Sending Affordable Citrus Gifts

June 16, 2009 by  
Filed under Citrus Baskets, Fruit Baskets, Gift Baskets

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Many people are trying to find ways that they can continue to give nice gifts to their friends and loved ones without having to spend a fortune.

Citrus gifts are a perfect way to give your family and friends something that is useful, healthy, affordable, and a real treat that they probably wouldn’t buy for themselves.  There are many different types of citrus gifts that you can give that are appropriate for any occasion. The most popular citrus gifts are usually holiday gifts.  G

iving citrus for the holidays gives your family and friends the chance to enjoy some exotic, delicious and healthy citrus fruits during a time of year when fresh fruit is usually expensive and when people are usually overdosing on chocolates and sweets.  If you want to add a little extra something to your gift you can choose a citrus gift that comes with chocolate covered berries or gourmet nuts or another type of treat that complements the citrus fruits that make up the main gift. Luscious Honeybell oranges, which are only in season between January and February, are a wonderful holiday treat and cost less than most other holiday gifts.  Because you can give one citrus gift to an entire family you can save a lot of money when you buy everyone on your holiday list a gift of citrus.

To make citrus gifts even more affordable you can pick and choose the types of citrus that you want to give.  Fruit of the month club gifts are gifts that keep on giving all year round, but if that is out of your price range try sending a citrus gift of some delicious Ruby Red grapefruits or light White Grapefruits.  Tangelos are another popular gift choice, especially as a family gift, because they are very easy to peel and the segments are sturdy which make them great for children. Any one of the seedless types of citrus fruit also is a very good gift for families with children.  Citrus gifts are affordable for you, but they also are a thoughtful gift in these tough economic times because one of the first places that most families cut back when they need to curb spending is on fresh fruits and vegetables.

A citrus gift will give the family something that they might not have had for awhile – fresh, delicious citrus fruit packed with vitamins and minerals.

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Easy Ways to Eat More Grapefruits

Grapefruit are extremely nutritious and have a wide range of health benefits, including weight loss. It’s very true that eating grapefruit can help you lose weight. But, other than eating grapefruits with your breakfast in the morning how can you work grapefruits into your busy schedule? It’s easy, if you get creative.

The health benefits that you’ll get from eating grapefruits make it worth the time and effort to find new and fun ways to get more grapefruits into your diet. There are a lot of creative tips from diet and nutrition experts on how to eat more grapefruit without getting bored that you can incorporate into your everyday life.

One of the easiest ways to get more grapefruit into your diet is to keep grapefruits wherever you are going to be. Buy a case of grapefruit and divide it up. Keep some at home, keep some in your desk drawer or in the lunchroom at work. Keep a few in your bag for when you need a quick snack or when you need a quick energy boost on your way to the gym. Pack grapefruits in your kid’s lunches and serve grapefruits as an after school snack. In order to protect your grapefruit from bruising when you’re carrying it in a bag or when your kids take them to school in a backpack you can buy or make a grapefruit jacket. A grapefruit jacket is a small knitted sack that goes around a grapefruit and closes with a hook or a button and protects your grapefruit from getting banged up while traveling. An inexpensive grapefruit jacket makes grapefruits a perfectly portable snack for you and your whole family.

If you don’t want to carry grapefruits around with you then you can fill a re-useable bottle with pure grapefruit juice in the morning and keep it with you all day. Fresh squeezed grapefruit juice is delicious and very nutritious. The vitamins and minerals in the juice will give you a natural boost when you’re starting to fade during the day. Fresh fruit juice is a great alternative to heavily caffeinated drinks or energy drinks which can end up leaving you dehydrated and wiped out. You can also use freshly squeezed grapefruit juice instead of water in smoothies and yogurt drinks. Using juice instead of water will give smoothies an extra nutritional punch and make them naturally sweet so that you don’t need to add sugar or other sweeteners.

Grapefruits aren’t just for snacks of for breakfast. Grapefruit segments added to salad create a salad that is visually appealing as well as tasty and nutritious. Grapefruit juice can be used with breadcrumbs to create a slightly sweet and slightly tart breading for meats and fish. And of course grapefruit juice and grapefruit segments can be used in endless ways in different dessert dishes. You can make intricate and complicated fruit desserts with grapefruits or you can make desserts as simple as gelatin and grapefruit segments and they will all be delicious and nutritious.