Great article...thank you! I have a NutriBlast by Magic Bullet that I use daily to drink part of my veggies and fruits, and for on the go quickie fruits and veggies when I can't carry fresh ones, I eat Gerber Organic Fruits & veggie pouches (3.5 oz). These are so good and come in so many flavors. Yeah, its baby food, but what purer way to get packaged food. I learned this tip from Men's Health.
This is a great article. It is true that caffeine is an addictive substance found in coffee, tea, and soda, so juice is a good alternative for many people. I think it is inappropriate for someone to imply that drinking juice is dangerous. For diabetics, there are better choices. But for people just beginning their journey, juice is a great option, since it does contain vitamins, and therefore is more nutritious than coffee, tea, or soda.
10/22/2013 11:25:51 AM
Juice is not a good option to choose when you're trying yo lose weight or if a person has diabetes or is on the fence on the way to diabetes. While it may have more nutritional value than coffee and soda pop it is a full on sugar hit which research is showing is a lot more dangerous than eating good fats. I also disagree with your statement about teas being addictive. There are lots of teas that can be very good, healthy and tastey. Juice also lack the fiber of a whole fruit which means both a sugar and insulin spike. Eat fruit, don't drink it! Gillian (ret . Diabetes Nurse Educator)
I am so fortunate at work. Our company is trying to help us be healthier, in spite of ourselves. We have a fresh fruit program going in our lunchroom. The company has fresh fruit brought in every week for us (FOR FREE) to enjoy, rather than looking to the other side of the lunchroom - to the candy and snack machines. The machines also have been stocked with healthier choices along side the dreaded candy and chips.
We frequently have fitness and nutrition challenges to help us along. Makes it fun, while improving our health.
Homemade smoothies and juices are definitely helping me up my fruit intake! My current favorite is strawberry-watermelon juice - I've got a little single-serving mini blender, so I just stuff as much fruit as I can into that thing and blend away! I add a little protein powder, Greek yogurt, or silken tofu if I want something that tastes a bit richer, but the juice itself is very crisp and refreshing with a meal.
The pizza comment kind of got to me too. I really don't think pizza is a bad choice, compared to many of the other foods you can get at restaurants; in fact, its pretty balanced and it has its own portion control (take one or two slices, put the rest away).
"If you must have pizza..." - really? I thought part of spark was teaching that no foods are off limits that we just practice moderation. Might be that I'm 7 months pregnant and irritable but the sentence rubbed me the wrong way!!
I limit my snacks to fruit or veg, so that helps a lot; I would add protein if I felt real hungry, but I usually get plenty at meals. Just nothing starchy. In the winter there are quite a few good fruits that come mostly from Chile. The honeydews and small grapes are really tasty. And of course bananas, citrus from CA and FL, pineapples from HI, and the large papayas from I don't know where. I also like the 4 oz. fruit cups, especially pineapple. All of this violates my attempts to eat locally grown foods, but not much choice in the winter. We do pick wild blueberries and freeze them for winter use. Since I'm avoiding things like muffins and pies, I put them on cereal. They'd work great for smoothies, too.
4/10/2013 10:37:10 AM
Those of us on lower calorie diets should beware of fruit juices, as they can be high in calories. It is very easy to drink way too many calories at one time. With some of the info coming out on no cal sweeteners and their effects on appetite, I usually try to avoid them.
12/28/2012 10:43:31 AM
I forgot about spinach in my smoothies. You don't even know its there!
5/11/2012 2:27:47 PM
I love to add some spinach to my smoothie in the morning to help get some added goodness. My kids don't even notice that I do it because the taste is masked by the other fruits in the smoothie. You can also add some mashed cooked cauliflower to your mashed potatoes. Finally, I also take Juice Plus.
4/2/2012 6:22:49 PM
One more thought- if you only have canned fruit available but don't like it much, try dividing it into 4ounce freezer containers and freezing for a while. I keep the juice with it if it's just fruit juice. Really tasty. Experiment with how long to freeze, depending on how you like it, but it can be allowed to thaw a bit if it gets too frozen.
4/2/2012 6:10:13 PM
One other idea: I add a package of a soy protein powder (Shaklee vanilla in my case) to 6ounces of fruit/veg juice and fill up to total 16ounces with frozen fruit. If I were more ambitious I could use just water and frozen fruit instead of commercial juice. After blending, I pour into 4oz freezer cups and freeze for later. Really good. Might need a bigger total volume to get four servings, usually I get 3.5 servings. But 16ounces just fits in my personal blender cup.
4/2/2012 6:00:48 PM
I eat in installments and so feel no need to balance a meal... I really love tomato sandwiches with nothing but egg-free mayonnaise and some salt and as much tomato as I can fit on whole grain bread or in a pita. But I can't eat tomato too often due to allergies, so the best substitute I've found is either thick slices of seedless cucumber or loads of red or orange bell pepper. I only add salt for tomato or cucumber for some reason, I never add it to other foods. Avocado also makes a good sandwich in a pita or corn taco shell, sometimes with other veggies, although often I eat avocado all by itself. No need for mayonnaise with avocado, of course. Same is true when I add an avocado to a salad, I just mash up the avocado as the only dressing.
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