So, this post is well overdue, but last month, I decided to do a juice cleanse. I chose Blueprint Cleanse for the 3-day no-food adventure, mostly because it was convenient in NYC and the juice flavors sounded tolerable.
Given that I am new to cleansing, I went with the easiest, the Renovation cleanse. Be warned: there is still a lot of green juice involved in this. The cleanse lasts 3 days, and you are only allowed the provided juice, water and green tea.
I'd love to tell you that the juice cleanse was great, I never want anything but juice and that it was no trouble at all. That is not the case. The green juice... took some getting used to. At first, I couldn't even drink it without holding my nose. After my first bottle, I learned to follow each sip with a big sip of water, and that made things better (a water "chaser," if you will). By the end of the cleanse, I actually didn't mind the green juice. That said, I'm not exactly going to order some extra green juice to drink, but for a pre-bottled green juice, it wasn't terrible.
Additionally, while I wasn't hungry during the day on the cleanse, at night, I was starving. Now, this is likely my fault — I really disliked the texture of the cashew milk each night (though the flavor was nice), and rarely drank more than a few sips. Had I finished the bottle, I likely never would have been hungry. Instead, I went to bed every night extremely hungry. In fact, it was so bad that on the first night, I cheated and ate a sugar-free applesauce (not quite solid, so it barely counts as cheating, right?!).
Otherwise, it wasn't so bad. During the day, I actually felt great, like I had more energy. I even worked out with my trainer as usual, and felt great throughout the workout. At the end of the cleanse, I didn't feel particularly enlightened, nor did I lose my cravings for heavier foods (it was January, after all!). But I did learn a lot about my body's general needs during the cleanse, and I learned that I have the willpower to make it through 3 days consuming only juice (and 1 rogue applesauce cup). If you are thinking about doing a cleanse, I definitely recommend Blueprint, and I may even consider doing a juice cleanse again in the future.
Thursday, February 16, 2012
Friday, February 10, 2012
Every once in a while, I like to order something random from Fresh Direct, just for fun. This month, I noticed that they had finger limes in stock, something I had seen on television and in food magazines, but had never actually seen in person.
Finger limes are tiny little limes (about the circumference of your pinky finger, and about an inch long). While they taste like classic limes, the fruit is almost caviar-like on the inside, with tiny little spheres of lime juice. Each sphere yields an intense burst of lime flavor.
The flavor is refreshing and delicious, and would go great as an accompaniment to oysters, a garnish on top of cocktails, or on top of some desserts. Plus, since the adorable little limes come in several colors, they add beautiful color to any dish.