On the shelf: This new product from the PC brand combines pineapple juice from concentrate with the brand's line of coconut water. It comes in three-packs of 250-ml Tetra Paks, and a one-litre Tetra Pak for $3.98. It has 70 calories in one serving (250 ml/8 oz).
Features: Coconut water is the new, trendy post-workout go-to drink. It's high in potassium, fat-free and a source of magnesium. Pineapple is a perfect complement to the mild flavour of coconut water (don't confuse it with coconut milk; this is the clear juice from the young, green coconut). I prefer the taste of Grace plain coconut water to PC's, but with the pineapple, it's deliciously tropical -- and makes a great addition to smoothies (try it blended with Greek yogurt and mango).
Failures: Though the portable 250-ml container is handy, it lacks the straw of a conventional juice box. While it's nice not to have extra plastic waste, it's a bit unpleasant and sloppy to drink out of the hole in the top.
Buy or bye-bye?: It's more refreshing than chocolate milk (although it lacks the calcium and protein of that after-workout beverage) and has less sodium and none of the artificial colours and added sugars of bottled sports drinks. It has about half the calories of regular juice, but one serving still has a day's worth of vitamin C. Though I enjoy plain coconut water, lots of people are put off by the taste, and this is a fruity solution. Buy.
-- Jill Wilson