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If you’re like most Americans, you probably grew up on orange juice, apple juice, and grape juice. Kale and spinach juice? Not so much.
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It shows: When compared to other juices (orange, red, and purple), more than a quarter of adults said they "fear the look" of green juice (come on guys, is green actually scary?), and only 9 percent said green juice was their favorite, finds a recent Jamba Juice survey.
Still, our interest in green juice is growing: more than 20 percent of people said they’d prefer to drink spinach and kale than to chomp on the actual vegetables, and 32 percent think that green juice is the healthiest juice, according to the same survey.
“The trend is growing as more and more people are exposed to green juices,” says Ruth Lahmayer Chipps, MS, RD, former American Dietetic Association spokesperson, and Owner of Living Healthy Kitchen.
And that’s a good thing: "Green juices, like kale and spinach juice, contain roughly 5 cups of vegetables for each cup, meaning you’re getting 5 times as much calcium, iron, and potassium,” says Chipps.
Not to mention, green juice is an easy way to up your intake of vitamin K during pregnancy. “Kale and spinach are rich sources of vitamin K, which is essential for normal blood clotting," says Chipps. Plus, it supports proper bone growth for both you and your baby, she says.
No need to invest in a juicer: the best part about the growing popularity means that the benefits are more accessible than ever. Try Jamba Juice’s new Kale Apple Pineapple Chia Seed juice (the fruit balances out the distinct kale flavor). Find out how you can get a free juice, here.