Uncle Matt's Organic http://www.unclematts.com Organic Juices and Beverages | Love at First Sip Wed, 21 Mar 2018 01:24:27 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.3 http://www.unclematts.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/cropped-umo-logo-on-wood-e1511126022201-32x32.png Uncle Matt's Organic http://www.unclematts.com 32 32 New study shows vitamin C in orange juice cuts risk of hip fractures http://www.unclematts.com/orange-juice-cuts-risk-of-hip-fractures/ Mon, 19 Mar 2018 16:04:01 +0000 http://www.unclematts.com/?p=3207 more]]> In order to have stronger, healthier bones, all you need to do is to drink orange juice daily. According to a report by The Daily Mail, a new study suggests that increasing your intake of vitamin C can reduce the risk of hip fractures.

Researchers from Zhengzhou University in China carried out a meta-analysis to assess the association of dietary consumption of vitamin C and the risk of hip fracture. In the study, they analyzed data from a total of six previous studies on vitamin C and fracture risk, with more than 10,000 study participants in all. For this study, they observed the vitamin C intake of 2,899 patients with hip fracture. Then, they compared the results with 7,908 healthy volunteers of a similar age. The meta-analysis on vitamin C and its effect on bones revealed that vitamin C consumption, whether by eating foods rich in vitamin C or drinking their juice, make bones stronger and prevents fractures.

The findings of the study revealed that the risk of a hip fracture can be reduced by five percent for every 50 milligrams intake of vitamin C per day, which is equal to nearly one medium-sized orange or one-fourth of a glass of freshly squeezed orange juice. This means that one eight-ounce glass of orange juice could possibly lower the risk by 20 percent, while two glasses could reduce the risk by 40 percent. The researchers concluded that increasing the amount of vitamin C in your diet can reduce the risk of hip fracture. To strengthen bones, vitamin C works by triggering cells known as osteoblasts to become mature bone cells.

“Our results strongly support the idea that increasing dietary vitamin C can decrease the risk of hip fracture,” the researchers wrote.

The study was published in the journal Osteoporosis International.


Vitamin C and its functions

Vitamin C is essential for the growth and repair of tissues in every part of the body. It is used to form a key protein that makes skin, tendons, ligaments, and blood vessels. It is also used to heal wounds and form scar tissue, repair and maintain cartilage, bones, and teeth, and help in the absorption of iron. The recommended vitamin C intake for male adults is 90 milligrams per day, while female adults need 75 milligrams of vitamin C a day. Aside from orange and orange juice, other citrus fruits, tomatoes and tomato juice, and potatoes are major sources of vitamin C to the American diet.

Honey Orange Chicken http://www.unclematts.com/honey-orange-chicken/ Mon, 26 Feb 2018 16:45:19 +0000 http://www.unclematts.com/?p=3191 more]]> Your new favorite weeknight recipe is here, and good news! You can whip this one up in a flash. With just four ingredients including Uncle Matt’s Organic Orange Juice, you’ll have a healthy family dinner on the table in no time. Pair with your favorite roasted veggies and a baked sweet potato for a complete, healthy meal!


1/2 cup Uncle Matt’s Organic Orange Juice
1/4 cup honey
1-oz package Simply Organic Italian Dressing Mix
1 lbs boneless skinless organic chicken breasts and/or organic boneless chicken thighs


Whisk together orange juice, honey and Italian dressing mix. Pour over chicken and refrigerate for an hour.
Remove chicken from marinade and grill 12 to 15 minutes, until internal temperature reaches 165 degrees.

Garnish with rosemary and grilled citrus slices, if desired.

Serves 4.

Orange Turmeric Popsicles http://www.unclematts.com/orange-turmeric-popsicles/ Mon, 22 Jan 2018 21:41:05 +0000 http://www.unclematts.com/?p=3156 more]]> Got a craving for something sweet and refreshing? Perfect for any time of season, these Orange Turmeric Popsicles are a kid favorite and an easy way to get more Vitamin C, antioxidants, anti-inflammatory turmeric and potassium into your kid’s diet. Plus, grown-ups like ’em too!

