How to Get Vitamin C at Your Barbecue with 5 Easy Recipes

Orange juice isn’t just the drink of choice for breakfast
Staff Writer

Florida Department of Citrus

Make your grilling menu healthier and taste better with orange juice.

We’re always looking for ways to eat healthier, and our summer barbecue menu is no exception. Whether it’s choosing low-fat cuts of meat or substituting certain ingredients with healthier options, there are ways to make grilling better for you. Unfortunately, that doesn’t necessarily mean it will always taste better, too. 

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Thankfully, we’ve found a way that not only makes our grilling healthier, but helps it in the taste department as well, and it all comes down to one particular breakfast staple: orange juice.

Orange juice is a great choice to incorporate into your grilling when you’re looking to make it more nutritious, but don’t necessarily want to do away with the flavor. Just one serving of orange juice provides a healthy punch of much-needed nutrients such as potassium, folate, and of course, vitamin C. By adding orange juice to your marinades and sauces, it’s an easy way to get that one serving and fill up on these powerful nutrients.

Orange juice isn’t just lauded for its nutritional qualities, though, because it’s also a great resource for adding flavor and texture to your grilled foods. Its citrus properties make it an optimal choice for marinades and tenderizing meats, and because pure orange juice has no added sugars or artificial sweeteners, it’s a great way to add some flavor and sweetness to your recipes without the guilt.

If you’re in need of further convincing, then maybe these five recipes will help. From steaks and chicken to seafood, these recipes show you just how easy it is to incorporate orange juice into your grilling. A cedar-planked king salmon recipe, glazed in a sweet and savory sauce made from orange juice, brown sugar, and vinegar, helps you multitask when grilling by using the a marinade as a glaze for the fish. Grilled steaks demonstrate just how powerful orange juice can be when it comes to tenderizing meat — meat needs only 30 minutes of marinating time in the tangy juice — and the flavor is enhanced by the citrus-roasted chile salsa they’re served with.

It’s OK if you’re not an orange juice person in the morning, because you can get your daily intake of vitamin C (and many other nutrients) with your grilling, too. There’s no excuse not to load up on this nutrient-rich juice, so check out these five recipes and get grilling

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