Love it, like it, hate it: Green drinks and smoothies

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Juiced vegetables are loaded with health benefits, but the juicing process can be time-consuming. Fortunately, for those who aren’t going to juice their own veggies, there are plenty of options on shelves. But not all of these green drinks are nutrient-packed as they seem, with some packing in more than a day’s worth of sugar and more calories than a Krispy Kreme donut! In today’s Love it, Like it, Hate it, Molly is Giving us the Skinny on the best and worst of store-bought green drinks!

 

LOVE IT!

Veggies only, no fruit juices (except for lime or lemon juice)

 

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.

 

suja Twelve Essentials. Per bottle: 70 calories, 8 grams sugar.

Celery, cucumber, collard greens, lemon, kale, green chard, parsley, ginger, romaine, spinach, spearmint tea, peppermint tea

 

Evolution Fresh Essential Greens with Lime. Per bottle: 70 calories, 12 grams sugar.

Celery, cucumber, spinach, romaine, kale, lime, parsley
GT’s Multi-Green Kombucha. Per bottle: 70 calories, 4 grams sugar

Raw Kombucha, blue-green algae, spirulina, chlorella (added benefit of probiotic-rich Kombucha)

 

 

 

LIKE IT!

Blend of fruit juices & vegetable juices; less than 200 calories/bottle

 

Evolution Sweet Greens & Lemon. Per bottle: 100 calories, 20 grams sugar.

Celery, apple juice, cucumber, spinach, romaine, kale, lime, lemon, parsley, wheat grass.

(apple is the only fruit juice in addition to lime)

 

Bolthouse Farms Daily Greens. Per bottle: 180 calories, 38 grams sugar

Pear juice, cucumber juice, celery juice, kiwi, banana, kale, spinach, romaine, bell pepper, green tea, lemon juice…

Plum Vida Fruit & Veggie Pouch. Per pouch: 70 calories, 10 grams sugar

 

Note: Bolthouse Farms Daily Greens and Plum Vida Fruit & Veggie pouches are great options for kids & finicky adults who may not otherwise get their daily dose of greens.

 

 

 

HATE IT!

Blend of fruit juices & vegetable juices; more than 200 calories/bottle

Note: We don’t really “hate” either of these, but for the majority of the population who strives to lose excess weight, these pack in significant sugary calories.

 

Odwalla SuperFood Fruit Smoothie Blend. Per bottle: 240 calories, 47 grams sugar.

Apple juice, peach, mango, strawberry and banana purees top the list, followed by spirulina, soy lecithin, Vit C, wheat grass, barley grass, wheat sprouts, Jerusalem artichoke.

 

Naked Green Machine. Per bottle: 280 calories, 56 grams sugar.

Apple juice, mango, pineapple juice, banana, kiwi, spirulina, alfalfa, broccoli, spinach, barley grass, wheat grass, ginger, kale, odorless garlic.

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