Uncle Matt's Organic http://www.unclematts.com Organic Juices and Beverages | Love at First Sip Mon, 18 Mar 2019 16:09:55 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.10 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 Carrot Oat Muffins http://www.unclematts.com/orange-carrot-oat-muffins/ Mon, 18 Mar 2019 15:59:31 +0000 http://www.unclematts.com/?p=3548 more]]>
Want a healthy start to your day with a delicious muffin that also packs a nutrient punch? With Uncle Matt’s OJ, applesauce, shredded carrots and organic oats, these muffins satisfy the pickiest of eaters and everyone will love the fresh taste of Uncle Matt’s OJ inside!
Servings: 12 muffins
 
Dry Ingredients
  • 1 3/4 cup organic oat flour (gluten-free, if necessary)
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp organic cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp organic ginger
Wet Ingredients
  • 1/4 cup organic coconut oil, melted
  • 1/2 cup organic cane sugar
  • 1/2 cup organic applesauce
  • 1/4 cup Uncle Matt’s Organic Orange Juice
  • zest of 2 organic oranges
  • 1 tsp organic vanilla
  • 2 organic eggs
  • 1 cup shredded organic carrots
Instructions
  1. Preheat your oven to 350 and spray a muffin pan with non-stick spray, or line with cupcake liners.

  2. In a small mixing bowl, stir together the dry ingredients.

  3. In another small bowl, combine your applesauce and Uncle Matt’s Organic orange juice and microwave till they are room temperature (maybe 15 seconds or so). This will help to stop the coconut oil from returning to a solid.

  4. Next, in a large mixing bowl, whisk together your coconut oil and sugar. Pour in your applesauce, Uncle Matt’s orange juice, orange zest, vanilla and eggs, and whisk together until all is well incorporated.

  5. Pour the dry ingredients into your wet ingredients and stir until everything is well combined.

  6. Add your shredded carrots and fold them into the batter.

  7. Pour your batter into the muffin pan, filling each well about 3/4 of the way full.

  8. Bake for 15-17 minutes or till the muffins are set on top and a toothpick comes out clean.

  9. After cooling for about 10-15 minutes, remove them from your muffin pan to a cooling rack and let cool.

Enjoy!

 

Recipe adapted from Mile High Mitts

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Consuming OJ, leafy greens and berries is related to less memory loss in men http://www.unclematts.com/consuming-oj-leafy-greens-and-berries-is-related-to-less-memory-loss-in-men/ Thu, 14 Mar 2019 17:59:17 +0000 http://www.unclematts.com/?p=3545 more]]> A study published in Neurology states that eating leafy greens, dark orange and red vegetables, and berry fruits, and drinking orange juice is related to less memory loss in men.

The research evaluated 27,842 male health professionals with an average age of 51. At the outset of the study, subjects filled out questionnaires about the servings of fruits, vegetables and other foods they had each day. They kept records of their diets for 20 years.

Participants also took subjective tests of their cognitive skills 4 years before the end of the study, when they were an average age of 73. Changes in memory reported by subjects were considered precursors to mild cognitive impairment.

The participants were divided into 5 groups based on fruit and vegetable consumption. The group that consumed the most vegetables ate 6 servings per day, compared to 2 servings for the lowest group. For fruits, the top group ate 3 servings per day, compared to half a serving for the lowest group.

The men who consumed the most vegetables were 34% less likely to develop poor cognitive skills than the men who consumed the least. A total of 6.6% of men in the top group developed poor cognitive function, compared to 7.9% in the lowest group.

The men who drank orange juice every day were 47% less likely to develop poor cognitive skills than those who drank less than 1 serving per month. A total of 6.9% of men who drank orange juice every day developed poor cognitive function, compared to 8.4% percent of those who drank less than one serving.

Those who ate the most fruit every day were less likely to develop poor cognitive skills, but that association was weakened when researchers adjusted for dietary factors that could affect the results, such as consumption of vegetables, fruit juice, refined grains, legumes, and dairy products.

The study does not show that eating fruits and vegetables and drinking orange juice reduces memory loss; it only shows a relationship between them. “One of the most important factors in this study is that we were able to research and track such a large group of men over a 20-year period of time, allowing for very telling results,” said study author Changzheng Yuan, ScD, of Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health in Boston. “Our studies provide further evidence that dietary choices can be important to maintain your brain health.”

Source: Practical Neurology

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A new study reveals that eating organic for one week lowers toxins in the body http://www.unclematts.com/a-new-study-reveals-that-eating-organic-for-one-week-lowers-toxins-in-the-body/ Tue, 12 Feb 2019 20:11:54 +0000 http://www.unclematts.com/?p=3537 more]]> While most people know that organic means food grown and produced without synthetic pesticides and fertilizers, the cost of buying organic items is sometimes a major barrier for families and individuals who desire to eat organic and improve their overall health.

Many recent studies have backed the benefits of eating an organic diet, and some research reveals that eating organic can support the prevention of many illnesses and diseases, including cancer.

A new study published this week by researchers from the University of California at Berkeley and the University of California at San Francisco found that after less than one week of eating organic food, toxin levels in the body dramatically decreased.

The study

Researchers examined four families from different backgrounds who ate a conventional diet for 6 days, followed by an organic diet for another 6 days. By testing their urine samples before and after going organic researchers found huge drops in pesticide levels. Pesticides have been linked to cancer, hormonal imbalances, and neurological disorders.

