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Take a bite of sunshine with citrus fruits!

Friday, January 2nd, 2015

127Citrus fruits arrive just in time for winter weary New Englanders.  These fruits are in season during the cold months when other fresh fruit is scarce.

Citrus fruits are packed with Vitamin C.  Vitamin C is an important nutrient for active people because it supports your immune system and maintains collagen and cartilage.

Fresh citrus fruits are easy to take on the go because they are “pre-wrapped” in their own peel!  You can also use citrus sliced into wedges.  You can find individual servings of citrus sections in the canned fruit section (plastic snack packs or pop-top cans).  Citrus sections are also available in the refrigerated produce section in either multi-serving jars or individual snack cups.

Lemons and limes are usually used for their juice or as a garnish.  They are especially great with seafood.  Hot water with lemon juice and honey is a “homespun” treatment for cold and flu symptoms.  Lime juice adds a tropical feel to fruit salads and beverages.

Type of Citrus Characteristics Suggested Uses
Mandarins(tangerines, clementines, satsumas) Easy to peel, small serving size Kids’ (or adults’!) lunches or snacks
Mandarin Oranges Canned version of clementines Lunches, snacks, salads (great w/sliced almonds and oriental dressing)
Grapefruit (White, Pink, Ruby Red) 1 grapefruit = 2 servings of fruit ½ grapefruit as breakfast fruit or dessert, segments on salads
Kumquats Edible peel Snacks, lunches, party platters
Temple Oranges Cross between tangerine and orange Dessert or snack
Navel Oranges Seedless Dessert or snack
Valencia Oranges Very juicy Fresh orange juice; cut into wedges

Lunch Ideas for Ski Outings

Wednesday, February 16th, 2011

While skiing at Cannon Mountain (NH) the past 2 weekends, I have been watching to see what people bring for lunch.   I noticed RJ, visiting from Rhode Island, enjoying some  temptingly steamy clam chowder while the rest of us were downing cold sandwiches.   The chowder was in a nice big insulated mug and RJ was kind enough to let me check it out.  I loved the wide mouth (easy to fill, clean, and eat from!), stable base, and sturdy construction. Check it out for yourself at Stanley.

Overall, folks seemed to be choosing some healthy foods. In my group we were enjoying some beautiful, juicy Temple oranges from Florida. I saw a lot of nice whole grain breads being used in sandwiches. Some people had hummus and raw veggies or crackers.  RJ’s family says this is one of their favorites.  They also like to make their own trail mix.

For your family’s outing think about planning a lunch with some carbohydrates for energy. This could be whole grain breads for sandwiches, crackers, fruits (such as grapes, oranges, or apples which travel pretty well) , or raw veggies. Then add some protein (lean deli meats, hard cooked eggs, or peanut butter for example). You can keep it simple with sandwiches or get creative. With a thermos like RJ’s you could bring soup, stew, or a pasta dish. If a sandwich doesn’t interest you bake up some chicken and bring cold chicken and potato salad. (Use freezer gels to keep potentially hazardous foods cold.)

Don’t forget something to drink!  When you are out in the cold you don’t feel hot and sweaty, but the combination of physical activity and cold air means that you need to replace fluids to stay hydrated.

Most importantly, enjoy fueling up at lunch so you’ll have a great day on the slopes!

School lunch, work lunch, packed lunch!

Saturday, August 21st, 2010

What does  the term “lunch box” convey to you?  Do you picture a metal or plastic box with a favorite cartoon character?  Do you think of a dome shaped tin box with a thermos in the lid? If you are looking for something a little more grown up, individual,  environmentally friendly, stylish or even elegant, be sure to check out what’s new in the world of lunch totes!  Here are some of my favorites…

I picked up my newest lunch bag on a trip to NYC this spring.  My “Shopping Tote 30 – Best of  the Blues” has a bold and trendy blue/brown polka dot design and, because it is a shopping tote, holds lunch, snacks, water bottles, and freezer gel with room to spare. Check it out at Igloo.

If you want to pack a trash free lunch, be sure to visit They have food containers, reusable sandwich bags, cloth napkins, reusable utensils, and a bunch of really great lunch bags. Check out the “Mimi the Sardine Organic Cotton Cloth Lunch Bag” in the ladybug print. Irresistable!

Thermos is another well-known brand that has a great variety of supplies for packed lunches. They feature the FUNtainer food jars and bottles with kid-friendly and designer themes. I love the Raya line of bags for a contemporary look, but my favorite “workhorse” lunchbox is the roomy Geotrek 12 can cooler.

If you are looking for something different for your packed lunches and picnics, be sure to check out the beautiful items at Picnic at Ascot. They carry a full range of products for elegant dining away from home.

With all these great totes and accessories your peanut butter sandwich never looked so good! Have fun packing healthy and money saving lunches for yourself and you family this fall!

Sneak Some Vegetables Into Your Lunch

Thursday, June 10th, 2010

Your packed lunch is a great vehicle for adding more vegetables to your daily diet. When you visit the produce section or farmers’ market look for fresh, colorful additions to your lunch meals. You can include vegetables with your main dish by packing a salad or adding vegetables to your sandwich.

 Try one of these additions to jazz up your regular sandwich:

  • thinly sliced cucumbers
  • sprouts
  • shredded lettuce, shredded cabbage, spring mix,or fresh baby spinach
  • shredded carrots
  • sliced radishes
  • sliced avocado
  • salsa
  • sliced mushrooms
  • halved grape tomatoes
  • You can also include vegetables as a side dish. For example…

  • cole slaw (American style with a cole slaw dressing or Asian style with some rice vinegar, a little oil, and peanuts!)
  • small salad
  • pickled beets
  • 3 or 4 bean salad