If You Can't Get Enough Pumpkin, This 'Autumn' Juice Collection Is for You
There are people who are down with a little pumpkin for the season—and people who straight-up love pumpkin.
If you fit into the latter category, that means you'll probably consume anything and everything that contains the fall staple.
While I wouldn't say I eat, sleep and breathe the pumpkin, I'm always open to trying anything that's made with it. So when Raw Generation sent along three days-worth of their pumpkin-themed juice collection (valued at $109.99), I was totally intrigued. Their juices are also plant-based, so that's an added bonus.
The lightest of the trio, this concoction is made with carrot juice, apple juice, pumpkin puree, lemon juice and pumpkin pie spice. Based on the sweet juices from the carrot and apple, I figured this one would be my least favorite, as I don't do well with overly sweet consistencies.
The name of this juice enticed me the most. Only a crazy person wouldn't jump for joy over pumpkin cheesecake—and the kicker: This version is actually vegan, made with filtered water, dates, pumpkin puree, hazelnuts, organic coconut milk, raw cacao powder, monk fruit powder, camu camu powder, Himalayan salt and nutmeg.
Maple Pumpkin Protein
While the thought of pumpkin cheesecake tickled my fancy, maple, too, never did anyone wrong. I was curious what a maple-pumpkin-protein combo would taste like, and I couldn't wait to dive into the concoction, made from filtered water, pumpkin puree, cashews, banana, pumpkin seeds, vanilla extract, monk fruit powder, monk fruit maple-flavored syrup, maca powder and Himalayan salt.
Off the bat, I was happy to see that these juices have no added sugar and are paleo-friendly. And as the biggest fall enthusiast of anyone I know, I was equally ecstatic over the autumn/pumpkin theme of the beverages.
That said, there's a pretty heavy heaping of carbs and natural sugars in the drinks, and since I try to steer clear as best I can (I'm incredibly sensitive to sweets), I could really only drink half a bottle per sitting. The contents of each drink are pretty rich, so if someone were to use these for a juice cleanse (as they're sold), there may be too much to consume per day. But if you keep a bunch in the fridge for the whole family, sipping on one of these for an on-the-go breakfast or post-dinner dessert can get the job done.
As predicted, I liked the pumpkin spice the least. It wasn't bad—it just wasn't my cup of tea. I very much dislike the taste of carrot juice, and while I do like apples as a whole, its juice is way too sweet for me. On the flip side, Maple Pumpkin Protein was my fave. It has a rich, creamy texture, and its ingredients are just what I like.
If you love pumpkin and the feeling of the season, you should at least try this juice collection. Though more on the smoothie side, as opposed to some of the light juices you may have tried in the past, you'll definitely get a blast of fall flavor.
Raw Generation makes additional juices as well, so if pumpkin isn't your jam, it's worth looking into their other options. In fact, they have even other fall-themed flavors.
Can't get enough of this seasonal treat? HERE's a list of delicious pumpkin recipes that aren't pie!