How many calories are in green juice? This is a hard question to answer, since green juices you make at home do not contain labels stating the number of calories that the juice contains. The short answer: A typical 16 ounce green juice is will contain anywhere from 140 to 220 calories. The exact amount of calories in your juice will vary based on how much juice you get from apples, leafy greens like spinach and kale, and water-rich vegetables like cucumber.
How to you calculate how many calories are in green juice?
It’s hard to say with exact certainty many calories are in juice because juice recipes vary. Some juices contain more leafy greens like spinach and kale (which are low in calories) and some contain more fruits like apples, oranges, and pears (which are higher in calories).
Even though it’s nearly impossible to say exactly how many calories are in green juice, we can make a close approximation. Simply measure out how many ounces (there are 8 ounces in a cup) of each ingredient is contained in a juice. Then add it up to get the final number.
(Some juices come with nutritional information.)
Apple juice and orange juice contain 110 calories per 8 ounces.
Most of us drink between 16-and-36 ounces of green juice. 16 ounces of apple juice or orange juice contains 220 calories. Apple juice and orange juice are the most calorically dense juice. That is, it has more calories per ounce than any other juice.
Thus, the most calories any green juice could have would be less than 220 calories, since the apple juice would be diluted with kale, spinach, beets, carrots, cucumbers, and other veggies.
Carrot juice contains 94 calories per 8 ounces.
Carrot juice is another calorically dense juice. (It’s also extremely potent and healthy and contains no fat. Don’t be put off by the term “calorically dense.” That simply means that an ounce of carrot juice has more calories than an ounce of cucumber juice.)
If you drank a 16 ounce carrot juice, your juice would contain approximately 190 calories.
Kale juice contains approximately 70 calories per 8 ounces.
Although it’s easy to determine how many calories are in apple juice, orange juice, and carrot juice, it’s trickier to figure out how many calories of juice are in kale juice.
Consider this: 8 ounces of whole kale contains approximately 112 calories. But approximately 1/3 of those calories come form insoluble fiber, which is removed during juice.
With an Omega juicer, you can get 8 ounces of kale juice from 16 ounces of kale. 16 ounces of kale would contain 220 calories. Since 1/3 of those calories come from fiber that is removed during juice, then 16 ounces of kale juice would contain 145 calories.
Cucumber juice contains approximately 70 calories per 8 ounces.
Cucumber is water rich vegetable. When you juice cucumbers, you separate the juice from the pulp. After juicing one to two large cucumbers, you will have approximately 8 ounces of juice, which equates to about 70 calories.
V8 juice contains 50 calories per 8 ounces.
V8 Juice, which contains tomatoes primarily and includes spinach and carrots and beets contains 50 calories per 8 ounce serving. (Low Sodium V8 Juice is great for when you’re traveling or too busy to juice. Here’s the best price on V8 Juice.)
A typical 16 ounce juice has 140 to 220 calories.
As you can see, a typical 16 ounce green juice has 140 to 220 calories. The exact amount of calories in your juice will vary based on how much juice you get from apples, beets, oranges, pears, grapefruit, kale, spinach, lettuce, celery, and cucumber.
That said, I don’t know anyone who got fat from drinking too many green juices. People gain weight from eating too much junk food. People actually lose weight when juicing because cravings for sugar and other junk food decrease.
Many people lose an amazing amount of fat drinking nothing but juice. Check out our Juice Fast page for more details.
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