Longtime readers of TDO will know that I’m certainly no stranger to cleanses. I really enjoy drinking fresh juices (much to the dismay of my boyfriend every time I whip out a green juice for him to ‘try’) but I haven’t done one in a long time. Years ago when cleanses first became popular, I’d try them one after another in hopes of dropping weight. We all know that’s not what cleanses are meant for- but I’d be lying if I didn’t say that’s not what I was hoping for. During the past year, however, I’ve developed a much healthier relationship with food and fitness and can happily say that I no longer feel like I even want to lose weight. But I still jumped at the chance to try the Cooler Cleanse because with the right intentions, I find that a cleanse can actually be very beneficial. I feel lighter and more energetic after a cleanse and I enjoy drinking fresh rather than processed juices. And after the cleanse is over, I always feel very motivated to continue eating fresh, whole foods.
The actual process of a cleanse was no big deal since I’ve done it so many times before. It’s a bit of a mental challenge to resist temptation, but physically I think few people actually feel that hungry. The Cooler Cleanse was no exception and I happily drank my juices for three days with minimal discomfort. What I love most about the Cooler Cleanse is the variety of juices that are offered. Every day the menu changes- which is great for people who are thinking of doing a longer cleanse. As much as I love the green juice, I really enjoyed trying something new and different every day.
The foundation of the Cooler Cleanse is, of course, the Green Juice. Their is made from cucumber, celery, parsley, spinach, kale, dandelion greens, watercress, pear, lemon, and ginger. It’s less sweet than other green juices I’ve had (from Blueprint Cleanse, Liquiteria etc) but still very palatable. I actually enjoyed waking up to a green juice every morning and would usually have finished it by the time I got to the office. I like the Cooler Cleanse Essential green so much, in fact, that I’m considering buying them for breakfast every morning!
The other “foundation” juice is the Spicy Lemonade. Unlike other programs, The Cooler Cleanse only offers the spicy lemonade on Day 2. This is great because despite how much I love the taste of spicy lemonade, this drink offers the least amount of nutrients so on other days it’s replaced by other drinks. The downside of course is that I love this juice and wish I could drink it every day!
In place of the spicy lemonade on Days 1 and 3, The Cooler Cleanse subs in Young Coconut Water. If you drink Zico or any other kind of coconut water, you will love this drink. It tasted a bit saltier than the packaged versions you can buy in grocery stores and it’s much better for you because it’s fresh pressed from a young coconut. This drink definitely keeps you hydrated with a natural boost of energy.
The Essential Red, made from carrot, beet, apple, lemon , is on the menu every afternoon. I found this drink to be a bit heavy and sweet like most beet juices are. On some days I didn’t really finish this drink because the heaviness was getting to me but this juice contains the most Vitamin A. If you enjoy beet juice, you’ll really like this one. If not, you may find it to be not as appetizing as the rest of the juices.
The last drink of the day is either an Almond Nut Milk or a Brazil Nut Milk. It’s essential that you drink this one because it contains the contains the most amount calories, fat and protein of any drink. In fact, you get almost half your necessary calories for the day from this drink alone. It tastes so delicious that you definitely won’t have any trouble finishing either one. What I love most about this drink is that it’s sweetened with vanilla beans and dates instead of any kind of syrup. I drank this for dinner and felt full all evening.
Now the best for last: Grapefruit & Mint (Day 1), Watermelon & Lime (Day 2), and Pineapple & Ginger (Day 3). All three were so tasty I practically downed them in one long gulp. The secondary ingredient in all these juices add an unexpected and oh-so-good twist to the classic juice tastes you know and love. I would never have thought of combining grapefruit with mint but now that’s my favorite way to drink the juice.
The cleanse is offered at $58 per day (cleanses have gotten so much more accessible since they first came on the market years ago) and you have the option to do a 3 day, 5 day or custom mix and match cleanse. Juices are delivered to your door the morning of your first day and packaged in easy to carry cooler bags. I just kept mine on my work desk and the juices stayed fresh and cool throughout the day. If you do enjoy eating, Cooler Cleanse also offers a Raw Cleanse complete with a chef made raw food menu containing a snack, entree, and dessert.
For more information, check out CoolerCleanse.com!