Trader Joe’s juices are really good AND good for you.
My renewed interest in juicing started a few weeks ago when I reviewed Daily Greens juice, which I loved loved loved!
This entire experience got me thinking about juicing and the added health benefits it offers to my gluten-free diet. Juicing helped me heal my gut from the damage caused by celiac disease… but for some reason, I stopped juicing.
I know why. I got lazy.
I decided it was again time to consider juicing regularly so I could continue to heal my gut and strengthen my immune system. But I was tired of cleaning the juicer, so I decided to buy some juices instead…. and that’s when I discovered Trader Joe’s juices.
That’s right, in my search for an affordable cold-pressed green juice, my travels led me to Trader Joe’s… there I noticed little green, red and yellow bottles of juice staring back at me. Of course I bought some Trader Joe’s juices. I couldn’t wait to try them!
Trader Joe’s Juices: Green
The Trader Joe’s green juice is 100 calories and made with 17 kale leaves, 1 lb of spinach, 1 large apple, 1/4 English cucumber, 1 celery stalk, 1 lemon, and 2 inches of ginger. The juice is a little tart and you can definitely taste the ginger and lemon. I love the fact that it’s not sweet and only has a little fruit in it. I prefer my juices to be a vegetable blend with just a dash of sweetness, and that is exactly what Trader Joe’s delivers. The Green juice is an excellent source of Vitamin A and calcium too all full of nutrients that are good for you.
Trader Joe’s Juices: Red
I went back a few days later to try the Trader Joe’s red juice, which is 120 calories and made from a blend of a little more than 1 beet, almost 1/2 cucumber, 1.5 stalks of celery, 1 medium apple, 2 and 1/4 carrots, 1/3 lb of spinach, 2 inches of ginger and 1/4 lemon. It’s sweeter than the green juice and is absolutely delicious. This juice is a much sweeter than the green juice (because of the sweet beets) – yet it’s only 20 calories more and still offers up an excellent source of Vitamin A and more vegetables than I could possibly eat in a day!
Trader Joe’s Juices: Yellow
I also spotted at Trader Joe’s a “yellow” juice made from a blend of apple, pineapple, yellow bell pepper, cucumber, lime, and mint. It was 160 calories, so I skipped it for the pure fact that I don’t like to “drink” too many calories. It looks yummy though!
Like Daily Greens and other juices, Trader Joe’s green, red and yellow juices are made using high pressure processing (HPP). HPP utilizes cold water and high pressure to seal in freshness without heat or added preservatives. It can enables the juices to hold their nutrients for up to 30 days after processing!
At $4.99 a bottle, it’s still a hefty expense. However, I’ve been enjoying a bottle with a very small lunch every day and I feel full and feel great! (Update: I drink a half bottle eat day – so each bottle lasts me for two days.)
In today’s healthy happy world, juicing has never been so easy… and thanks to Trader Joe’s, juicing is so tasty too!
If you juice at home, check out Jenny’s Green Juice recipe – it’s so good and good for you!
Not sure if juicing is for you? Read my article, The Case for Green Juicing Your Way to Health. You’ll be juicing in no time!