One of the most popular breakfast drinks in America gets the love and appreciation it is due here, on National Orange Juice Day! Simple and delicious, this fruity juice drink is beloved by so many and, without adding sugar, it’s also fairly healthy as well.
History of National Orange Juice Day
Prior to the 1920s, orange juice was a bit of a luxury because it required having access to fresh oranges, which could be difficult to find during that time – unless a person lived in Florida where orange trees grow prolifically. But fortunately, as flash-pasteurization and the canning process became more possible, orange juice started becoming readily available to people all throughout the United States.
As the official beverage of the state of Florida, orange juice already gets a decent amount of attention. But on National Orange Juice Day, it’s time for the whole country to get involved in enjoying and celebrating this delicious and nutritious beverage.
How to Celebrate National Orange Juice Day
Set aside some time on National Orange Juice Day to learn a bit more about this delicious juice and show some additional appreciation for it. Get started with some of these ideas for celebrating:
Enjoy a Glass of Orange Juice
While it may be true that this is a drink that could be enjoyed every day, it’s vitally important to be sure to pour and enjoy a tasty glass in celebration of National Orange Juice Day. In fact, pour two glasses to share one with a friend, and then pay respect to the day by making a little toast in honor of this venerable beverage.
Try an Orange Juice Taste Test
National Orange Juice Day would be a great time to find out exactly which orange juice is the best by arranging for a taste test. To make it even more interesting, be sure to include friends, family or coworkers in the taste test. Start by purchasing several different kinds of orange juice, whether freshly squeezed, canned or from concentrate. Serve the different types of juice and see which wins the approval of the group!
Learn the Health Benefits of Orange Juice
Although orange juice can be a bit high in calories, the fresh squeezed variety (with pulp) allows for more fiber and less sugar. For National Orange Juice Day, consider some of the reasons a glass of orange juice can be good for you:
Orange juice is filled with several nutrients that are important for health, including protein, Vitamin C, Folate, Magnesium and Potassium.
Filled with Antioxidants
Prevent oxidative damage by consuming foods (like orange juice) which can fight off free radicals that can cause cancer, heart disease, diabetes and more.
Possible Improved Heart Health
Orange juice may provide benefits that fight against heart disease, such as lowering cholesterol and reducing blood pressure.
Many Offer Anti-Inflammatory Properties
Some studies have suggested that drinking orange juice can help with reducing inflammation, which is a marker for many illnesses and diseases.