GROWING UP ON THE EDGE of Dinétah in Page, Arizona, Tytianna Harris (Diné) ate the food that was available to her. When she left her home and traveled to cities like Los Angeles, where health (and juice) is king, Harris became more food-conscious.
“Coming from a community that lacks access to clean, healthy food options, I wanted to make it part of my business to bridge disparities in food knowledge on the Navajo Nation,” says Harris, who opened Untitled Juice Bar in 2020. She serves smoothies and juices, made entirely with fresh ingredients, out of a refurbished 1970s trailer that can often be found outside Little Bear Coffee, in Albuquerque’s Nob Hill neighborhood. Here she offers a few tips for healthier eating.
Get all the essentials.
Harris encourages juicing as a supplement to a regular diet. “Juicing is an alternative method of getting a high number of essential vitamins and nutrients,” she says.
Stay warm inside.
Her favorite winter recipe includes pineapple, apple, spinach, and ginger. “It keeps me feeling great and energized during these colder temperatures.”
Skip the added sugar.
Harris uses alternative sweeteners like dates, honey, and coconut sugar instead. “They are low-glycemic, meaning they won’t spike your blood sugar. Your body absorbs these sugars slowly.”