I started mixing juices in ninth grade. Each day at lunch I would slide my tray down to the beverage station, place my cup under the juice machine and fill it with equal parts orange, cranberry and pineapple juices. The result? A fruit concoction that was so sickly sweet it made me teeth ache. Despite this, however, I drank it each day. Reasoning that it tasted better than any one drink on it’s own, and figuring it the best way to get my daily dose of Vitamin C in one fell swoop.
When I received my package of V8 V-Fusion drinks in the mail last week visions of high school came flooding back to me. As I poured glasses of Strawberry Banana, Pomegranate Blueberry and Cranberry Blackberry my mouth anticipated the familiar sugary assault and I swear I felt a twinge in my fillings. Luckily, however, my fears of being forced to consume syrupy artificial fruit beverages were unfounded. True to their claims, these juices are heavy on natural flavor but not sugar or artificial sweeteners. In fact, my glass of Cranberry Blackberry Fusion was so mildly sweet that it was the first glass of fruit juice I’ve drank in its entirety in a long time. Usually I end up cutting juices with sparkling water to lighten the flavor, but in this case there was no need.
Confident that I had a great drink on my hand the next taste taster in line was my two year-old. Despite being a great eater, she has never proven to be a big juice drinker. Usually she prefers water or milk, finding juices too sweet for her palate. In this case, however, she was eager to sample all of the flavors and happily took large swigs of each. As I suspected, she found the flavor slightly too aggressive and wouldn’t drink any more until I diluted it with cold water. Then, once each cup was equal parts water and juice, she happily polished it all off. Like me, I think she was pleasantly surprised by the more natural fruit flavor.
I usually don’t substitute fruit juice for real fruit since, unless a juice is freshly squeezed, there is rarely any real fruit in the glass. However, in this case I think V8 has come up with a winning formula. Will I buy this instead of real strawberries and bananas? No. Will I keep this in our refrigerator for anyone in our house or toss it in the diaper bag to have on hand for snack-time? Yes. Given the lower sugar content and full serving of fruits and vegetables in each glass, V8 V-Fusion is definitely the smartest thing to keep around. In fact, I really wish they’d invented this when I was in high school.
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