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FITNESS 2013 Healthy Food Awards: The Best Juices

  • Lucas Zarebinski

    The Healthiest Juices

    What Makes a Winner

    Companies submitted 69 new juices to FITNESS. Our experts — Anar Allidina, RD, a dietitian in private practice in Toronto; Keri Gans, RD, the author of The Small Change Diet; and Stephanie Middleberg, RD, the founder of Middleberg Nutrition in New York City — helped us determine which ones should move on to the next round. Those finalists were sampled and voted on by FITNESS staffers.

  • Courtesy of Tropicana

    Trop50 Red Orange

    This stevia-sweetened blood orange juice has "an exotic, not-diety flavor," a tester said, plus less than half the sugar and calories of regular OJ and 120 percent of the vitamin C you need daily. (50 calories)

  • Courtesy of Pom

    POM Coconut

    Looking for a sports drink that tastes like "a tropical vacation in a bottle"? Then this mix of coconut water and pomegranate juice is for you. It's packed with potassium, which becomes depleted when you work out. (90 calories)

  • Courtesy of Cheribundi

    Cheribundi Tart Cherry Lemonade Refresh

    Blend lemonade with tart cherry juice — which has been shown to help muscles recover faster after a tough workout — and you get "old-fashioned deliciousness with a science-backed boost." (80 calories)

  • Courtesy of Minute Maid

    Minute Maid Pure Squeezed Light Orange No Pulp Juice Beverage

    "I usually water down my OJ when I drink it post-workout, but this no-pulp version is just light enough, taste- and calorie-wise, as is," one tester declared. (50 calories)

  • Courtesy of Evolution Fresh

    Evolution Fresh Raspberry Watermelon

    Having a bottle of this cold-pressed juice — made with no exposure to nutrient-zapping heat — to look forward to helped one staffer "power through a grueling sweat session; it's that refreshing." (80 calories)

  • Courtesy of Tropicana

    Tropicana Farmstand Peach Mango

    Fit in an extra serving of both fruit and veggies with this best-of-both-worlds pick. Peach and mango purees give it a "smoothie-like" consistency, while carrot and sweet potato juice fulfill half of your daily vitamin A needs. (120 calories)

  • Courtesy of Simply Orange

    Simply Orange with Tangerine

    This orange-tangerine combo "strikes the perfect balance between sweet and tart," a tester said. "Case in point: I set up a make-your-own mimosa bar for a girls' brunch, and this juice was gone long before the others." (110 calories)

  • Courtesy of V8

    V8 Original 100% Vegetable Juice Hint of Lime

    Even nonfans of tomato juice liked this "zesty, fresh-from-the-garden" spin on the classic. Despite delivering two grams of fiber, it has a texture that's surprisingly thirst-quenching, not thick. (50 calories)

    Originally published in FITNESS magazine, July/August 2013.