Meaningful Mornings with Florida Orange Juice

Orange JuiceEver since I have been working out and getting more active in my daily routine, I have had more energy and I am not sluggish anymore. Within my routine, I have been watching what I eat, practicing moderation, and one thing that has helped with my nightly cravings is to drink a glass of milk or orange juice. What I like about orange juice is that it not only fills me up, but it has a great taste that cures those random cravings.

Do you have a morning routine? For us, my almost 6 year old gets up and gets dressed while I make him breakfast while we talk about things that he learned at school the day before. The television doesn’t even come on .. this is out time to wake up and get refreshed for the new day ahead of us. One thing that is a must for breakfast is Orange Juice! I cannot begin to tell you how much orange juice we go through in a week. Our family loves it!

To help families get the emotional and physical fuel needed to start their day off right, the Florida Department of Citrus recently partnered with parenting expert and author, Dr. Michele Borba and nutritionist and author, Elizabeth Ward, to offer simple and healthy morning solutions.

Mornings are one of the busiest times for families, but a happy, healthy start can set the tone for the day ahead. Parenting expert and author of The Big Book of Parenting Solutions, Dr. Michele Borba and nutritionist and author of Expect the Best, Your Guide to Healthy Eating Before, During & After Pregnancy, Elizabeth Ward, M.S., R.D. have partnered with the Florida Department of Citrus to offer simple solutions to help families start the day on the right foot.

Information about 100 Percent Orange Juice:

  • Drinking a refreshing glass of naturally, nutrient-rich 100 percent orange juice together each morning as part of a healthy breakfast is one way for you and your family to connect and help you prepare for a great day, every day.
  • One 8-ounce glass of 100 percent Florida orange juice counts as almost 25 percent of your USDA-recommended daily fruit and vegetable servings, based on a 2,000-calorie diet.
  • Compared to many other beverages, 100 percent orange juice is a clear nutritional standout. In fact, orange juice is more nutrient dense, or nutrient rich, than many commonly consumed 100 percent fruit juices, such as apple, grape, pineapple and prune.

Nutrition Tips from Elizabeth Ward, M.S., R.D.:

  • Eating a nutritious breakfast can greatly impact your day and has even been associated with weight loss and weight maintenance, as well as improved nutrient intake. Breakfast eaters tend to have more energy throughout the day and, because they are not as likely to be hungry, they often have an easier time managing their weight than those who skip breakfast. So sit down with your family around the breakfast table or grab something on the go – you’ll help each person get a good start to the day.
  • Look for juices that specifically say “100% Juice” on the information panel and avoid beverages with names such as “cocktail,” “beverage,” “drink” or “-ade.” Such juice concoctions often have added sugars and typically do not provide the natural variety and amount of nutrients found in 100 percent fruit juices such as 100 percent orange juice.

Parenting Tips from Dr. Michele Borba:

  • A simple way to connect is by designating time in your family’s normal morning routine as “unplugged time” – without turning on the television, computer or video games. Start with just 10 minutes and gradually work your way up to more unplugged mornings.
  • Instead of rushing out the door, talk to your kids as you pour a glass of nutrient-rich 100 percent orange juice together while you pack a healthy breakfast to go.

These are very helpful tips that we use ourselves. Orange Juice isn’t just for breakfast. There are so many things that it can be used in. What we love to do during the summer is to freeze orange juice in an ice tray with a popsicle stick. Some are plain orange juice while some have fruit in them. Instant summer treat for the kids, as well as adults.

Be sure to visit the Florida Orange Juice Facebook Page to download a free “Meaningful Morning Checklist” with tips for making the most of your family’s morning, and check out the Florida Juice website

All opinions in this posting are 100% my own. I wrote this review while participating in a blog tour campaign by Mom Central Consulting on behalf of the Florida Department of Citrus and received an OJ Gift Pack and a promotional item as a thank you for my participation.

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  1. My family loves orange juice. I have ever since I was a kid 🙂

  2. I love orange juice, and Florida juice is one of my favorite brands!

  3. love florida orange juice especially in smoothies and I also love that my kids love to drink it to o so much healthier don’t u agree

  4. Amanda S says:

    thanks for the tips! I am trying to eat more healthy and I really do need to incorporate juice into my diet

  5. Katharina says:

    Sorry if this is a duplicate post… it told me I needed an email address and I’d had one in there. 🙂 Anyhow, I had said that this is a great post and I’m glad I already had my orange juice this morning before reading it or I’d be thirsty for some right now. :yahoo:
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