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 love love love!
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 (and put my symptoms into remission)… but for some reason, I stopped juicing.
I got lazy.
Recently, I decided it was again time to consider juicing regularly so I could continue to heal my gut and strengthen my immune system.
I was tired of cleaning the old juicer, so I decided to buy some cold-pressed 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 to take home, and I anxiously awaited the opportunity to try them.
Trader Joe’s Juices: Green
The Trader Joe’s green juice is 100 calories for the entire bottle and made with a boatload of fresh and health ingredients.
In fact, one bottle of green juice contains:
- 17 kale leaves
- 1 lb spinach
- 1 large apple
- 1/4 English cucumber
- 1 celery stalk
- 1 lemon
- 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 offers an excellent source of Vitamin A and calcium too, however, there is no way I can drink that entire bottle in one sitting. Even a half of bottle is a lot of juice for me body. I find myself nursing a bottle over 2-3 days, which makes the cost per realistic serving much more palatable.
Trader Joe’s Juices: Red
I also decided to try Trader Joe’s red juice, which is 120 calories and made from a blend of antioxidant rich vegetables and fruits. The Trader Joe’s red juice contains:
- 1 + 1/4 medium beets
- Almost 1/2 cucumber
- 1.5 celery stalks
- 1 medium apple
- 1 + 1/4 carrots
- 1/3 lb spinach
- 2 inches of ginger
- 1/4 lemon
The red juice is sweeter than the green juice and is, of course, absolutely delicious. Beets really sweeten things up! Despite the sweet taste, it’s only 20 calories more than Trader Joe’s green juice (for the entire bottle!) and it, too, offers an excellent source of Vitamin A. In all honesty, this little bottle contains more vegetables than I could possibly eat in a day!
Trader Joe’s Juices: Yellow
I also spotted a “yellow” juice made from a blend of apple, pineapple, yellow bell pepper, cucumber, lime, and mint. It is 160 calories, so I skipped it for the pure fact that I don’t like to “drink” that many calories in one sitting. It looked yummy though, but I prefer juices with more vegetables and less fruit.
How Is It Made?
Like Daily Greens and other store-bought 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.
HPP enables the juices to hold their nutrients for up to 30 days after processing without the use of preservatives or high heat preservation (which kills all the healthy bacteria in the juice). So you can rest assured that these juices are good for you and all the nutrients are in-tack (not killed off during the preservation process).
Worth the Investment?
At $3.99 a bottle, buying juice can seem like a lot of money. However, I’ve been able to justify the cost in several ways.
First, I enjoy about 1/2 to 1/3 of a bottle each day. It really fills me up without making me extra bloated. If the bottle lasts for two days, it’s only a $2 daily investment. Second, I think drinking a cold-pressed juice each day is a small price to pay for maintaining good health. I rarely get sick, and when I do, I have the fortified immune system to help me heal faster.
In today’s healthy happy world, juicing has never been so easy… and thanks to Trader Joe’s, juicing is so tasty too!
You can also watch my video to learn how to make green juices at home with your juicer!
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, rest assured! Another great article is How I Healed from Celiac Disease, where I talk about the role juicing played in how I healed my body from the damage caused by celiac disease.