During the holidays eating less may or may not be on your mind. While there’s nothing wrong with the occasional treat, consider a portable healthy treat perfect for this time of year: seasonal oranges such as tangelos, blood oranges, and Clementines.
Oranges are the number one citrus crop in the world. And they come in many varieties. The navel, so named for the bellybutton-like shape on the blossom end, is the world’s most popular eating orange. Another the holidays, blood oranges make into markets. They get their vibrant color from high concentrations of anthocyanin, a powerful antioxidant. Another holiday arrival are Clementines, seedless members of the mandarin family (Citrus reticulata). Clementines are a hybrid cross of a tangerine and a wild North African orange. The compact easy to peel fruits are perfect pick-me-ups any time of the day.
In addition to antioxidants, oranges are a good source of potassium and folate, a B vitamin; both help protect your heart. A medium sized orange contains about 130% of the daily recommended value of vitamin C. Studies have shown that the pectin, found in the white pith helps reduce appetite – making them an even more important fruit to have around during holiday snack bowl season.
BY THE NUMBERS :
- 130% – the RDA percentage of vitamin C contained in one medium orange.
- 80 calories in one average-sized orange
SELECTION AND STORAGE
Pick fruit that is firm and feels heavy for its size – it’s a juicer choice. The skin should be bright and colorful. Avoid those with bruises or discolored skins. A bit of green doesn’t mean the fruit is not ripe. It’s the natural color. Some growers dye the skin to make the fruit more uniformly orange. The FDA requires them to post a sign stating “color added”.
Create a seasonal centerpiece in your office by lining a large bowl with evergreen branches. Arrange a variety of oranges in the bowl such navel, tangerines, mandarins and Clementines. Oranges can be kept at room temperature of several days. They can also be frozen. Encourage your staff and clients to enjoy the sweet treat before or after a massage. The sweet citrus fragrance that fills the room is added bonus that every can enjoyed by all.
Fruit at room temperature gives up more juice. Roll the fruit on the counter top with the palm of your hand to break the juice sacs. Cut in half crosswise and ream out the juice using a hand or electric juicer.
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Jovanka JoAnn Milivojevic