Hey guys!!  Happy Saturday!!  I hope you're all having a great New Year!  It's hard to believe that today is the third Saturday in 2014!  I know that I want to focus on eating a balanced, healthy diet for 2014... and what better way to do so than to fill up on super foods??  They are nourishing, filling, healthy and DELICIOUS!

Today I want to talk about the benefits associated with oranges!  I don't know about you, but oranges are probably my favorite fruit... sure, I love mangos in my smoothies, frozen strawberries for a sweet treat, or even hot homemade apple sauce with cinnamon on a cold night... but when it comes to the simple act of eating raw fruit the way nature intended... I LOVE oranges.  They are so hydrating!  They quench my thirst with a burst of citrus happiness and that's the main reason I love them so much.  But thirst-quenching, deliciousness aside, did you know that oranges are superfoods?

Yep, that's right, these beauties nourish your body, they are low in calories and they're high in fiber.  These cheerful fruits are packed with vitamin C which builds collagen--keeping skin looking youthful and healthy!  According to Care2.com<http://Care2.com>, some of the nutrients in oranges help to prevent cancer and various other diseases... Oranges help to aid digestion, promote good vision and lower blood pressure!  They also naturally alkalize the body (which means they reduce the acid in your body and make you healthier.)  And for all you low-carb fans out there, oranges are pretty low on the glycemic index.

Okay, if I haven't convinced you to start eating more oranges for all of their nutritional benefits how about enjoying them simply because they are delicious... especially this time of year!  From little cuties and clementines to big, juicy oranges (like the one In the picture that's almost as big as my head) they're all delicious!!

So go ahead, grab a fresh orange, slice it thin or peel and pull it apart!   Enjoy this tasty, nourishing treat, wrapped up in its own little gift wrap. I guarantee you'll be glad you did... and your body will thank you, too!

How about you?  Do you like oranges?!  What's YOUR favorite fruit?

 


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01/18/2014 1:18pm

I love oranges! I have brought one to work everyday this week.

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01/20/2014 1:05pm

Yum!! I ate two today :) So good!

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01/18/2014 1:18pm

I love oranges! Thanks for this Cailee!

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01/20/2014 1:06pm

Thanks Liz!! Glad to hear!

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01/18/2014 2:44pm

Oranges are so delicious and great for you! I love using the zest and juice in recipes as well -- barbecue sauce, muffins, you name it! Have a great weekend, Cailee!

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01/20/2014 1:07pm

Thanks Marcie!! And the zest is great in muffins!! I love cranberry orange! ...or cranberry orange scones! YUM!

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Oranges are actually one of my least favorite fruits. I absolutely love blueberries and nothing is better than a piece of watermelon on a hot day.

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01/20/2014 1:08pm

Aw :( Sad to hear it... and your right about the watermelon... AMAZING!

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01/18/2014 11:01pm

They are the best this time of the year. I live in a cold climate though and they do cool you down, but I have some now and then with pleasure. I think apples are my favorites, for many reasons...:) ela

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01/20/2014 1:09pm

Yes!! Apples are great! I've actually done a 'Saturday Superfood' post on them as well :)

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That is the largest orange I've ever seen! Imagine the amount of zest I could get off that one! Mmmm … dressings, baked goods, salads … love it!!
Thanks for all the great info - love that they will help keep me looking young! On that thought … I need to go eat another one! :D

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01/20/2014 1:13pm

You're welcome Gretchen! So glad to hear you liked the post! And they were incredibly large oranges haha! I usually ate a half at a time :)

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01/19/2014 4:55pm

Bananas > oranges :)

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01/20/2014 1:11pm

I do love bananas... but prefer oranges because they are juicer!

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01/19/2014 8:53pm

Love oranges and all citrus fruits especially during this time of year :) So many wonderful health benefits, thanks for the reminder :) Hope you had a great weekend Cailee!

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01/20/2014 1:13pm

Thanks Kelly!! Glad you liked it :) I hope that you have a great week!

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I had no idea oranges are so healthy. Well - I knew they were healthy but.. you know what I mean ;)
I eat tons of oranges. They are SO delicious. This post will make me eat more ;)

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01/20/2014 1:10pm

Glad to hear!! All the more reasons to enjoy them!!

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01/20/2014 7:48am

Love them!! :) My fave fruits are sweeter types like, bananas, strawberries and grapes. Yum!

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01/20/2014 1:10pm

YUM! I love grapes... have you ever tried them frozen?! So tasty!

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01/21/2014 6:56am

Too funnt that I'm eating one of them right now hahaha ;--) They're definitely one of my favorite fruits!

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01/21/2014 11:00am

I'm so glad!! Hope you enjoy!

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01/21/2014 1:30pm

We've been buying a lot of clementines lately! They are my go-to afternoon snack right now before dinner!

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01/21/2014 3:56pm

Oh yum!! I love clementines!! They are so tasty! :)

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01/23/2014 3:32am

Oranges are one of my favorite fruits! It's like summer in a round ball...haha. My family orders them from an orange grove...they are the best! :)

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01/23/2014 6:32am

Hailing from Florida, I simply LOVE oranges. There is just something to biting into a freshly picked orange. Thanks for the nutrition information on it!

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01/24/2014 8:25am

I am loving oranges lately!! The Cara Cara's at Costco are sooo delicious right now :D

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01/28/2014 1:36pm

I'm not sure why but oranges make me crave warmer weather :) I have been eating clementines like crazy as of lately but I'll have to throw some oranges in the mix to spice things up :D

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