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    • A Natural Solution for Summer Hydration

      24 June 2021

      (Family Features) Fun in the summer sun can mean anything from poolside play and outdoor exercise to simply relaxing in the shade. While these activities make the season special for people of all ages, the heat also leads to the inevitable: sweat. 

      Electrolytes, critical for the human body to function, are lost via sweat throughout the day. Drinking plenty of fluids, such as water, helps keep you hydrated. However, adding 100% orange juice to your diet can help replace those lost electrolytes in addition to aiding hydration. According to a study published in the “Journal of Nutrition and Health Sciences,” drinking 100% orange juice following exercise contributes to hydration equally as well as water and sports drinks, making the beverage a viable alternative for recovery. 

      “Electrolytes include nutrients such as potassium, sodium, magnesium and calcium,” said Dr. Rosa Walsh, scientific research director at the Florida Department of Citrus. “In fluids, these nutrients carry an electric charge, which allows muscles to contract and nerves to transmit signals, and are critical for the human body to function. Plain water contains few if any electrolytes, so you must replace lost electrolytes by consuming foods or beverages that contain these nutrients. Drinking fluids that contain both water and electrolytes, such as 100% orange juice, may help support hydration.”

      In fact, 100% orange juice contains about 90% water and can contribute to overall water intake. With no added sugar, it’s an ideal way to support hydration by drinking it on its own or by adding it to recipes like this Healthy Broccoli Salad with Miso Orange Dressing or Pineapple Orange Smoothie. 

      Consider these major electrolytes found in orange juice: 

      • Potassium: The major electrolyte within all cells, it helps balance fluid in the body with a strong relationship to sodium, the major electrolyte in the blood and outside the cells. Potassium is especially important for regulating heart rhythm and function. An 8-ounce glass of 100% orange juice provides 10% of the recommended daily value for potassium.
      • Magnesium: The fourth-most abundant mineral in the body and essential in the regulation of muscle contraction, cardiac excitability, blood pressure and other vital processes. An 8-ounce glass of 100% orange juice contains 6% of the recommended daily value for magnesium. 
      • Calcium: Found in fortified varieties of orange juice, calcium plays an important role in muscle contraction, nerve transmission and the contraction and relaxation of the cardiovascular system. As an excellent source of calcium, an 8-ounce serving of fortified orange juice provides 30% of the recommended daily value. 

      Visit to find more recipes that aid in summer hydration. 

      Healthy Broccoli Salad with Miso Orange Dressing
      Servings: 1

      2 heads broccoli, cut into small florets
      2 cups purple cabbage, chopped
      1/2 cup golden raisins
      1/2 cup slivered almonds
      1/2 cup chopped green onions

      Miso Orange Dressing:
      1 cup Florida Orange Juice
      2 tablespoons canola oil
      2 tablespoons miso
      2 tablespoons almond butter
      1 shallot

      To make salad: In a bowl, toss broccoli, cabbage, raisins, almonds and green onions.

      To make miso orange dressing: In a food processor or blender, pulse orange juice, canola oil, miso, almond butter and shallot until smooth.
      Pour dressing over salad, tossing to coat. Serve immediately or chill in the refrigerator.

      Pineapple Orange Smoothie 
      Servings: 2

      1 cup Florida Orange Juice
      1/2 cup plain almond milk
      1 frozen banana
      1 cup frozen pineapple
      1 teaspoon turmeric
      1 scoop walnuts
      1/8 teaspoon cayenne
      2-3 ice cubes
      1 scoop plain protein powder (optional)

      In a large blender, blend orange juice, almond milk, frozen banana, frozen pineapple, turmeric, walnuts, cayenne, ice cubes and protein powder, if desired, until smooth.

      Portion into two small glasses.

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    • What Type of Insurance Do You Need to Cover Hurricane Damage?

      24 June 2021

      A hurricane can cause severe damage to your home and may even completely destroy it. A standard homeowners insurance policy won’t cover all hurricane-related damage, and there is no such thing as a “hurricane insurance policy.” Your homeowners insurance may cover some types of damage, but you may have to purchase additional insurance to be fully covered.

      What Homeowners Insurance Does and Doesn’t Cover
      A standard homeowners insurance policy doesn’t cover flooding or water damage caused by storm surge. Homeowners insurance generally covers damage caused by wind, including a hurricane. If you live in a coastal area that is at high risk for hurricanes, however, exclusions may apply. You may have to add a rider to your homeowners insurance policy to cover wind damage or buy a separate windstorm policy. 

      How to Get Coverage for Hurricane Damage
      You can purchase a flood insurance policy through the National Flood Insurance Program or from a private insurance company. Your homeowners insurance company may have an arrangement with the NFIP and may be able to help you buy flood insurance. 

