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Three-day Pressed Juicery Cleanse

11 Aug

As promised, here are a few nuggets on my 3-day Pressed Juicery cleanse. Obviously, I survived.

Although I’ve done quite a few cleanses, this one threw me for a loop. I was absolutely exhausted the first two days. True to my idiot form, I didn’t follow their suggestion to cut back on my workouts, so by day two, I couldn’t keep my eyes open. I had a few headaches during the day and passed out by 9pm. By day three, I smartened up and cancelled my workout. By then, I was energized and excited to feel a little lighter.

The cleanse consists of:

  • 6 (16 oz) bottles of juice per day
  • 1 (16 oz) aloe vera water
  • 1 (16 oz)  chlorophyll water

Grand total of 8 bottles or 128 oz a day. That’s a lot of peeing, my friends. Stay close to the potty.

I chose to do a three-day, but you could do more or less. I opted for Cleanse #2, and picked it up in Brentwood.You can pick up all of the drinks at once, or pick them up daily, whatever your fridge can hold!  Considering that the juices replace all meals and snacks, I don’t think $50 for eight drinks is astronomical. Granted, I saved by not having it delivered. Delivery is about $70/day.

Here’s the order of drinks for Level 2:

  1. Greens
  2. Detox
  3. Roots
  4. Detox
  5. Greens
  6. Almond Milk
  7. Aloe Vera Water
  8. Chlorophyll Water throughout the day

For each drink, you can choose between 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 the nut milks are like dessert. I look forward to it all day. For my cleanse, I went with Greens 2, Roots 2, and a Detox 1 and Detox 2. I really like that you can customize it based on your tastes.

I love Greens 2 so much that next time, I’m tempted to do Cleanse #3 since it’s primarily Greens. The apple really sweetens it up and cuts through so you don’t get the bitterness of the greens, while the added lemon brings a citrusy brightness to it. I tried Greens 1 before I did the cleanse and it was a tough one for me. This is coming from someone who loves almost any Greens juice. I found myself chugging it down to get it over with. It’s very bitter and the parsley and celery are quite dominant. Greens 2 on the other hand, I savor and relish every sip. 🙂 Amazing what a difference a little apple and lemon can make.

Greens 2 Pressed Juicery

Roots 2 Pressed Juicery

The only part of the cleanse I wasn’t obsessed with were the Detox juices. Detox 1 is so tart, it actually made my taste buds and lips hurt by the time I finished it. I imagine this is what my mouth would feel like after sucking on a dozen lemons. Detox 2 is incredibly sweet, almost nauseating. If I had to choose, I’d probably go with Detox 1 and take tart vs. cloying sweet.

Detox 1 Pressed Juicery

Detox 2 Pressed Juicery

Almond Milk Pressed Juicery

The Chlorophyll water has apple extract in it which sounds good, but is virtually undetectable. This stuff is bland, and almost flavorless. It basically tastes like water, but it’s a cool color and made me feel like I was putting something good in my system.

From PressedJuicery.com – [Chlorophyll] Helps in the growth and repair of tissues. Delivers magnesium and stimulates red blood cells to improve oxygen supply. Contains vitamins A, C, and E. Helps neutralize the pollution that we breathe in – a good supplement for smokers. Also an effective deodorizer to reduce bad breath and body odor.

Chlorophyll Water

Aloe Vera Water is the very last juice of the day. According to their website, [Aloe Vera Water] helps to detoxify the body and blood stream and cleanse the colon. Helps with intestinal or stomach problems. Improves circulation and acts as a antibacterial, antiviral, and antifungal agent, preventing illness. In theory, it’ll keep things “moving” throughout the night. It was tasteless to me, but I didn’t have any tummy issues so perhaps it worked.

Overall, this was one of the most productive cleanses I’ve ever done. By the third day, I felt the energy coming back. I added the anti-oxidant supplement. I don’t know if it did anything, but mentally made me feel better.  I don’t know if I lost weight or not, perhaps a little water weight, but I definitely am less bloated, my skin is clear, and those late day sweet cravings have been silenced (for now).

The first day post-cleanse I actually kept juicing for a majority of the day and really wanted to keep going. Sadly, dinner plans meant I had to break the cleanse, but I have continued to juice during the day until dinner time. It’s now been a week since the cleanse and I’m still incorporating one to two juices into my daily routine. I’m looking forward to my next Pressed Juicery cleanse!

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

310-477-7171

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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!!

Day 2 Vegan: Juicing to Energize & Cleanse

4 Jan

Day 2 – I’m a Juicehead

After a rigorous session with Laurie at Soul-Cycle Tribeca this morning, I came home a little dehydrated and craving something refreshing/energizing. Lesson #1 – give the body what it wants (as long as it’s healthy i.e. not cake or bacon fat). I decided to give my best pal the Breville Elite Juice Fountain Plus a whirl. I bought it last year at Bed Bath & Beyond, after researching a number of juicers. It was $299, but I had a 20% off coupon which saved me about $60. I think it’s the best one at this price range. It only has four separate parts making it easy to clean, and extracts a high percent of juice leaving the pulp relatively dry. Plus it’s fast and not terribly loud. It also comes with a handy cleaning brush that has a flat handle to help clean out leftover pulp.

The juice collector (the piece that unfortunately looks like a stainless steel bedpan) is where the blade sits and the juice comes out. Because it’s die-cast, it’s one whole piece with no hidden nooks/crannies. Other brands had multiple parts, plastic pieces, and crevices around the blade area which can make it difficult to clean, increasing chances of bacteria developing.

With this model, all you do is rinse it out immediately after using, and take a soft sponge with soap and water to areas that need it. Use the Breville provided brush on the filter basket and you’re good to go! And put a plastic bag in the pulp container so it’s one less thing to clean. You can compost the leftover pulp and peels or see if your local greenmarket has a community compost.  The Union Square Greenmarket has a compost collection Mon, Wed, Fri & Sat from 8am-5pm. Check out www.lessecologycenter.org to learn more about composting options.

Here’s what I made today… I’ll call it The Juicehead in honor of the worst show on TV that I can’t stop watching. GTL.

The Juicehead

1 organic grapefruit

1-2 organic oranges (2 if you want it sweeter, 1 if you want it more tart)

3 organic carrots

1 small stem of organic ginger (about 1″ long)

Directions: Peel grapefruit & orange(s). Using a knife slice off the peel from each end of the fruit. Then stand the fruit up on one end and run the nice down vertically from top to bottom and work your way around the fruit until all peel is removed. Watch the segment below if you need a visual. Just block out the guy’s voice because it’s kind of annoying.

How To Segment An Orange – AWT On ITV1’s Daily Cooks – Video.

Directions continued: Clean carrots well. Chop ends from carrots. Juice according to manufacturer’s instructions.

TA-DAAAAAAAA!

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