The Lazy Girl’s Guide to Juicing

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Even as grown adults who actually like vegetables, getting enough greens into our diets can prove to be a challenge. According to The Center for Disease Control and Prevention, we’re not alone; under 9% of adults eat enough vegetables each day. So when we heard there was a tablet on the market that packs as much Vitamin B3 as 27 cups of broccoli, as much Vitamin C as five oranges, as much Vitamin B6 as 12 cups of peas, and as much zinc as 10 cups of asparagus, we were immediately sold. When we found out this same tablet costs just $1.25 a pop, while actual green juices cost upwards of $10 each, we started to think someone was messing with us. They weren’t.

8 Greens (8G) was created by former model Dawn Russell, who credits veggies for helping her to beat Stage III lymphatic cancer. The 8G tab combines eight plant extracts, including, spinach, kale, wheat grass, aloe vera, blue-green algae, barley grass, spirulina and chlorella, all of which dissolve into a glass of water in much the same way as would an Alka-Seltzer. This formula was painstakingly developed over four years after 263 prototypes, all of which Russell says her husband was unfortunate enough to have to taste. Though there’s no sugar added, the final product is actually quite palatable (think citrus in flavor), and it provides a perfect mid-afternoon energy boost to combat the 3 o’clock slump. Buy 10 tablets for $12.50 here.