Alright, who loves orange juice?? (all hands go up, right – it’s so good!!). Today I get to promote Florida Orange Juice - yum!! We’ve been to Florida several times- there are oranges everywhere down there – and they look so plump and juicy on the trees – mmmm
So, let’s reflect on your morning routine – mine has much to be desired in the way of health. I’m not a morning person (which I’m sure I’ve told you before) and so I stumble downstairs, get out cereal for the kids, they help themselves, and I try to wake up by catching up on emails. Eventually I think I should eat something, and the cereal is out, so most likely it’s Marshmallow Mateys for me. And that’ it.
Now, I’m lazy and I’m probably not going to alter my routine too much, but how easy would it be to add a glass of OJ to my bowl of cereal meal. Sounds simple and I’m going to give it a try!
Did you know….
Did You Know About 100 Percent Orange Juice?
· One 8‐ounce serving of 100 percent orange juice is a good source of potassium and folate and an excellent source of vitamin 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.
Sounds like OJ is magic juice! And it’s so yummy – it’s a win win.
I think everyone, including me, is aiming to eat better (wowza, I just watched a documentary on Food – YIKES! – - enough to scare you into all-natural all the way)
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.
Did you read those healthy tips – - substitute OJ instead of water in your pancakes – I am so going to try that!!
So consider this your encouragement post to make healthy decisions and incorporate more OJ into your diet. I know I’m going to give it a try and then I’ll check back with you in a couple of week.