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Happy New Year! You may not think of January as being the time of year for citrus fruits, but it is the time of year for trying new things. Trying new recipes for you and your family is a great way to ring in the new year in a fun, healthy way. Try finding new recipes that include citrus fruits. They’re available year-round and are great sources of important vitamins! Here are some other great reasons to cook with citrus and why it’s good for you.

 1 large orange contains 163% of your daily Vitamin C recommendation, 0 fat, cholesterol and sodium, 2 grams of protein and 4 grams of fiber!  Do you cut apples in the morning before work? Keep them from turning brown by sprinkling a little lemon juice on them  Citrus fruits have lots of Vitamin C, which is great for helping cuts and wounds heal, and keeping your teeth and gums healthy.  Citrus can help reduce the metallic taste in a lot of meat products.  Use lemon or lime slices in your water to add some extra flavor. Created by Jennifer Vargas, UMD Dietetic Intern

Chicken Á La Orange Makes 4 servings Ingredients: 2 egg whites, slightly beaten ¼ Cup orange juice 1 Cup bread crumbs 1 tsp. ground paprika 1 tsp. salt 1 Tbsp. grated fresh orange peel, rinsed well 1 ½ pounds chicken breast, skinned, rinsed & dried

Directions: 1. Preheat oven to 375° F. 2.Place the egg and orange juice in a medium-sized bowl, and beat together. 3.Place the bread crumbs, paprika, salt, & orange peel in another medium sized bowl, & mix thoroughly. 4.Dip each chicken piece in the egg mixture and then in the bread mixture. 5.Coat a 9 x 13-inch baking dish with nonstick cooking spray. Place the chicken in the dish. Bake, covered, for 30 minutes. Uncover, and bake another 15 minutes. Serve immediately. Created by Jennifer Vargas, UMD Dietetic Intern

January 2014  
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