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Pressed Juicery: Juiced to ImPRESS

4 Aug

It’s not news that I love juicing. Blue Print Cleanse has always been my cleanse of choice on the east coast. But in LA, it was hard to swallow (pun intended) the hefty delivery fees, or the limited pick-up days at Exhale. So, my search began for a local LA juice company to test out. And boy, did I find it.

Pressed Juicery is a tiny, hole in the wall, in Brentwood. Literally, it’s a closet with a cute barn door. There’s just enough room for a cash register, a person, two stand up coolers filled with juice, and a wall of supplements/elixirs. It’s the cutest thing I’ve ever seen. Ok, the guy on the phone kind of ruins the rusticness of it, but you get the idea. Good things do come in small packages. And I love any place where I can bring my dog, and eat.

Pressed Juicery, Brentwood

True to their promise “designed for your everyday life”, their menu offers flexibility unlike any juice program I’ve tried. Want your juice delivered? They can do that. Prefer to pick-it up in Brentwood? You can do that too. Not ready for a full-on cleanse? No problem. You can buy juices individually so you can test out as many as you like.

Pressed boasts 17 signature juices like Almond Milk (my fave), Blueberry Coconut Pear, Greens, and Roots. They usually have specials like Watermelon Mint which is TO DIE FOR. Sampling is ideal, particularly if you’re new to juicing. It’s an easy way to test out the juices without committing to a full-on cleanse. All juices are $6.50 for sixteen ounces, except almond milk ($8.00), aloe vera ($3.00) and carrot ($5.00).

If you’re looking to cleanse, you can choose which level you want (Cleanse 1 for less experienced, Cleanse 2 is most popular, Cleanse 3 for experienced/hardcore). And within each level, you have options: Greens 1 (no apple & lemon) or Greens 2 (with apple & lemon), Roots 1 (with beet) or Roots 2 (no beet), and Detox 1 (lemon, cayenne, filtered water) or Detox 2 (pineapple, pear, ginger, mint). Each cleanse ends with Almond Milk, those familiar with Blue Print and other cleanses know how the nut milks are known for being the dessert they look forward to all day.

PJ’s (we’re friends now, I can call them that) juices are pressed daily at an offsite facility in Beverly Hills. They use premium, organic ingredients, which is evident in each juice.  I was taken aback by the creaminess of their Almond Milk and the Carrot Coconut. I swear I was drinking a dairy product. And look at the color of this juice! It’s startling how bright and orange it is.

Carrot Coconut Juice

The Watermelon Mint is divine. It tastes like you’re sucking juice out of a perfectly ripe watermelon. The mint balances out the sweetness so it’s refreshing and light. I threw this back in about 10 seconds.

Watermelon Mint Juice

Their Almond Milk is one of the best nut milks I’ve ever tasted. It’s creamy, sweet, rich, dotted with vanilla bean specks, and literally tastes like melted ice cream.

Almond Milk: almonds, dates, vanilla bean, sea salt, filtered water

If I had children, Pressed Juicery would be my go-to place for juice. If you’re going to have juice, you might as well have the purest ingredients, and reap the maximum nutritional benefits, right? So many packaged juices are full of chemicals, additives, artificial x-y- and z, added sugar, it’s horrifying. Plus, these taste amazing and won’t fool those young palates into thinking cherries are supposed to be fire engine red, dye your tongue, and taste like sugar.

PressedJuicery.com is loaded with information about what to do before, during, and after the cleanse, and general F&Qs about cleansing. Like this one:

What is the difference between a “hydraulic press” and a regular juicer? At Pressed, all of our juices are produced on the highest quality juice press that exists. As opposed to a normal “centrifugal” juicer which takes a whole fruit or vegetable and squeezes out the juice, a hydraulic press actually grinds the entire thing into a fine pulp, after which it applies thousands of pounds of pressure to this pulp, extracting every ounce of juice that the fruit or vegetable can possibly yield. The results are smooth-tasting juices that contain the maximum amount of nutrition contained in each item. The gentle pressing action allows for little to no air to be introduced into the juice, and because of this each bottle can be kept in sealed, refrigerated containers for up to 3 days with little loss of taste, nutrients, or color.

Wish I could buy a hydraulic press but for now, my Breville Elite will have to do.

After sampling practically every juice they make, I’ve embarked on a 3-day cleanse. More on that when I finish it.

Don’t miss this amazing hidden gem. You can order online (they now deliver nationwide), pick-up in Brentwood, or swing by their mobile truck in Malibu. I’m dying to check out their truck because I heard they do remixes like combining Detox 2 + coconut + almond. Um, YUM. I’m imPRESSED.

Pressed Juicery


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Spring Cleansing

14 Mar

I’ve done it again. I survived my third Blue Print Cleanse! Now you know why I haven’t posted a recipe in a few days. Cleansing + Cooking = Torture.

