10. Columbia Gorge from The Store-Bought Green Juice Taste Test Slideshow

The Store-Bought Green Juice Taste Test Slideshow

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Jane Bruce

10. Columbia Gorge

80 calories, 8 grams sugar, 740 milligrams potassium, 4 grams protein per serving (12 fluid ounces)

Overall, no one liked this green juice. What started as a fully organic farm in 1989 has developed into a larger food and drink brand, Columbia Gorge. The label of the juice explains the process of juicing kale and celery, and then adding coconut water from Sri Lanka, but unfortunately it didn’t appeal to our tasters' taste buds. At all. The look of the juice was described as "separated" and "thin." The taste was described as, well, "watery, not a lot of flavor," and "slimy." Some of our tasters even spit this one out. This juice sells for about $4.50 at Whole Foods and other markets, but you might just want to invest in the individual ingredients to make it yourself.

Jane Bruce

9. Liquiteria

This should really be called mostly greens with lemon and ginger, because the predominant flavor in the New York City-based juicery’s bottle was ginger. Lemon, ginger, kale, spinach, romaine, parsley, and cucumber go into this juice from Liquiteria. It was described as spicy and salty, and one taster even noted that it "smells like ginger… wow. For a cleanse maybe? Or maybe an upset stomach?" Ding, ding, ding! Ginger is great for an upset stomach, and greens are great for cleansing. However, they might not be great for a leisurely drink for someone new to green juice. For $8.75, you can join the green juice gang (or try one of the11 other flavors of cold-pressed juices).

(no nutritional information given)

Jane Bruce

8. Organic Avenue

50 calories, 11 grams sugar, 3 grams protein per serving (14 fluid ounces)

According to Organic Avenue’s site, this juice is for anyone who "wants to cram the most variety of greens" into 14 ounces. The low-calorie, low-sugar juice sported a bright green color, and is completely organic and cold-pressed. However, tasters claimed "not that much flavor" was in the bright green juice, but that it was "really good for vegetable lovers" and "smelled fresh like cucumbers." The juice is made of kale, celery, cucumber, Swiss chard, spinach, collard greens, pear, lemon, and parsley. For $9, you can drink what Gwyneth Paltrow drinks — she called OA’s juice "so delicious" on her blog. 

Jane Bruce

7. BluePrint

130 calories,  28 grams sugar, 650 milligrams potassium, 2 grams protein per serving (16 fluid ounces)

BluePrint is a cleanse company based in New York, but is sold through a variety of retailers across the country. They make six different juices, but we tried their one and only green juice, called Green Juice (quite fitting we must say). The cold-pressed juice is completely organic and made of kale, apples, ginger, romaine, cucumber, spinach, celery, parsley, and lemon. One taster said, "I don’t hate it" — that’s positive right? Well, some just said that it tasted like celery, herbs, and garlic. One person even said it tasted like sushi. Don’t like it? The $9 bottle of juice is created of the most recyclable plastic — so that’s definitely a plus!

Jane Bruce

6. Evolution Fresh

80 calories,  16 grams sugar, 1220 grams potassium, 4 grams protein per serving (15 fluid ounces)

If you haven’t seen Evolution Fresh yet, you’re about to start seeing it a lot more within the next few months because Starbucks bought the company. Don’t be confused, though, Evolution Fresh was founded 30 years ago and was making green juice from their first day opened, and is sold in a wide-variety of retailers across the country.  The cold-pressed Sweet Greens is the one we tried. The juice is made of celery, apple, cucumber, spinach, parsley (explains the "Italian dressing up in here" comment one taster made), romaine, lemon, lime, wheatgrass, and clover sprouts. Other tasters remarked that it tasted "refreshing, clean, and healthy," and "for veggie lovers, tastes like celery," all for $6 a bottle. 

