Citrus Recipes for Vitamin C and Strong Immune System

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Benefits of Citrus Fruits

They say an apple a day keeps the doctor away, but what about citrus fruits? Citrus fruits include lemons, limes, oranges, and grapefruit and other hybrids and varieties. And just like any kind of fruit, citrus fruits are an excellent source of vitamin C that strengthens the immune system, as well as fiber. Additionally, they also have helpful anti-inflammatory and antioxidant effects. Early research also claims that citrus fruits could help lower blood pressure and cancer risk.

Aside from the health benefits, another advantage of citrus fruits is that they are a good ingredient to have in most dishes where you want to add that needed extra flavor.

How to Prepare Citrus Fruits

Aside from peeling its skin off, there are also different ways on how you can prepare citrus fruits especially if you want to incorporate them in your recipe. First and foremost, you would want to pick the fruits that are in good condition. Pick the ones that are blemish-free and feel heavy for their size. Depending on how you want to use them, citrus fruits with thinner and smoother skin are easier to juice while the fruits with thicker and rougher skin are best for zesting.

Zesting. If your recipe requires you to zest your fruit, then you may want to remove the zest first as opposed to doing it the other way around.

Juicing. For juicing, you will just have to go with the quick, traditional way which is to squeeze the fruit and use a filter beneath it.

If you won’t be eating the fruits immediately, you will have to store them at room temperature. If you want to preserve your citrus fruits, you can do several food preservation methods including freezing, drying, canning, and more.

Grapefruit Recipes

Grapefruits aren’t as known as oranges and lemons. That is why most people are missing out on some great and delicious grapefruit recipes which range from breakfast meals, desserts, fruit salads, cocktails, and more! Here are some grapefruit recipes that you will want to try:

15. Grapefruit Breakfast Brûlée

This easy Grapefruit Breakfast Brûlée is a delicious, lightly sweetened citrus treat that’s perfect for breakfast, brunch, or a light dessert!

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14. Citrus Drizzle Cake (Grain-Free, Nut-Free) 

This amazing summer cake is bursting with citrus flavours and a hint of honey. Made with coconut flour and cassava flour, this cake is tree nut-free, grain-free, and naturally gluten-free.

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13. Tuna and Bacon Quinoa Bowl

Cold crisp cucumbers are combined with tart cherry tomatoes, premium quality tuna, nutty quinoa, and salty bacon in this Tuna and Bacon Quinoa Bowl.

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12. Low-Carb Fudgy Orange Coffee Cake (dairy-free, nut-free, grain-free)

High in fiber, protein, and healthy fats, this Keto/Low-Carb Fudgy Orange Coffee Cake is perfect for a low-carb breakfast, snack, or dessert. It’s also dairy-free, nut-free, and grain-free… so fudgy and decadent!

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11. Greek-style Roast Chicken With Garlic, Lemon & Herbs 

This Greek-style roasted lemon garlic chicken is perfect for a weekend dinner and can be done with whole or half chicken, or smaller pieces of poultry. Whole30 and keto friendly.

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10. Air Fryer Orange Chicken 

One of my favorite dishes to make from scratch is a stir fry. We switch it up constantly making different sauces and vegetables, but one thing stays the same – I love making them in my air fryer. And that’s exactly where this Air Fryer Orange Chicken was made.

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9. Blood Orange Crème Brûlée

Blood Orange Crème Brûlée: Rich and creamy vanilla custard meets a brittle caramelized topping in this seductive and foolproof classic French dessert with a fresh hint of blood orange.

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8. Gluten Free Citrus Chiffon Cake

Filled with lemon, lime, and orange zest, this Gluten Free Citrus Chiffon Cake is a ray of sunshine on an otherwise cloudy day.

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7. Blood Orange Crush

Is it five o’clock yet? This Blood Orange Crush is what you need this weekend. It’s sweet, low in calories and filled with fresh blood orange juice. The perfect way to celebrate a long week.

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6. Sweet Grapefruit Margarita

This Sweet Grapefruit Margarita is the perfect, sweet cocktail for your next party (or a stressful Tuesday). It’s full of fresh grapefruit flavor, just a tad sweet without too much alcohol.

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Lemon Recipes

Lemons are most commonly used for zesting and juicing as they have that rich flavor even with a few drops. But if you want to be more creative, there are other ways and ideas where you can turn lemon as one of the main ingredients to your recipe:

5. Blueberry Lemon Overnight Oats

Taste freshness in every spoonful of blueberry lemon overnight oats! Creamy, fruity, and full of protein, its perfect for a quick and balanced breakfast or even a midday snack.

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4. Meyer Lemon Pie

This easy lemon pie is a tart dessert made with whole Meyer lemons! Simply blend the filling ingredients together in a blender, bake, and serve!

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3. Endive Orange Salad with Tahini Dressing

Light, refreshing Endive Orange Salad with a delicious tahini dressing, sunflower seeds, and fresh mint. It’s the perfect vegetarian citrus salad to transition from winter to spring!

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2. Gluten Free Blueberry Lemon Bundt Cake

Juicy blueberries with refreshing lemon… this Gluten Free Blueberry Lemon Bundt Cake is light and summery, and big on lemon flavor (without artificial extracts)! It’s completely dairy-free. This is the perfect dessert for Easter or to usher in spring!

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Recipes with Oranges

Unlike lemons, you might think that there are only a few recipes or meals that you can incorporate oranges in. But I am here to show you some very tasty dishes that need oranges to complete the recipe:

1. Orange Creamsicle Chia Seed Breakfast Pudding (Vegan, Gluten-Free)

Gluten-free, vegan and full of protein, vitamin C and fiber — this delicious creamy, dreamy, chia seed pudding tastes just like a creamsicle… the healthy version!

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