I’m one of those people who loves to be healthy and generally fails in some way. I mean, I love my smoothies, which usually start with kale and a banana and become some complex purple monstrosity as I raid the fridge for ingredients. But I also hold a lifelong loyalty to fish and chips. It’s nice to mix in healthier options, I just don’t always have the time for them, so I often fall back on grabbing some juice to go.
Since I’m in Seattle, I’m lucky enough to have decent access to juice and fruit for juicing year round, but I wanted to try out BluePrintJuice for everyone else.
BluePrintJuice are single juice options from the popular BluePrintCleanse series, without order for your drinking pleasure. From cayenne-spiked lemonade to cashew milk, it’s a wide range of options for both sipping and juice enthusiasts.
Here are my comments on the flavors I received:
Gold (pineapple, apple, mint): My favorite for sipping, and very close to the flavors in a mojito. The mint is incredibly floral, but not intense for those who like mint in their drinks. If you don’t like mint, this is not the drink you’re looking for, but I thought it was wonderful and refreshing.
Green (kale, apple, ginger, romaine, spinach, cucumber, celery, parsley, lemon): Honestly, this reads like one of my concoctions. (You can hide a lot of kale behind a quarter cup of berries and a banana.) The strongest single flavor for me was actually the celery, but beyond that it tastes like drinking green things. If you’re new to the current juice wave, this is going to be the hardest to drink, but it grows on you.
Red (beet, apple, carrot, lemon, ginger): I admit, I’m not normally a fan of beets in juice. This still has that earthy taste I associate with beets in drinks, but the apple counters it rather pleasantly, adding a floral base. (I can’t distinctly taste the carrots, but I suspect they’re also helping.) Unlike the other drinks that include ginger, this is incredibly light on the ginger factor, and took several sips before I even noticed it. I would absolutely drink this in a cleanse and be okay with it, and I was not expecting that.
White (cashew, vanilla, cinnamon, agave): This is sweet, like drinking smoother cashew cream with a hint of cinnamon. It was a bit too sweet for me for dunking into the vegan/gluten-free Skydottir cookies I had on hand, but still a good alternative for those who like our milk and cookies lactose-free. I’d recommend drinking it straight from the bottle, as it separates fairly quickly, and using really dark chocolate cookies or brownies for dunking.
Yellow (lemon, cayenne, agave): You can’t miss the cayenne. You might take a sip and not feel it at first; just wait a moment. There’s almost a cucumber flavor going on between the lemon and agave, and it’s not a tart drink, which was surprising with lemon as the dominant flavor. Like Yellow 2, it does build in heat, but even with my mild tastebuds I was fine.
Yellow 2 (lime, ginger, lemon, agave): Mellow, with the lime juice taking over. There’s definitely ginger present, but it’s that warm, fragrant ginger, like having gingersnaps on the tongue when you finish drinking. (It does build, but I didn’t find it unpleasant.) It felt rather nice on my sore throat, and I could see drinking it again when I’m feeling a cold coming on.
Starting at $5-$6 per bottle in stores, this isn’t the cheapest juice out there. But it’s a great treat to reach for when you don’t want an odwalla or have the time or energy to make your own juice at home. If you’re unsure between whether or go with Evolution juice or BluePrint, at the very least give the gold juice a shot. It’s worth it.