It’s wintertime and the citrus fruits are in season! The grocery produce aisles are filled with oranges, clementines, tangelos, and grapefruit – their bright orange and yellow colors remind me of the sun that I long to see in the spring.
Citrus fruit is packed with vitamin C and fiber, which is great for overall health. But did you know that they also contain calcium, magnesium, phosphorous, and potassium – which helps to create strong bones and good muscle function.
There are some other foods that can help a person out with dipping energy levels and moods – including kids!
Try out Salmon for the tryptophan (a specific type of amino acid/protein), and Omega-3s (a very special type of fat) – Both which have shown to help with managing depression. Winter Squash and Sweet Potatoes are also great this time of year – packed with Vitamin A. Vitamin A helps with immunity and promotes healthy skin. And who doesn’t need some help with dry skin and keeping healthy this time of year.
Most of all make sure to drink water. Since we tend to be not as active during the winter, and not having the urge to quench our thirsts from high temperatures, we don’t drink as much water. It’s still important to drink enough water to keep your skin healthy and hydrated, and to fend off mild dehydration which can make it difficult to concentrate and increase disruptive behaviors in children.
Keep eating right, and remember, it’s only six more weeks of winter!
4 Cups Frozen Mango (cubed, Slightly thawed)
1 Banana (cut into chunks - the more ripe, the sweeter)
1 Cup milk (or more for desired consistency)
½ Tablespoon Vanilla Extract
Combine all ingredients in a blender. Start from lowest setting and blend.
If blender fruit gets stuck, stop blender and add a little more milk.
Adding a little canned pineapple can add sweetness to the smoothie!
The less liquid you use, the thicker it will be.