Maybe you've been curious about vegetable juices but a little nervous about how they might taste. Knudsen's new 'Nature's Peak' juice blends (around $4.99) are one answer: think of them as vegetables juices with training wheels. They're beginner-friendly fruity blends...and you don't have to clean the juicer afterward.
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Some of the smoothies and juices we tested this past month are vibrant and green, some sweet and mellow. Here they all are, in case you're looking for a little inspiration for your still-kinda-the-New-Year-resolutions.
Bright, fresh orange juice, made a bit heartier and less acidic with the addition of sweet carrots.
This recipe combines the tropical flavor of fresh pineapple with the tang and lovely blush color of blood oranges, one of winter's tastiest and prettiest citrus fruits. A dose of parsnip juice rounds out the sharpness of the other two ingredients and brings a smooth, rich texture to this invigorating cold weather drink.
Hey, jerky January jet lag. Meet Green Grapefruit Ginger Juice. It's crisp and refreshing and positively buzzworthy, in that fresh grapefruit juice always gives me sort of a weird little buzz of mild hyperactivity that's exactly what a girl needs to combat jet lag phase two.
Sweet potatoes juice up extra thick and frothy, with a mellow sweetness that I felt cried out for a hit of acidity. Enter apples, whose tartness provides the perfect counterpart. A hit of fresh ginger brings some spice to the party, rounding out this simple, satisfying three-ingredient juice.
I don't have the time or money for that southeast Asian vacation this year, but I can transport myself to Thailand's tropical climes with just my juicer and a few pieces of sweet, ripe fruit.
I kind of hate the word 'mocktail'—it seems girly and fake, and makes me think of overly sweet and pink virgin strawberry daiquiris used for toasting at a baby shower. Non-drinkers deserve better. Here's the best freshly-made cocktail substitute I know: a mixture of ripe pear, fresh ginger, and kumquat.
This juice combines the delicate, floral sweetness of Asian pear with sophisticated, complex basil and a generous splash of bright, tart lemon. A little bit of celery brings it all together for a smooth finish. It's interesting without being too crazy, as evidenced by the fact that my two pre-teen taste testers not only didn't roll their eyes at it but seemed to genuinely enjoy it.
We bought every type of blend-able fruit we could find along with every type of plain bottled juice in the juice aisle, and brought them home to see if we could figure out our favorite 1-juice, 1-fruit combos. Some blends were great, others were passable, and some downright vile (I'm looking at you, orange juice with papaya). Here are some general tips we figured out, along with a few of our favorite flavor combinations.
Yup: the best way I know to improve the flavor of a hardcore vegetable juice is with some hard alcohol. And with the five or six juices you drink over the course of a day when you're on a cleanse, you have the golden opportunity for a boozy journey around the world without ever changing out of your yoga pants.
While this pink concoction, made with pineapple, apple, and fresh cranberries, is intended as a morning juice or afternoon pick-me-up, it would be completely at home in a cocktail glass.
When I started to think about a more savory slant to juicing, I used a favorite summer soup—gazpacho—as my jumping-off point.
I'm not really into the super-green juices that taste like fresh lawn, but that doesn't mean I don't like green. This drink is the most refreshing green juice combination that I know.
I'd never considered juicing sweet potatoes until a couple of months ago, when I went to my local, usually well-stocked fruiterer looking for a few sweet potatoes to bake for dinner. "We're all out," they said. "Everyone's juicing them now."
Savory and spicy may not be the first characteristics you'd expect in a juice, but once you try this flavor combination, you may find you can't kick the habit.
Do your New Year's resolutions include getting more kale and other greens into your diet? More fruit? Finally starting to eat breakfast? Making better use of that fancy blender or juicer that's languishing on your kitchen counter? Whether you're looking for a vitamin-packed snack or vegan workout fuel—or you're just seeking out a few booze-free drink ideas—we hope these recipes help.
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.
As leaves fall and noses get stuffy, here are the best drinks in town to get a taste of the season, a few servings of your five-a-day, and possibly fight off that nasty bug that's going around.
These single-variety apple juices from Washington State are strikingly different from each other. We're a little obsessed with the granny'tude, made from Granny Smith apples.