My addiction to orange juice began when I was pregnant with my first son, Shayne. Because I was not gaining any weight and I didn’t even look pregnant until well after the seventh month mark, my OB asked what the heck I was eating. I confessed my addiction to OJ. My orange juice craving was largely because I cut out all caffeine when I am pregnant. To me, it didn’t make sense to drink caffeine-free coffee to fill up my belly when I could get more nutrients from juice. My OB informed me that because I was on prenatal vitamins that the OJ was doing nothing for me nutritionally speaking and that I was just consuming empty calories. He seriously made drinking orange juice sound as bad as popping open a can of Coca-Cola. Horrified at the thought of consuming too many calories and not being able to bounce back to my pre-pregnancy weight, I swore off all juice.
Luckily, (or maybe not…) my last OB was very understanding of my various cravings and didn’t make me feel guilty about my too-frequent, frivolous consumptions. This, of course, resulted in an extra 10 pounds that I couldn’t seem to get rid of for quite a few months after my daughter was born. Ok, so maybe I am still trying to drop those 10 pounds six years later. But hey, who is keeping track?
I still don’t drink too much juice, especially when water will suffice – but everything is fine in moderation, right?
When I do crave fruit juice, I usually end up making smoothies. My kids are crazy for smoothies. I have to be careful not to make them around meal time because they can be very filling and my kids usually won’t eat their meal if they are sipping on a smoothie – regardless of how famished they claim to be. I can’t really blame them though, who can resist a thick, sweet, nutrient packed smoothie?
- 3c juice (I usually use Dole orange, strawberry, and banana juice)
- 1 6oz container regular yogurt, any flavor
- 2 bananas, peeled and frozen (if needed, cut before freezing)
- ½c frozen blueberries
- 1 c ice (if you prefer super cold smoothies)
- Add ingredients to the blender in the order listed above for easiest blending