Fruity Patooty: Oranges

Bright and beaming citrus in the morning is simply the best! Cool fact: did you know the colour orange came from the orange fruit? Oranges are LOADED with Vitamin C and amazing health benefits.

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Nutritional value per 1 raw orange:
– 62 calories
– 0g trans fat, 0g saturated fat, 0g total fat
– 13% (DV) dietary fibre
– 116% (DV) Vitamin C
– 10% (DV) Folate
– 8% (DV) Thiamin
– 6% (DV) Vitamin A

Health benefits of oranges:
– The dietary fibre aids in constipation relief
– Protects against viral infections due to the high amount of polyphenols in oranges
– Helps lower bad LDL cholesterol
– Excellent source of Vitamin C which is a potent antioxidant that maintains a healthy immune system
– Regularly drinking orange juice can help prevent and reduce the risk of kidney stones and kidney diseases
– Aids in healthy heart functions such as, heartbeat and maintaining and regulating stable blood pressure
– Assists in preventing inflammation
– Protects and promotes good eye health

Find ways to add this sunny fruit to your everyday routine. I love freshly squeezed orange juice in the morning but I highly recommend to not bother buying orange juice from the store since it is usually from concentrate, full of added sugars and sometimes very old (oranges are not in season all year round). Here are some simple ways to make/squeeze your own orange juice (the taste difference is huge!). Don’t forget to buy organic and to support local farmers 🙂 I hope everyone is having a happy and safe holiday!

Recipes with oranges to try:
Vegan Creamy Orange Sunshine Soup Recipe: http://ohsheglows.com/2012/10/29/creamy-orange-sunshine-soup-akafrankensoup/
Easy Orange Vegan Cake Recipe: http://allrecipes.com/recipe/orange-vegan-cake/
Raw Vegan Orange Chia Seed Breakfast Pudding Recipe: http://www.rawmazing.com/raw-orange-chia-seed-breakfast-pudding/
Vegan Orange-Cranberry Muffins with Pecans Recipe: http://www.treehugger.com/easy-vegetarian-recipes/orange-cranberry-muffins-pecans-vegan.html
Vegan Kale Pineapple and Orange Smoothie Recipe: http://www.yummly.com/recipe/Kale-Pineapple-and-Orange-Smoothie-_Non-Dairy_-477774?columns=4&position=3%2F57

For more information, check out the following sources:
http://nutritiondata.self.com/facts/fruits-and-fruit-juices/1966/2
http://www.care2.com/greenliving/13-health-benefits-of-oranges.html
http://leafandgrain.com/truth-about-orange-juice/
http://www.med-health.net/Benefits-Of-Orange-Juice.html
http://www.whfoods.com/genpage.php?tname=foodspice&dbid=37
http://www.nutrition-and-you.com/orange-fruit.html
http://whatthafact.com/nutrition-facts-of-orange/
http://www.treehugger.com/easy-vegetarian-recipes/40-recipes-oranges-superfood-meals.html

Photo credit: Pink Sherbet Photography via photopin cc

*This blog is not intended to give professional medical advice and you should always check with your healthcare practitioners before trying anything new or regularly.

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