Sunshine in a Glass

Growing up, my mom said that to me every morning right after handing me a glass of orange juice. It helped me get started in the morning. Every time.


It still does. A bit cheesy I know, but it does.


The body needs 13 of them, including vitamin A for helping with vision, to vitamin E which aids in fighting against aging. While actual sunshine provides vitamin D, those daily glasses from mom where bright, refreshing, and indeed, helped me wake up.


Found in fruits and vegetables, vitamin C is a potent antioxident needed to help fight off diseases, aid in growth, repair tissues, skin, reduce signs of aging, and detoxify.

You’ve dipped your apple wedges in lemon juice to keep them from turning brown, right? Think of vitamin C in the body the same way. Antioxidants have been shown to help neutralize free radicals. Free radicals being the toxic byproduct of oxygen metabolism causing damage to living cells.

Did You Know?

  • Brazil is the worlds largest producer of oranges
  • The seedless navel orange, or “winter” orange grows a second twin. This second fruit remains under-developed and looks like a human navel thus the name. 
  • During the reign of Queen Victoria oranges were given as christmas gifts

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According to the American Dietetic Association’s Food & Nutrition Guide, ORAC or Oxygen Radical Absorbency Capacity is a scientific method created “to estimate the overall antioxident potential of fruits and vegetables. The higher the ORAC score, the greater the antioxidant potential.”


Blueberries and strawberries continue to be chart-topping hits. However, with things to do and places to go, we don’t always have time to sit an enjoy our antioxidants.

Drink them.


According to

An 8 ounce cup of fresh orange juice contains:

  • 82 mg of Vitamin C
  • 110 Calories
  • Is fat free
  • Is free of added sugars
  • 2 grams of protein

Next time you want to really wake up, before grabbing that whipped, caramel, deliciousness, listen to mom and grab a glass of orange juice.

What’s for Breakfast




I come from a generation that was taught breakfast the most important meal of the day. We never left the house without having eaten something. In the last few years that theory has come under heavy debate. Multiple studies are arguing skipping breakfast for weight loss, or eating certain meals and skipping others is best. I am of the theory that “tis better to eat upon rising than to eat before I lay down.”


I like the shine portion of that. I wasn’t always a morning person. It has taken some grooming to get that way. Now that I have, I enjoy it.


 Shine, to me, means to function at my best. That requires energy and energy requires fuel.


I do not approach this from a weight loss or weight management point of view. I view it from a nourishing aspect. I believe we need fuel, energy, and nutrients to power on tbroughout the day. Day after day. There are many different ways to add that extra boost in the morning along with your java juice.

My Tips:

  •  Prep something the night before to make things easy. Hardboiled eggs, mixed fruit, & cereal are some of my stand bys. Even Peanut Butter and apples.


  • Supply yourself with things you enjoy. In moderation.


  • Strive to prepare it yourself. The fresher the better.


  • Make time for it

I liken leaving each morning on an empty stomach and trying to tackle the days agenda is like sitting in traffic on your way to work with the fuel gauge on empty.

I’d rather not.