Uncle Matt's Organic http://www.unclematts.com Organic Juices and Beverages | Love at First Sip Sat, 15 Sep 2018 16:04:40 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.8 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 Orange Mango Turmeric Smoothie Bowl http://www.unclematts.com/orange-mango-turmeric-smoothie-bowl/ Sat, 15 Sep 2018 16:01:13 +0000 http://www.unclematts.com/?p=3460 more]]> This smoothie bowl is loaded with good for you antioxidants, vitamins and minerals your body craves. With Uncle Matt’s Organic Orange Defense Juice, you’re boosting your body with turmeric and probiotics. Start your morning off right with this tropical smoothie bowl, or make it any time of day for a nutrient boost!

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup chopped organic mango
  • 1/2 medium organic banana, sliced and frozen
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened organic almond milk
  • 1/4 organic avocado
  • 1/2 cup Uncle Matt’s Organic Orange Defense Juice (Turmeric & Probiotics)
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • Pinch ground nutmeg
  • 3/4 cup ice
Toppings:
  • ¼ cup organic blueberries
  • 1/3 sliced organic banana
  • ¼ cup sliced organic nectarines (or peaches)
  • 1 teaspoon chia seeds or flax seeds
  • 1 tablespoon unsweetened coconut flakes

Instructions

  1. Blend all smoothie ingredients (mango through ice).
  2. Pour into a bowl and top with berries, sliced banana and nectarines, chia seeds, and coconut flakes.

Add more Uncle Matt’s Organic juice to achieve your optimal texture. Enjoy!

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Orange Juice for Better Vision http://www.unclematts.com/orange-juice-for-better-vision/ Mon, 20 Aug 2018 14:44:09 +0000 http://www.unclematts.com/?p=3413 more]]> Of all the juices that can offer benefits to your eyes, orange and grapefruit juices rank right at the top. These two power packed beverages contain nutrients are rich in vitamins necessary to the function of the eyes. Vitamins A and C are two antioxidants that pack a powerful punch when it comes to enriching the eyes. Folate, or vitamin B9, is also an important antioxidant found in both fruits. Orange juice in particular promotes healthy ocular blood vessels, and can reduce the risk of nuclear cataracts (clouding in the center of your lens that can make you see multiple images), according to the American Optometric Association.

In a 15-year study of 2,000 Australian adults ages 50 and over, researchers found that an orange — or a couple cups of orange juice a day — was helpful at keeping macular degeneration, or the disease that causes loss of vision, at bay. The research demonstrated that participants who had a simple serving of oranges (or orange juice) reduced their risk of getting age-related macular degeneration 15 years later by more than 60%. Flavonoids — or the chemicals that give oranges their bright color — appeared to be particularly helpful at preventing this particular eye disease. Interestingly, oranges had superior eye benefits than other foods that had flavonoids like apples.

Getting 500 mg/day of vitamin C can slow the “the progression of advanced age-related macular degeneration by about 25 percent and visual acuity loss by 19 percent in individuals at high-risk for the disease,” according to an Age-Related Eye Disease Study. OJ is one of the highest sources of vitamin C, according to the USDA.

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The amazing health benefits of grapefruit http://www.unclematts.com/the-amazing-health-benefits-of-grapefruit-2/ Tue, 24 Jul 2018 20:16:18 +0000 http://www.unclematts.com/?p=3400 more]]> Grapefruit is a member of the citrus family and grapefruit gets its name from the way it clusters on a tree branch (like grapes!). Its origins date back to the early 1800s in the Caribbean; it’s believed to be a cross between a Pomelo and another citrus fruit. According to India’s National Institute of Nutrition, grapefruit contains 92% moisture and is also a low carb fruit loaded in vitamin C, antioxidants, and other minerals. But what makes grapefruit so special? Read on to find out.

1. Reduces Acidity

The citric acid in grapefruit creates an alkaline reaction post digestion. This helps support your body’s natural cold, cough and flu fighters. The bitter properties from the essence called naringin boost the digestive process, aiding to immunity support.

2. Metabolism Booster

Grapefruit contains plant compounds that reduce insulin levels and promote weight loss. Scientists at the American Nutrition and Medical Research Center showed that this fiber rich fruit makes you feel full for longer, thus functioning as an excellent weight loss suppressant. What’s more, lower starches in grapefruit make it a safe alternative for may diabetics hoping to satisfy their sweet tooth.

