Oranges fell off my radar screen when I gave up orange juice many years ago. Why? I don’t know.
I remember as a teenager, I would cut up two oranges and eat them as my “infront of the tv” snack. That was a good habit for a teenager.
I personally don’t drink orange juice as I know it is concentrated fructose but oranges have jumped back into my grocery cart and into the fruit drawer of my fridge.
I find myself reaching for an orange when I need to eat on the go in the car, or just need a between meals snack. I know I’m getting vitamins and fiber as well as many medicinal benefits.
Oranges are quite beneficial in many ways. First and foremost oranges are very high in vitamin C. We all need this powerhouse vitamin in our daily nutrition. Vitamin C is a potent water-soluble antioxidant necessary for survival.
The orange is a great way to get your Vitamin C but the orange also has many other medicinal properties you probably would not consider.
You can reap benefits from the peel of an orange, the juice and pulp of the orange and even the aroma of an orange.
The following list contains the many applications you can use an orange for.
- The essential oils made from the aroma of the orange help reduce anxiety and elevate mood. I use a lovely orange citrus essential oil in my diffuser and it has such a “happy” scent to it that I understand how it elevates my mood. It’s very calming at the same time which helps me relax.
- Orange juice has taken a bad rap with nutritionists as it is believed that the juice is a sugary drink of fructose but there are benefits to drinking good quality organic orange juice with pulp. There are anti-inflammatory properties in the juice. Drinking the juice is helpful in raising your HDL…good cholesterol levels. Orange juice has also been proven to help with bone health and kidney health.
- The peel of an orange is often used in recipes. Orange peel contains pectin and flavonoids which are both therapeutic. The D-limonene contained in the peel has potent anti-cancer properties. The peel also has anti-arthritic properties.
So you see, that beautiful brightly coloured “orange” has many valuable benefits and they taste so good.
I even put orange sections in salad. It’s a refreshing salad full of nutrition.
Orange and Romaine Salad:
Fresh juice of an orange (1/3 to 1/2 cup). I use a citrus reamer to extract the juice from the orange.
1/2 tbsp of raw honey
2 tbsp of white balsamic vinegar or white wine vinegar
1/2 tbsp of olive oil or avocado oil
1/4 tsp Himalayan salt and 1/4 tsp fresh cracked black pepper
I blend this all together to make dressing then I toss it over a big bowl of:
Romaine lettuce, thinly sliced red onion, slivered almonds and orange sections.
It is a very tasty and healthy salad. Enjoy.