He’s Green, She’s Green: Green Juice

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In honor of St. Patrick’s Day and healthy resolutions, we chugged some green beer…wait…green juice! Yeah, that’s it. Seriously though, we felt healthy as ever after drinking a week’s worth of spirulina and kale in a few hours. The next time you’re staring into the dizzying abyss of cold-pressed juices, trying to decide between aloe vera and algae, keep these reviews in mind to help you choose.


Suja Elements | 
Organic Supergreens, King of Greenssuja-king-of-greens-2

HE SAID: There are green drinks, and then there are GREEN drinks. This aptly named King of Greens juice is in the latter category. The spirulina and chlorella adds very strong grass-like flavor to this apple juice, and there’s a bit of a bite on the end from the ginger. It’s not undrinkable, but I wouldn’t recommend it to someone new to the green drink game.

He gave it: ★★★

SHE SAID: The clean, fresh smell of cucumber was inviting when I opened the bottle. At first, I could taste yummy apple, but then it quickly turned into a bitter, spicy lemon-ginger flavor that stung the back of my throat. I can’t imagine drinking a whole bottle of this.

She gave it: ★★

 

odwallasuperfoodOdwalla | Original Superfood Fruit Smoothie

HE SAID: This is about as tasty as they get when it comes to drinking kale and algae juice. The base is a creamy blend of apples, peaches, mangoes and bananas. The mango and tart peaches were the strongest flavors, and there was only a slight grassy taste on the end. There was less than one percent green stuff in here, so it’s probably not the “greenest” of this bunch.

He gave it: ★★★

SHE SAID: If I hadn’t seen the color of this smoothie, I never would have guessed it contained healthy greens. All I could taste were apples, peaches and mangos. Delicious and readily available as these smoothies are, they aren’t organic and also include “natural flavors” – whatever that means. At least they’re non-GMO.

She gave it: ★★★

 

Columbia Gorge Organic | Cold Pressed Vita Sea Superfoods, organiccolombiagorgeVitaSea

HE SAID: Pear lovers rejoice! Your green smoothie has arrived. This Columbia Gorge green smoothie tastes almost exactly like pear nectar. It had only the slightest grassy taste, which is crazy because it has the most variety of grass added (wheat, barley and alfalfa grass, plus kelp and spirulina). This was my favorite.

He gave it: ★★★★★

SHE SAID: Creamy, smooth and sweet, I enjoyed this smoothie at first taste. It did have a soft grainy texture, likely due to the pear puree, but it wasn’t distracting. And though I couldn’t taste any, there’s enough greens in it to feed an army of rabbits.

She gave it: ★★★★★

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Evolution Fresh | 
Essential Greens With Lime, non-GMO

HE SAID: This was one of those drinks you either love or hate. It was the liquid form of a cucumber covered in Tajin powder. I was thinking it would grow on me since I like chili-lime cucumbers, but the lime clashed with one of the greens terribly (I suspect the parsley or lettuce). I didn’t make it through a third of the bottle before getting sick of it.

He gave it: ★★

SHE SAID: If the fresh-cut grass smell doesn’t tip you off, know that this juice is one you’ll need to take quick shots of, while repeating the mantra, “It’s good for me, it’s good for me.” The only fruit juice it contains – sour lime – wasn’t enough to save me from the bitter greens assault on my tongue.

She gave it: ★★

Forager Project | 
Greens & Greens, organicforagerproject

HE SAID: This was another cucumber, citrus and grass-flavored juice, but with cayenne, which made it taste more like the chili-lime cucumbers I used to snack on back in the day. Still, I haven’t developed a taste for limes and lettuce.

He gave it: ★★★

SHE SAID: This juice smelled like fresh-cut grass hiding in a spice cabinet, and it was one of the strangest things I’ve ever tasted. It hit me with a mysterious salty vegetable flavor, followed by a swift kick in the throat from the cayenne. After all the sweet juices we tested, this was very unexpected. If you’re a fan of spicy Bloody Mary’s, this might be your thing.

She gave it: ★

 


Product reviews by our eco-conscious couple John and Jennifer Burkhart.

See more product reviews at greenlivingaz.com/hgsg

 

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