This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Sunkist. All opinions are 100% mine.
Green is good when it comes to Sunkist Valencia Oranges
Have you ever noticed that your Valencia oranges get a little green in the summer? That’s called “re-greening” and is a completely normal thing. Sunkist® Valencia oranges may occasionally “re-green” in warm weather. When Valencias ripen on the tree, they turn a bright orange color. However, warm temperatures may make their skin reabsorb chlorophyll as they hang on the tree causing the orange color to look partly green. So, while the outside of your Sunkist® Valencia oranges is green, the inside remains ripe and delicious.
Don’t believe that green is good when it comes to Valencia oranges? Well check out the Sunkist Valencia Oranges Re-greening Video featuring Chef Robert Danhi to learn about Sunkist Valencia Oranges and why they re-green during warm weather.
Cooling down with healthy, stevia-sweetened fruit popsicles
Now that summer’s here I was eager to try out some of the coconut milk and orange popsicles I’ve been eyeing in the freezer section of my grocery store. Then I saw the prices (so expensive!) and decided to make my own.
I did a little recipe hunting and was shocked at the sugar use in most popsicle recipes. Just because it’s a popsicle doesn’t mean it has to be filled with crap! So I decided to sweeten my orange coconut popsicles with little bit of liquid stevia. The kids loved it! I thought it was as delicious (and way cheaper) than the store bought ones, too.
You can use vanilla soy milk instead of coconut milk, just leave out the vanilla extract. If you don’t have food sensitivities or allergies to milk, go ahead and use skim or low fat milk.
Sunkist Valencia orange tips
- Fresh Valencia juice may be squeezed and refrigerated overnight. If tightly covered and immediately chilled, no loss of flavor or Vitamin C will occur.
- Fresh juice packs nutritional power and great taste into all kinds of fruit smoothies. Start with 1/2 cup of juice and 1/2 cup of diced orange in a blender. Add a peeled banana, some frozen berries and 1/2 cup of yogurt.
- Valencias are especially good to eat when cut into "smiles." Cut fruit in half crosswise; then cut 3 or 4 wedges from each half.
- Peeling Valencias is easy. Just trim a thin slice from each end of the fruit, then set orange on one end. Cut away strips of peel from top to bottom, until all peel is removed
Sugar Free Dairy Free Orange Coconut Popsicles
- 2 Sunkist Valencia oranges, peeled, segmented and seeds removed
- 3/4 cup orange juice
- 3/4 cup light coconut milk
- 1/4 teaspoon pure vanilla extract (gluten free)
- 1/4 teaspoon teaspoon liquid stevia extract
- Combine ingredients in a blender or food processor.
- Blend until smooth.
- Pour into popsicle molds and freeze overnight (at least 8 hours).
- To release popsicles, place molds under running hot water until popsicle releases.
- Serving size: 1 popsicle
- Calories: 104
- Calories from Fat: 61
- Total Fat: 6.7g
- Saturated fat: 5.9g
- Unsaturated fat: .8g
- Sodium: 4mg
- Total Carbohydrates: 11.2g
- Sugar: 8.6g
- Fiber: 2g
- Protein: 1.4g
- Cholesterol: 0mg
Weight Watchers POINTS = 2