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Citrus is coming, the goose is getting fat…

The new year is upon us and with it comes the obligatory resolution to eat healthier, work out more and not polish off a bag of Cheetos while binge-watching The Godfather trilogy on Netflix. We can help you with two of those — eating healthier while watching Marlon Brando make offers that are in the best interest of everyone involved not to be refused.

It’s January, and much like starting a year of unlimited opportunities, we decided start the quarter with a superfood species, as to not limit ourselves to one specific food.

Citrus fruits, and all of their juicy, vibrantly colored, vitamin-filled goodness, will be the guest of honor at Campus Dining facilities throughout the month of January.

Oranges, lemons, limes, grapefruits, tangelos, kumquats, mandarins — we could go on but won’t — are packed with folate to help beef up those red blood cells, potassium to beef up those muscles, and vitamin C which helps one fend off things like the flu and malaria (bonus!).

The fruit group can also add a taste explosion to any meal and can be used for virtually any food. For example, Village Market will have “Be My Clementine Crêpes” available for anyone looking for a delicious skinny pancake that will also contribute to cardiovascular health.

Want to mix it up? Go with a banana, OJ and boysenberry smoothie and help boost your cognitive functions by maintaining blood flow to your noggin and all but ensuring positive midterm results.

Everyone is looking to go green but you may as well add some color and immune system support by throwing in some mandarins. Build your own salad or help yourself to healthier skin with the Citrus Salad available at Red Radish. It includes spring mix, cranberries, mandarin oranges, red grapes, crispy noodles, diced grapefruit and sliced turkey.

Quick Facts:

Fossilized leaves found in China in 2009 and 2011 suggest that citrus is as many as 7 million years old.

For a mere 35 fat-free calories, one clementine packs more than half of your daily value of vitamin C.

Consuming grapefruits lower your risk of developing asthma, and its high fiber and water content helps keep your digestive tract healthy to keep you regular. Win-win.