Like so many of you, I bought a Groupon for a three-day detox food box from Leaf Cuisine. This detox food box included a lot of juices with some raw salads, a soup, and a raw entree. I purchased this box for $59, but it had a value of $125.
Day 1 included four drinks. I was glad I ate breakfast before picking up my box, because I went to bed hungry this night (no telling how hungry I would have been without that breakfast!).
The first drink I had was their Got Greens Juice. This juice includes celery, kale, parsley, and cucumber. I don’t like cucumbers and this reeked of them! I gagged this one down and proceeded to my next juice: a Veggie Combo Juice. This juice includes carrot, celery, beets, and kale. The color just reminds me of cough syrup, so drinking this one had its own mental challenge to overcome. It did have a sweet carrot flavor, but I still had to remind myself it wasn’t that nasty medicine. Every time I took a drink, I had to say to myself that carrots are good! Mmmm, carrots! After gagging down that juice, I moved on to the Druids Detox Juice. This one includes burdock root, lemon, apple, ginger, agave, and cayenne. Oh dear, maybe I’m not cut out for juicing. The taste was bad and left a spicy grossness in my throat. Oh please, High Fiber Chocolate Mylkshake, be my saving grace! Upon first sip, I thought it was too bitter, but definitely way better than the last three drinks I had consumed. It was thick and satiating. Two more days to go, but at least I knew the mylkshake was palatable.
Day 2 started off with another High Fiber Chocolate Mylkshake. The flavor was less bitter than the night before. So far, so good. I had an early lunch of their raw Gazpacho soup. I was never really a fan of gazpacho – to me it’s like eating cold salsa. The flavor of this soup was good, but I really wanted some freshly fried tortilla chips to scoop it up (it’s only day 2 and I’m already succumbing to evil food thoughts!).
My Day 2 mid-day meal was a Hale Kale Salad. This was loaded with kale. I felt like a cow chewing all those tough leafy greens. The dressing had a spicy kick to it, but there was not nearly enough to cover the bitter kale flavor.
My Day 2 dinner was a Caesar Salad. This salad includes romaine, tomatoes, crawtons, and dressing. This salad was huge! It had a nice topping of these cheesy flavored nuts. The crawtons gave the salad some added texture and the dressing was tasty. After dinner I had another Druid Detox Juice to drink. I was starting to notice the sweetness in this drink – are my taste buds adapting that quickly? It went down a lot easier than the day before.
On Day 3, I started off with my last High Fiber Chocolate Mylkshake. By day 3, I am really enjoying this shake. It’s a lot less bitter than on day 1. Mid-Day I have a Probiotic Salad. This salad includes lettuce, sauerkraut, sprouts, carrots, sprouted mung beans, and probably some other vegetables I am forgetting to mention. I liked this salad the best. There were so many textures in this salad, that it made it easier to eat (who really wants to just chew on lettuce?). To wash it down, I was provided with a Kombucha. I’ve had Kombucha before, but never really got into it. It’s a drink with an interesting flavor, that one must taste to really get a grasp of. Let’s just say that I didn’t find it hard to drink, but won’t be getting it again anytime soon.
My last dinner was a Bedouin Burrito. The filling on this burrito was a sprouted chickpea hummus. I love hummus, so this burrito suited me well. While I still prefer conventional hummus, this burrito was still very tasty. I loved that it was wrapped in lettuce and not some weird raw tortilla trying to taste like a delicious flour tortilla. My final drink was another Druids Detox Juice. It’s not bad by day 3. I am very aware of the sweet taste now and not so much focused on the spicy ginger or cayenne. I am still very surprised at the rapid change my taste buds went through.
My final thought about this detox box was that I was glad I did it, but I won’t be continuing this type of diet for the long run. If I were to ever get into juicing, I’d need to experiment and find a drink I actually like gulping down (one not based on cucumbers – yuck!). I thought the deal I got was really good and that the value they say this detox box is was dead on.
Leaf Cuisine has food boxes available at full price. If you are looking to detox or start a raw foods diet, I definitely recommend starting with Leaf Cuisine. The time and effort they put into their food is time and effort you don’t have to do. Check out their Luscious Living Boxes here.