Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Alive Juices Review

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Alive Juices
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A few weeks ago, Alive Juices reached out to us to see if we'd be interested in sampling a variety of their fresh pressed juices. As an avid juicer myself, I jumped at the opportunity. Each day, I make a fresh juice in my Vitamix; this juice is rich in fiber and does not lose any of the content of the fruit or veggie. Alive Juices, in comparison, are made with a masticating juicer which presses the fruit and vegetables to release the liquid from them. The theory is that the the grinding of the Vitamix causes the fruit/veggies to lose their vitamins and minerals, whereas the masticating juices allows them to retain the nutrients.

I was excited to compare and contrast the experiences. The juices were delivered fresh to my door in adorable mason jars. A word to the wise: make sure you have the juices delivered to a location where you will be present to promptly refrigerate them.  Alive delivers to residences and companies in the DC area.

Now for the flavor reviews. Each Alive Juice is made with a base of the 'Big 4': apples, ginger, garlic, and lemon. Some of the juices tasted more similar to one another than others as the Big 4 flavors were particularly dominant.

The first juice (Big 4, cucumber, celery, spinach, cilantro) actually tasted as if I was drinking a Thai dinner that had been pureed and juiced. In a good way! It was crisp and clean with a good hint of cilantro. This juice was one of my favorites. 

Juice flavors #2 & #4
The second juice (Big 4, carrots, mint) was surprisingly very sweet. Though it was delicious, I couldn't really taste the mint. But, the ginger came through especially strong in this juice.

Juice flavor #3
The third juice (Big 4, romaine lettuce, celery, parsley) was still sweet but had an herby undertone. The color on this juice was less appetizing compared to the other juices. This might not matter to some, but I find that if I like the color of my juice, it's more appealing to drink. The flavor of this was similar to the others, but again it had a more savory than sweet flavor.

The fourth juice (Big 4, carrots, beets, kale, cilantro) had a fantastic deep red color. It sported a tanginess that I found refreshing and different than the other juices. I often find that when I juice with kale in the Vitamix, the flavor is very overwhelming and the consistency is much thicker than normal. With the pressed juice I didn't find that and this juice masked the strong kale flavor.

Juice flavors #5 & #7
The fifth juice (Big 4, romaine lettuce, bokchoy, collards, fennel) was the toughest to swallow, literally. This one was very strong and bitter. It was more challenging to drink in the morning and I think would be better off in the evening.

The sixth juice (Big 4, cucumber, swiss chard, mint) was 'earthy' and had an almost dirt-like taste. Though this might sound off putting, I didn't mind this juice. It was actually a welcome change to the super sweet offerings of the other options.

The seventh juice (Big 4, red cabbage, parsley, watermelon) was sweet with a strong watermelon flavor on the front-end with a hint of parsley on the back. Best way to describe this one is a watermelon jolly rancher.

The eighth juice (Big 4, squash, cilantro, pineapple) was fairly tart. I also found that this juice had the most unique flavor of all 8 juices and the Big 4 flavors came through the least. I'm not convinced pineapple was used in this juice--it tasted more like grapefruit!

If you're looking to get started with juicing or do a cleanse, I would recommend Alive Juices. Not only are they a local company, but they also provide a great product at an excellent value. If you're looking for juices with minimal sugar, Alive Juices now also makes all of their juices available with no fruit.


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