Thursday, December 11, 2008

Who Wants a Drink?

We have been experiencing intermittent rains the past couple of days here in paradise-like Oahu.  Normally, the leeward side (where we live) is the "drier" part of the island but I woke up today to a stormy, chilly and windy morning.  In fact, as I am writing this post, I could hear the sound of heavy winds outside.

This being the flu and cold season, it is common to see people sniffling and coughing around us. We don't want to get sick so we must strengthen our immune system.  One way to fortify our bodies is getting the proper nutrition. Fruits and vegetables must be present in our diet.  Since childhood, our mothers have always reminded us about the value of eating fruits and green, leafy and yellow vegetables.  
Orange is common in the U.S. It tastes good and is filled with minerals and vitamins.  One medium orange contains 1 gram of protein and 3 grams of dietary fiber.  Estimated amount of minerals found: 237 mg of potassium, 52 mg of calcium, 18 mg of phosphorus, 13 mg of magnesium, .65 mg of selenium. It also contains trace amounts of iron, zinc, manganese and copper.

Vitamins found in orange are:  A- 8060 IU; C- 57.34 mg; Folate (important during pregnancy)- 29 mcg: B2- 0.12 mg; Niacin- 1.2 mg; B6- .28 mg; E- 3.51 IU.

During one of our trips to the grocery store, I bought a bag of Valencia oranges.  Bana-bear and I made pure orange juice using our Magic Bullet.  Buying 'ready-made' orange juice in a bottle is less taxing than making your own, but I think  fresh and pure orange juice is healthier (and a lot of fun to make, too.)

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

There's nothing like a glass of liquid "sunshine" on a frigid -23 degrees celsius morning up here in frozen Toronto.

But, I guess you never have that experience in Oahu?



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