juice review: suja elements

Happy Friday everyone!!!! As you know, I’ll be traveling this weekend so I am happy as a clam. I’ll be flying with my InStyle magazine (my usual travel indulgence), Kindle (with an awesome book, I’ll let you know about it once I finish reading), water bottle, and Kind bars. I love the uninterrupted flying time!

So the other day I was at Whole Foods picking up the CSA box and I always take a peek at the juice section, seeing if anything worthwhile is on sale (like Blueprint juices–SO expensive, and never on sale!). What was on sale for $3.50?

Suja elements.

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Suja elements are more like a smoothie, less like a juice–they have a thicker texture.

suja elements, what is suja elements, suja elements review, best juices from whole foods, green juice in food stores, alison hay, alison hay personal trainer, the fit chronicles, the fit chronicles blog, best fitness blogs, miami blogsThey do seem to have more calories than a standard bare bones juice. This is good for anyone working out who wants a healthy snack afterward, or someone like me who needs some quick energy before a class or client. Mine clocked in at 210 calories, but I have to say that I was surprised at the lack of nutritional content.

With chia and flax seed I expected a good dose of fiber, but 2 grams wasn’t really shocking to me. My usual complaint with juices and cleanses is the lack of fiber (and protein, obviously), and Suja elements aren’t exactly delivering on that front. I’d like to see a better breakout of nutrients, if that’s possible, as a juice with kale/spinach/leafy greens is sure to have more than just Vitamin A and C.

Also, beware of the high sugar content. Yes, it is natural sugar, but it’s still packing 33 grams. Yowsa! Maybe one day the label will say “naturally occurring sugars” or something like that as opposed to “added sugars” (a girl can dream), but either way, be careful. You might feel that sugar spike after sipping on this sucker.

Would I buy it again? If it was on sale.

I’ve always been a believer of just eating a boatload of wholesome fruits and veggies, and I still follow that idea. Want a detox? Just pile a plate full of fruits and veggies and sprinkle some lemon juice over the whole darn thing. Take it with a side of H2O and you’re golden. You’ll feel more full and probably won’t want to punch someone as a result of your juice-induced hunger pangs.

But for on-the-go moments, I might actually pick up a juice, but I’d probably pair it with something that has protein, like almonds. That would be a pretty good travel snack!

Any other juices you’ve tried that you love? Any good weekend plans?!

Suja was not involved in this review–they did not provide me with any juice or compensation. I purchased this juice, drank it, and reviewed it on my own!