      Windstorm insurance will cover damage caused by a hurricane, tornado, tropical storm or tropical depression. If you decide to buy flood and/or windstorm insurance, make sure that you get enough coverage to rebuild your house if it gets completely destroyed by a hurricane. 

      How Deductibles for Wind Damage Can Work
      The deductible is the amount that you have to pay out of pocket before your insurance company will issue payment for a covered claim. In some cases, an insurance company has different deductibles for windstorm claims (which may include tornadoes and other types of windstorms), storms that have been named by the National Weather Service or the National Hurricane Center, and storms with high enough winds to be categorized as hurricanes. 

      Unlike typical homeowners insurance deductibles, the deductibles for wind-related damage are often a percentage of the house’s insured value, not a flat dollar amount. If you buy an insurance policy that covers wind damage, the deductible will depend on the insurance company and the state where your home is located. 

      Get Ready for Hurricane Season
      There will generally be a 30-day waiting period between when you buy flood insurance and the date when it will go into effect. That means you won’t be able to buy flood insurance shortly before a hurricane hits and have damage to your home covered. Windstorm and homeowners insurance policies also typically have waiting periods, although they may be shorter. 

      The Atlantic hurricane season runs from June 1 to November 30. Don’t wait too long to act. Review your insurance coverage now and purchase additional coverage, if necessary, so you will be prepared.

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    • What to Do About Moss on Your Roof

      24 June 2021

      If moss grows on parts of your roof that are shaded, it can cause roofing materials to gradually deteriorate, which can shorten the roof’s lifespan. Moss can also get into spaces between shingles and cause the roof to heave. Water can then enter gaps beneath shingles, which can cause the underlying roof structure to rot and the roof to leak.

      How to Get Rid of Moss
      Clean moss from the roof on a cloudy day so any cleaning product that you use won’t evaporate before it has a chance to do its job. Wear old clothes that you don’t mind getting dirty, as well as protective equipment, including gloves, safety goggles and slip-resistant shoes. 

      Spray water on any sections of the roof that have moss. Start at the top of the roof and work your way down. Use a brush to scrub away as much moss as you can, working on one section at a time. 

      If you can’t get rid of all the moss by scrubbing alone, use a pump sprayer or spray bottle to apply a chemical product. You should only use a chemical cleaner if necessary because it can damage plants. If you use a chemical moss remover, cover plants near the house with sheets of plastic to protect them.

      You can find a variety of products that kill moss at a local home improvement store. Some are ready to use and can simply be sprayed on the roof, while others will have to be mixed. Some products should be left on for a period of time and then rinsed off, while others should not be rinsed off. Read the label and follow the directions carefully so you don’t accidentally damage your roof or vegetation in your yard. 

      You can also make your own moss remover using diluted bleach or vinegar. If you use a homemade cleaning solution, leave it on for at least 20 minutes before rinsing it off. 

      After you have used a cleaning product to get rid of moss and rinsed the roof (if appropriate), see if there is any remaining moss. If necessary, scrub any areas that still have moss, then rinse the roof again. 

      How to Keep Moss From Coming Back
      Once you have gotten rid of moss on your roof, you can take some simple steps to prevent problems in the future. Trimming branches that hang over the roof can give the surface more sun exposure and prevent moss from growing. 

      You can also use strips of zinc or install strips of metal flashing that are coated with zinc or copper below the roof’s peak and ridge caps. Rainwater will release zinc or copper particles that are toxic to moss and will prevent new moss from growing. 

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    • Infuse Bright, Nutritional Flavor Into Summer

      23 June 2021

      (Family Features) When families fire up their grills and turn to favorite summer recipes for filling meals, nutritional considerations are often not the focus. However, this doesn’t have to be the case. This year, you can rethink traditional seasonal menus by opting for main courses – and even desserts – that offer healthier returns by incorporating ingredients like whole oranges, which provide a multitude of nutritional benefits. 

      Adding an ingredient like California Valencia oranges to your family’s dishes means you’re including a rich source of vitamin C (70% of the daily value) and an excellent source of folate (20% of the daily value) in your seasonal spread. As a balance of sweet and tart, the extra juicy oranges reach their peak in summer, making them perfect for warm-weather recipes, juicing or as portable snacks to take along on adventures. 

      Plus, their anti-inflammatory benefits help support the body, especially as outdoor activities increase in the warm weather. The potassium found in oranges also helps support cell function, healthy blood pressure levels, bone health and hydration.

      When it comes to meal planning, oranges are a highly versatile fruit that can be added to both sweet and savory dishes, as well as beverages, cocktails, sauces, frozen desserts, smoothies and more. To introduce a depth of flavor and burst of nutrition to dishes, add a sprinkle of zest, segments or fresh-squeezed juice, or even grill the fruit to bring out the flavor. 

