Accelerate success at school with wellness at home
(MENAFN-Caribbean News Global)
MISSION, USA – (Family Features) Setting the stage for success in the classroom starts with reliable morning routines the whole family can rely on. Making a plan for each day before you leave for work or school is beneficial for staying on time and organized, and many families’ mornings start with a nutritious breakfast.
This school year, add better-for-you breakfast recipes like orange oatmeal or an orange berry smoothie to the menu. These morning meals are powered by 100% orange juice, a delicious option that helps fuel the body with essential nutrients that support a healthy immune system and overall quality nutrition with no added sugar.
“A growing number of research studies have found that children who regularly drink 100% orange juice have higher intakes of key nutrients, higher quality diets, and may have healthier lifestyle habits, such as higher levels of physical activity than children who don’t drink orange juice,” said Dr. Rosa Walsh, director of scientific research at the Florida Department of Citrus.
“Study after study confirms that 100% orange juice not only has a place in children’s diets, but can also serve as an easy way for parents to provide key nutrients without fear of adverse effects on body weight when served in moderation.”
Consider these nutritional benefits of Florida Orange Juice, “the original feel-good drink.”
Since 1 cup of 100% orange juice counts as 1 cup of fruit, it’s an easy way to contribute to your children’s fruit intake. A favorite with kids, it’s a nutrient-dense drink that helps boost intake of key nutrients, including vitamin C, folate, thiamin, magnesium, potassium and, in fortified juices, vitamin D and calcium.
When combined with a healthy lifestyle, Florida orange juice contains vitamin C, vitamin D (in fortified juices) and phytonutrients (natural plant compounds) and can help support the system immune.
- Vitamin C – Commonly associated with helping to maintain and support a healthy immune system by protecting cells and promoting cell production and function. A 6-8 ounce glass of JO is an excellent source.
- Vitamin D – Plays an important role in regulating the immune response and helps cells fight bacteria and viruses that enter the body. A 6-8 ounce glass of fortified JO is a good source.
- Plant compounds, flavonoids and colored carotenoids – Work to support the immune system by helping to fight inflammation and helping cells communicate with each other, which can help boost the immune response to infection.
No added sugar
Unlike foods and beverages that contain added sugars, the natural sugar in 100% orange juice contains vitamins, minerals and phytonutrients. As one of nature’s nutrient-dense foods, orange juice is a convenient way to boost whole fruit intake and meet daily recommendations. Additionally, it can be used as a substitute for nutrient-poor foods and beverages, such as sugary drinks, in the diets of children and adults.
Find more information and recipe inspiration at FloridaCitrus.org/OJ.
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