The most popular way to eat oranges is in a glass -- as juice, especially at breakfast. It seems that the association of orange juice as a breakfast food is so strong that we may not think about eating oranges the rest of the day. That's too bad, because oranges are available year-round. They keep well at room temperature, and can easily add flavor, texture and great nutrition to many dishes.
Since they're naturally sweet, even many picky eaters will enjoy the flavor.
Most people need to increase their intakes of fruits and vegetables, so eating oranges a few days per week is a great way to meet that need. Here are some tips for getting more oranges into your healthy diet:
- Keep seedless oranges in a fruit bowl (up to 4 or 5 days with the peels intact) for easy grab-and-go snacks.
- Place orange slices in a small plastic container and pack with the rest of a bagged lunch.
- Peel an orange, slice the sections in half and add them to a fresh salad.
- Enjoy a glass of orange juice instead of a bottle of sugary soda.
- Make vitamin-rich frozen snacks by freezing orange juice in molds or small paper cups with wooden sticks.
You can also eat more oranges by choosing healthy recipes that include oranges and orange juice:
- Orange Chicken Stir Fry
- Orange Rice
- Lentils With Oranges
- Sicilian Orange Salad
- Endive Salad With Fruit
- Oranges In Marsala
- Chicken With Ginger and Oranges
- Citrus Chicken Salad
- Feta With Oranges and Pistachios
Vitamin C. Medline Medical Encyclopedia. Accessed January 11, 2009. http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/002404.htm