Have you ever wanted a pick-me-up in the afternoon?

and wished there was something quick you could pick up that’d refresh you and actually be good for you? I think many of us head to Starbucks hoping for that jolt of energy (which explains why there’s always a line at the drive thru). There’s a better way to refresh yourself. I promise.

One way I like to recharge my batteries is by drinking a green juice or a probiotic drink.

A green juice is quick nutrition for your cells. Making it yourself would be best (of course), and in bigger cities there are some great freshly made juice options. In Des Moines, fresh made juice is a little harder to come by, but we’ve got a few bottled options. However, read labels carefully, because many bottled green juices have a lot of sugar due to high amounts of fruit. Naked brand juice, for example, has 35g of sugar in a 10 oz. bottle of Green Machine – higher than the woman’s daily maximum of 24g recommended by the American Heart Association!


My pick for bottled green juice is Suja.

They use HPP or High Pressure Processing to extend shelf-life by destroying pathogens while preserving the nutrients and enzymes. Most bottled juices use heat pasteurization which kills the bad bacteria but also kills raw enzymes, minerals and vitamins (sort of defeats the purpose for drinking juice!). Suja also uses organic produce, which is important when juicing. Suja’s Twelve Essentials has 4 grams of sugar per serving and is my favorite. When buying green juice, look for one made with organic produce, that’s cold-pressed or uses HPP, and has sugar that’s on the lower end (10 g or less per serving).


Kevita is my other favorite drink.

You may have heard of kombucha, but Kevita is totally different. It’s made with coconut water and apple cider vinegar, so there’s no crazy “mother” on the bottom. I also like the taste much better. The Lime Mint Mojito is a great substitute for a soda or even a happy hour cocktail:) And it has only 3 g of sugar per serving.

So the next time you find your energy flagging, I hope you’ll skip Starbucks and pick up a Suja or Kevita instead. You can find them at Natural Grocers in Clive or Whole Foods in West Des Moines.

To your best health!