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Fruit Bites for Kids: Orange

girl holding orange slicesOrange is the king of vitamin C. Just one orange has all the vitamin C you need in a day. Vitamin C helps keep you from getting sick. He loves to soak up the sun. That's why oranges grow mostly in sunny states, like Florida, California, Texas, and Arizona.

Q: Orange, you're one of the coolest dudes around. What's the secret of your success?

Orange: I come from a big family called citrus fruits. Besides the vitamin C I'm known for, I've also got fiber and other nutrients. Fiber is something in food that helps you feel full. So I'm really healthy to eat when you are hungry, and I'll stick with you for a while.

I'm not just for breakfast, you know. I'm good at lunch too, and not just alone. I also work with vegetables. (Try me on a salad. Or squeeze my juice on cooked green beans.)

Q: It's hard to imagine, but some kids might not know you. Tell us what you look like and how you taste.

Orange: Well, I'm orange outside and in -- so, pretty much, they named the color after me. My skin is a little bumpy, and you don't want to eat it. Inside you'll find juicy sections that you can separate and eat like candy. If I'm sliced right, I look like wheels. I taste tangy, sweet, and refreshing.

I'm told that, after chocolate and vanilla, I'm the world's favorite flavor.

Q: You don't need any preparation?

Orange: Just peel me! But if you want to get fancier, I can be cut up. And you can cook with me, too. You can also squeeze me for my juice. Then, some people call me OJ for short. You can drink my juice, but you'll get more nutrients if you eat me whole!

Q: So where do we find you?

Orange: Same place as always, the produce section of the grocery store. When I'm doing the juice thing, you can find me refrigerated in a carton or jug. Or you can find my juice in the freezer as frozen concentrate to mix up with water at home.

Just make sure if you drink me that you choose 100% juice. Orange drinks are cheap imitations of me. Orange drinks have added sugar that you don't need, and they aren't as healthy.

Q: Why are you sometimes called a "navel orange"?

Orange: Because I have a belly button, see? Right here on the opposite side from where my stem was. Here's a little tip: the larger my navel, the sweeter I'll be.

Ready for another bite? Try Apples, Bananas, Peaches, or Watermelon

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Reviewed by Renee A. Alli, MD, FAAP on December 28, 2013