Spicy Homemade V8 with 8 Veggies & Fruit #RawFood

watermelon V8

Homemade V8 juice made with 8 different veggies and fruit with a spicy kick is a drink I can drink any time of the year. I am not too crazy about store bought V8 although I do drink it occasionally. Sure, it provides 2-3 servings of veggies/glass but the fact that it is reconstituted from concentrate and has 420 mg sodium/ serving make it a less desirable than other juices for me. When you see the word concentrate, it means that most of the water is removed from the juice so that it can be stored and transported, and then it is added back in later. Sometimes this can be months later. Not really fresh juice if you get my point. Back to the sodium content, the lower sodium varieties are better but then again they’ve been pasteurized, so less enzymes and good stuff. Well I don’t mean to bash store bought juices and V8 (both of which I buy for my kids occasionally) but rather focus on making fresh juices like this homemade V8. Just throw stuff into a blender and you have fresh homemade V8 in seconds. Super easy and no juicing required!! I added some fruit to this homemade V8 blend to add some natural sweetness and give it a thinner juice consistency. I used tomatoes, carrots, red peppers, spinach, cilantro, lemon juice, watermelon and grapes. Well, cilantro does not really count as a veggie but I wanted to stay with magic number 8. You can add or delete fruits, veggies from this list. Just have the lycopene rich tomato as your base and keep the watermelon in the blend to give it that sweet watery juicy feel. I added some chili pepper to my homemade V8 but you can skip it if you like. Yummy raw juice homemade V8 to help you meet your 10 a day!!

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Nutrition Wise!

Watermelon and tomatoes are loaded with lycopene the skin vitamin that helps prevent skin cancer. They are also chockfull of vitamin C, A and potassium. Celery contributes a fair share of potassium while red peppers and spinach are brimming with Iron, Vitamin C and A. Add some heart healthy grapes and you have a delish healthy homemade V8 that is fiber packed!

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Homemade V8 with a Spicy Kick

Serves 3-4
Dietary Diabetic, Gluten Free, Vegan
Meal type Beverage
Misc Child Friendly, Pre-preparable, Serve Cold

Ingredients

  • 1 large tomato
  • 1 cup watermelon chunks
  • 1 cup red grapes
  • 1/2 cup spinach
  • 1/2 cup carrot
  • 1/4 cup cilantro
  • 1/2 cup red peppers
  • 1/2 lemon (juiced)
  • 1/2 tsp chili flakes

Directions

Wash, prep all veggies and fruit.
Blend nicely to a smooth puree with chili flakes.
Add ice cubes and drink cold!!

Comments

  1. I am not really a fan of V8 myself. For that reason, even a fresh version of it does not appeal to me. However, when I look at your ingredients, I think, if they weren’t blended, it would make a fruity pico de gallo (with some diced onions). So now I’m wondering if I would drink pico de gallo juice.

    This reminds me that I made some homemade salsa a few weeks ago — blended half and left the other half minced and diced before blending for chunky salsa. Have I gotten far enough away from the point yet? Perhaps I’m just rambling. :)

    As a non-V8 lover, how did you like the taste of your spicy veggie juice?
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    • Fruity Pico de gallo! Hmmm…. that sounds intresting! May make & blog that recipe. I like tomatoes and watermelon so anything with them as an ingredient is a WIN with me. I liked the taste of my spicy fruity V8. I’m chugging it for breakfast most mornings these days minus all the ingredients that is!

  2. What a wonderful combination of nutrients. I agree the store bought V8 is not worth the effort…

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