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Foodie Friday: Clementines
by Mitzi Dulan, RD, America’s Nutrition Expert®
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Hurry up! Time is running out – you don’t want to miss the chance to enjoy the oh so sweet, naturally juicy, and refreshing taste of Clementines. They are only in season until the end of February (that’s this month!). This delightful citrus fruit is definitely hands down a cuter version of the everyday orange, and it is also the smallest member of the Mandarin family. 83,000 metric tons are now imported annually, mostly from Spain and some from Morocco! But it is no surprise that Clementines have become a huge success in America – with their great sweet taste and boost of nutrition, who wouldn’t want to include them in everyday eating.

But just in case you’re still not fully convinced, here are more reasons why Clementines should be part of your diet for the rest of February:

CONVENIENCE: When you need a snack on the go look no farther than the Clementine bowl. Clementines are easy to peel, don’t squirt juice into your eye, and have nicely portioned segments easy for plopping right into your mouth. What a perfect snack!

NO SEEDS: Unlike their look-a-alike Tangerine and other versions of oranges, the Clementines have no seeds! There will be no seed spitting necessary when consuming these sweet delights!

GREAT GIFTS: Want to surprise a friend or do something nice for a family member? How about brining them the gift of taste and health with a big crate of Clementines! They look cute, taste delicious, and are nutritious. An ideal gift for anyone to enjoy!

NUTRITION: With every Clementine you get a good boost of Vitamin C, dietary fiber, and potassium. Not bad for only 35 calories!

VERSATILITY: With sugary as well as tart notes, the Clementines lend themselves to be used in both savory and sweet dishes. Add them to chicken dishes, top them on salads, include them in your fruit bowl, use as ice-cream toppings, or serve next to a decadent chocolate Soufflé. The possibilities are endless!

VISUAL APPEAL: Need to liven up or brighten your kitchen, room, or office? How about decorating with a big bowl of brightly colored, great smelling Clementines. This is sure to freshen up your day and taste buds!

So go out and a buy a big crate of Clementines while they still last! You’ll see just how quickly these sweet little treats get devoured within days.

Happy Friday and make healthy choices for the weekend!

Research Assistance provided by Marsi Shapiro

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