After 6 days on the all organic diet, overall pesticide amounts dropped 60.5% in both adults and children. The most noteworthy statistic was a 95% drop in malathion, which is a toxin associated with brain damage in children.

This new study offers important information to consumers desiring to limit their exposure to the hundreds of millions of pounds of pesticides and herbicides used in the United States. While the study affirms previous research, it also revealed through testing newer classes of pesticides are also a problem; namely neonicotinoids and pyrethroids. It’s also worth mentioning that the study centered around the results of exposure, not health outcomes, when it comes to consuming organic foods. Aside from lowering toxins in the body, going organic can support the health of the planet.

Organic farming supports biodiversity, lowers pollution of the water, preserves the quality of soil and is more sustainable long-term.

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Uncle Matt’s Holiday Wassail http://www.unclematts.com/uncle-matts-holiday-wassail/ Tue, 18 Dec 2018 20:21:02 +0000 http://www.unclematts.com/?p=3527 more]]>

Wassail is a delicious holiday drink and perfect for the colder months. It’s a hot cider drink that combines the flavors of oranges and apples with cinnamon and spices. What’s not to like about that? Plus, it features Uncle Matt’s Organic OJ, so it’s super easy to whip up and kid friendly, too!

Ingredients

2 organic apples

8 cups organic apple cider

2 cups Uncle Matt’s Organic orange juice

1/3 cup lemon juice

4 cinnamon sticks

15 whole cloves ,or 1/2 tsp ground cloves

1/4 teaspoon ground organic ginger

1/4 teaspoon ground organic nutmeg

1 tablespoon light brown sugar (optional)

Instructions
Poke the whole cloves into the apples on all sides. Add all of the ingredients, including the apples, to a large pot over medium low heat.
Bring to a simmer. Simmer for 30-45 minutes. Remove the apples and whole cloves. Ladle into mugs and enjoy!

Recipe from: Lauren Allen

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Orange Juice French Toast http://www.unclematts.com/orange-juice-french-toast/ Tue, 23 Oct 2018 20:07:29 +0000 http://www.unclematts.com/?p=3475 more]]> Try this recipe for a twist on traditional french toast and bring some extra goodness to your breakfast table!

Ingredients:

4 organic eggs
3/4 cup Uncle Matt’s Organic Orange Juice
1/2 cup of organic milk
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
12 slices of your favorite toast/bread
2 tbsp. of organic butter

Instructions:

In a bowl, whisk together the organic eggs, Uncle Matt’s Orange Juice, organic milk and cinnamon. Then, dip each slice of bread into the egg mixture until completely coated. Repeat process with remaining slices. In a skillet or griddle, melt one tablespoon of organic butter over medium heat. Place the dipped bread slice onto griddle and cook for 3-4 minutes on each side until golden.

Serve and enjoy. Top with fresh organic fruit if desired.

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Watermelon, Arugula and Feta Salad http://www.unclematts.com/watermelon-arugula-and-feta-salad/ Tue, 09 Oct 2018 16:18:54 +0000 http://www.unclematts.com/?p=3469 more]]>

This watermelon, arugula and feta salad is a perfect blend of greens and the fresh, light taste of organic watermelon with feta cheese. Best of all, the dressing contains Uncle Matt’s Organic OJ!

Ingredients

1/4 cup freshly squeezed Uncle Matt’s Organic orange juice
1/4 cup freshly squeezed organic lemon juice (2 lemons)
1/4 cup minced organic shallots (1 large)
1 tablespoon honey
1/2 cup organic olive oil
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
6 cups organic baby arugula, washed and spun dry
1/8th seedless organic watermelon, rind removed, and cut in 1-inch cubes
12 ounces organic feta cheese, 1/2-inch diced
1 cup (4 ounces) whole fresh mint leaves, julienned

Directions

  1. Whisk together the Uncle Matt’s Organic orange juice, lemon juice, shallots, honey, salt, and pepper. Slowly pour in the olive oil, whisking constantly, to form an emulsion. If not using within an hour, store the vinaigrette covered in the refrigerator.
  2. Place the arugula, watermelon, feta, and mint in a large bowl. Drizzle with enough vinaigrette to coat the greens lightly and toss well. Taste for seasonings and serve immediately.

 

Source: Food Network, Ina Garten, Barefoot Contessa

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Organic Warm Caramel Apple Cider http://www.unclematts.com/organic-warm-caramel-apple-cider/ Tue, 02 Oct 2018 18:48:32 +0000 http://www.unclematts.com/?p=3466 more]]>
The fall season is underway, and as it turn cooler with a nip in the air, one of our favorite ways is to warm up is with some apple cider. Try this recipe featuring Uncle Matt’s Organic apple juice to keep things simple, delicious and organic!
Ingredients
12 cups of Uncle Matt’s Organic apple juice
6 cinnamon sticks
1/2 cup of good quality jarred caramel sauce, plus more for drizzling
Organic whipped cream
 
Directions
Heat apple juice and cinnamon sticks in the slow cooker for about 4 hours on high. Let the cinnamon sticks soften and uncurl. Before serving, stir in 1/2 cup of caramel sauce and serve in heat proof cups. Top with whipped cream and a drizzle of caramel (use non-dairy whip cream if you are lactose intolerant or have dairy allergies).
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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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