As I’m sure most of you know, I love fresh fruit, and I rarely go a day without getting in a full three servings of it. During the winter though, it’s slim pickings when it comes to available fresh fruit. Unlike during the spring and summer when there’s a plethora of fruit available, winter fruit is limited mainly to apples and citrus fruit. As much as I love my apples (Gala and Braeburn are my faves), clementines are my favorite winter fruit.
Unlike oranges, which can be difficult to peel, and tangerines, which often have seeds, clementines are easy to peel, seedless, and just plain easy to eat. They are also sweet and juicy, and full of health benefits.
Clementines are full of the antioxidants vitamins A and C, folate, fiber, and potassium. Clementines have been shown to help with vision and maintaining healthy, beautiful skin (due to the antioxidants). Researchers have also found that the scent of clementines triggers the release of the neurotransmitter serotonin, which regulates mood.
Clementines are also really low in calories. Each clementine has 35 calories, 9 g carbohydrate, 1.5 g fiber, 0 g fat, 1 g protein. Because they are so small, a fruit serving is 2 clementines, so make sure you grab two (like I have on my plate in the photo above) for a filling snack. They are in season from November through March, so go get your bag or crate of clementines before it’s too late!!