Snack Time: Kids and Clementines

When Fortnite closes its servers and the latest Nickelodeon show runs its final episode, clementines will still be here to brighten up a kid’s day. With their juicy sweet flavor, miniature size, and gentle peels, clementines almost seem tailor made for younger eaters. From menu ideas to nutritional value, follow these tips and tricks to please even the pickiest eater.

  • For a healthy take on the classic orange julius, try using clementines in your next smoothie. Combining greek yogurt and clementines creates a base with a high vitamin C and calcium count, plus it pairs well with a variety of different fruits!
  • Whole clementines are a classic “lunchbox” fruit, but it’s still important to make sure that they’re fully ripe before serving. When selecting clementines, look for ones that feel heavy for their size and are free of blemishes. Additionally, try and select ones that have a fragrant citrusy aroma and a loose, bright orange peel. 
    • Pro Tip: You can teach kids about the ripening process by showing them different colored clementines!
  • Did you Know? Clementines can be used in a variety of kid-approved holiday treats! For example, when Halloween comes around, we like to place chopped celery bits at the top of clementines to make them look like miniature “pumpkins.” 
  • Any chef who has cooked for a younger eater in mind knows that it can be hard to offer healthy dessert options that appeal to kids. Luckily, clementines are here to help. They pair particularly well with dark chocolate, so try dipping segments into melted dark chocolate for a quick, healthy-ish treat! 
    • Pro Tip: Not a fan of chocolate? Try adding some zest into sugar cookies! 
  • Nutrition is key when cooking for kids. Aside for their well-known vitamin C content, clementines are a rich source of calcium, potassium and fiber. On top of that, they’re a good source of folate, which has been shown to help improve brain function!