Green Drinks: Should You Drink in the Hype?

With lifestyles today trending towards healthier eating and drinking habits, many of us may find ourselves replacing those once stocked sodas in our refrigerators with juice bottles instead. But is your fridge (and your belly) really packing in a purer and leaner punch of hydrating goodness? The reality is, 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 one of my recent “Love it, Like It, Hate it” segments, I address one of the latest trends in juices: green drinks. These juices can make for a simple and convenient way to incorporate more vitamins, minerals and antioxidants into our diets, while also disguising the tastes of some highly beneficial produce that we may not necessarily like, such as beets and kale.

To help you filter out those green drinks that may not necessarily be as healthy on the inside as their label on the outside may suggest, below are some of my best and worst bets when it comes to store-bought green drinks!

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.

For more details on this topic, watch Molly’s “Love it, Like it, Hate it” segment on WGNO New Orleans.

Molly Kimball

Molly Kimball, RD, CSSD
Molly Kimball, RD, CSSD is a Sports and Lifestyle Dietitian, Board Certified as a Specialist in Sports Dietetics by the American Dietetic Association.  She... read more