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!!
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!