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Jump-Start Success at School with Wellness at Home

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(Family Features) Setting the stage for success in the classroom starts with reliable morning routines the whole family can depend on. Establishing a plan for each day before heading off 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 Orangeberry 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 diet quality with no added sugar.

“A growing number of research studies has revealed children who regularly drink 100% orange juice have higher intakes of key nutrients, higher quality diets and may have healthier lifestyle habits, like greater physical activity levels, than children who do not drink OJ,” 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 the diets of children, but it 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 Wellness Drink.”

Diet Quality
Because 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. As a kid-favorite, it’s a nutrient-dense beverage that helps increase the intake of key nutrients including vitamin C, folate, thiamin, magnesium, potassium and, in fortified juices, vitamin D and calcium.

Immune Support
When paired with a healthy lifestyle, Florida Orange Juice has vitamin C, vitamin D (in fortified juices) and phytonutrients (naturally occurring plant compounds) and may help support a strong immune system.

  • Vitamin C – Commonly associated with helping maintain and strengthen a healthy immune system by protecting cells and promoting the production and function of cells. One 6-8-ounce glass of OJ is an excellent source.
  • Vitamin D – Plays an important role in regulating immune response and helps cells fight off bacteria and viruses that get into the body. One 6-8-ounce glass of fortified OJ is a good source.
  • Plant Compounds, Flavonoids and Colorful Carotenoids – Work to support the immune system by helping to fight inflammation and helping cells communicate with each other, which can help strengthen immune response when encountering 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-rich foods, OJ is a convenient way to enhance whole fruit intake and reach daily recommendations. Plus, it can be used as a substitute for nutrient-poor foods and beverages, such as sugar-sweetened beverages, in the diets of children and adults.

Find more information and recipe inspiration at FloridaCitrus.org/OJ.

Orange Oatmeal

Servings: 4

  • 1 1/2 cups water
  • 1 cup Florida Orange Juice
  • 1 cup quick cooking steel-cut oats
  • 1 Florida Orange, peeled and diced
  • 1 tablespoon agave nectar or honey
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  1. In medium saucepan over high heat, bring water and orange juice to boil.
  2. Add oats to boiling liquids.
  3. Return to boil then reduce to medium heat and cook uncovered 5 minutes, stirring frequently.
  4. Mix in orange, agave nectar, cinnamon and salt. Remove pan from heat; let stand 1 minute before serving.

Orangeberry Smoothie

Servings: 1

  • 1 cup Florida Orange Juice
  • 1/2 cup frozen strawberries
  • 4 ounces strawberry Greek yogurt
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • ice cubes
  • 1 Florida Orange, sliced
  1. In blender, blend orange juice, strawberries, yogurt, milk and ice, as needed to reach desired consistency, until smooth.
  2. Pour into glass and garnish with orange slice.


SOURCE:
Florida Department of Citrus

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Bring a Chill to Summer with Cool, Creamy Cheesecake

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(Family Features) When it’s hot but you crave something sweet, turn to a delicious dessert that’s cool and creamy. French Style Cheesecake with Vanilla Wafer Crust offers the best of both worlds as a fresh, no-bake, refrigerated favorite you can top with chocolate, fruit or vanilla wafer crumbs. Find more summer dessert ideas at Culinary.net.

Creamy Cheesecake Recipes

French Style Cheesecake with Vanilla Wafer Crust

Recipe courtesy of “Cookin’ Savvy”
Total time: 25 minutes, plus 3 hours refrigeration
Servings: 8

Crust:

  • 2          cups vanilla wafers, crushed
  • 1          stick butter, melted
  • 1/4       cup brown sugar

Whipped Cream:

  • 1          cup heavy cream
  • 3          tablespoons sugar
  • 1          teaspoon vanilla

Cheesecake:

  • 8          ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 1          teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/2       cup powdered sugar
  1. To make crust: Mix crushed vanilla wafers, melted butter and sugar; press into pie pan or individual pudding cups.
  2. To make whipped cream: In large bowl, using electric mixer, mix heavy cream, sugar and vanilla until thickened into whipped cream.
  3. To make cheesecake: Add softened cream cheese, vanilla and powdered sugar to whipped cream bowl. Using electric mixer, mix until smooth. Pour over vanilla wafer crust and chill 3 hours.


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Culinary.net

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Celebrate Summer with National Mojito Day!

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Every year on July 11th, cocktail enthusiasts and summer lovers across the U.S. come together to celebrate National Mojito Day. This refreshing cocktail, with its cool hits of mint and vibrant lime, is the perfect companion for a hot summer day.

Raise your glass this July 11th and celebrate #NationalMojitoDay! 🍹 Enjoy the refreshing mix of rum, mint, lime, and a touch of sweetness. Cheers to flavor!

The mojito, a classic Cuban concoction, has won hearts worldwide with its simple yet invigorating blend of white rum, sugar, lime juice, sparkling water, and fresh mint. Its origin stretches back to the days of pirates and the age-old quest for remedies to tropical diseases, with the mojito’s predecessor used for medicinal purposes. Today, it stands as a symbol of leisure and celebration.

