Cutie Clementines


November 24, 2014

Care of Ashley Sauve

Clementines are one of the reasons to love the holidays! They even come packaged in sweet little boxes that just make them feel special. Luckily, snacking away on these little cuties comes guilt-free as they are likely one of the seasons healthiest indulgences.

December can be a stressful month between shopping, visiting loved ones and trying to stay warm. Unsurprisingly, it’s common for the cold & flu to strike and slow us down during this hectic time. Luckily, clementines are a great source of vitamin C which is known for its immune boosting power! Since our bodies use more vitamin C when we are stressed out, an extra boost is more than welcome to protect us from viruses.

Speaking of stress, the aroma of clementines has been shown to trigger the release of a neurotransmitter in the brain that refreshes and energizes the body and mind to relieve stress. Try simmering clementine rind (from all the snacking) with a
cinnamon stick and cloves in a small pan on your stove to create an all-natural, stress-reducing air freshener.

To beat the winter blues, clementines contain the B-vitamin folate, which is used to treat depression. They also contain a dose of potassium and calcium, two minerals important for dental health. Calcium aids in the formation of healthy bones and teeth, and potassium is known to prevent tooth loss.

So, grab a box and snack away! Cute little clementines may just be your saving grace this holiday season.

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