Drink to your Health

I am not a big fan of juice, fresh squeezed or otherwise. In fact if you ask for my advice I most often tell people to avoid drinking juice and take your fruits whole.

When you eat a fruit versus “drink ” one you generally get more fiber and fewer calories. You also feel fuller, longer. Studies show that the action of chewing may reduce hunger. Remember that digestion starts in the mouth. Chewing stimulates your brain which cues the gut. When we eat fast and drink liquids we decrease the levels of oro-sensory signaling ( how do you like that term?) that trigger digestion and satiety.

As always there is a but. I have come across two beverages that I would support us all drinking. The first is a lovely Energizing Green Tonic from Fast Food Good Food by Dr. Andrew Weil. Dr. Weil, a Harvard trained physician, has been a proponent of food as medicine for a very long time. I like his balanced approach to health and medicine.

The selling advantage for this drink is the amount of fiber. A whole 5 gm of fiber in one serving, and you know how I feel about fiber, we could all use more in our diet. In addition, this tonic is a good source of calcium, which is fantastic for people avoiding milk, 180 mg/serving. One reason I caution people about fruit juice is the concentration of sugar is often very high, even in fresh squeezed juices. This tonic has about 18 gm carbohydrate per glass, that with the fiber makes it an acceptable drink for people watching there blood sugar levels.

Green Tonic
1 small cucumber, peeled and cut into chunks
1 stalk celery, cut into chunks
1 green apple, peeled, cored and cut into chunks
1 cup loosely packed baby spinach
4 romaine lettuce leaves, torn into pieces
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1 teaspoon finely chopped peeled ginger
Pinch of sea salt
1. Put the ingredients and 2 cups of water into a blender and puree on high speed for 1 to 2 minutes, until smooth. Add more or less water for desired consistency. Strain through a fine-mesh sieve and serve chilled or over ice.


My second drink vote goes to Tumeric Tea. Tumeric is definitely a super food. Tumeric, most often used in Indian style cooking, has powerful anti-oxidant properties and has been associated with reducing the risk for many of the chronic diseases that plague us, including dementia. I found this tea to be particularly soothing on a cold rainy day.

Tumeric Tea
2 cups of water
1 inch of fresh ginger,minced
2 teaspoons of ground turmeric
1 teaspoon of ground cinnamon ( or two sticks)
pinch of sea salt
orange slices
1 teaspoon of coconut oil ( optional)
Simmer 10-15 minutes. Strain and enjoy!
Eat Well, Live Well, Have Fun!