Why cleanse? Good question. I cleanse when I’m feeling run down, or have been overindulging and need to get back on track. To me, a successful cleanse is based on replenishing and taking care of the body, not depriving it. Juicing, in particular, gives the body a break from all the hard work of digesting and processing food. It floods the system with nutrients it may have been lacking. In liquid form, the nutrients are easily absorbed into the bloodstream enabling your body to reap the full benefits to create inner balance.

Blue Print Cleanse is a nutritional juice cleanse founded by Zoe Sakoutis, a raw-foodist and certified nutritional consultant, and Erica Huss. Their juices are unpasteurized, unprocessed, raw, vegan, and locally sourced from sustainable farms.

There are six bottles of juice per day, with a recommended three day minimum cleanse. BPC has three levels to choose from: Renovation, Foundation, Excavation. The levels vary from gentle (more fruit based juices) to aggressive (more green juices) and should be selected based on current eating habits. If you eat total crap, start with Renovation. If you’re a pretty conscious, healthy eater, try Excavation. See their website for details. The best part? They taste delicious and it’s idiot proof. Usually I’m obsessing about what to eat for dinner while I’m eating breakfast. On BPC, I can even give my brain a break from worrying about my next meal.

Here are the juices I had on the three-day Excavation cleanse. The bottles are numbered and consumed in numerical order approximately every two hours.

Green Juice (juices 1,2,3, & 5)- Romaine, celery, cucumber, apple, spinach, kale, parsley, lemon and ginger. I love it. Lemony and refreshing, I never get sick of it.

Spicy Lemonade ( juice 4) – Lemon juice, agave, cayenne pepper. Tastes exactly like it sounds, tart with a very subtle heat.

Cashew Milk (juice 6) – Cashew, water, vanilla, cinnamon, agave. This is like the golden child of the cleanse. It’s bottled dessert. I look forward to it all day long.

Blue Print Cleanse Excavation - photo courtesy of BPC website

BPC emphasizes the importance of pre- and post-cleansing. I’ll admit, this time I wasn’t as diligent as I usually am, which is probably why I struggled a bit. It’s important to ease in and out of the cleanse so you don’t shock your system. Their website has all the details and their customer service is quick to respond to any questions via email, Facebook, or Twitter @BPCleanse. BPC also sends guidelines on preparing and coming off the cleanse via email, along with words of encouragement throughout the cleanse (a nice touch).

Although it’s supposedly fine to workout while cleansing, it made me pretty hungry especially in the afternoons, and I had to “cheat” with some celery. Yes, I know it’s sad when celery is on the cheat list. But now that it’s all done, my skin is clear and glowing, I feel “clean”, and invigorated. Any cravings I had have subsided, and the little sweet tooth devil is off my shoulder.

BPC is available at Whole Foods Tribeca. I usually buy a couple bottles after class at Soul Cycle. You can also order through BPC’s website with the option to pick-up or and have it delivered. Delivery in NYC is only an extra $5 a day and it sure beats lugging 18 bottles home. They also have FEDEX so check it out no matter what zip code you’re in, you might be able to get it too!

If you’re interested in making your own juices/smoothies and other cleansing recipes at home, get Zoe & Erica’s book, The 3-Day Cleanse. I’ve made a couple recipes from it (including the infamous cashew milk) and really enjoyed them.

The 3-Day Cleanse by Zoe Sakoutis & Erica Huss

TheKitchn.com recently posed the question “Can Food Lovers Really Survive a Cleanse?”  My answer? Absolutely. Not everyone believes in cleansing and I respect that. But I do think cleanses like Blue Print are beneficial, even if you’re already a healthy eater. Juice cleansing floods your body with water and tons of nutrients so it’s not just about getting the bad out, it’s about overloading your body with good. If the idea of not consuming any solids for three days freaks you out, BPC has a Juice ’til Dinner program that consists of four BPC juices, a two course vegetarian meal, and two tasty snacks. I’ve never done it, but seems like a good way to dip your toe in, if you’re new to cleansing.

I’ve seen people commenting on Twitter about how they could never cleanse because they love food too much, or they couldn’t be vegetarian or vegan for the same reason. I think they’d be surprised that many people who cleanse, are vegetarians, or vegans, are actually big-time eaters, like ME. Afterall, most are very aware of what we put in our bodies, which requires not only nutritional awareness, but also a deep love of food/cooking, and concern for how our food is grown and sourced.

What do you think? Have you done a cleanse or considering doing one? Tried Blue Print already? What did you think? Please share!

Happy Spring Everyone!!

Kale Banana Smoothie: It’s not easy being green

10 Jan

Day 7

The first time I had a kale smoothie was at Naturewell in LA. The person ahead of me ordered this bright, beautiful, green smoothie. I had to be nosy and ask “what is THAT?!” He replied, “It’s a kale coconut smoothie”. My reaction was probably similar to your’s, a combination of disgust and intrigue. I ordered it and have to say, I loved it. The young coconut added sweetness, while the kale gave it this fresh, grassy-like taste that was so refreshing. You really wouldn’t know you’re drinking kale. Sadly, I haven’t been able to find it on the east coast. Terri’s organic vegetarian shop has a kale smoothie that is similar, but with almond butter and pear. It’s delish and I definitely recommend trying it if you’re ever in Chelsea, but I still long for the Naturewell version.

