Why All Green Juices Are NOT Created Equal

Editor’s Note: This post comes to you from our healthy living contributor, Carolyn Brown, M.S., R.D., a certified yoga guide and registered dietitian from Foodtrainers, a private nutrition practice in Manhattan.

Have you hopped on the juicing bandwagon? You know green juice has gone mainstream when you can even grab and go at Starbucks (but I’m not recommending you do). While it may look and sound like a nutritionist's dream come true, not all green juices are created equal: You are better off skipping than sipping many of them. It’s time to spill the beans—please don't spill your $7+ green juice—on this trend. 

Juicing is a great way to get an energizing power punch of nutrition. I sometimes prefer it to a midafternoon coffee (okay, or maybe I'll have both). But many green juices actually have as much sugar as a soda! Yikes. All of those fruit add-ins add up to slurping down a sugar bomb. Of course it’s more nutrient dense, thanks to those few sprigs of kale in the mix, but research shows that people who consume sugary beverages generally don’t compensate for drinking those calories by eating less food later in the day.

So our juicing rule at Foodtrainers is to go all green (fruit-free) or one fruit maximum in your juice—and at most, only have one green juice per day. For extra flavor, get spicy. Add in ginger, turmeric, lemon, lime, cayenne, apple cider vinegar, cilantro, basil, and/or parsley for healthy and tasty boosters.

What’s your favorite juicy combo?