      Try combining them with tastes of the Mediterranean for dinner with Orange and Harissa Glazed Beef Kebabs or end your meal with a refreshing sweet treat like Orange Ice Cream the entire family can enjoy. 

      By introducing the sweetness of oranges to your warm-weather menu, you can infuse fresh flavor while rethinking family favorites. Visit for more information on California oranges. 

      Orange and Harissa Glazed Beef Kebabs
      Prep time: 2 hours
      Cook time: 20 minutes
      Servings: 2

      1/2 cup California Valencia orange juice, freshly squeezed
      2 California Valencia oranges, zested and segmented
      2 tablespoons harissa paste
      2 tablespoons honey
      2 tablespoons olive oil
      1 tablespoon fresh mint leaves, roughly chopped
      2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
      8 ounces beef tenderloin, cut into 2-inch cubes
      1 green bell pepper, cut into 2-inch squares
      1 red onion, cut into 2-inch squares
      16 broccoli florets, raw
      kosher salt, to taste
      black pepper, to taste
      cooked couscous
      mandarin chutney

      In a mixing bowl, combine orange juice and zest, harissa, honey, oil, mint and garlic; mix well.

      Add beef cubes and toss to coat; marinate 2 hours in the refrigerator.

      Using long skewers, build kebabs, alternating beef, peppers, onions and broccoli on each.

      Heat grill to medium-high heat.

      Season kebabs with salt and pepper, to taste. Grill until vegetables are cooked through and beef reaches desired doneness.

      Serve over a bed of couscous and top with mandarin chutney.

      Orange Ice Cream
      Prep time: 1 hour
      Servings: 6

      2 cups California Valencia orange juice, freshly squeezed
      1 1/2 cups whole milk
      1 1/2 cups heavy cream
      1/2 vanilla bean
      2 tablespoons glucose syrup or corn syrup
      1/4 cup non-fat dry milk powder
      2/3 cup granulated sugar
      3 egg yolks
      2 California Valencia oranges, zest only
      California Valencia orange slices, for garnish

      Prepare ice cream making vessels or units, such as old-fashioned churn or ice cream machines with motors.

      Reduce orange juice to 1 cup; ice down to chill.

      In a saucepan over medium heat, combine milk, cream, vanilla scraped pod and seeds, and glucose syrup until hot; remove from heat. Steep 30 minutes.

      In a bowl, combine milk powder and sugar. Add dry mixture into hot cream mixture. Whisk to combine. Return mixture to medium heat.

      In a separate heat-safe bowl, combine egg yolks and orange zest.

      In small increments, pour hot mixture over yolks and zest. Mix vigorously while pouring.

      Cook to 185 F.

      Remove from heat and pour through a fine strainer. Hand-blend until smooth.

      Ice down immediately. Add cooled, reduced orange juice. Hand blend to combine.

      Spin and freeze then follow directions according to the machine or vessel to make ice cream.

      Serve with orange slices.

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    • 5 Ways to Improve Your Life in Just 5 Minutes

      23 June 2021

      These are tough times to live through, and stress, for most of us, has increased over the last 15 months. But science has found that we can boost our physical and mental health significantly without taking much time at all to do it. These five easy actions can improve your well-being in five minutes or less.

      1. Take Your Vitamin D - Doctors say taking 2,000 IU of Vitamin D daily can support the immune system—especially important in the age of COVID—and may lower the risk of developing several types of cancer. 
      2. Pet Your Dog - A Harvard Medical School study showed dog owners had lower cholesterol and triglyceride levels than non-owners—differences not explainable by diet, smoking or body mass index. Scientists believe dogs have a calming effect that lowers blood pressure, reducing the risk of heart attack and stroke.
      3. Make a Gratitude List - Take time each day to write down five things you're grateful for, such as your health, your job, your friends and even your cup of morning coffee. Studies show that expressing gratitude causes the brain to produce more dopamine, a feel-good neurotransmitter in the brain, and this simple exercise has been found to improve mood.
      4. Call a Friend - Feelings of loneliness and isolation can increase the risk of a heart attack, according to a study in the journal Heart. People who reported poor social relationships had a 29% higher risk of coronary disease and a 32% higher risk of stroke than people who have solid friendships. So, pick up the phone and call a friend you haven’t talked to for a while.
      5. Stretch - Take a few moments every day to limber up. It can benefit more than your muscles. Sports medicine doctors say stretching a few minutes a day will do wonders for your health, like better bone and joint health, improved balance, better flexibility and mobility, and lowered stress. That’s because stressed muscles are tight and tense, and simple stretching helps to relax them.

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