Naked Juice has become a pretty popular drink in our growing health conscious society. With its “100% Juice” labels and all fruit ingredient list, it seems like this juice is the perfect on-the-go alternative to a homemade smoothie. They sell Naked juices and smoothies all around campus, and I’ve had them less than a hand full of times. HOWEVER, it never fail to make me feel less healthy than I had before drinking. Curious to what exactly Naked Juice’s deal was, I did some research. Here are my finding:
Stripping down Naked Juice:
- There are 60 grams of sugar in one bottle of Naked.
- Most of the boost and vitamins are added to the juices
- Naked juice are highly caloric, with their products ranging from 120-230 calories per serving (1 serving is 8oz, only half the bottle!)
- In August 2013, Naked faced a class action lawsuit over their health claims (This concerned some of their labeling including “Non-GMO”, “All Natural Fruit,” and “All Natural Fruit + Boosts”) More information about the lawsuit here!
- Naked Juice is owned by PepsiCo, if that puts the “naturalness” of these juices into perspective.
Next time, instead of reaching for a Naked Juice, try making your own smoothie or juice!
Here are a few of my favorite smoothie combinations/recipes:
- The classic strawberry banana smoothie: A whole banana, a couple of strawberries (frozen or fresh), and some ice. Blend it all up and enjoy!
- If you looking for a boost of protein try this banana, spinach, and chia seed smoothie! Chia seeds are PACKED with protein.
- Or make your own healthy smoothie, using the chart below
Personally, I think I am going to stick to my homemade smoothies and juices where I can monitor what and how much is put into it.
But, if you are still looking for that same accessible smoothie for all your on-the-go needs, try Florida-based organic Noble Citrus juices and smoothies. Sold all over the US, these drink are similar to naked, but made with all organic produce!