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Saturday, June 16, 2012

Frozen Treats with 100% natural Florida Orange Juice

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Florida Orange Juice for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine.
Now that it is summer, I find myself looking for simple & healthy ways to get nutrients into my girls bodies.  I'm finding I have a little more time in the summer, but it seems we are always on-the-go, which means I am on the hunt for some healthy on-the-go snacks!
I have always been an orange juice fan, as drinking it makes me feel super refreshed, so writing a couple posts on 100% Florida Orange Juice has been quite fun. It is well known that 100 percent orange juice is a great source of vitamin C, but did you know it also is a good source of potassium and folate?
I love not only just drinking it straight up, but also finding ways to use it in different recipes.  I wanted a citrus type frozen treat, as summer is the perfect time for frozen treats, but natural frozen treats seem to break our grocery budget!  I decided to make our own frozen treats by simply pouring 100% Florida Orange Juice into popsicle molds.  They turned out great!  They were a frozen solid but became slushy pretty quickly, so the girls ate 'em up as fast as they could.  Next time I will use little Dixie cups so they can spoon out the slush.  A grab-n-go cup of orange juice slush would be perfect for summer car rides.  When mouths are full of slush, they have less time to bicker! (why is it that bickering always is worse inside a car?)  I wish they made a mason jar that small, how cute would that be?
Here are a few more great ideas on how to incorporate orange juice into recipes.  These are from Kathleen Zelman, MPH, RD:
Jumpstart your morning with a nutritious meal that includes protein, fruit and energizing nutrient-dense carbs.  
~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.
~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.
~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.  
~Choose leaner cuts of meat 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 a refreshing citrus zing!
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2 comments:

  1. There are Mason jars that are super small. Like just 1/2 a cup. I have some. I got them at Walmart. They are perfect for children's puddings etc.
    I also freeze pudding for pudding pops. The grandchildren love this.

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  2. http://www.amazon.com/Ball-Quilted-Jelly-Canning-Case/dp/B000VTSYA8/ref=sr_1_7?ie=UTF8&qid=1339941593&sr=8-7&keywords=ball+jar+2+oz

    4 oz jars. I swear I saw smaller ones as well at canning time. They were more rounded and super cute :)

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