Mandarins are the perfect on-the-go snack that’s easy to peel and eat. When it comes to choosing a citrus snack, we all love our seedless Mandarins. And the fact that their thin, shiny skin separates easily from the peel is a double bonus, right? Clementines, W. Murcotts, Satsumas, Gold Nuggets and Daisys are all varieties or sub-categories of mandarins that we offer.
Health Benefits of Organic Mandarins
Mandarins offer a long list of health perks. Beyond the valuable fiber boost and vitamin C, mandarins provide important folate, potassium, and limonoids. Low in calories, this citrus fruit can help protect your body from disease, boost your immunity as well as promote healthy skin. Learn more from Organic Facts about mandarins helping your immune system, bones, brain, heart and more.
As part of this winter’s Citrus Challenge, we’ve come up with a few ideas to incorporate mandarins into your diet.
Get Kids Eating Citrus: Mandarin-Friendly Meal Ideas
We can all benefit from new ideas for meal planning. We’re always looking for practical ways to add organic citrus and gain all of the benefits for a healthy body and diet. If you have any other tried and true recipes you’d like to share, please add them in the comments or share with us on our social media channels!
Here are a few suggestions for adding more mandarins in your diet:
- Oatmeal and cereal – Mandarins are excellent toppers in the morning. The citrus will help awaken you for the day!
- Parfaits – Peel mandarin sections and add yogurt, granola, and your favorite toppings. Perfect for breakfast, lunch or in-between snacking.
- Protein smoothie – Dice mandarins and add to your favorite protein smoothie.
- Create-your-own fruit bowl – Mix mandarins sections into a fruit bowl with blueberries, mangoes, pineapple, and grapefruit.
- Salads – Instead of traditional strawberries, blueberries or dried fruit, substitute mandarins into your green salad.
- Homemade chutney – Top fish, pork or chicken with a homemade mandarin chutney to get another fruit serving.
- Dessert! – Have your kids help create a mandarin compote for a yummy dessert.
Get the Kids Involved
Parents often ask for ideas to help their kids eat more fruits and veggies. Mandarins are the best kid-friendly citrus option because of how easily they peel. Here are a few ways to get those handheld goodies into those growing bodies.
- We always say mandarins pass the “backseat test” for the car — they’re not messy, they’re easy to share and segment, and best of all, bite-size and fun to eat.
- Another idea for parents: start a friendly competition with your kids to see if you can get the peel off in one piece.
- You can peel a mandarin for school lunch or after-school snack.
- Use a variety of fruits and veggies for a happy face snack plate. Mandarins for hair, grapes for eyes, a strawberry nose and carrots or cucumbers for a smile. Get creative with whatever produce you have on hand.
- Search Pinterest for Bento box lunch ideas. There are some really great creative pins out there!
Include the whole family in our Citrus Challenge!
Sometimes we need a bit of accountability to keep up on our health goals.
During this month, we’re challenging you to add 1-2 citrus servings to your daily diet.
Include the kiddos in the challenge! We’ll be doing the same right along with you, offering practical tips, recipes, and good ‘ole fashioned encouragement along the way.
To make it even more fun, we want to see your citrus! For this Citrus Challenge, post a photo or a comment, including your delicious daily citrus to our Facebook or Instagram pages. We’d love to see your creative ideas for adding citrus into your winter diet. Plus, what kid doesn’t love taking pictures with your phone? You can also share this challenge with your family, friends, neighbors, and coworkers and see who can post most consistently.