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I mentioned a couple weeks ago how our home is never without 100% Florida Orange Juice. In fact a couple of weeks ago we bought that big 64 oz jug of OJ. My husband drinks it each morning with his oatmeal and eggs. I'm more of a weekend orange juicer.
Shh! Don't tell anyone but I'm not a fan of freshly squeezed orange juice I much prefer Florida Orange Juice from my grocer.
Did you know?
One 8 oz serving of 100 percent orange juice is a good source of potassim and folate and an excellent source of Vitman C.
o These are three important nutrients that are under consumed in the United States, according to the Dietary Guidelines for Americans.
· One serving of 100 percent orange juice is more nutrient dense than many commonly-consumed 100 percent fruit juices.
o A refreshing glass of 100 percent orange juice has no added sugars or artificial sweeteners, which may be found in many fruit juice cocktails and sports drinks.
· A key recommendation of the Dietary Guidelines for Americans is to increase fruit intake.
o One 8-ounce glass of 100 percent orange juice provides half of the USDA-recommended daily fruit intake for most adults, based on a 2,000-calorie diet.
Maybe I should stop drinking it on the weekends only and start drinking it each morning for breakfast. My husband tends to have a lot more energy then me and doesn't get sick very often. Maybe he is on to something.
Nutrition Tips from Kathleen Zelman, MPH, RD
· Jumpstart your morning with a nutritious meal that includes protein, fruit and energizing nutrient-dense carbs.
o Think you don’t have time for a complete breakfast? Blend your favorite fruit with 100 percent Florida orange juice and low-fat yogurt for a convenient, on-the-go smoothie.
o Want to jazz up your weekend breakfast? Substitute 100 percent Florida orange juice for water in your pancake batter to give your meal a zesty, new taste.
· When looking for a snack, think outside the box before trying to satisfy your cravings from roadside convenience stores or airport kiosks.
o Plan ahead and take a cooler with portable, smart snacks that fit your on-the-go lifestyle like nuts, hummus with veggies, granola bars and 8-ounce cartons of 100 percent orange juice that will help give you the energy and nutrients you need to get through your travel day.
· Outdoor grilling and dining is a great way for your family and friends to enjoy the warmer weather.
o Protein is a vital part of your daily diet, as it provides nutrients and may help satisfy hunger longer than most fats or carbohydrates.
o Choose leaner cuts of beef, pork, and poultry to grill and pair your protein with other nutrient-rich foods, such as high-fiber fruit, vegetables, whole grains and healthy fats. Add 100 percent Florida orange juice to marinades for poultry and pork for a refreshing citrus zing and pour a glass of 100 percent orange juice to accompany your meal.
These are some great tips from Kathleen Zelman. I try to make sure I have a protein at each meal and when it comes to fruits and veggies I must say like most people I enjoy my fruites just a wee bit more then my veggies.
I've never really thought to have orange juice other then with my breakfast, though I'm not sure why. Sounds like orange juice would make a great compliment to any meal breakfast, lunch, or dinner. Oh wait when I have pancakes for dinner I will drink orange juice. Yes I said pancakes for dinner LOL!