Juice is one of my favorite things in life. I attribute some of it to a sweet tooth developed over my earlier years eating fruits, candies, and other sweets. I’ve always preferred juice over soda because it felt more natural, although most juices found in stores are far from natural.
Adam Conover explains how artificial and gross it all actually is in the below clip from his show Adam Ruins Everything on TruTV.
I don’t gain weight easily, and in order to keep from looking like a skeleton, I have to consume calories beyond what the limits of my appetite will accept. For me, juicing is a way to maintain weight without losing what precious little I already have. For others, it’s a way to lose weight.
Replacing fatty, high-calorie foods with juice is a great way to feed your body the water and nutrients it needs without overloading and gaining weight.
On either side of the spectrum, juice is an essential part of the human diet, and I’m a fan. While I typically make my own juice, I’m always on the lookout for the latest juice, smoothie, or raw bar where I can get a taste of what juices other people enjoy.
I came across some juice delivery and subscription services during my hunt for the coolest subscriptions on the planet and wanted to share my experiences with them. Keep in mind the juices were given to me for free, so I may have an unintentionally biased opinion toward them.
Suja juices are hand-crafted with organic ingredients to help you get off to a healthier start. These cold-pressed juices come in lines for a variety of lifestyles, including Suja, Classic, Elements, Fresh Starts, Probiotic Waters, Drinking Vinegars, and more.
Flavors like Revive, Glow, Lavenade, and Master Cleanse allow you cleanse your body of impurities, making you feel fresher, while drinking vinegars and probiotic waters help your digestive system.
Suja clearly focuses on the healthy aspects of juices, and many of them won’t appeal to you if you’re looking for a heavily sweetened juice. This definitely isn’t Naked Juice, and that’s not a bad thing. Personally I love the flavors of fresh juice, though I felt many of the fruit/vegetable mixtures could use a bit more fruit to sweeten the deal.
Still, there’s no denying the effectiveness of the vitamins and minerals provided by Suja’s juices. The flavors also mixed well, and I was familiar with the Master Cleanse mix of maple, lemon juice, and cayenne pepper that a few friends and girlfriends past used.
A one-day Fresh Start 6-Pack (1 each of Master Cleanse, Glow, Purify, and Blue Dream, along with 2-Twelve Essentials) will set you back $48 ($8 per bottle), and you can order up to a 30-pack for a five-day juice cleanse.
Suja juices are also available in grocery stores, and I’ve found a decent variety at my local Safeway among the Naked, Bolthouse Farms, and other juices. They can be ordered through Amazon as well.
They’re non-GMO, gluten-free, and everything else you’d want to see in a fresh juice. While mostly water (the first listed ingredient is water, indicating the juice is heavily watered down), there is plenty of juice in these 12-oz bottles.
That being said, Suja is still a much better option than the sugar water and artificially flavored concentrates available in the juice aisles of most grocery stores.
Lumi Juice is another juice delivery service offering cold-pressed, organic juices specially formulated for a variety of purposes. The bottles look much smaller than Suja, but are only 2 ounces smaller (10 oz vs 12 oz). There are also 16 oz versions available.
While Lumi does have quite a few juices that focus more on healthiness than flavor like Suja, there are plenty of classics like fresh orange and apple juice to keep every palette satisfied. There are even smaller shots with natural ingredients for energy, and a quick, spicy pick-me-up.
I rather enjoyed Lumi juices and found the sweetness was perfectly balanced in most of the juices. The few that weren’t sweet, I assumed going in and wasn’t thrown off.
For 14 Lumi juices (one per day) in a 10 oz size, you’ll pay $57, which is just over $4 per juice. For $115 ($3.83/juice), you can have 30 juices delivered. In the 16 oz size, the cost is $110 and $220 ($7.85 and $7.33 per juice) for 14- and 30-day supplies. These are subscription services that renew, so be aware of that.
Before dropping the coin on the larger size, know that the 10-oz juices cost you $0.38 per ounce buying 30 at a time, whereas the 16-oz juices cost $0.46 per ounce buying 30 at a time.
Lumi Juice is also available on Amazon, and I’ve not yet seen it in local stores around me, but that may be different where you live. Aside from the sketchy pricing structure, I did enjoy the actual juice product from Lumi, and if I were paying for them, that’s the one I’d most likely buy. They taste better in my humble opinion and are nearly half the price of Suja’s $0.66 per ounce of juice.
Of course, there’s nothing better than juicing at home, and my next project is profiling some of the best juicers, blenders, and drink-making gadgets on the market.