Contributed by: NAPSA
Embrace Celebratory Spring Brunches With Cost-Effective Entertaining Tips
(NAPSA) - April showers bring more than May flowers; spring months welcome an array of special occasions to celebrate. Brunch gatherings in honor of Mother's Day, graduations or showers present a flavorful way to bring family and friends together in a cozy setting.
While hosting a large-scale brunch can be costly, there are simple ways to save at the register and still impress your guests:
Spring-inspired recipes, such as a festive punch, can add a splash of nutrition and brighten the flavor of your next special-occasion brunch.
"It's easy to prepare mouth-watering recipes that offer both health and cost-saving benefits," says Gail Rampersaud MS, RD, of the University of Florida. "Orange juice is extremely versatile beyond the breakfast table and enhances the health benefits of dishes. On a budget, frozen concentrated orange juice provides the same fresh taste as ready-to-drink orange juice and helps consumers meet almost 25 percent of their USDA daily recommended servings of fruit and vegetables."
Place mint leaves in the bottom of a punch bowl. With the back of a spoon, bruise mint to break up slightly to release flavor. Add ice.
Combine thawed frozen concentrated orange juice with 3 quarts of water. Add fresh lime juice, agave nectar and remaining water; stir well.
* Agave nectar is a naturally occurring sweetener that has a lower glycemic index value than other sweeteners. It is available at supermarkets and natural foods stores.
To learn more about the nutritional benefits of cooking with orange juice, or for more budget-friendly recipe ideas, visit www.floridajuice.com.
Serving Size: Makes 2 Gallons or 24 (8-Ounce) Servings
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