I always crave citrus this time of year. And by crave, I mean that I wake up in the middle of the night wishing a citrus fairy would deliver a giant bag of oranges to my bed. Totally normal. I put lemons in my water, blood oranges in my cocktails. But I know it’s not just me, because my boyfriend eats clementines like a chainsmoker during the winter. Bottom line: there is not enough citrus in all the world for our body’s ecosystem right now. Why is that?The answer is twofold:Vitamin C
Your mother shoves Vitamin C tablets at you every time you visit, your grandfather eats a grapefruit every morning as soon as the first snow falls. Sneeze once and every person within a five mile radius is yelling at you to drink orange juice while zipping up their hazmat suits.  This is because Vitamin C is needed for the growth and repair of tissues in your body, and consuming it basically makes you superhuman. It grants you immunity from free radicals (aka germs, viruses, toxic crap). But our bodies cannot make Vitamin C on their own, nor can they store it for later use. Which is why we need to ingest as much of it as possible all season long.Beta Carotene
Oranges, along with many other orange foods like sweet potatoes and carrots and pumpkin, have high levels of the vitamin beta carotene, which is an antioxidant responsible for maintaining healthy skin (winter damages it), eye health (it’s darker in winter) and treating depression (dark, cold, moody winter).

Do you see what’s going on here? Nature is once again curing what ails us. Not the doctors, not the pills. The earth was designed with built-in solutions to our health problems.  As our bodies crave healing, the seasons provide all the natural medicine we need.  So rest assured, your sudden urge to pound an entire gallon of orange juice in one sitting does not mean your soul has been hijacked by an alien race.  It means you need orange juice. So get that juicer out and go to town. Better yet? Eat the whole fruit.

Thankfully, there are about as many ways for us to enjoy citrus as there are for Ryan Gosling to pick up chicks.  Smoothies, sorbets, salads…or, if you really want to treat yourself, this citrus poppy seed bundt cake with lemon glaze from WLBC.  Perfectly dense but still soft, loaded with poppy seeds, and finished with a tangy sweet lemon flavor that is sure to jump start that healing process.  Come in today for a slice!