What you’ll need to for this recipe: Popsicle molds, popsicle sticks


1 cup organic pineapple chunks, fresh or frozen
1/2 cup Uncle Matt’s Organic orange juice or Uncle Matt’s Organic Orange Turmeric with Probiotics
1 – 1 1/2 inch fresh organic ginger root, skin removed
1 tsp organic ground organic turmeric


In high speed blender, mix pineapple, Uncle Matt’s Organic orange juice, ginger & turmeric till smooth. Pour evenly into molds, insert sticks & freeze till firm.

New study suggests grapefruit juice may help control weight gain http://www.unclematts.com/new-study-suggests-grapefruit-juice-may-help-control-weight-gain/ Fri, 19 Jan 2018 22:10:57 +0000 http://www.unclematts.com/?p=3175 more]]> Researchers found mice fed a high-fat diet gained 18 percent less weight when they drank grapefruit juice

BARTOW, Fla. – As the Florida Grapefruit season ramps up, there may be yet another reason to add the fruit to your grocery list.

A new study, yet to be replicated in humans, suggests drinking a glass of 100% grapefruit juice may help control weight gain and lower blood sugar levels.

Researchers at the University of California, Berkeley found that mice fed a high-fat diet gained 18 percent less weight when they drank grapefruit juice compared to mice that drank water. The grapefruit juice-drinking mice also had a 13 to 17 percent decrease in blood sugar levels and increased insulin sensitivity.

While the findings are positive, researchers want to further study the exact cause behind them.

Previous research identified naringin, a bioactive compound in grapefruit juice, as a key agent in weight loss. However, a group of mice who received naringin had lower blood sugar levels than the control group but had no difference in weight, suggesting another component of grapefruit juice is also beneficial.

And drinking a glass of grapefruit juice may be as beneficial as taking blood sugar-lowering drugs often prescribed for those with type 2 diabetes, the study shows.

“The grapefruit juice lowered blood glucose to the same degree as metformin,” said Joseph Napoli, one of the UC Berkeley researchers who conducted the study, in a University press release. “That means a natural fruit drink lowered glucose levels as effectively as a prescription drug.”

Released on Oct. 8, the study was funded by the California Grapefruit Growers Cooperative. Researchers emphasized the organization had no control or influence over the study or its findings.

The study used slightly sweetened pulp-free grapefruit juice diluted with water. The researchers also added artificial sweeteners to the control group’s water so it would match the calorie content and sweetness of the grapefruit juice.

The mice were fed either a high-fat or low-fat diet for 100 days and their metabolic health was monitored throughout.

The study did not find as big an impact on mice that ate a low-fat diet, though those that drank grapefruit juice had increased insulin sensitivity. Low insulin sensitivity is associated with type 2 diabetes.

“While we’ve long known grapefruit can be part of a healthy diet, the positive findings of this study are encouraging,” said Doug Ackerman, executive director of the Florida Department of Citrus. “We look forward to seeing the results of further research on the health benefits of grapefruit involving human subjects.”

Fresh Florida Grapefruit season typically begins in October and runs through June.

Source: Florida Dept of Citrus

Orange Sunrise Smoothie http://www.unclematts.com/orange-sunrise-smoothie/ Fri, 12 Jan 2018 17:17:21 +0000 http://www.unclematts.com/?p=3103 more]]>
A kid-friendly immunity booster, this smoothie will get your day going and help give you your daily dose of antioxidants and vitamin C! Make it a complete meal by adding your favorite protein powder.
Serves 2-4
2 Organic Bananas
2 cups Organic Strawberries
1 cup OrganicVanilla yogurt, non-fat
8 Ice cubes, large
3/4 cup Uncle Matt’s Organic Orange Juice
Place all ingredients in a blender and puree until smooth.
Turmeric Gummies http://www.unclematts.com/turmeric-gummies/ Mon, 08 Jan 2018 16:34:25 +0000 http://www.unclematts.com/?p=3096 more]]>

Got the sniffles or are you fighting a cold? Looking to boost your immunity? Get tough on the germs and inflammation with these easy to make turmeric gummies featuring Uncle Matt’s Organic Orange Juice!


