I keep bottled juice and frozen fruit for back ups when Ive ran out of dates/fresh fruit.
Is it as good as sufficient cals from fresh fruit? No.
Is it better than the crap you used to eat? 1000%
Is it better than running your immune system low cos your glycogen is depleted? TOTALLY!
An orange juicer only costs $20 at most supermarkets .. and it'll last you for years! It only takes 3 oranges to make a tall glass of orange juice; and the taste blows the carton-stuff out of the water! It has much more natural pulp, Vitamin C (that wasn't added back during pasteurizing), and fresh water in it. Often times you can find a citrus juicer with a pulp basket built in; so you can adjust how much pulp you do/don't want based on your personal preference! I couldn't live without my citrus juicer! The benefits are too much NOT to go and buy one!