8 healthy ways to eat citrus fruit

Citrus fruits are loaded with vitamin C and disease-fighting antioxidants. Try these delicious ideas to add them to your diet

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Zesty pasta side dish

Combine the juice and zest from a lemon with olive oil, toasted pine nuts and fresh parsley. Pour over hot cooked linguine and toss. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese and black pepper.

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Lunchtime salad

Top a mix of arugula and baby spinach with slices of peeled pink or ruby grapefruit, avocado, and smoked salmon or cooked shrimp. Top with a grapefruit juice and olive oil dressing.

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Fresher dinner

Add lime juice to a coconut curry. Splash lemon onto any fish. Squeeze oranges over pork chops, or mash into sweet potatoes.

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Sweet peels

Cut citrus fruit peels into long strips. Simmer in a mixture of sugar and water until tender. Cool. Chop the peel and mix into batter for scones, a raisin loaf or muffins. Or dip the strips in melted dark chocolate.

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Nutty Breakfast Parfait

Brunch-perfect parfaits

In clear glasses, layer fruit salad made with grapefruit, clementines and blood oranges with Greek-style yogurt and your favourite granola. Top with chopped hazelnuts.

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orange juice

Versatile sauce

Combine orange juice, grated ginger and a little oil and soy sauce. Microwave until bubbling; spoon over grilled chicken breasts, fish or roast pork.

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Mulled Cider and Cranberry

After-skating drinks

Add some clementine juice to a pot of apple cider. Toss in orange and lemon slices, cloves and cinnamon sticks. Simmer about 30 minutes; strain and enjoy.

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Chinese Chicken & Corn Soup

Easy supper soup

Bring three cups (750 mL) of vegetable stock to a boil. Add two handfuls orzo pasta and a handful shredded chicken. Reduce heat and simmer until cooked. Stir in the juice of one lime, a handful chopped basil and two handfuls baby spinach.

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