My earliest memories of juice include my Grandma. When I was younger, I would go down south (Arkansas, Tennessee and Memphis) with my grandparents, aunts and uncle. It was my favorite type of road trip, making stops along the way picking up little keepsakes and snacks. I remember my Grandma only letting me have juice, while my aunts and uncles were able to get whatever they want. I could choose the flavor and I always picked grape. Even back then I was learning about making healthier drink choices.
Not too long along I was introduced to the Juice Products Association.
[box] “JPA is the trade association representing the fruit and juice products industry. From its beginnings in 1957 as the National Association of Citrus Juice Processors in Florida, the association quickly expanded to embrace the interests of the broader juice industry across the US, including non-citrus products such as grapes, apples, pears, and tomatoes. JPA serves its members and consumers by promoting high standards of product safety and quality, and good manufacturing and inspection practices in the production and distribution of juice products.”[/box]
As a parent, I wanted to know more about 100% juice products and how to incorporate them into our daily routine. As much as my kids like drinking water, a change is always welcome. While visiting the Fruit Juice Facts website I learned that one 4oz glass of 100% juice equals a serving of fruit. “Any fruit or 100% fruit juice counts as part of the fruit group. Fruits may be fresh, canned, frozen, or dried, and may be whole, cut-up, or pureed.”
There were even some recipes to check out. I did not know you can use juice as a marinade! Here is a recipe I wanted to share.
Gone Fishing (serves 6)
Clear gelatin and fruit juice squares are a favorite for little ones to eat with their hands and grab the fish in the middle. Older kids can participate by stirring the gelatin and adding the fish.
4 cups 100% apple juice (clear variety, not unfiltered) or 100% white grape juice
4 packets unflavored gelatin
6 Swedish Fish or Gummy Fish
- Pour 1 cup of the 100% juice into a medium metal mixing bowl. Sprinkle on the gelatin and set aside to soften. Bring the remaining 3 cups juice to a boil. Pour the hot juice slowly into the softened gelatin, stirring until it is completely dissolved, 1 minute.
- Refrigerate the gelatin until a thin film clings to the sides of the bowl when stirred, about 45 minutes.
- Rinse a glass baking dish (8x6x2 inch) with cold water and pour the thickened gelatin into it. If the gelatin has begun to set, spread it out as evenly as possible.
- One at a time, holding the fish upside down, push them into the gelatin so they look like they are swimming. Place them far enough apart to cut six blocks, each containing a fish. Refrigerate the gelatin until very firm, 3 to 4 hours.
- To unmold, hold the dish in a pan of hot water for 1 minute, or until the gelatin releases when you bounce the pan. Invert the pan over a plate so the gelatin drops onto it. With a sharp knife, cut the gelatin into 6 blocks, including one fish in each.
- The blocks are best served the day they are made as the fish start to get gooey after 12 hours.
PER SERVING: 90 calories, 0 g fat (0g saturated fat),
19 g carbohydrate, 3 g protein, 0 g dietary fiber, 10 mg sodium.
For more recipes and fun facts about 100% Juice, please visit www.fruitjuicefacts.org!
I was provided with a prize like the one being given away for free. As always my opinions are 100% my own.