Hey Friends! Welcome back to the blog! We love the holiday season and all the incredible colors and flavors it brings! As you know I am the spokesperson for Limoneira and every week we share Citrus themed recipes, DIY projects, beauty and lifestyle videos on the Limoneira YouTube Channel! Today I’m sharing with you our latest video to celebrate the month of December! 

I am so excited to share with you this Cinnamon Orange Hot Chocolate recipe and a DIY Citrus Garland! We also have an amazing collab partner for this Limoneira post who will be sharing her No Bake Lemon Protein Bites!

Alyssa is the founder of Simply Quinoa, a health and wellness website which is focused on nutritious recipes with an emphasis on plants. Alyssa is also the creator of Powered by Plants, a 6-week program designed to help women transition to a plant-based diet. Her passion is to create healthy solutions for women through a plant-powered diet and her mission moving forward is to continue to help her community enjoy nutritious and delicious foods, give them the tools to build lasting, healthy habits, and show them how to make health and wellness a lifestyle. To learn more about Alyssa and her programs, visit simplyquinoa.com!

Citrus Garland

Healthy Grocery Girl


  • Garland greenery
  • Dried Limoneira orange slices
  • Ornament hooks


  • Poke the ornament hooks into the dried Limoneira oranges or lemon slices
  • String your garland greenery along your fire place or anywhere that you choose
  • Hang the dried oranges or lemons as closely or as far apart as you want
Tried this recipe?Let us know how it was!

Cinnamon Orange Hot Chocolate

Healthy Grocery Girl


  • 1 cup freshly squeeze Limoneira orange juice
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 2 cups non-dairy milk
  • 3 tablespoons raw cacao powder
  • 3 tablespoons maple syrup
  • Pinch of sea salt


  • Add cinnamon sticks and orange juice into a small pot and simmer for 5 minutes
  • Remove cinnamon sticks and add milk, maple syrup, cacao powder and a pinch of sea salt
  • Whisk together until hot chocolate is smooth and heat until bubbly
  • Pour into glass and top with marshmallows, cinnamon sticks and orange zest
Tried this recipe?Let us know how it was!

Lemon Protein Balls

Simply Quinoa


  • 12 medjool dates
  • 1 cup brazil nuts
  • 1 scoop vanilla protein powder
  • 1 tablespoon maca powder
  • 1 tablespoon lemon zest
  • 1 tablespoon cashew butter
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 tablespoon water


  • Blend dates and brazil nuts into a food processor until they form a crumbly dough like texture
  • Add in remaining ingredients and blend until a sticky dough batter forms
  • Shape into balls and place in the refrigerator or store in freezer
  • Enjoy


Recipe from SimplyQuinoa.com
Tried this recipe?Let us know how it was!

This video was created for the Limoneira YouTube Channel! Megan Roosevelt, RDN is the Spokesperson for Limoneira. To see all our tips & videos makes sure to visit & subscribe to the Limoneira YouTube Channel!  

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