The winters here are tough.
Just when we thought Magnus’ stomach virus/flu/lung infection did its damage and moved on, lo and behold, another strain of flu that has kept him at home for the past 5 days, and we just received a message from his school that there is yet another round of gastro-intestinal virus that is keeping kids at home.
And although it is difficult for him to appreciate big meals these days, a nice fresh fruit salad is something that always comforts and awakens the spirit. This simple salad was just featured on DisneyBaby.com, and I thought it was a great way to celebrate getting over this difficult bout of colds, flus, virus and anything else that has kept us a bit down and out for the past weeks. It is time to get back on our feet, make some good food and look forward to the beauties of this month of December.
The chia seeds in this dish gives the quick DHA Omega 3 element, as well as the fresh mint, with berries providing antioxidents and the oranges the vitamin C. If you don’t have orange blossom essence, you can simply use orange zest and juice.
Enjoy, and looking forward to counting down the days with you for Christmas with fun recipes and ideas for kids…..
Orange, Chia Seed and Mint Fruit Salad with Orange Blossom Syrup
This is a refreshing fruit salad served in many countries in the Maghreb region – Morocco, Tunisia, Algeria – perfect for warm summer afternoons as a snack or after a rustic meal like a couscous with beef. This recipe integrates crunchy chia seeds for a dose of DHA Omega 3. If you can’t find orange blossom extract, you can use the zest of one orange with a cup of water mixed with 1 tablespoon sugar.
2 navel oranges
3-5 mint sprigs
1 teaspoon orange blossom extract
Juice of ½ orange
1 tablespoon honey
1 tablespoon chia seeds
- Cut the peels off the oranges and cut them into thin slices. Lay them on 4 separate plates.
- Wash and cut the mint leaves into thin strips and lay them on top of the oranges.
- In a bowl, mix together the extract, orange juice, honey and chia seeds until well blended.
- Pour onto the oranges, break up the orange segments and serve.