“When you consume sugar naturally—that is, in fruit—you’re getting the fiber you need to mitigate the effects. Am I worried about fruit? No. Am I worried about fruit juice? Oh, you bet. Because when you take the fiber out, you might as well be drinking a Coke.” –Fed Up.
Fed Up is a MUST watch documentary about childhood obesity. Currently streaming on Netflix.
It’s imperative that you keep the fiber IN.
There are so many companies now that are making bottled “super juices” but they’re owned by money-hungry companies like Coca-Cola and Pepsi Co. There have been several lawsuits over the past couple years for false advertising and misleading claims for seemingly healthy drinks, like Naked Juice and Tropicana Orange Juice. Meanwhile, several popular brands have spent MILLIONS fighting against the labeling of GMOs; including Odwalla, V8, Honest Kids (!!!!), Honest Tea, Bolthouse Farms, and Simply Orange to name a few (learn more here.) Most of those juices lining the “healthy” fridge section of the supermarket have omitted the fiber, used questionable chemicals and preservatives, and have increased the sugar. It’s just more processed crap under the guise of “healthy” and “all-natural”—two buzzwords marketers have slung around to the point that you should not believe it without triple checking ingredients when you see it on a label. This is why it’s so important to invest in a blender—like Ninja, NutriBullet, or an old-school blender—and make juices, smoothies, and soups yourself! Then you’ll know what each and every ingredient is, and where it came from. When you extract ALL the nutrients from all parts of fruits and vegetables, they’re more easily ingested and absorbed into your body creating more energy, nourishment, and wellness. I also can tell you from personal experience, that when you just fill your blender with produce and water, you’re amping up your hydration and fiber-intake, which results in a flatter tummy and clearer skin.
Water, Milk, or Homemade
My kids only drink milk (cow and coconut) and water. What started off as a sugar-intolerance for my oldest, has turned into a sweet blessing that his desire for sugary foods and beverages is very low. It has made it a non-issue with my 18 month old who doesn’t know any better. While I don’t believe any child requires any beverage beyond milk and water, I love the thought of getting a double-whammy of more produce and hydration in their tummies—but only if I’m the one making the juice or smoothie from scratch!
We recently had a few really hot days here in the ‘burbs of Philly and I was feeling the sluggishness, dryness, and blah-ness of dehydration. I also had way more wine than normal thanks to a wedding, weekend getaway, and fabulous visit with my parents. While I didn’t need or want to do a re-set week as I always do when I get glutened,I did need to get serious about my food and drink intake and take my eat clean up to 90% instead of my usual 80%. Enter my Nutri Ninja DUO with Auto IQ! (though really, I can make this with an old-school blender.)
The ingredients are in the name—that’s when you know it’s good! I blended this up purely because it was HOT out, I was thirsty, and I’m obsessed with my new Ninja. It’s simple, and delicious. It’s perfect for on-the-go. And it’s an amazing refreshment on a hot day, or for a breast-feeding mom (and if you’re a breast-feeding mom on a hot day, wow, THIS IS FOR YOU!)
WATERMELON STRAWBERRY CUCUMBER JUICE
Prep Time: 5 minutes |Total Time: 5 minutes
- 1.5 cups watermelon, cubed
- 4-5 strawberries, whole (including the stems!)
- 1/2 cucumber (include the skin!)
- 1/5-2 cups water
- Optional: 2 leaves of fresh basil
- Optional garnish: lime
- Place all the ingredients in a blender in the following order: watermelon, strawberries, cucumber, basil if desired, water.
- Blend until liquidy (this is NOT a smoothie; it’s juice!)
- Pour into a glass (or drink out of the blender cup if you’re using NutriBullet or NutriNinja!)
- Squeeze a few drops of fresh lime juice and garnish with a lime.