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Get your citrus on: National Orange Juice Day

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Who doesn’t love to accompany their breakfast with a glass of orange juice? Not only is it delicious, but it’s a healthy way to kick-start your day. It’s such an important part of a healthy start that it has its own holiday! May 4 is National Orange Juice Day. The Florida Department of Citrus contact us with information on the health benefits of OJ, fun facts, and yummy recipes.

It’s a known fact that vitamin C is a must for a healthy diet, and where better to find this vitamin than in OJ. According to the source, an 8-ounce glass of 100% orange juice delivers more than 100% of the Daily Value for vitamin C. Also, the 8-ounce serving serves as a natural source for folate, potassium, and thiamin. Orange juice is also fat free, sodium free, cholesterol free and free of added sugars – if you get 100% orange juice, of course, and no added ingredients.

Florida Department of Citrus also sent us these fun facts about 100 percent OJ, some facts are: It is the world’s third favorite flavor after chocolate and vanilla. Another fact is that orange juice is purchased by nearly 70 percent of American households for its great taste and nutritional benefits. Florida is known for OJ, and after learning that some areas of Florida are populated with more citrus trees than people, I know why!

From the recipes we were sent, here are our favorites:

Orange Strawberry Salsa

What you need:

  • 1 Florida orange, peeled and diced
  • 1 ½ cups strawberries, hulled and finely chopped
  • ¼ cup sliced green onions
  • 2 tablespoons shredded Asiago cheese
  • ½ teaspoon fresh ground black pepper
  • Balsamic vinegar glaze, optional
  • Cinnamon sugar pita chips

In medium bowl, gently combine all ingredients except glaze. Just before serving, drizzle with balsamic vinegar glaze, if desired. Serve with cinnamon sugar pita chips.

Makes 2 cups salsa, 4 servings of ½ cup each.

Florida Citrus-Strawberry Green Tea

What you need:

  • 4 ½ cups water
  • 18 green tea bags
  • ¾ cup honey
  • 1 ½ cups strawberries, hulled, chopped
  • ½ cup mint leaves
  • 1 cup Florida orange juice
  • 1 cup Florida grapefruit juice
  • ¼ cup lemon juice
  • 6 Florida orange wedges
  • 6 Florida grapefruit wedges
  • Ice
  • Whole strawberries, for garnish
  • Orange curls, for garnish

Bring water to boil in saucepan; remove from heat. Add tea bags; steep for 15 minutes. Remove tea bags and discard; add honey and mix well. Refrigerate until chilled. Garnish with strawberries and orange curls.

Combine strawberries and mint leaves in cocktail shaker; muddle ingredients until strawberries are crushed and mint is fragrant. In large pitcher, combine muddled strawberry mixture, chilled green tea, orange juice, grapefruit juice and lemon juice. Refrigerate for 2 to 3 hours until well chilled.

To serve, pour Florida Citrus–Strawberry Green Tea into tall glasses filled with ice. Garnish with orange and grapefruit wedges.

Check out Florida Citrus for more information.

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