I love the concept of “use what you have”, especially if it’s easier, creates less waste, saves time and is super cute! So allow me to share a fun, easy and no mess way to serve a healthy snack to … anyone!
Start with the winter season’s gift: oranges, tangerines, tangelo’s or even mandarin oranges although, the bigger, the better! I think it’s interesting that nature gives us a fruit during the tie of year we really need it: citrus fruits are full of flavanoids, antioxidants, Vitamin A and potassium which all contribute neutralizing free radicals and improving blood flow. In other words: they keep your system up and running and may help ward off those pesky cold and flu germs that seem to be omnipotent in winter, says a review by my alma mater: UC Davis.
So bring on those big, juicy navels and that orange peeler you haven’t used in ages. Make an even slice all the way around the circumference of the fruit and use the other end of the peeler to loosen the tough peel from the soft fruit inside. Be careful not to rip the peel: you want to keep it in the form of a little bowl.
Once you’ve got both halves of the peel loosened you can hold the fruit with one hand and sort of twist off the peel blow with the other. Now you have 2 cute little bowls! (See where I’m going with this?) . Finish separating the wedges of the fully peeled orange and pop them into the peel bowl! Voila! Top them with some raisins, dried blueberries or cranberries and you have a super aPEELing snack that any kid-at-heart will appreciate! And oh-so tidy in it’s own container!
For bonus points have your snacker toss their “bowl” in the compost to really teach a full circle lesson!