Healthy Juices to Drink

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Juice or Not to Juice that is the question?

How many of you are looking across your kitchen counter to a mob of motorized monsters disguised as kitchen appliances? In my kitchen we have the microwave, the coffee maker, the blender, the food processor, the toaster, the crock pot (yep, still got that one hanging around) and of course the alarm clock/CD player/TV all in one. But the three which are the largest, tallest and require the most counter space are the smoothie maker, the Jack Lalane juicer and
the Montel Williams Health Master, the latter two acquired as a result of the connivings of my children. “Oh, mom, this would be great, I can make healthy snacks not more junk food. I promise I will use it every day!”

So mom complied and made the necessary purchases. Maybe two weeks tops we tried new recipes ran to the store every two days to buy some new exotic ingredient to put it to the test, some concoctions were good others gathered new colors and mass while waiting in the fridge. Only to have the fun and curiosity vanish while the two healthy heathens continue to gather dust on my counter!

We all know that fruits and vegetables should be a consistent part of our daily diet but which ones are the best? Plus, how to get the biggest bang nutritionally once the container goes in the grocery cart. Since our attempts in my home to “juice” with fresh ingredients and make at home recipes are minimally successful. I thought I’d share some alternatives for others out there faced with some of the same challenges…can’t go shopping daily, freshly squeezed needs to be consumed quickly and only rare occasions when all consumers are in the same place at the same time for “juicing” jamborees!

Let’s start by exploring which fruits are the best for nutritional health… in other words the container (fruit of choice) with the biggest list of healthy ingredients. Now with all of the recent press for the acai and goji berries, you would think they’d top the list… NOT!

pink grapefruit juice1 300x234 Healthy Juices to DrinkBelieve it or not the most nutritious healthy juice is simple pink grapefruit. It is an excellent source of vitamin C, providing an entire day’s recommended amount in a single 8-ounce glass. It also provides potassium, folate, thiamin and magnesium, as well as certain carotenoids that are converted into Vitamin A once consumed. It also contains lycopene, another carotenoid and these compounds may be linked to cancer and other disease prevention. Ok, in my house no one will touch the pink stuff except mom…so what next?

orange juice 150x150 Healthy Juices to DrinkWell the next most healthy juice, is (drum roll please), YEP, orange juice! Right there in front of us! Now there are other juices that have excellent nutritional value and they are healthy juices to drink for the growing crowd. Some of these are more popular than others but can also be combined to produce some interesting blended combinations.

These are some of the most healthy juices to drink…the best of the best:

berries10061 150x150 Healthy Juices to DrinkBlueberriesone of the richest sources of healthful antioxidants and other so-called phytochemicals and for us adults it improves memory.

Strawberriescontain vitamin C, along with phytonutrients and antioxidants,
they also provide an excellent source of vitamin K and manganese, as well as
folic acid, potassium, riboflavin, vitamin B5, vitamin B6, copper, magnesium,
and omega-3 fatty acids.

Kiwi and Strawberry1 150x133 Healthy Juices to DrinkKiwisrich with Vitamin C, boosts immune system, helps with iron absorption, 
reduces high blood pressure and regulates heart rate, contains antioxidants,
folates or folic acid; promotes respiratory health

guava1 150x150 Healthy Juices to DrinkGuava ­ contains vitamins A, B and C along with potassium,
one of the best anti-oxidants, helps to cure various diseases and aids in weight loss, skin maintenance; reduces wrinkles, and protects against ageing.

cranberries1 150x150 Healthy Juices to DrinkCranberriesrich with Vitamin C, great dose of dietary fiber, antioxidants and phytochemical nutrients, protects against heart disease and cancer; highly effective in the treatment of urinary tract, bladder and kidney infections; can also prevent the formation of kidney stones and the formation of oral bacteria which lead to plaque and gum disease.

pomegranate1 150x150 Healthy Juices to DrinkPomegranatecontain polyphenols, tannins and anthocyanins – which are
beneficial antioxidants, they may reduce cholesterol and blood pressure;
additionally slows down LDL cholesterol oxidation.

A great site with a lot of research data about foods, the most nutritious healthy juices and tons of other information can be found at Science Daily.

Now, remember when shopping for fruit juices in the grocery store, there are several important things to keep in mind, little or no added sugar, organic is usually better (although often more expensive) and look for packaging that says 100% fruit juice. Obviously it is better if you can keep the ingredients to natural elements only.

There are several companies that manufacture 100% juice products with more on the way and many of these can be found on most grocery store shelves. Juicy Juice is one of the best for kids as they have juice boxes and bottles. R.W. Knudsen has a wide variety of organic juices as well as 100% fruit juices. Another company which has added 100% fruit juices to its line is Old Orchard and of course there are the old familiar names of Welch’s and Ocean Spray with their individual product lines.

Click on the highlighted text to find some of the varieties available through Amazon. If you are interested in organic juices click here for those options at Amazon.com

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  1. drinking

    Nice reminder that I should be drinking more juice =P I really like juice with a mix of kiwis & strawberries. My absolute favorite though is Blood Orange juice! It’s amazing! I got addicted to it when I was studying abroad in Italy. It’s hard to come by here in the states though. If you ever see it, I suggest you try some!

  2. donna thomas says:
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    Dillon,
    In my younger years I traveled throughout Europe and actually lived in Switzerland for 2 years. I remember the blood orange very well.. it’s unusual in the deep red color but oh the flavor was fantastic!

  3. Tracy Allen says:

    Don’t like grapefruit at all but, I can do oranges all day long! Lol! I too love blood oranges! There’s even a blood orange soda. I know that is far from a “healthy” drink… just sayin. :) Do you like using that Jack LaLane juicer? I see the infomercial and I want one! Great tips there!
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  4. donna thomas says:
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    Tracy, Like it however you can not use real dense fruits in it like bananas.. actually think Montels is better as just about anything goes in it and it will heat stuff too so soups can come right out of the blender. Both of them send along some sample recipes which is good for my kids and my son is hooked on all the variations of chocolate which can be added as well! Sorry my reply took so long, the holidays and a bad cold caught up to me!

  5. Tracy Allen says:
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    Sorry you had an old yucky cold! No problem about the delay. I’m gonna look into Montel’s too then. I would like to get a good juicer. Thanks for the response! :)
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  6. Felicia says:
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    Hi Donna,

    These are all great juice ideas. Glad I know what vitamins and nutrients we will benefit from drinking juices from different fruits. The very best juice I like is the mango juice. Sweet and tangy :)
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  7. donna thomas says:
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    Felicia, I love most fruit juices but one of my favorites is cranberry. Plus today with all the blends they have available I have many options and even better it has some system cleansing properties. Glad you stopped by!

  8. Johanna says:
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    Hi Donna,
    I sure would love to try every juice drink you’ve put here, but sad to say that the only available fresh fruits I could have here are kiwis, guava, orange and strawberries.

    I would love to have a real cranberry juice! The ones available here are processed – no real fruit at all. Lucky you! :)
    Johanna recently posted..3 Amazing Fruit Facts – Fruits that are Found Also in the Philippines

  9. donna thomas says:
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    Johanna, Real fresh fruit is definitely the best. Unfortunately unless you buy and use a food processor much of what is available on the marketplace is not 100% juice. I try to find the best available, glad I was of some help!

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