Friday, October 19, 2012

Sip or Skip?

I've been getting a lot of questions lately related to different drinks- the question is always "Should I? or Shouldn't I?" So I figured we oughta play a game of sip it or skip it!

1. Flavored Coffee:
This depends! Are we talking French Vanilla ground beans? Or are we talking a Caramel Macchiato from Starbucks? If we're dealing with flavored coffee beans, Tiny Tummy DEFINITELY says Sip it! Tiny Tummy LOVES flavored coffee- everything from the typical french vanilla/hazelnut to the seasonal gingerbread to the more exotic coconut or butter rum! Perhaps I need to dedicate an entire post to some of my favorite manufactures of flavored coffee beans cause there are quite a few! On the other hand though, if we are talking about the sugary drinks from Dunkin Donuts, Starbucks, McDonalds, or anywhere else for that matter, the easy answer is skip it. They are often made with way too much full-fat milk, cream, and SUGAR.

2. Juice:
This one is truly difficult for me to say. I mean, if we're talking store-bought "sugar enhanced" apple juice, orange juice, etc., the answer is definitely SKIP IT! You're way better off squeezing an orange into a glass! But onto the more controversial juices. Having worked as a juicer, I can tell you there were no added sugars in the freshly pressed juices we made, but as far as the fruit juices were concerned, each juice required so many of each fruit, that the amount of natural sugars you would be consuming would be too much. As far as the greens juices are concerned, they are mostly made from just that-greens (be it celery, cucumbers, kale, etc.) If you're not a salad person, and need a quick way to get those veggies in, then these juices may be your new pals, but in my opinion, it's hard to think about DRINKING an entire cucumber, 3 stalks of celery and a giant handful on spinach and kale in one tiny bottle, so my final answer is: if you can't bear the thought of eating veggies, SIP IT, but if you don't have any problem getting your veggies in, skip it. (Especially since a lot of the fibrous pulp is lost in the process of juicing!)

3. Soda
The obvious answer here is skip it, but I know that every once in a while, we all crave soda. The important thing here is to choose the right one. Avoid the sugary sodas, and avoid any diet sodas that have Aspartame or Asulfame Potassium -both have been linked to cancer! Tiny Tummy has reviewed tons of acceptable soda options that are naturally sweetened with Stevia, as opposed to the other unacceptable sweeteners! (Such as this one!) (Or this one!) But, your best bet? If it's just the fizz you crave, go for seltzer! There are tons of naturally flavored seltzers too in all sorts of funky flavors (such as this one!) (or this one!)

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