Wellness Pathway #219 Make Your Own Juice

On more than one occasion, I’ve written about the value of drinking no calories. Clean, filtered water is, by far, the beverage of choice when it comes to health and wellness. I prefer filtered water over bottled water, especially as more and more reports come out as to the source and quality of bottled water. Two best-selling brands, for example, Aquafina and Dasani, are themselves nothing more than filtered municipal tap water. By the time we drink them, however, that water has had plenty of time to sit on the shelf.

Why not drink fresh-filtered water by installing and using your own filters? Our home filter system delivers clean, clear water on demand without any of the hazardous contaminants that can make their way into ordinary tap water.

Not everyone can or will, of course, limit themselves to water and water alone. The next best alternative is pure fruit juice sweetened to taste with stevia. What a difference purity can make.

Take cranberry juice as an example. One cup of cranberry juice cocktail, sweetened primarily with high-fructose corn syrup, packs 144 calories. Purchase pure, unsweetened cranberry juice, however, dilute it in a 1:3 ratio (1 quart pure cranberry juice + 3 quarts water), and suddenly that cup of cranberry juice only has 15 calories. Do the same with carrot juice and you’re up to 17 calories. Go all the way to cherry juice, and you max out at a lowly 45 calories per cup.

Now that’s a healthy way to drink juice. Of course, with so few natural carbohydrates, these drinks can be quite tart. That’s when it’s time to bring out the stevia. Stevia, a natural calorie-free sweetener sold in the USA as a supplement, can be added in liquid or powder form until the juice tastes just the way you want it.

You can find pure juices wherever natural foods are sold, including most grocery stores. They are usually sold in quart bottles, which make one gallon of diluted juice. Now there’s a good use for a clear gallon jug that originally held bottled water!

Coaching Inquiries: What do you drink throughout the day? Do your drinks include high-fructose corn syrup? How could you drink fewer calories? Is pure fruit juice in your future?

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May you be filled with goodness, peace, and joy.

Bob Tschannen-Moran

President, LifeTrek Coaching Internationalwww.LifeTrekCoaching.com
CEO & Co-Founder, Center for School Transformationwww.SchoolTransformation.com
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