Updated: Friday, 08 Feb 2013, 2:35 PM EST
Published : Thursday, 10 Jan 2013, 11:00 AM EST
I have to admit that I am hooked on Clementines and they meet my criteria for being an easy, affordable, healthy and delicious food! Did you know that Clementines are a variety of Mandarin orange? They’re rather tiny, quite easy to peel, and even the segments come apart smoothly.
When these tasty winter fruits are in season, they are a great deal when purchased by the box. You can usually get around 25-30 of these little fruits for anywhere between $3.99 to $7.99 per box. That’s about .25 cents each, which is less than the price of a candy bar! One Clementine has just 35 calories and it contains 60% of your daily supply of vitamin C – great for your immune system! It is every bit as filling as a handful of chips, which ring in at 140 calories, or candy bars, which generally have 200-300 calories!
The only challenge with Clementines is to use them all up before they lose their flavor and turn brown. I’ve found that a box keeps for about 1 week on the counter or two weeks in the refrigerator. I typically add a couple of Clementines to my lunch each day so I was excited to find these other ideas for eating them.
1. Keep a few in your car so that you can eat them on the go. This works best in winter. Be sure to bring the fruit only on the actual day that you are running errands. In addition to being tasty snacks, Clementines make your car smell great, but remember to bring a napkin and bag along to take care of any mess.
2. Eat 3 Clementines after dinner instead of dessert. They will help cut a craving for ice cream.
3. Keep a centerpiece bowl of Clementines on the table to encourage more family time. Why not gather to have a treat, then stay to chat?
4. Take them along for breakfast when you’re on the go.
5. Bring some to work and fill up your candy jar. These fruits are way better for you and more filling than candy anyway.
6. Top a spinach or arugula salad with Clementine segments.
7. Make a show-stopping dessert! First, peel and segment a Clementine. Place the pieces in a fancy glass or bowl, then top with a spoonful of Greek yogurt and a drizzle of caramel sauce.
8. Fill the deli drawer of your refrigerator with Clementines. This makes them easy to reach and eat for all family members. What great at-home snacks!
9. Take three Clementines to eat after your next workout or hike instead of a sports bar. Three Clementines have about 105 calories, whereas most sports bars have at least double that. For ease in eating, you can peel them and put a couple in a Ziploc bag ahead of time.
10. Segment some Clementines, juice a few, then bake them with salmon or tilapia. Drizzle with a little olive oil and you have a winner!
11. If you fire up your grill, you can include these with chicken breast and grill them too. Simply place the pieces on foil. No grill? No problem! You can also broil both in the oven.
12. Warm a Clementine in the microwave for ten seconds in the morning. Smile. It is going to be a great day!
13. Pack some Clementines in your kids' lunchbox.
14. Take them to your next party or for a kids “sport snack” instead of chips.
15. Use them in your muesli. Don’t know what muesli is? It is a Swiss-style breakfast made with rolled oats, yogurt, fruits and nuts.
16. BONUS: Squeeze the juice from a few Clementines over salad, along with a tiny drizzle of olive oil. Voila! Now you have a fresh, impromptu dressing that is totally sodium-free