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Brighten Your Brunch Spread

Family Features

April 7, 2023

A staple of warm weekend days, brunch combines the best flavors of the first two meals of the day. Every great brunch spread complements its savory items with something sweet, something refreshing and a signature beverage and there's one ingredient that can help cover all of those bases - 100% orange juice.

An option like Florida Orange Juice is not only delicious but delivers a powerful combination of Vitamins, Minerals and Phytonutrients that have associated health benefits. One of nature's nutrient dense foods, one 8-ounce glass of Orange Juice provides 100% of the recommended daily value of Vitamin C and is also a good source of Potassium, Folate and Thiamine, making it a great substitute for sugar-sweetened beverages and simple addition to brunch staples like this Orange Oatmeal.

When combined with a healthy lifestyle, 100% Orange Juice may also help support a healthy Immune System. Orange Juice contains beneficial Plant Compounds, Flavonoids and colorful Carotenoids to aid in fighting inflammation and cell communication. It is also rich in Vitamin C, which helps strengthen Immune Systems by protecting cells and promoting the production and function of immune cells. Vitamin D, which can be found in fortified juices, also plays an important role in regulating immune response and helps Immune Cells fight off Bacteria and Viruses that get into the body.

Since 100% Orange Juice is naturally almost 90% Water, it can help support hydration as it includes several Electrolytes like Potassium, Magnesium and in fortified juices, Calcium to aid in fluid balance. Combining Florida Orange Juice, Watermelon Juice and Grapefruit Juice, this Citrus Watermelonade is a bright, seasonal thirst quencher that is the perfect addition to your drink selection at brunch.

"Maintaining overall wellness and hydration is important as we ease into the warmer months of the year and more time is spent outdoors," said Dr. Rosa Walsh, Director Of Scientific Research at the Florida Department Of Citrus. "Florida Orange Juice includes many essential Vitamins and Minerals that aid in hydration and it is a great complement to water in helping to provide nourishment before, during or after any activity."

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Citrus Watermelonade

• 1 Cup of hot Water
• 2 Cups of Sugar
• 6 Cups of Watermelon, seeded, rind removed and cut into 1-inch pieces, divided
• 2 Cups of Florida Orange Juice
• 1 Cup of Florida Grapefruit Juice
• 3/4 Cup of Lemon Juice
• 3/4 Cup Lime Juice
• 2 Cups Florida Oranges, cut into 1-inch pieces, peeled
• 1/2 Cup Mint Leaves
• ice, for serving
• Florida Orange Slices, for garnish (optional)
• Watermelon Chunks, for garnish (optional)

In a small saucepan over low heat, combine the hot Water and Sugar; heat it until the Sugar is dissolved. Refrigerate it until it is chilled.

In a blender, puree 4 Cups of Watermelon until smooth.

In a large pitcher, stir the Watermelon Juice, the chilled Sugar Syrup, Orange Juice, Grapefruit Juice, Lemon Juice and Lime Juice until combined.

Add the remaining Watermelon pieces, Orange pieces and Mint Leaves; refrigerate it for 2-3 hours until it is well chilled.

Serve over the ice in glasses. Garnish it with Orange slices and Watermelon Chunks, if desired.

Orange Oatmeal

• 1 Cup of Florida Orange Juice
• 1 1/2 Cups of Water
• 1 Cup of quick-cooking Steel-Cut Oats
• 1 Florida Orange, peeled and diced
• 1 Tablespoon of Agave Nectar or Honey
• 1/4 Teaspoon of Cinnamon
• 1/4 Teaspoon of Salt

In a medium saucepan, over high heat, bring the Orange Juice and Water to boil.

Add the Oats to the boiling liquids.

Return it to a boil then reduce it to medium heat and cook it uncovered for 5 minutes and stirring it frequently.

Mix in diced Orange, Agave Nectar, Cinnamon and Salt. Remove it from the pan from the heat; let it stand for 1 minute before serving.

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