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Last week I had the pleasure of sampling a variety of fresh juices from one of the leading organic juice companies in the industry, Suja. And my oh my, were these beverages an absolute delight!
If you’re not familiar with Suja juices (you may have seen them available in the refrigerated beverage section of your Whole Foods Market), let me give you some details. Suja produces 100% raw, organic, cold-pressed juices in a wide variety of ingredient combinations. Pressed using the High Pressure Pascalization (HPP) method, the juices are processed using high pressure instead of heat, so all of the nutrients remain intact. From the Suja website: “Unlike pasteurization, pascalization is an external process; the raw product itself is never touched. After the products are in their final packaging, our pressurizing method uses only evenly distributed pressure of cool water (44°F) to short circuit any potential harmful invaders, such as Listeria, E. coli, Salmonella, lactic acid bacteria, yeast and mold.”
The cool thing about the HPP method is that it extends shelf life beyond the typical 3 days that you’ll find with most other fresh, raw juices on the market. All of my juices came stamped with expiration dates, most of which were a good 3 weeks out.
I received Suja’s 3-Day Cleanse to sample, which included 18 beverages. So did I actual live off of juice and juice alone for 3 days? No, I didn’t. Although the package is designed to be consumed over the course of 3 days (6 beverages per day), I know that for my body type and activity level it just wouldn’t be smart for me to go without solid food for that long. I have relatively sensitive blood sugar. Eating only fruit or fruit/vegetable juices makes me spacey. I also exercise regularly and need more fuel for recovery.
That said, it didn’t matter in the least that I didn’t drink all of the juices within 3 days, because like I said, they last for weeks when stored in the fridge! I eat a very clean diet as it is, so I had a blast incorporating the juices into my healthy diet each day. So, let’s talk about the taste.
Suja’s juices incorporate a wide variety of fruits and vegetables into every bottle. Most of the juices tasted quite sweet to me, so they would be a fabulous starting point for anyone new to the world of juicing. The Green Supreme, a blend of kale, green apple, and lemon, was amazing! I could drink that every day. (You know me. I’m crazy for kale!)
If there’s one thing I noticed right away about Suja’s juices, it’s that they are incredibly smooth. I don’t have a great juicer, true, but my homemade juices come nowhere close to tasting as smooth as Suja’s.
I also loved the Purify blend, which included carrot, apple, celery, cucumber, lemon, and beet. The lemon added a perfect punch to offset the sweetness of the roots and apple. I could see even mixing some of this with a little carbonated water for a “clean cocktail.” Even though it looks pretty “beet-ish,” it didn’t taste overly beet flavored at all.
I should mention that with every sip of Suja’s juices, it was almost as though I could feel my cells soaking up the nutrients. I’ve tasted a lot of raw juice, both bottled and fresh from various restaurants all over the country, but I knew from my first sip that Suja’s juices were extremely high quality. I could just taste it.
Based on some other reviews I read, the Vanilla Cloud was apparently heaven in a bottle, so I couldn’t wait to try it! This nut milk is a blend of almond milk, coconut milk, vanilla bean, honey, and water.
I think I was expecting something more like a milkshake or smoothie. The nut milk was thinner than I had imagined it would be, but the sweetness and flavor from the vanilla bean were right on point. It’s a good thing I gave away one of the Vanilla Cloud bottles to a friend, because this could be seriously addicting for nut-lovers like me!
My favorite juice in the entire box was this bright orange beauty: Fuel. And that’s how I felt after drinking it: fueled, energized, and glowing! If I could have a special refrigerator stocked with this stuff for the rest of my life, I would be very happy. It’s a blend of carrot, apple, pineapple, orange, lemon, and turmeric. I know, mostly fruit and mostly natural sugar…but my oh my, it was so amazingly good, and absolutely PACKED with vitamin A!
A few final facts:
- Cost: A 3-day juice cleanse is $54 per day, not including shipping. Some might think that’s expensive, but when you consider the quality of the product I think it’s actually very fair. For me to purchase as many organic fruits and vegetables as it would take to yield all of the juice I got, plus invest in a high-end juicer to get good results, and put all the time and effort into making the juices everyday—that would all be a ton of expense and hassle. Suja takes the hassle out of the equation and makes it easy to enjoy the benefits of fresh juice.
- Delivery: Suja ships nationwide! Check out this FAQ page for more information regarding shipping. You can also pick up Suja juices at many Whole Foods Market stores across the country.
- Dietary: All of Suja’s juices are 100% raw, USDA organic, gluten-free, and vegan. (Check out this FAQ page for more information regarding specific health concerns.)
In a nutshell: I love Suja! Their juices are amazing, especially for someone who wants to get their feet wet in the world of juicing. Since these blends are more fruit-based, they are all sweet without being overpowering. I would have preferred a few less sweet options, but I’m certainly not complaining! Every beverage I tasted was flavorful, unique, and I just felt good drinking them.
(Disclosure: I was generously provided with juices from Suja at no charge for the purpose of review, but my opinions are my own.)