I just finished my very last juice of a 3 day juice cleanse founded locally in Bethesda, MD called Puree Artisan Juice Bar. Once or twice a year I like to do a 3 day juice cleanse to help motivate me to eat healthier in the new year or get back on track. The ingredients consists of only water and fresh unpasteurized fruit and vegetable juices. In the past I have tried Blue Print and Cooler Cleanse which were delivered from NY. All three were pretty comparable in price ($150-175), however for fellow Washingtonians the Puree ends up cheaper when factoring shipping and handling. It was also quite rewarding to support a local small business and their juices were surprisingly all delicious and satisfying. I definitely will be using them again!
I started off with the classic 3 day cleanse, which includes 18 juices (6 per day), 3 beet shots and a ginger shot. The green juice in comparison to the previous 2 companies was the most delicious and the carrot juice tasted like dessert to me. I also enjoyed the beet shots rather than making it into a full 16oz drink (not a huge beet fan). The ginger shot was to be broken up between all 3 days however you decided to drink. I poured 1/3 of the shot into a mug of hot water each morning along with a half squeezed lemon to help wake me up and give me the energy needed to start my morning.
What my day looked like…(from L-R)
Juice 1- Mean Lemon-aid: Alkaline water, lemon, cayenne and agave (my favorite!!)
Juice 2- Easy Green: Apple, kale, cucumber and lemon
Juice 3- 22 karat: 2.2 pounds of carrots
Juice 4- Coconut Water: Truly raw organic water from young thai coconuts
Juice 5- Easy Green: Apple, kale, cucumber and lemon
Juice 6- Vanilla Almond Milk: Almonds, dates, vanilla and alkaline water
I’ve heard some negative comments from others while juicing such as: when juicing you are eliminating nutrients and the fiber and antioxidants found in the skins. I only recommend a 3 day cleanse and no more. As I said before I like to do this once or twice a year, but not as a diet or a quick way to shed a pound or two. I treat this as a detox and to help get get my mind and body thinking and eating right.
I will say, this was probably not the best week to do a juice cleanse right before Super Bowl weekend…womp womp. I guess I will stick to the veggie platter this year.