Are clementines on your shopping list?

Don’t overlook this low carb fruit that is sweet, tasty and ready to eat.

This time of year grocery stores feature clementines. Clementines are those little bright orange fruit packed in small crates or mesh packages. Determining whether or not to put clementines on your shopping list starts with educating yourself about this unique fruit, which is between an orange and a Chinese mandarin.

As is common in the produce section of grocery stores, most fruits and vegetables do not have food facts labeling disclosing the nutrition found in one serving. Michigan State University Extension recommends educating yourself about the nutritional value of fruits and vegetables. MyPlate is a trusted resource to do this. Current MyPlate recommendations are to fill half of your plate with fruits and vegetables. Focusing on in season fruits helps to make this recommendation a reality.

The nutritional value of a clementine makes them a wonderful choice for children and adults. One serving, 74 grams which contains seven to 14 segments, includes only 35 calories, one gram of fiber, eight grams of carbohydrates, 36 milligrams of vitamin C (60 percent of the daily value), 131 milligrams of potassium, almost no sodium and they are cholesterol free.

Selecting a container of clementines includes inspecting the orange flesh of each fruit to be sure it is shiny, blemish free and does not contain any mold or decay.

Clementines can be stored at room temperature for two to three days a week making them a convenient, ready to eat snack sure to please everyone. Store your clementines in the refrigerator to preserve their shelf life.

The current price of a container of clementines ranges between $3.99 and $4.99 in many stores. Factor in the number of servings per container and this makes clementines a good low cost fruit choice for this time of year.

Your next shopping trip should always include a stroll through the produce section to buy fresh fruit and vegetables. If clementines are not already a family favorite their delicious sweet citrus flavor and nutrient content makes them a perfect new wintertime fruit choice to try.

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