Celebrate Citrus in the Coastal Bend

Fresh tangerines almost ripe for picking.
Fresh tangerines almost ripe for picking.

Autumn in the Coastal Bend.

Colors of a different kind.

Butterflies migrate,  a Norther brings dramatic skies, and  citrus fruits ripen on the trees.

Oranges, tangerines, lemons, limes, and grapefruit all ripen close to Thanksgiving, just in time for cold and flu season. That’s a good thing for us:

According to http://www.floridajuice.com/fresh-citrus , fresh citrus offers many healthy benefits such as:

Antioxidants An entire medium orange or half of a medium grapefruit provides 100 percent or more of the RDA for vitamin C. Vitamin C is an important antioxidant that can prevent chronic diseases.

Weight Management Those trying to maintain a healthy weight should add more fruits and veggies with high water and fiber contents into their diets.   A medium orange or half of a grapefruits has about 80 calories plus the water and fiber content helps make you feel full.

Heart Health Fresh citrus fruits can also help with maintaining a healthy heart. “Hesperidin, a phytochemical found in oranges, has been associated with lower blood pressure. Pectin, a soluble fiber found in citrus fruit, may help to maintain healthy cholesterol levels.” Fresh citrus is a natural way to maintain a healthy heart.

Immune System Support Citrus fruits deliver vitamin C, plus other nutrients that may help support a healthy immune system. Remember, these fruits arrive just in time for cold and flu season.

Skin Health “Vitamin C found in fresh citrus can help support collagen production, which may support healthy skin and gums. Collagen breakdown in the skin may lead to the appearance of premature aging.”

Vitamin Absorption “Citrus are high in vitamin C, which may help aid the absorption of non-heme iron (the iron found in plants like spinach, not meat products). Vitamin C-rich foods should be consumed daily to help get the most iron from foods.

Reduce Cancer Risk “Low fat diets rich in fruits and vegetables (foods that are low in fat and may contain dietary fiber, vitamin A, or vitamin C) may reduce the risk of some types of cancer, a disease associated with many factors.

Now that we know all about the healthy benefits of citrus, I say, “I’ll drink to that!” Here is a smoothie idea with citrus fruits. Try it or try it in combination with other smoothie ideas.

Orange Smoothie Recipe with Fresh-Squeezed Orange Juice

  • 2 cups fresh-squeezed orange juice
  • 1 medium orange or tangerine, 1 mandarin, 1 tangelo
  • 1 banana
  • 1 cup of ice
  • (optional) 1 tsp of organic Stevia, honey, or sweetener of your choice
  • Peel the citrus fruits and separate them into their slices
  • Pour in your fresh-squeezed orange juice into the blender
  • Then add in the citrus fruit slices
  • Add in the banana
  • Then finally add in your sweetener (if you choose to do so.)
  • Blend it up
  • Drink to your health! (Salud!)

Servings: Approximately 2-3 servings

Note : This recipe is pretty versatile and you can use different combinations of mandarins, tangerines, tangelos, and oranges depending on what you like, or what you can find fresh locally. Try different combos to find what you like.

 

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