Maybe you've been curious about vegetable juices but a little nervous about how they might taste. Maybe you don't want to invest in a juicer just yet, but you want to give drinking your vegetables a try. 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.
The Orchard Veggie Blend is the green juice of the bunch, pouring that swampy color that some might find a little intimidating. Here, the green is from spinach, mixed with sweet potato, apple, kiwi, pear, and carrot juice, plus spirulina. The combination is definitely sweeter than it looks; with our eyes closed, we'd guess this was just pear-sweet-potato-carrot juice. Popeye's favorite green may look scary, but it's actually mild in flavor, and you likely won't taste it at all. This is a good way to get over your fear of green juice, though frequent-juicers might have preferred a little less of the sweet pear and kiwi juices in the mix.
The bright orange juice is called the Tropical Veggie Blend, and they're not kidding about the tropical part. There are carrot and sweet potato juices in here, but what you taste is the fruity stuff: pineapple juice, mango juice, and banana puree. It's practically a pina colada (and you could totally add rum.) If you hate the taste of banana, this won't be the right juice for you, but if you're looking for a sweet tropical escape (with a side of carrots) then this'll work.
The red Berry Veggie Blend pulls an old trick, mixing red beets, purple carrots, and sweet potato with sweet stuff like apple juice, strawberry puree, blackberry, and raspberry juices. Even if beets are your nemesis, you're unlikely to detect them here: this is basically a friendly berry juice blend, popping with sweet fruity flavor. Fans of beets might wish for a little more of the root-vegetable flavor, but those who want to get their veggies down without tasting them have found a new friend.
Have you tried these juices? What did you think?
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