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Morning routines vary so much from home to home, but here is ours:
7:10 wake up.
7:20 make breakfast and pack lunches
7:40 Dallin's bus comes
7:45 Take shower and try no to wake up Ruby
8:00 Get the girls dressed for the day
8:30 Aaron's bus comes
As you can see, a lot happens in that first hour of the day. I'm usually busy getting ready for the day and skip breakfast. Then 10 or 11 rolls around and I am too hungry to wait for lunch so I grab some sort of snack to tide me over. I am much more conscious, however, with what my kids eat. Breaskfast, every day, and milk, water, or 100% juices with their meals. Saving sugary sodas and drinks for rare occasions.
And not all 100% juices are the same. Take, for example, Florida Orange Juice.
Did you Know...
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.
It isn’t easy to always find a quick and easy food/beverage that will jump start our day. These points make Florida Orange Juice a perfect choice for a morning beverage.
For more ideas on how to make smart food choices, check out the following tips from Kathleen zelman, MPH, RD. Also check out Florida Orange Juice on Facebook for expert tips and recipes.
· 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.