Choices, choices, choices. Every day we make choices. Some easier than others. Here is one that is an easy one. We try to stick with 100% juices, water, and milk as the staple drinks in our refrigerator for the kids as well as myself.
But not all 100% juices are the same. Did you know that one 8‐ounce serving of 100 percent orange juice is a good source of potassium and folate and an excellent source of vitamin C?
Or that one serving of 100 percent orange juice is more nutrient dense than many commonly-consumed 100 percent fruit juices?
I didn’t know this and was happy to hear this. I love orange juice. It feels filling and energizes me. It is refreshing and I LOVE citrus drinks, so 100% Florida Orange Juice is an obvious choice for breakfast.
While we are talking about healthy tips, here are some awesome tips from Kathleen Zelman, MPH, RD. Even though summer means vacationing and travel, let’s not take a vacation from good food choices!
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.