I recreated a kale smoothie that’s close enough to tie me over between my trips to LA. I love that if I have one in the morning, I’m getting vegetables into my diet when I’d ordinarily have oatmeal or another carb/fruit combination. Kale is highly nutritious, full of antioxidants, calcium, vitamin K & C, beta carotene, and much, much more. I haven’t been ambitious enough to cut open a young coconut and dig out the meat. I’ll admit, I’m afraid I’m going to lose a finger getting that puppy open. So my version is kale banana and is still super yummy, but if you’re ever in LA, be sure to hit up Naturewell. It’s probably the best juice bar I know in NY or LA. And don’t be so quick to judge the green foods!!! They may surprise you.

Kale Banana Smoothie

1 serving

3/4 cup hemp seed milk (or any soy, nut or regular milk)

1-2 whole leaves (approx 2 cup) lacinato or green kale, thick stems removed

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

2 teaspoons agave nectar

1 frozen banana

Put all the ingredients in a high-powered blender adding the soft ingredients in first and the hard ingredients (frozen banana) last. Blend until smooth using the tamper as necessary to push the ingredients down. If it’s too thick for your taste, add another 1/4 c hemp milk. Drink immediately.

To freeze banana, cut horizontally into bite size discs. Line a quarter sheet pan or cookie sheet with parchment or wax paper and place the bananas on the sheet so they’re not touching. Place in the freezer overnight.

Disclaimer: Do as I say, not as I do. The image below is not a pretty example, but I’m out of bananas so can’t do another camera-ready version. The banana was overripe before I froze it so it’s not the sexiest and I didn’t line the slices up in neat little rows like I usually do but you get the idea. I know you’re disappointed in me, I’ll do better next time.

If you’re curious, I buy Hemp Bliss hemp milk by Manitoba Harvest, available at Whole Foods…Click here to learn more about hemp and its nutritional advantages.

To all my friends starting Blue Print today (the tally is up to four now), best of luck and enjoy every minute of it! Looking forward to hearing all your stories, please share them!!!!!!

– Chelsea

day 6 vegan: “wannabe” BPC cashew milk

8 Jan

Day 6 – Wannabe BPC Cashew Milk

Everywhere I turn, someone is on a new year’s cleanse. Three of my friends are starting Blue Print Cleanse on Monday. They don’t know each other so I know this is more than a coincidence. I’m excited that people are cleansing to kick-start their new year’s resolutions. There was a time when I’d say the word “cleanse” and I’d see that you’re talkin’ crazy expression on my friend’s face. Well, all this talk of BPC got me craving that damn Cashew Milk. And I mean DAMN. That stuff is good. I would look forward to having it all day since it’s the last drink of the day. I’ve done BPC three times and honestly, I love it. I would do it more often, if it were free. It was on Gilt Groupe this week, but of course everything sold out by the time I looked. I’m waiting for another special offer to show up in my inbox (hint, hint BPC). I did read yesterday that rumor is… BPC is now available at Whole Foods Tribeca. I’m swinging by Tuesday after Soul-Cycle to see for myself. If it’s there, I’m totally stocking up on green juice!!

Anywho, a few months ago, I bought The 3-Day Cleanse book (by Zoe Sakoutis and Erica Huss, the founders of Blue Print Cleanse) specifically for the Cashew Milk recipe. I think the recipe in the book is slightly different than what comes with a juice order. I don’t recall the last round I had having any extra virgin coconut oil in it?

I’ve altered the recipe slightly, so it tastes closer to what you get when you order BPC. It’s SOOOOO easy to make and totally delicious. I save my BPC bottles to reuse when I make extra cashew milk to take with me on the go, or to have at home. I drink it as a snack, breakfast, or sometimes just have a few sips after dinner as a dessert. It’s like duct tape, it fixes everything. The bottles have a fantastic seal so I sometimes use them to put fresh juice in for my hubbie to take to the office.

For those of you with new year’s resolutions to save money, here’s the recipe you can make at home. I recommend using a high-powered blender like Vitamix to ensure the nuts are really pulverized and create a smooth, milky, consistency/texture.

“Wannabe” BPC Cashew Milk

1/2 cup raw cashews, soaked 1 hour (in 1 cup filtered water)

2 cups fresh filtered water (don’t use the water you soaked the cashews in)

1 teaspoon cinnamon

1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

2 teaspoons agave

Drain the nuts. Combine all the ingredients and blend until completely smooth in a high-powered, premium blender. Store in the refrigerator for up to 5 days. Shake before drinking.

To make a chocolate version add 3 T raw cacao nibs, blend and enjoy!

smile my pretty Vitamix

Again, disregard the fact that the bottle in the pic is juice #5. On BPC, cashew milk is #6, but I re-used a bottle here.

Adapted from The 3-Day Cleanse by Zoe Sakoutis & Erica Huss

Vitamix model featured is the Super 5200

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