The Best Juices

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The Healthiest Juices

What Makes a Winner

Companies submitted 69 new juices to FITNESS. Our experts — Anar Allidina, RD, a dietitian in private practice in Toronto; Keri Gans, RD, the author of The Small Change Diet; and Stephanie Middleberg, RD, the founder of Middleberg Nutrition in New York City — helped us determine which ones should move on to the next round. Those finalists were sampled and voted on by FITNESS staffers.

 

COURTESY OF TROPICANA

Trop50 Red Orange

This stevia-sweetened blood orange juice has “an exotic, not-diety flavor,” a tester said, plus less than half the sugar and calories of regular OJ and 120 percent of the vitamin C you need daily. (50 calories).

 

COURTESY OF POM

POM Coconut

Looking for a sports drink that tastes like “a tropical vacation in a bottle”? Then this mix of coconut water and pomegranate juice is for you. It’s packed with potassium, which becomes depleted when you work out. (90 calories)

COURTESY OF CHERIBUNDI

Cheribundi Tart Cherry Lemonade Refresh

Blend lemonade with tart cherry juice — which has been shown to help muscles recover faster after a tough workout — and you get “old-fashioned deliciousness with a science-backed boost.” (80 calories)

COURTESY OF MINUTE MAID

Minute Maid Pure Squeezed Light Orange No Pulp Juice Beverage

“I usually water down my OJ when I drink it post-workout, but this no-pulp version is just light enough, taste- and calorie-wise, as is,” one tester declared. (50 calories)

COURTESY OF EVOLUTION FRESH

Evolution Fresh Raspberry Watermelon

Having a bottle of this cold-pressed juice — made with no exposure to nutrient-zapping heat — to look forward to helped one staffer “power through a grueling sweat session; it’s that refreshing.” (80 calories)

COURTESY OF TROPICANA

Tropicana Farmstand Peach Mango

Fit in an extra serving of both fruit and veggies with this best-of-both-worlds pick. Peach and mango purees give it a “smoothie-like” consistency, while carrot and sweet potato juice fulfill half of your daily vitamin A needs.(120calories)

COURTESY OF SIMPLY ORANGE

Simply Orange with Tangerine

This orange-tangerine combo “strikes the perfect balance between sweet and tart,” a tester said. “Case in point: I set up a make-your-own mimosa bar for a girls’ brunch, and this juice was gone long before the others.” (110 calories)

COURTESY OF V8

V8 Original 100% Vegetable Juice Hint of Lime

Even nonfans of tomato juice liked this “zesty, fresh-from-the-garden” spin on the classic. Despite delivering two grams of fiber, it has a texture that’s surprisingly thirst-quenching, not thick. (50 calories)

 

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