  • ½ cup steamed organic carrots
  • 1 cup Uncle Matt’s Organic orange juice
  • ½ cup hot water
  • ¼ cup quality natural gelatin
  • 2 tablespoons golden paste OR 1.5 tablespoons ground organic turmeric
  • Silicone molds or a coconut oil greased glass dish for pouring your mixture into


  1. Combine Uncle Matt’s Organic orange juice, carrots and golden paste together until smooth in the blender.
  2. Pour into a small saucepan and quickly whisk the ¼ cup gelatin and a ¼ cup of the orange juice mixture. Follow with the hot water, again whisking quickly. As soon as this mixture is dissolved add the remaining orange juice mixture and whisk until combined.
  3. Continue whisking in the saucepan over low heat until the mixture is very smooth. Just a moment or two.
  4. Pour the liquid into your silicone molds or coconut oil greased glass dish.  Set the tray in the refrigerator, they should set in about 1 hour.
  5. Store in an airtight container. These will keep in the refrigerator for up to to 1 week, or you can freeze them.


Recipe & Photo: DearCrissy.com

Uncle Matt’s Mimosas http://www.unclematts.com/uncle-matts-mimosas/ Thu, 28 Dec 2017 19:00:05 +0000 http://www.unclematts.com/?p=3091 more]]> Make 8 Servings

You Will Need

1 (750 ml) bottle chilled dry sparkling wine or champagne
3 cups (750 ml) chilled Uncle Matt’s Organic orange juice
1/2 cup (120 ml) Grand Marnier or triple sec, optional


Fill 8 champagne flutes 1/2 full with chilled sparkling wine. Top with orange juice. If you are using, top mimosa with 1 tablespoon of Grand Marnier or triple sec.


Homemade Vitamin C Gummies http://www.unclematts.com/homemade-vitamin-c-gummies/ Thu, 07 Dec 2017 15:31:36 +0000 http://www.unclematts.com/?p=2863 more]]> Try these family-favorite Homemade Vitamin C Gummies. Just like Uncle Matt’s Organic Orange Juice, each gummy is filled with vitamin C, potassium, folate, no sugar added and great taste. Easy-to-make and easy-to-eat, our vitamin C gummies are a great addition to supporting a healthy lifestyle, especially during cold and flu season.

What you’ll need:

  • 2 cups Uncle Matt’s Organic Orange Juice
  • 7-8 tbsp. unflavored gelatin
  • Silicone tray molds
  • Dropper


  1. Put 1 cup Florida Orange Juice in a bowl and add gelatin powder. Let absorb for 30 seconds and
    then stir thoroughly to create a paste.
  2. Heat the remaining 1 cup of Florida Orange Juice in a pot on the stove over medium heat until steaming.
  3. Add one spoonful of the paste at a time, while whisking. Whisk thoroughly once all the paste has been added.
  4. Pour into silicone molds using a dropper.
  5. Refrigerate for 30 minutes – 1 hour before removing from trays.
  6. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for 1 week.

Helpful Tips:

  • You can adjust the amount of unflavored gelatin to manipulate the texture of your gummy
  • Try using other fun silicone tray molds

Source: Florida Department of Citrus

Blueberry Peach Smoothie http://www.unclematts.com/blueberry-peach-smoothie/ Wed, 06 Dec 2017 16:31:29 +0000 http://www.unclematts.com/?p=2719 more]]> Get your day moving with Uncle Matt’s blueberry peach smoothie, which contains our organic apple juice as well as organic blueberries for a refreshing and nutritious  boost!


3-4 Uncle Matt’s (or similar) organic peaches, peeled and sliced
1 1/2 cups Organic Almond Milk
1/2 of a squeezed Uncle Matt’s Valencia orange
1 Organic Banana
4-5 leaves of kale, stems removed
3/4 cup of baby spinach leaves
1/2 cup of sliced carrots
1/4 cup of Uncle Matt’s Organic Apple Juice
1/2 cup of Organic Blueberries

Add all ingredients to your blender and blend until smooth. Pour, and enjoy!

Orange Mango Smoothie http://www.unclematts.com/orange-mango-smoothie/ Sat, 02 Dec 2017 01:44:22 +0000 http://www.unclematts.com/?p=2713 more]]> For a quick breakfast, an uplifting energy booster, or meal replacement, try our Orange Mango Smoothie featuring Uncle Matt’s Organic Orange Mango Juice!


1/2 cup Uncle Matt’s Organic Orange Mango juice
1 organic banana
1 cup organic mango
1/2 cup organic almond milk
1 tbsp chia seeds
Mix all ingredients into blender until smooth. Serve and enjoy immediately. For a complete meal, add a scoop of your favorite protein powder.