the music world by storm during the past year and she co-leads the 2014 Tui charge with five finalist spots. Joining her is newcomer family opera trio, Sol3 Mio. They are followed closely by Ladi6 and David Dallas, both up for four awards each. More>>

From 'Luther' Creator: Major New Zealand Crime Series For BBC

Libertine Pictures and writer Neil Cross have teamed up with leading international TV producer Carnival Films to develop a major new crime series set in Rotorua. Libertine will develop the contemporary drama series with Carnival, producer of internationally-acclaimed British period drama Downton Abbey, for the BBC. More>>

ALSO:

Family Statement: Death Of Ewen Gilmour

“Ewen was a much loved and cherished member of our family, he was a larger than life character and by his very nature was kind, generous and always giving of his time to those who asked for his help." More>>

ALSO:

Auckland: St. Jerome's Laneway Festival - Line-Up Announced

Traversing seven cities and three countries, the festival has well and truly settled into its home in each state. From the grassy knolls and towering silos at home in Auckland, to the sparkling backdrop of the Maribyrnong... More>>

Scoop Review Of Books: No Longer An Island

Simon Nathan reviews 'Zealandia: Our Continent Revealed': The idea that New Zealand is part of a large submerged continent is not new... There was renewed interest in the extent of offshore New Zealand from the 1970s onwards with the start of offshore drilling for oil and gas, and this was given impetus by a UN agreement which allowed countries to claim an Extended Continental Shelf (ECS). More>>

Art: Simon Denny Recreates Kim Dotcom’s Personal Effects

Who owns what? How has the internet changed our relation to the world? These are two of the many questions Simon Denny raises in the latest exhibition at the Adam Art Gallery, opening on Saturday 4 October. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
Health
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news