Care of Andrea Howe of glowingongreens.com 

Winter has arrived, and so has its symbolic box of clementines! This tiny fruit is packed with sweetness and nutrients to help you get through the cold months. They’re a cross between a sweet orange and a mandarin orange, giving us this succulent and convenient snack.

Clementines have essential vitamins such as calcium, phosphorus, and magnesium. In addition, they are packed full of vitamin C. This antioxidant is great in aiding in collagen synthesis, leading to healthier looking skin by reducing formation of wrinkles and repairing damaged skin. Clementines are a natural source of folate which is great for our brain. Folate can help with winter sadness by reducing distress and depression.

Another great addition clementines offer for the winter months is their variety of antioxidants, and its ability to help with immunity. Winter is known for colds and flu season, and a diet rich in antioxidants can help with sickness by protecting against free radical damage.

Although clementines are a great healthy snack on their own, they can also be added to dishes such as salads, jams, or loaves. Try this Cranberry Clementine Sauce to serve with your favourite holiday dish.

Clementine Cranberry Sauce
Ingredients:
– 3-4 clementines, zested and juiced (about 1/4 cup of juice)
– ½ cup water
– 2/3 cup sugar
– 1 bag (12oz.) fresh cranberries

Directions:
1. Zest and juice clementines in two separate bowls.
2. To a saucepan, add clementine juice, water, sugar, and cranberries, and heat on
medium to a simmer while stirring.
3. Once cranberries begin popping and breaking down, take off heat. Add more water if it’s
too thick.
4. Stir in zest and let cool before serving.