Coconut Water is just so “last year.”
The hot new drink that everyone’s craving in 2016? It’s Aloe Water, believe it or not!
With a number of alternatives already on the market (and more surely on the way), aloe water is rapidly becoming a supermarket staple that foodies and health nuts both crave.
And that shouldn’t come as a surprise. After all; there’s a wide array of health benefits to consuming raw aloe—from improved nutrition and digestive health to glowing, radiant skin. But as we all know; processed foods and supermarket solutions often come with a whole host of unnecessary additives and fillers.
So what’s really in the bottle?
Many brands are adding sweeteners to offset the natural bitterness of the aloe juice. Luckily, most of them are using natural sweeteners like cane sugar, honey or stevia, but there’s still a whole lot of that sugar in each bottle.
To be precise; just one cup of Jayone Aloe Drink contains 110 calories, 27 grams of carbohydrates, 26 grams of sugar and 25 milligrams of sodium. That’s almost an ounce of sugar in an eight-ounce serving.
There’s got to be a better way, right?
How about making your own fresh, homemade aloe juice in a matter of minutes?
It’s easier than you might think …
Recipe #1: “Virgin” Aloe Juice
This method is the simplest and most effective way to get aloe’s medical benefits—but it’s also something of an “acquired” taste due to the natural bitterness of aloe gel.
Blender (or Stovetop)
- The first step is rendering the aloe, and there are two ways to do this. The first (and old-fashioned way) is to cut aloe leaves into one-inch segments, then add them to a pot of boiling water. Over a few minutes, the gel will render out and you can remove the leaves—taking the pot off the heat and allowing it to cool for about an hour.
- If that sounds like too much work or time, you could always use a spoon or a knife to cut/scoop the gel out of each leaf, then add the gel to your blender with some water (obviously, boiling the aloe might change the flavor)
- Pour the resulting pure aloe juice over some ice and enjoy!
But what about adding a bit more flavor?
Recipe #2: The “Spa Special”
We all love the cucumber water you can find at your favorite spa/salon, and adding a little bit of aloe to that recipe can go a long way …
2 Tbsp aloe vera pulp
- Add the cucumber, apple and lemon juice to your blender with a few ounces of water, then blend until it has a smooth consistency.
- Add the aloe vera pulp to the mixture and blend for 15-30 seconds
- Serve garnished with cucumber slices or lemon wedges
And for something a little more exotic you could always try one of our favorites …
Recipe #3: Exotic Aloe Delight
This recipe adds a touch of exotic flavor with the addition of coconut milk; which also helps improve the anti-bacterial qualities of the aloe!
1-2 cup Fresh pineapple
1 Green apple
1 tbsp Aloe vera pulp
A few tbsp of coconut milk is optional
- Add the pineapple, carrot and green apple to your blender with a few ounces of water, and blend vigorously.
- Once the juice has a smooth consistency, start adding the aloe vera and coconut milk (to taste)
- Serve chilled, with a garnish of your choice. Don’t forget to share with friends!
Is there anything Aloe can’t do?
Homemade is almost always better, and this is especially true when it comes to aloe juice/water.
Sure; it can’t hurt to enjoy a little “over the counter” aloe water from time to time, but in order to enjoy the full spectrum of this succulent’s benefits, it’s best to prepare your juice fresh.
Remember that like so many natural remedies, it can take some time for aloe’s benefits to really materialize. But it’s always well worth the effort. And don’t forget that since you’re dealing with more potent, homemade aloe juice (instead of aloe “water”) you’ll need to be careful not to ingest too much aloe.
In larger quantities, it can be a potent laxative or even reduce the potassium levels in your body—so sip in moderation.
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