3. Lowers Stroke Risk

A study by the American Heart Association revealed that eating higher amounts of grapefruit may lower ischemic (blood clot related) stroke and intracerebral stroke risk. Women who consumed a higher quantity of grapefruit had a 19% lower risk than women who consumed the least.

4. Bone Booster

Texas A&M University’s Vegetable and Fruit Improvement research demonstrated that both orange and grapefruit juice — when regularly given to lab rats — prevented osteoporosis, long considered an unavoidable disease of aging.

5. Vitamin C… and More

Grapefruit has Vitamin C, but it is now established that phytochemicals contained in grapefruit can also aid symptoms of a myriad of chronic diseases. Epidemiological studies have shown a significant inverse association between grapefruit intake and cardiovascular mortality .What’s more, there is supporting evidence that grapefruit acts as a cancer fighter, too.

With all this goodness surrounding grapefruit, what’s not to love? Stock up on Uncle Matt’s Organic Grapefruit juice, available nationwide. Cheers to your health!

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Orange Ginger Turmeric Smoothie http://www.unclematts.com/orange-ginger-turmeric-smoothie/ Wed, 11 Jul 2018 15:47:38 +0000 http://www.unclematts.com/?p=3391 more]]>

Ingredients:

1 cup Uncle Matt’s Organic orange juice (or Uncle Matt’s Organic Orange Juice with Turmeric & Probiotics)

2 teaspoons fresh organic minced ginger

1/2 teaspoon turmeric

1 cup ice cubes

Instructions

Add all ingredients to the blender and blend until smooth, about 60 to 90 seconds. Add 1/2 cup of your favorite nuts for a creamier texture, or almond/coconut milk. You can also add your favorite protein powder to make it a complete meal.

Servings: About 2 cups

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Citrus Marinated Beets http://www.unclematts.com/citrus-marinated-beets/ Mon, 09 Jul 2018 18:28:33 +0000 http://www.unclematts.com/?p=3387 more]]> If you’ve never tried beets because you’ve been afraid of them, or were forced against your will to eat them as a kid (we hear you!), this recipe will forever change your mind about this beautiful deep red veggie.  Plus, what’s not to like about beets when they get marinated in Uncle Matt’s Organic OJ? Yum!

Ingredients

1/2 lb organic beets washed, peeled, and quartered into chunks

1/2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil avocado oil (or coconut oil)

1/3 cup Uncle Matt’s Organic orange juice

Instructions

Preheat the oven to 400F.

Arrange the organic beet chunks on a cookie/sheet pan, lined with non-stick aluminum foil (optional for easy clean up). Drizzle the olive or avocado oil over the beets, and then use your hands to toss and blend well.

Roast the beets, uncovered, for 30-35 minutes, until soft when pierced with a fork.

Once the beets are cool enough to handle, place the beets in a storage containers. Pour Uncle Matt’s Organic orange juice over the beets, and toss to coat the beets in the juice. The beets won’t be fully submerged in the orange juice.

The beets will keep in the fridge, in an air-tight container, for up to a week. Use the beets to top on salads, on a fish or chicken dish, or blended in smoothies. Or, just eat right out of the container!

Delicious… and healthy!

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Feeling tired? Forget coffee, have a glass of orange juice! http://www.unclematts.com/feeling-tired-forget-coffee-have-a-glass-of-orange-juice/ Tue, 19 Jun 2018 18:21:43 +0000 http://www.unclematts.com/?p=3267 more]]> Feeling tired and groggy? Don’t automatically go make a pot of coffee. Instead, reach for a glass of organic orange juice! Recent research has found that orange juice boosts alertness, concentration and reaction times. Even better, the effects last for hours post consumption, especially with those who have juice with breakfast rather than mid-afternoon.

Researchers at Reading University put 24 men through a battery of mental tests on two different days. The results? On one of the days, the men consumed orange juice before being put through their paces. On the other day, a flavored sugary water was provided that looked and tasted similar to orange juice.

When the subjects drank the real orange juice, they performed better on tests of speed and attention. They also felt alert six hours later, the European Journal of Nutrition reports.

It’s believed through research that the effects are due to flavonoids, which are health boosting plant chemicals found in a variety of fruits and veggies, including citrus fruit and orange juice. These improve blood flow to the brain and ease the passage of information between cells. Previous research has concluded that orange juice is good for the brain but those studies were evaluating prolonged use. This particular latest research found that just 240ml a day — a small glass — is beneficial.

