We LOVE Florida Orange Juice!!!

By Shannon Gosney
In Food
June 1, 2011

I love to start my day with a cold glass of orange juice and my boys like to drink it as well.  The mornings can get pretty darn hectic getting three boys to school on time, as well as getting myself ready for the day ahead.  Quality time with your family in the morning often gets pushed aside.  Despite the hustle and bustle that come with weekday mornings, finding time to briefly connect over regular activities can set the tone for the day ahead.  I learned this from my parents and work hard to incorporate it into my own family.T

To help families get the emotional and physical fuel needed to start their day off right, the Florida Department of Citrus recently partnered with parenting expert and author, Dr. Michele Borba and nutritionist and author, Elizabeth Ward, to offer simple and healthy morning solutions. To help ensure a few moments of quality time together, designate time in your family’s normal morning routine as “unplugged time” – time without turning on the television, computer or video games. Additionally, a nutritious breakfast has been associated with weight loss and weight maintenance, as well as improved nutrient intake,[1] so sit down with your family around the breakfast table or grab something on the go – you’ll help each person get a good start to the day.

In the mornings, I dish up breakfast for the boys and ask them how they slept the night before.  Something I would like to start doing with my boys is to challenge them to do one (if not more) kind thing for someone else as they go through the day.  Often times, I find myself running around the house, picking up things, packing lunches, and trying to get myself ready.  This is definitely something I will diligently work on in our new home.


[1] U.S. Department of Agriculture and U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Dietary Guidelines for Americans, 2010. 7th Edition, Washington, DC: U.S. Government Printing Office, December 2010.


I wrote this review while participating in a blog tour by Mom Central Consulting on behalf of the Florida Department of Citrus and received a product sample and gift certificate to thank me for taking the time to participate.

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Shannon Gurnee is the author of RedheadMom formerly "The Mommy-Files", a national blog with a loyal following. She has a Bachelor's Degree in Marriage, Family, and Human Development with a Minor in Business Management. Shannon and her husband, Frank, have a large family with 6 awesome kids and love living on the Central Coast near San Luis Obispo, California, as well as traveling around the world. A full-time Social Media and Professional Blogger, Shannon also serves as a National Brand Ambassador for many well-known companies. Her blog focuses on motherhood, family fun activities, traveling, fashion, beauty, technology, wedding ideas and recipes while providing professional opinions on products, performances, restaurants, and a variety of businesses.

7 Responses to “We LOVE Florida Orange Juice!!!”

  1. Robert says:

    I was raised by a single mom whom I have always admired, respected and looked up to for being so strong yet so loving. I’m an only child. But you! 3 boys! I’m a huge fan, Shannon! Cheers to you!

  2. Tcrozier says:

    I really believe that sharing meals together is really powerful in a family… I am going to try this out this week with breakfast… Usually it’s me preparing their food and then moving on to the next task…

  3. JoeyfromSC says:

    I love Florida orange juice also!! Alot of other brands, sadly, have imported juice from other countries..yuck lol

    Great post! I see the lady mentioned in the post, Elizabeth Ward…That was my grandmother’s 1st and last name too lol

  4. Elena says:

    I love this juice, so delicious!

  5. ANN* says:

    We love Florida orange juice. Great for the morning breakfast.

  6. Rosabel says:

    If you wrote an article about life we’d all reach enilgehtmnent.

  7. Missy Lynnh says:

    Mornings are hectic for us too. I set aside dinner as a family meal with quality time but I really should make breakfast that way too, rather than me running around getting things while the kids eat.

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