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Staying Healthy March Break with Sunkist

March Break is here and with it comes travel or at least visiting new places and being exposed to new people.

It’s also still cold and flu season, and with airports and sporting and fun venues comes germs and the potential to get sick. We all look forward to spring and March Break (if you have kids), no one wants to spend that time at the doctor’s office or under the weather in general.

Sunkist has come up with some great ideas using the power of citrus (which I admit I am a big fan of) for keeping us in top form so we can be on our game for the arrival of spring.

Cold and flu season is in full swing, and this year opt for a natural remedy rather than a drugstore dose. It’s common knowledge that citrus fruits — including oranges, lemons and grapefruits — are praised for their cold-fighting abilities.  And what a natural coincidence that these fruits reach their peak during the virus-prone winter months. This winter forget the apple and choose an orange a day to keep the doctor away!

Being that I had the flu 3 times in the fall, I’m beyond on-board with these tips so I can stay flu-free.

Did you know:

  1. When juiced and stored in the fridge, grapefruit juice will retain 98% of its Vitamin C for up to a week
  2. Add fresh lemon juice to tea to help increase the absorption of antioxidants
  3. Start your morning with hot water and lemon juice to neutralize acid in your body and stimulate the immune system to fight infections
  4. 1/4 of a Pomelo contains over 100% of your daily Vitamin C
  5. Relieve a sore throat by combining lemon, honey and ginger into hot water

How about a delightful salad guaranteed to get us in the mood for spring and perk us up?

Sunkist® Grapefruit Panzanella Salad

Recipe developed by Kathy Casey Food Studios®

This is an excellent salad to serve as a starter or alongside grilled steak or roasted chicken.

Makes 6 to 8 servings 

Toasted Bread

4 cups 1-inch-cubed rustic French or Italian-style bread

2 tablespoons olive oil

2 teaspoons minced fresh garlic

3 tablespoons grated high-quality parmesan cheese

Salad and Dressing

1 Sunkist® grapefruit


2 teaspoons Dijon mustard

3 tablespoons red wine vinegar

1/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil

1/2 teaspoon kosher salt

1/4 teaspoon fresh-ground black pepper


1/2 cup thinly sliced red onion

1 large tomato, diced

1 large fresh mozzarella ball, diced

2 cups gourmet greens or arugula, washed (optional)

1/4 cup coarsely chopped fresh basil

Preheat oven to 475 degrees F. 

To make the toasted bread: In a large bowl, toss the bread with olive oil, garlic and parmesan cheese. Spread on a baking sheet and roast in the preheated oven for about 6 to 8 minutes or until lightly crisped and golden. Let cool.

To serve the salad: Cut the top and bottom off grapefruit, then with a small paring knife cut the peel and white pith off the sides of the grapefruit. Slice the grapefruit and then dice. Set aside.

Right before serving, in a very large bowl, whisk together the mustard, vinegar, olive oil, salt and pepper. Then add the grapefruit, veggies, cheese, greens, basil and (cooled) toasted bread. Toss together to coat ingredients well. Serve immediately.

Sunkist Twists:

  • Top salad with diced avocado.
  • Substitute the Sunkist® grapefruit for a Sunkist pommelo.
  • Try with baby spinach instead of arugula.

Sounds divine to  me! I’ll also be sure to post a couple other delightfully fun recipes on the NonMom Facebook page to help bring a little bit of summer into your diets, and keep away that nasty cold and flu that no one wants to get.


3 Responses

  1. I love, love, love lemon! We add it to everything (from cooking to cleaning 🙂 ).

    The recipe looks super yummy!

    • Me too! I’m dying to try all of these out. Check the FB page, I have more recipes coming 🙂 Sent from my BlackBerry 10 smartphone on the Fido network. From: Non-Mom's BlogSent: Sunday, March 15, 2015 7:09 PMTo: amy.harrison25@gmail.comReply To: comment+c3u6xke-pic_fhsdip_j3fv5n@comment.wordpress.comSubject: [Non-Mom’s Blog] Comment: “Staying Healthy March Break with Sunkist”

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