A few weeks ago 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 and Celiac disease, which is an autoimmune disease that inevitably weakens your immune system. I decided it was time to consider juicing regularly as a means to strengthening my immune system, thus beginning my search to try other green juices in addition to the delicious Daily Greens cold-pressed juices I tried a few weeks ago.
In my search for green juice, my travels led me to Trader Joe’s… there I noticed little green bottles of juice staring back at me. Of course I bought some. The “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. If you juice with too much fruit you’ll likely get fat! 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.
I went back a few days later to try the “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 – 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!
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, Yellow and Red 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’m full and feel great!
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 – so good and good for you!