Sunday, September 06, 2009

More POM? Wonderful!

When I got back from my 2 1/2 hour run the other day, I was rushing to get to a meeting on campus. I had just gotten out of the shower and dressed and was getting ready to fly out the door when I noticed our letter carrier was trying to get on to our porch, which I had locked and forgotten to unlock. I opened the door and he handed me a little box filled with free tea samples from the POM people, who sent me a nice little crate of juice several months ago. They sent me two bottles of light tea and two of the regular. The samples were packed with some cold packs, so even though they weren't ice cold, they were cool enough, so I took one of the regular flavors, Peach Passion, with me to enjoy as a recovery drink. It was really refreshing, and I really needed the boost and the hydration after that long workout.

Yesterday I sent my husband out with the Lychee Green, another regular flavor, but made sure to take a swig first just to try it. It was OK, but I didn't like it as much as the peach -- lychee is not a familiar flavor to me. I think I'd like the Blackberry better. I also tried the Hibiscus and Wildberry light flavors. The light tea gets some of its sweetness from erythritol, which is a Jillian-Michaels-approved sweetener. The hibiscus had a hint of that "diet" taste to me, but the wildberry was better. The light flavors have 35 calories a serving, but one bottle is two servings. That means that if you drink the amount most people will, you'll be getting 70 calories, 1 Weight Watcher point. That's not a bad deal. The regular flavors are 3 Weight Watcher points per bottle, similar to a can of soda but much better for you. I can vouch for the fact that it makes a great recovery drink. The POM site lists all kinds of amazing health benefits. (If your husband is taking Viagra, you may want to have him try this juice instead).

The teas are all very sweet -- similar to Snapple and other packaged iced teas. If, like me, you'd prefer a less-sweet tea, you could also make your own version by brewing some iced tea and serving it with a splash of POM juice over lots of ice. If you used 2 tablespoons of juice per glass, a good-sized splash, you could get a lot of flavor and a little sweetness in a 0-point tea.

Of course, that's not as convenient when you're rushing out the door late for a meeting.

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