I am not a morning person.
As in, ever.
If I didn’t have a blankie toting little boy come sneaking into my room every morning to watch Phineas & Ferb, it’s likely I wouldn’t get out of bed before ten. I mean, sure, I’m awake, but I can check my email and Twitter from my phone or iPad, so why get up?
Duvet covers and feather pillows are really nice in the morning. Way better than at night.
But…I do have a tow headed boy, and little boys need breakfast. I try to be a good mom and keep his meals at least well rounded. Sometimes toast and eggs, sometimes cereal or oatmeal. Sometimes Poptarts. Don’t judge. But one thing I do love to give him is orange juice. He loves it too, thank goodness. Do you start your day with it?
Here are a few things you may not have realized about Florida Orange Juice. 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? It is. Not only that, but in that same serving is more nutrient dense than many commonly-consumed 100 percent fruit juices. It has no added sugars or artificial sweeteners, which may be found in many fruit juice cocktails and sports drinks. The Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommends we increase fruit intake. So, did you know that 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.
I’m trying to get more fruit and veggies into our diets here, and orange juice is one of those staples all three of us seem to agree on, so I feel good that we are headed in the right direction. But – I not only like to DRINK it, I use it in cooking and baking as well. I’ve also used it in this simple (and delicious!) butter recipe that I serve with crepes. Give it a try!
Berry Filled Orange Crepes
- 1/4 Cup Sugar
- 2 teaspoons vanilla
- 3 eggs
- 3/4 cup Heavy Cream
- 1 cup Flour
- Pinch of salt
- 1/4 cup Warm water
- 1/2 cup Florida Orange Juice, warmed
- 3 Tablespoons melted butter
- Fresh Strawberries, chopped/sliced
In large mixing bowl, whisk sugar, vanilla, eggs, cream, flour, and salt. Once well mixed, add the warm water and orange juice, and mix again. Finally, mix in melted butter. DO not over beat the mixture to avoid bubbles.
Heat large non-stick skillet (I used just below medium heat), and spray with PAM cooking spray. Pour one ladle of batter into the pan, lifting a swirling the batter around the pan to evenly coat the bottom. Batter will cook quickly. Cook for roughly one minute, or until bottom is lightly browned. Flip, if desired, or, add handful of chocolate chips, strawberries and bananas. Fold crepe into thirds, making it into a tube. Allow to cook about 30 seconds, remove from pan. Repeat with remaining batter. Makes 8 large crepes. Serve stuffed with fresh berries. Add whipped cream and orange butter.
Florida Orange Juice Butter:
- 1/2 cup softened butter
- 1 tbsp orange juice
- 1 tsp grated orange peel
Combine butter, orange juice, and orange peel; blend well.
Need some more ideas for quick and easy ways to get Florida Orange Juice into your diet with very little effort? Try these tips from Nationally recognized nutrition expert 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. (Love this, I do it, too!)
Hopefully you will have picked up a few tips from this post, and will try to incorporate more Florida Orange Juice into your diets, now that you see so many benefits. (And it tastes great!) Also, for more information on Florida Orange juice, you should follow Florida Orange Juice on Facebook and Florida Orange Juice on Pinterest.
Hope you had a great holiday weekend!