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National Orange Juice Day

 

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Orange Juice is one of the most popular juices in the United States and it is also one of the healthiest.  It contains high amounts of Vitamin C, Folic Acid and Potassium.  Make sure to stick to 100% orange juice and not those fake orange drinks with added sugar. For taste, fresh squeezed is the way to go, but that is obviously a hard way to go unless you live in Florida and have your own orange tree.  For nutrition, not from concentrate, from concentrate etc.  is pretty much all the same, so get what you like.

Now they even have orange juices with other added nutrients, like calcium.  This is a great option for those looking to boost calcium and don’t like or can’t drink milk.  There are also Heart Health orange juice with added plant sterols that should help lower cholesterol.  But beware of our portion size.  1 cup of OJ has about 110 calories and will leave a nice coating of sugar on your teeth.  Stick to no more than 1 cup and drink it before you brush your teeth, we all know it doesn’t taste good after you brush.

Aside from drinking, orange juice is a great cooking ingredient.  It can add tang and sweetness to marinades, it provides a lighter acid for salad dressings, it even adds flavor and a subtle sweetness to desserts.  Here are few recipes that use orange juice for a flavor pop.

Sweet and Tangy Chicken Wings

Roasted Tomato Cheese Tart with Spring Salad

Chocolate Orange Pudding Cake

 

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