We Try All the Green Juices From Daily Greens
Many juice companies offer a pretty predictable range of bottled juices: a red juice (made with beets and other things), an orange juice (made from carrots and other things), and a green juice (made from greens and other things.) Sometimes there's a spicy lemonade, sometimes there's a nut milk, too. But Daily Greens is a bit different: it's all green, all the time.
Breast cancer survivor Shauna Martin founded the company in Austin, and it's since expanded throughout Texas, Arkansas, Oklahoma, and Louisiana. The juices are now available at Whole Foods stores in New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut for around $7.99 a bottle. Each bottle contains 6 pounds of raw produce, and a portion of the proceeds are donated to programs providing services to young women battling breast cancer.
Just because the juices are all green doesn't mean they all taste the same: Daily Greens juices incorporate a number of unusual ingredients, and some are kale-based, while others are made with spinach. We tried 'em all to figure out our favorites.
Daily Greens Elevate is a combination of pear, spinach, watercress, cucumber, lime, and Madagascar vanilla. The mention of vanilla scared us a bit, but this juice is perfectly balanced and in our minds, the tastiest of the bunch. Yes, the pear juice adds sugar (12 grams per 8-ounce serving) but it also rounds out the flavor into a green juice we can face in the morning, even if we're not craving salads. The spinach keeps things delicate, and the watercress doesn't add much pungency. If you're just starting out with green juice, consider this your on-ramp. This is one of the best-tasting botted green juices we've tried.
We're not sure we've ever tried a juice with dandelion greens in it, but Daily Greens Renew combines them with spinach, mint, cucumber, watermelon, pineapple, celery, lime, and Himalayan pink salt. It's easy to drink, veggie-flavored but still sweet, with a bit of peppery dandelion on the finish. (Some tasters found that slightly spicy twist at the end a little offputting, but others didn't mind it.) The mint makes this juice bright, and using spinach instead of kale means it's milder than the others below. This is the most refreshing of the Daily Greens options.
If you're a green juice pro and hate green juices that are really fruit juice in disguise, Daily Greens Purity—made with kale, parsley, broccoli, cucumber, celery, lemon, and basil—may be up your alley. It's fresh and bright tasting, but will likely only appeal to people who love the taste of celery (or celery soda). This is savory stuff—we could imagine drinking it with a pinch of salt. One warning: the combination of parsley and broccoli with kale means this juice is a little on the bitter side, with quite a bit of tartness from the lemon.
Vitality, made with kale, cucumber, pineapple, jalapeno, cilantro, celery, lime, and himalayan pink salt, manages to be equal parts fruity and veggie-tasting, with the sweetness of pineapple popping through to temper the savory kale and cilantro. (Don't worry, cilantro haters, it's not that pungent here.) It's an unusual combination, but it tastes pretty balanced—not too sweet, not too bitter—though it doesn't really all come together for a cohesive whole.
Harmony is a classic green-juice combo, made with kale, celery, fennel, lemon, apple, pear, and ginger. The vegetal side is definitely prominent, but you can taste sweet ripe pears and apples, too. The flavors work well together, blending smoothly and avoiding too much bitterness, which can be the risk in kale drinks. We'd definitely sip this one again—it was our favorite of the kale-based juices.
Do you ever buy green juice? Got a favorite brand?