We’ll say cheers to that!

 

Source: Daily Mail

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The Hesperidin in Florida Orange Juice has Surprising Health Benefits http://www.unclematts.com/the-hesperidin-in-florida-orange-juice-has-surprising-health-benefits/ Wed, 13 Jun 2018 18:55:06 +0000 http://www.unclematts.com/?p=3263 more]]> Vitamin C isn’t the only reason you should reach for a glass of 100% Orange Juice. Citrus fruits, including orange juice, contain potent antioxidant-like compounds called bioflavonoids and one in particular has many health benefits. While you may be familiar with resveratrol, found in red wine, or catechin, a component of green tea, a related plant compound called hesperidin is lesser known.

What is Hesperidin?

Hesperidin is a bioflavonoid, a type of plant compound with antioxidant properties that may play a role in fighting inflammation, maintaining good blood sugar levels, and supporting brain and heart health. Hesperidin is found almost exclusively in citrus fruits, and it is particularly high in oranges and 100% orange juice.

Most of the hesperidin is found in the peel and membranes of the orange. When oranges are pressed to make 100% orange juice, the hesperidin is extracted from the peel, pulp, and membranes. This helps to make 100% orange juice one of the best food sources of hesperidin.

Benefits of Hesperidin

Many of the health benefits from hesperidin come from its positive effects on decreasing inflammation and supporting blood vessel health. Hesperidin appears to act in conjunction with the nutrients found in citrus fruits to neutralize free radicals and lower your risk of heart disease and diabetes, improve your circulation, and protect your brain function as you age.

  1. Improved Heart Health. Hesperidin supports a healthy heart by helping to vasodilate (7,10) or relax, your blood vessels which may lead to lower blood pressure. Hesperidin also has been shown to positively support endothelial cells that line blood vessels, which also may reduce the risk of heart disease(7,10) Research has shown higher consumption of hesperidin and other bioflavonoids found in citrus to be related to a lower risk of cardiovascular disease. (5,6,8)
  2. Brain Protection. Hesperidin is able to cross the blood-brain barrier and may help reduce inflammation, promote blood flow in the brain, and maintain brain cell health, all of which may have positive effects on cognition. Hesperidin has been shown to have several brain benefits (1) including maintaining mental alertness, supporting executive function skills such as memory and attention, and aiding psycho-motor skills like movement and coordination.
  3. Blood Sugar Control. Hesperidin may play a role in maintaining blood sugar control (4,9) and reducing insulin resistance. Intake of hesperidin and other bioflavonoids in citrus is also linked to lower risk of type 2 diabetes. (11,12)

How to Get Hesperidin in Your Diet

It is rare to find hesperidin in any other food besides citrus. 100% OJ is a great way to get hesperidin in your diet as it is the only fruit juice and the only commonly-consumed food (3) that contains a significant amount of hesperidin.

Source: Florida Dept of Citrus

Studies Cited:

  1. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/26280945
  2. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/15465737
  3. Bhagwat S, Haytowitz D. USDA Database for the Flavonoid Content of Selected Foods Release 3.2. In. Beltsville, MD: Unites States Department of Agriculture; 2015.
  4. Haidari et al. J Am Coll Nutr. Hesperidin supplementation modulates inflammatory responses following myocardial infarction. 2015; 34 (3):205-11. doi: 10.1080/07315724.2014.891269.
  5. Knekt et al. Am J Clin Nutr. Flavonoid intake and risk of chronic diseases. 2002; 76 (3):560-568.
  6. Mink et al. Am J Clin Nutr. Flavonoid intake and cardiovascular disease mortality: a prospective study in postmenopausal women. 2007; 85 (3):895-909.
  7. Morand et al. Am J Clin Nutr. 2011;93(1):73-80.
  8. Ponzo et al.  J Transl Med. Dietary flavonoid intake and cardiovascular risk: a population-based cohort study. 2015; 13 (1):218. doi: 10.1186/s12967-015-0573-2.
  9. Rangel-Huerta et al.  J Nutr. Normal or High Polyphenol Concentration in Orange Juice Affects Antioxidant Activity, Blood Pressure, and Body Weight in Obese or Overweight Adults. 2015; 145 (8):1808-16. doi: 10.3945/jn.115.213660.
  10. Rendeiro et al. Br J Nutr. 2017;116(12):1999-2010
  11. Sun et al. J Nutr. Urinary Excretion of Select Dietary Polyphenol Metabolites Is Associated with a Lower Risk of Type 2 Diabetes in Proximate but Not Remote Follow-Up in a Prospective Investigation in 2 Cohorts of US Women.2015; 145 (6):1280-8. doi: 10.3945/jn.114.208736.
  12. Tresserra-Rimbau et al. J Nutr. Intake of Total Polyphenols and Some Classes of Polyphenols Is Inversely Associated with Diabetes in Elderly People at High Cardiovascular Disease Risk. 2016; 146 (4):767-777. doi: 10.3945/jn.115.223610.
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Citrus Marinated Grilled Shrimp http://www.unclematts.com/citrus-marinated-grilled-shrimp/ Tue, 12 Jun 2018 22:30:34 +0000 http://www.unclematts.com/?p=2808 more]]> If you’re looking for an easy breezy weeknight meal with all of the flavor with little to no clean-up, this is it. Shrimp are a healthy protein low in fat and when marinated in a yummy combo of Uncle Matt’s Orange Juice, herbs, and honey, it’s a mouth-watering winner.

