Naked Juice has become a pretty popular drink in our growing health conscious society. With its “100% Juice” labels and all fruit ingredient list, it seems like this juice is the perfect on-the-go alternative to a homemade smoothie. They sell Naked juices and smoothies all around campus, and I’ve had them less than a hand full of times. HOWEVER, it never fail to make me feel less healthy than I had before drinking. Curious to what exactly Naked Juice’s deal was, I did some research. Here are my finding:
Stripping down Naked Juice:
There are 60 grams of sugar in one bottle of Naked.
Most of the boost and vitamins are added to the juices
Naked juice are highly caloric, with their products ranging from 120-230 calories per serving (1 serving is 8oz, only half the bottle!)
In August 2013, Naked faced a class action lawsuit over their health claims (This concerned some of their labeling including “Non-GMO”, “All Natural Fruit,” and “All Natural Fruit + Boosts”) More information about the lawsuit here!
Naked Juice is owned by PepsiCo, if that puts the “naturalness” of these juices into perspective.
Next time, instead of reaching for a Naked Juice, try making your own smoothie or juice!
Here are a few of my favorite smoothie combinations/recipes:
The classic strawberry banana smoothie: A whole banana, a couple of strawberries (frozen or fresh), and some ice. Blend it all up and enjoy!
Or make your own healthy smoothie, using the chart below
Photo Retrieved from Positivemed.com
Personally, I think I am going to stick to my homemade smoothies and juices where I can monitor what and how much is put into it.
But, if you are still looking for that same accessible smoothie for all your on-the-go needs, try Florida-based organic Noble Citrus juices and smoothies. Sold all over the US, these drink are similar to naked, but made with all organic produce!
From my prior post you may have come to the conclusion that I am a BIG fan of condiments. Basically anything I can put peanut butter or hot sauce on are my favorite foods. But recently I’ve been getting more and more into hummus. I have always like it for the casual dipping of veggies and pita chips, BUT now I can say I am OBSESSED WITH IT!! I find reasons to put it on anything and I could eat virtually anything with hummus on it (This is NOT an exaggeration! I find raw carrots to be repulsive and consider them the Devil’s vegetable, but lately I’ve even been eating them with hummus!!). HUMMUS IS A GAME CHANGER PEOPLE!
Taking my enthusiasm for hummus to the next level, I’ve decided I’d take a whack at making my own ! Utilizing what I had in my fridge and pantry, I concocted a flavor packed hummus creation! Recipe as follows:
Garlic Tomato, Spinach and Olive Hummus
1/2 cup chickpeas
1 tbsp dices garlic tomatoes
2-3 large black olives
handful of baby spinach (approximately 8 leaves)
1 1/2 tsp olive oil
1 tbsp water
pinch of salt/ ground pepper for taste
Desired texture of the blended chickpeas.
Prep ingredients: Remove skin from chickpeas, cut steams off the baby spinach, and slice olives.
First, place chickpeas into a blender (or magic bullet) and blend for a minute to two until grainy like sand.
Add half of the tomatoes, olives, and spinach. Proceed to blend for about a minute until ingredients mix in with the chickpea.
Add 1 tsp on olive oil and 1/2 tbsp of water and blend until smooth, about two minutes.
Add the remaining ingredients, oil and water until completely blended and smooth.
Then add a pinch of salt and pepper (more or less depending on how you want it to taste) and pulse giving the hummus a final mix. You may need to add a bit more water or oil depending on the constancy.
Chill for at least 20 minutes then enjoy with veggies, chips, or anything of you choosing!
This flavorful hummus is a fresh and healthy snack that can be put on anything from celery, to pita chips, to rice cakes and more! Compared to store bought hummus, my homemade hummus had a more powerful chickpea flavor. The flavors of the tomatoes, olive, and spinach added a more depth of flavor; however, next time I think I’ll add a little extra garlic for a kick. I cannot wait to play around with adding different flavors to my hummus. What type of hummus do you think I should try making next? Reply in the comments!!
Note: I am eating spoonfuls of hummus as I write this and I am loving every moment of it.