How to Make the Perfect Mojito:

Ingredients:

  • 10 fresh mint leaves, plus a sprig for garnish
  • 1/2 lime, cut into 4 wedges
  • 2 tablespoons sugar, or to taste
  • 1 cup ice cubes
  • 1 1/2 ounces white rum
  • 1/2 cup sparkling water

Instructions:

  1. Muddle the Mint and Lime: In a sturdy glass, add mint leaves and 1 lime wedge. Use a muddler or the back of a spoon to crush them together, releasing the mint oils and lime juice. Repeat this process for the remaining lime wedges along with the sugar. Muddling releases the flavors which are the base of this cocktail.
  2. Assemble the Drink: Fill the glass almost to the top with ice cubes. Pour the white rum over the ice, and fill the glass with sparkling water. Stir well.
  3. Garnish and Serve: Stir the mix gently. Garnish with the sprig of mint.

Now that you know how to make a classic mojito, why not try your hand at making one this National Mojito Day? Gather your ingredients and join in the nationwide toast to the joy and refreshment brought by this beloved beverage!

Remember to sip responsibly and savor every refreshing note of your homemade mojito. Cheers to #NationalMojitoDay!

For more delicious recipes and cocktail facts, follow along and let every sip take you on a journey through the rich history of the mojito. Enjoy your celebration in style, surrounded by friends, sun, and good spirits.

https://www.nationaldaycalendar.com/national-day/national-mojito-day-july-11

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Tasty Recipes to Combat the Hustle and Bustle: Family-friendly meals ready in 30 minutes or less

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(Family Features) Jam-packed calendars and little spare time at home can make heads spin. When those hectic weeknights are giving your family fits, turn to delicious recipes you can have ready in 30 minutes or less.

Some Family Friendly Recipes

Start with kitchen staples like chicken and rice – they’re easy to prepare and versatile enough to let you cook a variety of meals without feeling like you’re stuck in a dinner rut. For example, these Air-Fryer Bang Bang Chicken Tenders with Rice offer a kid-friendly take on bang bang chicken that’s both sweet and spicy.

This air-fryer favorite requires just half an hour in the kitchen and calls on the quality and convenience of Success Boil-in-Bag Jasmine Rice to make busy weeknights a breeze. In just 10 minutes, the aromatic rice cooks up soft and fluffy with a uniquely delicious flavor that’s naturally gluten free, Non-GMO Project Verified and free of MSG and preservatives.

For a real escape from the everyday hustle and bustle, invite island flavors to dinner with this simple yet satisfying Grilled Hawaiian Chicken and Coconut Rice. Remember, high quality doesn’t have to be high maintenance.

Ready in 10 minutes, Success Boil-in-Bag Basmati Rice is a quick, easy and mess-free option that is guaranteed to always cook right. It’s an appetizing addition to this tropic-inspired meal that can help you tackle hectic schedules without sacrificing flavor.

Find more ways to solve dinnertime dilemmas at SuccessRice.com.

Air-Fryer Bang Bang Chicken Tenders with Rice

Prep time: 10 minutes
Cook time: 20 minutes
Servings: 4

  • 1 pound chicken tenders
  • 1/2 cup sweet chili sauce, divided
  • 1/4 cup sriracha hot sauce, divided
  • 2 tablespoons sesame oil
  • 1 bag Success Jasmine Rice
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 bag (12 ounces) coleslaw mix
  • 1/2 English cucumber, thinly sliced
  • toasted sesame seeds, for garnish (optional)
  • green onions, for garnish (optional)
  1. Toss chicken tenders with 2 tablespoons sweet chili sauce and 1 tablespoon sriracha. Drizzle with sesame oil.
  2. Preheat air-fryer to 400 F. In two batches, without overfilling basket, air fry chicken tenders, turning basket halfway during cook time, 10-12 minutes, or until chicken is golden brown and cooked through.
  3. Prepare rice according to package directions. Stir mayonnaise with remaining sweet chili sauce and sriracha until blended. In large bowl, toss coleslaw mix with 1/4 cup bang bang mayo sauce.
  4. Divide rice among four bowls. Top with chicken, coleslaw mix and cucumber. Drizzle with remaining bang bang mayo sauce.
  5. Garnish with toasted sesame seeds and green onions, if desired.

Grilled Hawaiian Chicken and Coconut Rice

Prep time: 5 minutes, plus 4 hours for marinating
Cook time: 15 minutes
Servings: 4

  • 4 chicken breasts, skinless and boneless
  • 1/2 cup soy sauce
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 teaspoon sesame oil
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1/4 cup white onion, chopped
  • 1 bag Success Basmati Rice
  • 2 cups coconut milk
  • 4 pineapple rings
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened coconut, shredded
  1. In 1-gallon bag, combine chicken with soy sauce, water, sesame oil, brown sugar, garlic and onion. Marinate in refrigerator about 4 hours.
  2. Heat grill to medium heat.
  3. Prepare rice according to package directions, replacing 2 cups water with coconut milk.
  4. Once finished marinating, remove chicken and pat dry. Grill about 7 minutes per side, or until internal temperature reaches 165 F.
  5. Pat pineapple rings dry and grill about 1 minute per side.
  6. Mix shredded coconut with rice. Place pineapples on top of chicken and serve with rice.


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