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Love it, Like it, Hate it: Green drinks

NEW ORLEANS (WGNO)–There’s no question that juicing has a multitude of health benefits, and more and more options are showing up on store shelves, making it even easier to incorporate vegetables juices into our everyday routines.  But not all options are as nutrient-packed as they may seem, and some can easily pack in a day’s worth of sugar, with more calories than a McDonald’s hamburger!

In today’s Love it, Like it, Hate it, we’re getting the Skinny with Molly on the best and worst bets when it comes to store-bought green drinks!

  • Juicing is a great way to incorporate more vitamins, minerals, & antioxidants
  • Juicing can be a way to incorporate produce that we normally might not like. Beets and kale, for example, taste different with the flavors of lemon and ginger.
  • To limit sugary calories, stick with mostly vegetables, little or no fruit.

LOVE IT!

BALANCE from The Green Fork.  Per bottle:  120 calories, 20 grams sugar.
Cucumber, kale, spinach, parsley, cilantro, beet, lime, ginger, celtic salt, spirulina.

Daily Greens PURITY.  Per bottle: 60 calories, 12 grams sugar.
Cucumber, celery, kale, broccoli, parsley, lemon, basil.

Whole Foods Alternative Fuel.  No nutrition facts label.
Celery, romaine, broccoli, cabbage, parsley, cucumber, wheat grass.

LIKE IT!

Evolution Sweet Greens & Lemon.  Per bottle:  100 calories, 20 grams sugar.
Celery, apple juice, cucumber, spinach, romaine, kale, lime, lemon, parsley, wheat grass.

HATE IT!       

Odwalla SuperFood Drink.  Per bottle:  190 calories, 37 grams sugar.
Apple juice, peach, mango, strawberry and banana purees top the list.

Evolution Fresh Super Green.  Per bottle: 260 cals, 54 grams sugar.
Orange juice, mango puree, apple juice, pineapple juice, raspberry puree top the ingredient list, ahead of spirulina, wheat grass, barley grass, etc.

 Bolthouse Farms Green Goodness.  Per bottle: 280 cals, 60 grams sugar
Pineapple juice, apple juice, mango puree, banana puree, kiwi puree top the ingredient list, [followed by spirulina, chlorella, green tea, spinach, broccoli, etc.