Ingredients:

2 pounds fresh unpeeled jumbo shrimp
1 cup Uncle Matt’s Organic Orange Juice, divided
1/4 cup organic honey
2 tablespoons water
1 tablespoon organic fresh basil, chopped
1 tablespoon organic fresh thyme, chopped

Peel and devein shrimp. Wash and pat dry. Put in heavy-duty Ziplock bag.

Combine 1/2 cup orange juice, honey, and next three ingredients. Pour over shrimp. Seal bag and refrigerate for 1 to 2 hours.

Take a water pan and position it on the grill, either down in the fire area or on a lower rack. Put remaining orange juice in the pan and drain off marinade into the pan as well.

Thread the shrimp onto skewers that have been soaked for at least 30 minutes in water or place the shrimp on a small-holed grill rack.
Cook on low heat over the pan until shrimp are opaque. Discard liquid in pan.

Yield: 4-6 servings

 

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Organic Orange Dessert Bars http://www.unclematts.com/organic-orange-dessert-bars/ Tue, 22 May 2018 19:30:05 +0000 http://www.unclematts.com/?p=3232 more]]> These bars are very similar to the infamous lemon bars, only made with Uncle Matt’s Organic Orange Juice!

Ingredients:

Crust:

1 cup organic unsalted butter

2 cups all purpose organic flour

1/2 cup granulated organic cane sugar

1/4 teaspoon salt

Filling:

1/2 cup Uncle Matt’s Organic Orange Juice

1 teaspoon orange zest

1 1/2 cups granulated organic sugar

1/4 cup all purpose organic flour

1/2 teaspoon baking powder

4 large organic eggs

Powdered sugar, for dusting

 

Directions:
  1. Preheat oven to 350F. Line a 9×13” pan with foil or parchment paper and spray with nonstick cooking spray (preferably organic).
  2. Beat butter with a hand or a stand mixer until creamy, then add the flour, sugar, and salt and beat until a dough forms. (If you’re using a hand mixer it will take extra time.) Press the crust into the bottom of the prepared pan. Bake for 18 minutes.
  3. A few minutes before the crust comes out of the oven, prepare the filling. Place all filling ingredients into a blender jar and blend until smooth, a few seconds to almost a minute, depending on your blender.
  4. Carefully pour filling over evenly over hot crust. Return to oven and bake until the top is no longer jiggly, about 20-23 minutes. Cool completely before dusting with powdered sugar and slicing into bars.

Recipe inspired by original from CrazyforCrust.com

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OJ Cookie Balls http://www.unclematts.com/oj-cookie-balls/ Tue, 15 May 2018 20:00:52 +0000 http://www.unclematts.com/?p=3229 more]]>
 
Ingredients
  • 1 12 oz box organic vanilla wafer cookies, crushed
  • 3/4 cup organic powdered sugar
  • 1/2 cup organic walnut pieces or any other chopped nut
  • 3/4 cup shredded organic coconut
  • 1/2 cup Uncle Matt’s Organic Pulp Free Orange Juice
Instructions
  1. Combine all ingredients, mixing well until evenly coated.
  2. Roll into 1 inch balls with your hands and place on a wax paper lined baking sheet.
  3. Refrigerate for at least an hour.
  4. Store in an airtight container and keep refrigerated.
  5. These will freeze well.

Original recipe inspired by: Nicole Burkholder, Simple & Seasonal

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