Real V8 Juice Recipe: What’s in V8?

Ever wondered what the V8 juice recipe was? Many of us have enjoyed a bottle of V8 Juice from the supermarket. With a juicer you can make your own cold-pressed V8 Juice.

(Pictured below, a Real V8 made with a Breville Juicer and which is available here.)

V8 Juice

You can basically juice any fruit or vegetable. When using potent herbs and vegetables, recognize that  a small pepper or single clove of garlic goes a really long way.

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Some friends of the blog recently made a V8 Juice. They don’t have a recipe per se, as they modified the respective proportions to taste. You, too, can make your own V8 but looking at the ingredients from the canned V8:

The original V8 is made mainly from water and tomato concentrate, and reconstituted vegetable juice blend: water and concentrate of 8 vegetables, specifically: beets, celery, carrots, lettuce, parsley, watercress, spinach, and tomato. Tomato juice comprises around 87% of the total drink.

Since tomatoes are a naturally soft vegetable, it’s harder to get a lot of juice from them. The trick is to purchase firm tomatoes. (Pro tip: Always choose the firmest fruits and vegetables while grocery shopping as those give the highest juice yields.)

Make your Real V8 juice your own by adding and subtracting ingredients to make it “just right.” To make your V8 Juice recipe, start with a tomato, celery, and carrot base:

  • 2-3 firm tomatoes
  • 2 stalks of celery
  • 1 carrot
  • 1/4 of a beet.

Then add spinach, lettuce, parsley, and watercress to taste. Spinach, lettuce, parsley, and watercress are all very flavor-dense. Start with a small amounts of each, tasting the juice as you make it.

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Here is a reader favorite:

Real V8 Juice Recipe

  • 2 carrots
  • 1/2 of a medium-sized beet
  • 1/2 nub ginger
  • 1 green apple
  • 1 lemon (peeled)
  • 2 stalks celery
  • 1 handful parsley
  • 1 tomato

And of course you needn’t juice all 8 ingredients in V8. Maybe juice a V4 containing just tomato, celery, carrots, and spinach. Or juice a V9, V10, or V13 by adding different ingredients.

(Making a Real V8 Juice with red, yellow, and green bell peppers.)

Real V8 Juice Recipe

You can garnish the V8 Juice with celery stalks or even add some fresh-ground black better. You can also add some spices with these spicy juice recipes.

The Real V8 Juice is one of the healthiest juices you can make. Each ingredient has a different health-boosting benefits  Beets improve blood circulation, carrots provide vitamin a, tomatoes are loaded with lycopene, celery helps your body get rid of water retention, spinach and lettuce are rich in blood-boosting and detoxifying chlorophyll, watercress aids in digestion, and parsley opens up the lungs.

Try it out and let us know what your own recipe for a V8 (or V4, V5, or v9) juice.

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  1. Carnivore says

    OT: Thanks for starting this blog and getting me on to juicing – started last week. Have to experiment a lot more, but really enjoy the beet/lemon/carrot/apple/pear concoction I’ve been making. And the next day, the bleeding turds are funny.

    • FitJuice says

      Not bad at all and certainly better than most beverage options. It’s just not optimal. But one should not let the good be the enemy of the best.

  2. BrownianMotion says

    What is your opinion on Odwalla and Naked Juice?

    If I am in a hurry I will grab one of these at the store. I am just trying to figure out if they do any good. Seem to have a lot of sugar.

  3. Neal says

    Just started juicing, but I use the Healthmaster instead of a regular juicer. I can’t stand broccoli but I experimented and found that 5 or six heads with kale, bean sprouts, spinach, blueberries, cranberries, pineapple and coconut water to thin it out is very tasty.

    • FitJuice says

      I enjoy (or at least can tolerate eating) steamed broccoli. Raw broccoli disgusts me. Raw broccoli juiced with an apple and lemon is pretty tasty, though.

  4. says

    I too started juicing after watching Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead! I started juicing and working out like crazy! I was 252 pounds on January 12th, 2013 and am now 201.8 (March 16th, 2013)! I started a blog about my weight loss goal as I was 166 pounds when I met my wife almost 6 years ago. I plan on being 166 by April 2013! My blog is called 84lbs84days.blogspot I down over 50 pounds and have basically 34 to go!

    Thanks for this blog and for the collards post. I was trying to find more on red collards! Not a lot of specific data on just the red ones… was hoping to find some.