Have you ever wondered?
I’ve been curious about something lately. I’ve noticed that home delivery juice services are sprouting up all over the country (all over the world, really) and it has me wondering how they compare to fresh juice cleanses made in your very own kitchen. What’s the big deal? Are they fresh? How do they taste? Can you get cleansing results? Are they worth the money?
Well I guess the universe heard me because I received an email from Jessica at Cooler Cleanse asking me if I’d like to try their cleanse. Yes! I replied. So we set up a date for me to try their new Juice For A Day, a one day cleanse designed for people who want to try out juice cleansing or just need to reset their system after and indulgent weekend.
Why Cooler Cleanse
The Cooler Cleanse brand is one of the top recognized names in home delivery juices. The company began about four years ago when Eric Helms, owner of Juice Generation in NYC began designing custom detox juices for actress Salma Hayek. Salma, who has been an advocate of juice cleansing for many years, has said “I love to eat, and I’m not a vegetarian. That’s why it’s so important for me to give my body a break from time to time and cleanse my system.” The collaboration was so successful they decided to bring it to the public and the Cooler Cleanse was born. Today they offer a variety of juice cleanses and even raw food cleanses delivered direct to your door.
Juice For a Day Arrives
The juice was cold when arrived at my door via FedEx. The box was lined with an insulated material and inside were six juices and three cold packs. I set them in the refrigerator lined up in order of the numbers stated on the lids.
However there was just one problem. I start my daily juice routine around 6:30 each morning. This package arrived at 9:40 am which means I had already had my first juice of of the day (which I prepared myself). I debated whether or not to start the cleanse that day or wait until the next day, but ultimately chose to start right away.
What follows is a list of the six juice types and their ingredients plus my view on each:
1. Sweet – kale, watermelon, apple, lemon. This juice had an interesting taste and there was definitely a texture to it, perhaps some watermelon bits coming through.
2. Citrus – pineapple, orange, lime. Citrus juices are among my favorite and this one was smooth and sweet and hydrating.
3. Green – cucumber, celery, parsley, spinach, kale, pear, lemon, ginger. Lots of ingredients in the green juice, maybe too many? The nice thing about making my own juices is that I can control the ratio of ingredients. For example I am not a big fan of celery, especially with the leafy greens.
4. Spicy – lemon, lime, cayenne pepper, raw agave, filtered water. This is a version of the famous master cleanse drink and I liked it a lot. It picked me up from the mid afternoon lull.
5. Veggie – carrot, apple, beet, lemon, spinach. I love the color and flavor of beet juice. The balance of this blend was earthy and sweet.
6. Hemp – raw hemp seeds, vanilla beans, dates, filtered water. This protein rich drink is like the dessert that you deserve after a big day. Sip it and look back on what you’ve accomplished.
Each drink contained 16 ounces for a total of 96 ounces on the Juice For a Day Cleanse. Honestly I couldn’t even drink everything, partially because I had already had my own juice before this arrived and partially because I drink more like five drinks (plus water) during a cleanse. I will say this though – I didn’t get hungry and the balance of flavors and ingredients made me feel like I was getting good nutrition.
Now let’s consider the questions I had before beginning this type of cleanse:
What’s the big deal?
I think it is important to mention mindset here. During a cleanse or any healthy food program you can only be successful if the mind and body are in agreement. The mind can often stray and lead you away from preparing healthy foods because of something called the “lizard brain“. But with home delivery juices such as the Cooler Cleanse, your meals are already prepared and this eases the stress of the mind/body dilemma and you can actually look forward to drinking your next meal and thus be successful on your cleanse.
Are they fresh?
It’s safe to assume the juices from the Cooler Cleanse company are among the highest quality. They use commercial grade hydraulic press machines which yield a better juice than most of us will ever make. That being said, I guess they will still only last about 72 hours and don’t forget there is one day of shipping before it even gets to your door. These juices are not pasteurized and do not contain preservatives.
How do they taste?
Well I answered that above. Over all I enjoyed all the juices.
Can you get cleansing results?
In my opinion one day of cleansing will not remove many toxins from your body. It may help you recover from a weekend of overeating or minor illness. Note: the company does also offer a 3 day cleanse and a 5 day cleanse.
Are they worth the money?
The Juice For a Day Cleanse costs $58 plus shipping and that’s rather pricey. I suggest this program might be good for you if you fall under one of the following categories:
- have disposable income
- don’t own a juicer and want to try a juice cleanse before buying one
- need a pampering day
- have an important event such as a wedding coming up and you want to feel light and refreshed
- would like to gift this to a friend
My conclusion is that I would do this cleanse again if I had a special occasion but I’m also quite happy making my own juices. I think there’s room for both in this world. Just make sure the company you work with is of the utmost quality, and from what I can tell, the Cooler Cleanse company is just that.
What do you think?
The above is my own personal opinion, but I’d like to hear yours. Tell us in the comments below.