Citrus is one of the zest kinds of superfoods! Squeezed into a juice, sliced into a salad, or peeled as a snack, this superfood is as versatile as it is delicious. Just be careful not to squirt any juice into your eye when opening one up! Whether you’re enjoying an orange, lime, lemon, grapefruit, kumquat or clementine, citrus fruits contain a variety of nutrients including potassium, calcium, phosphorus and a variety of B vitamins.
As most people know, they’re also a great source of vitamin C! Some benefits of this specific nutrient include aiding the absorption of iron, protecting the body from free radicals, producing collagen in the body, regulating blood sugar levels, and having antioxidant properties that may help fight cancer, reduce the risk of heart disease and prevent cataracts. Although vitamin c may not prevent the common cold, it could make the symptoms less severe and lengthy.
Your body does not produce Vitamin C on its own, so if you’re looking to boost your immune system, you need to incorporate it into your diet! Here are some fun ways to add citrus to your meals!
- Add a few grapes and make orange slice butterflies
- Try a savory haddock dish with lime-cilantro butter
- Squeeze your citrus in one of these three juice recipes
- Dip some oranges in a little dark chocolate for the perfect healthy treat
Have some leftover citrus you just don’t know what to do with? Never let an orange peel or lonely lemon half go to waste again with these 5 easy things to do with citrus.
If you need a break from eating citrus, try tossing some lemon, orange, or grapefruit juice into your freshly cut fruits or vegetables to keep them from going brown or limp!