Today’s Super Food: Citrus

Refreshing and juicy citrus brings brightness to the holidays! Citrus is often associated with summer time. However, the cool, winter season is when citrus is at it’s best. Plus, there are abundant varies available. Citrus are not just a treat for your mouth they are richly nutritious. Savor new flavors this holiday season!

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Superfood Suggestion: Interestingly, vitamin C increases the absorption of the nutrient iron. Consume iron rich foods (red meats, dark leafy greens, beans, fortified cereals and breads) witch citrus to increase absorption.

Superfood Citrus Vitamin C Power During the winter months citrus is a wonderful source of vitamin C. Vitamin C has powerful antioxidant power. Giving our bodies extra immune protection during cold and flu season.

Did you know? Citrus fruits, like oranges, were given to soldiers on long ocean voyages. The vitamin C contact in citrus is so plentiful it prevented them from suffering a deficiency.  

Full with Fiber Citrus fruits make great snacks because of their high fiber content. Unlike eating a bag of chips, citrus will make you feel full and satisfied longer.  

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Citrus Season

Citrus fruits add abundant amounts of flavor to food. There are endless possibilities- slice them up for a salad topper, squeeze them for fresh juice, or use their skin for zest.  

  • Oranges are sweet and juicy. They come in third for the world’s favorite flavor. Oranges are incredibly easy to eat- just peal and enjoy!
  • Lemons are sour in taste and even the thought of them may make your mouth pucker! Even though lemons are not eaten right from the skin, they add lots of flavor to any meal. One of the best ways to use lemons is in replacement of salt.
  • Tangerines are deliciously sweet. Surprisingly, they have the highest vitamin C content for citrus fruits- even more than oranges!
  • Blood oranges are known for their intense bright red flesh. The red flesh means more antioxidants! There flesh is not only delicious it makes a fun an appealing look, great for kids! (see below)  

Incorporate citrus in a unique way with this recipes from Super Healthy Kids!  

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Pink Cauliflower Poppers!

1 Bunch Cauliflower, chopped

1 Tablespoon olive oil

Preheat oven to 475 degrees

Arrange cauliflower on a cookie sheet Drizzle olive oil on top and give a quick stir till all cauliflower is coated Roast for 10 minutes, or until tops begin to brown and cauliflower is tender with a slight crunch.

Dressing: 2 Blood oranges, peeled and quartered

1/3-cup raw cashews

2 Tablespoons lemon juice

Blend all ingredients in a high-powered blender until smooth and creamy Add orange juice to thin if necessary to create desired consistency Combined the dressing with the roasted cauliflower Enjoy! http://www.superhealthykids.com/pink-cauliflower-poppers/

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