Juice Nutrition: Telling 100% of the Story

Few Americans eat the recommended amounts of fruit each day.  In fact, 80% of Americans are falling short of their goal.  Can juice be a part of the solution?  Hy-Vee Dietitian, Jen Haugen, highlights how to make nutrient-rich choices in the juice aisle of the supermarket to help you meet your goal.  

The 100% Juice Difference

  • According to the Dietary Guidelines for Americans, the majority of fruit recommended should come from whole fruits, but when juices are consumed, 100% juice should be encouraged.  
  • Any fruit or 100% fruit juice counts as part of the fruit group. 
  • A serving of 100% fruit juice is 4 ounces and can be included as part of a healthy diet.

Why choose 100% Juice?

  • A four-ounce serving of 100% orange juice provides a half-cup of fruit and contains fewer than 60 calories along vitamin C, folate and potassium.  It’s naturally nutrient-dense.
  • Research finds that those who consume 100% orange juice tend to have higher intakes of fruit as well as fiber.
  • 100% juice contains no added sugars.

Orange Banana Frosted Smoothie

Serves 2.

All you need:

  • 2 cups orange sherbet
  • 1 banana
  • ½ cup Tropicana orange juice
  • ¾ cup milk

All you do:

  1. Put all ingredients into blender container.
  2. Blend until smooth.

Kids: Have an adult nearby to help with the blender.

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Jen Haugen represents Hy-Vee as a nutrition expert promoting healthy eating throughout the community.  Jen is a member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, the leading nutrition professional organization in the country.