Jane Bruce

5. Juicepress

120 calories, 19 grams of sugar, 440 milligrams potassium, 2 grams protein per serving (17 fluid ounces)

Doctor Green Juice came in at number five in our taste test — and the reviews explain exactly why. "Creamy and gingery," and "lingering sweet aftertaste, not overwhelming" were the descriptions that tasters gave. Sounds like a pretty happy medium considering the slightly scary name (and dark color). Pineapple, apple, lemon, ginger, and kale go into this completely organic, cold-pressed juice sold at a variety of stores in New York City (and the Hamptons for you weekenders). "Kale! I dig it," said one taster, which further proves our point that kale isn’t so crazy. The $10.99 bottle of juice provides nutrition, as well as some fun light reading on the bottle.  

Jane Bruce

4. Bolthouse

280 calories, 60 grams sugar, 840 milligrams potassium, 4 grams protein per serving (15.2 ounces)

Green Goodness is a blend of 20 different ingredients; maybe that’s why so many people loved it. On the ingredients label: Pineapple juice, apple juice, mango purée, banana purée, kiwi purée, spirulina, natural flavor, chlorella, zinc sulphate, green tea, spinach, broccoli, vitamin C, barley grass, wheat grass, echinacea, garlic, Jerusalem artichoke, lemon, bioflavonoid, and nova scotia dulse (a red seaweed grown in the Pacific Northwest and Northern Atlantic). OK, some of those ingredients were a mouthful. But tasters commented, "fruity and sweet," "very sweet, pineapple," and "I would drink this — tangy!" 

Jane Bruce

3. Naked

280 calories, 56 grams sugar, 800 milligrams potassium, 4 grams protein per serving (16 fluid ounces)

 "Apple-y, fruity, and thick — I like it!" said one taster. Apple juice is the first ingredient in this green juice from Naked (owned by PepsiCo), followed by mango purée, pineapple juice, banana purée, kiwi purée, spirulina, "natural flavors" (whatever that means), chlorella, broccoli, spinach, barley grass, wheat grass, parsley, ginger, blue green algae, and odorless garlic. The large list of various ingredients appealed to tasters, with comments like "well balanced" and "sweet but definitely vegetable-y." Thankfully for those who like the juice (labeled by one taster, "Looks weird, tastes amazing!"), it is available at a wide variety of places from convenience stores to all-natural markets. 

Jane Bruce

2. Odwalla

190 calories, 37 grams sugar, 550 milligrams potassium, 2 grams protein per serving (12 fluid ounces)

Our runner-up, Odwalla’s Original Superfood, is the proof that you shouldn’t buy a book (or green juice!) by its cover (or color). The first reactions were that it was thick, and "looks like pea soup." But once people tasted the green stuff, reactions of surprise filled the room. Some described the juice as "very fruity and sweet," with hints of peach and banana. Odwalla is owned by Coca-Cola, so like Naked, it is sold at a wide variety of retailers. 

Jane Bruce

1. Trader Joe’s

280 calories, 56 grams sugar, 800 milligrams potassium, 4 grams protein per serving (16 fluid ounces)

 Drum roll please: The number one bottled store-bought green juice, according to The Daily Meal’s taste buds, is Trader Joe’s Very Green 100 Percent Juice Smoothie. One taster said they would "drink it on the regular," and one taster said it was "good for those who don’t like green juice." So what’s in the number-one-ranked green juice? Apple juice, mango purée, pineapple juice, banana purée, kiwi purée, spirulina (one of the trendiest juicing ingredients out there), chlorella, broccoli, spinach, barley grass, wheat grass, parsley, ginger root, blue green algae, and odorless garlic. All that sweet stuff at the beginning explains why one taster said it was "really sweet, like nectar." However, there are some downsides to the green juice. A big red flag: "natural flavor" on the ingredients label, which can’t always be verified as natural or healthy. Plus, the juice has 56 grams of sugar in a 16-ounce bottle, which makes it not necessarily the most healthy juice on shelves, but it sure is tasty. 

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