Since we cut out all added sugar this month, we’ve also cut out juice. It’s basically just sugar water with vitamins once the fiber of the fruit is removed. The natural fibers in fruit help slow down sugar absorption when you eat the fruit whole. When you’ve just got the juice of the fruit, the sugar goes straight to your bloodstream and causes an insulin spike.
We’ve satisfied our need for something other than water by trying a few infused waters. Here’s some of our favorites (by the way, there’s no exact recipe for these, just add some of the ingredients to a pitcher of water and let it marinate for a while.). I like to keep an infused water in our fridge at all times for whenever the mood strikes. I also love to add infused water to my kids lunch boxes. It a much more healthy alternative to juice boxes. And, just as yummy.
- Cinnamon sticks and orange slices
- Berries (mixed or individual) and a few mint leaves
- Strawberries & lemon slices
- Watermelon and a rosemary sprig
- Lemon, Limes, and Oranges