Juice me for a day

I don't know about you, but I love the sample stations at my local grocery store, Heinen's, and literally slowly stroll by each station to see if it's worth trying as I peruse through the store picking up my weekly items.

After leaving the produce section, I passed by soon-to-be new juice friend, Keith, who was sampling, "would you like to try our mean green juice?" Instantly, I was interested because 1) what a cool name and 2) based on a quick glance of the products, packaging and display, I knew it was something super ridiculously healthy that likely needed to be added to my refrigerator. The juice extraordinaire also explained how the juice is raw (never heated) and cold pressed slowly to keep all the nutrients intact from the organic fruit and vegetables. Sold!

Let me introduce you to Garden of Flavor - locally produced raw juice made right here in Cleveland by a lifelong Clevelander sold in Whole Foods, Heinen's and Mustard Seed.

After sampling a few juices, I decided to put back my one bottle and go all in with a one day juice cleanse for $44 to kick start my week and blast my system with pounds and pounds of fruits and vegetables. Now, if you follow my blog closely, you know how I feel about any type of long-term cleanse after I miserably failed the Dr. Oz one two months ago. I'm just not that into them. Cleanses and I aren't friends - I have no will power for that type of thing.

However, a one day cleanse is the sort of thing I can get behind because it's just one day. Right? Well, that's exactly what I told myself Sunday night and Monday morning as I sipped on the first drink marked #1 in the six drink package.

Goji Pineapple - Probably the best zing I have had in the morning with the ginger addition. Not too sweet, perfect substitute for your morning OJ with the pineapple and goji berries.
Rating: A+

Cucumber Refresh - This just has fresh written all over it. Clean, fresh taste and easy peasy to drink.
Rating: A

Mean Green - This was pretty good considering all it had was vegetables in it - romaine, kale, celery, cucumber, spinach and lemon. I definitely felt pretty damn healthy after drinking this one for lunch. Rating: B+

Twisted Roots - Look, I love a beet salad with walnuts and gorgonzola as the next girl but I would not normally drink my beets. But drink #4 called for me to do so and I did at 3 p.m. for my afternoon pick me up. It's a combo of straight beets and carrots with lemon. This was my least favorite but I'll try anything once for the sake of being healthy.
Rating: C+

White Knight - Like the dessert I was craving all day, I blended this with some ice and cinnamon after a fellow juicer suggested it and it was sweet, nutty, filling and may be my favorite one of the set. Rating: A+

Lemon Pepp - Remember how the Master Cleanse was made popular a few years ago? The lemon/cayenne pepper/agave combination reminded me of that and much like the Cucumber Refresh, this was very easy to drink at the end of the night and perfect after my hot yoga class to hydrate as well.
Rating: A

In my non-expert opinion, the one day cleanse is perfect for someone like me who doesn't want to do days of smoothies but can still eat fruit throughout the day if needed. Over the course of the day, I felt energized and never tired from missing out on my morning caffeinated green tea either.
While I'll likely try my hand at the day cleanse in the near future, I'll definitely add  a mix of Mean Green, Goji Berry and Lemon Pepp to my shopping list for next week.

Juicers - what's your favorite brand to use? Or do you just add the juices into your daily diet instead?


Heather said...

I'm not a juicer. I feel like I need actual food - I like to chew something I guess.

Crystal @EatDrinkClev said...

I never dreamed I would be able to drink my food all day but was super surprised at how great I felt without being hungry. I thought for sure the lack of chewing would bother me too like Heather said, but it didn't! I love Anna in the Raw and Suja. I tried Garden of Flavor too but I still like those best.

Jessica M. said...

I'm so glad you blogged about this as I was very curious as to how it went. I've been interested in trying a juice cleanse for a while but only for a day.

Katelin said...

oh i definitely feel like a one day cleanse would be more my thing.