Cleanse from Earthly Juices in Tustin

After I finished my three day Detox Food Box from Leaf Cuisine, I took on a two day cleanse from Earthly Juices in Tustin.  Of course I purchased this from Groupon (I’ve gone buying crazy on Groupon).  I paid $99 for this two day drink feast, which they value at $199.

In this deal, I was supposed to get:

  • 2 quarts of nut- and dairy-free sprouted green smoothies
  • 2 quarts of liver-detox tea
  • 2 quarts of alkalizing green drinks
  • One raw detox soup
  • Two signature colon-sweep salads
Day 1 started with a Green Smoothie (sprouts, mango, celery, pineapple, banana, apple, and avocado).  My green juice on the Leaf Cuisine detox plan was really gross, so I was not looking forward to more of the green stuff.  Surprisingly, this smoothie was delicious.  I like how they have more fruit in their drinks – making it a lot more palatable for me.
I was told to drink the Green Smoothie and the Green Drink by lunchtime, so almost immediately after I finished the Green Smoothie, I started the Green Drink (apple, lemon, ginger, parsley, and kale).  I’m not sure why they call it a green “drink,” but I’m thinking it’s part smoothie and part juice.  Either way, I liked it.  It was sweet with a hint of citrus and ginger.
Another recommendation was to drink the tea throughout the day (and then fill the empty jar with water and drink that too).  I am not a tea drinker, so having to drink a quart of the stuff each day was going to be tough.  The Rootbeer Tea I received for Day 1 wasn’t going to make it easy on me, either (very strong).  Of all the things I got from  Leaf Cuisine and now from Earthly Juices – the tea was the worst.
Earthly Juices Day 1 Cleanse

Day 1: (left to right) Rootbeer Tea, Green Smoothie, Green Drink

My mid-day snack was a small Cabbage Salad.  I liked this.  The cabbage had a sweet dressing on it – perfect for me and my sweet tooth.

Earthly Juices Cabbage Salad

Cabbage Salad

For dinner, I was told to have half of the jar of soup provided on Day 1 and half on Day 2.  The listing of food to be provided said I was going to receive a raw soup, but this one was to be heated.  I’m not a raw foodist, so I was excited to have something warm, but buyer beware: the soups are not raw at Earthly Juices.  The soup I got in my cleanse was a Red Lentil Dal.  I had gone to India a few years ago and all I seemed to eat there was yellow, mushy food.  I was so sick of it, that even mentioning Indian food now makes me slightly gag.  I was not looking forward to this soup. Oh. Wow.  It was one of the best lentil dishes I’ve ever eaten!  I shoved this meal into my mouth at lightning speed.  I’m definitely going back to Earthly Juices when this is offered as their daily soup.

Earthly Juices Red Lentil Dal

Red Lentil Dal

I didn’t go to bed hungry on Day 1 and was looking forward to the offerings on Day 2 (except the tea!).  In my cleanse I received a Protein Smoothie (no ingredients listed but I saw the guy make it – bananas, cinnamon, protein powder?, some kind of sweetener).  I don’t even know if I was to received this, as it was not listed in the items I was to get (see above).  Either way, I was told I could have some for breakfast.  It was like a dessert!  I loved this!  There was so much cinnamon – I’m going back often for this smoothie.

I also got another Green Smoothie (sprouts, mango, pineapple, celery, parsley, and avocado).  It wasn’t as sweet as Day 1 (I think it was more avocado-y), but I still really liked it.

And another Green Drink (cucumber, apple, lime, fennel, and celery).  This was my least favorite of the green drinks, but it still wasn’t bad.  I don’t like cucumbers, but it wasn’t an extremely prominent flavor.

And my last tea: Peppermint Mate Tea.  I’m still not liking tea and this one reminded me of drinking mouthwash (the peppermint was really strong).

Earthly Juices Day 2 Cleanse

Day 2: (left to right) Green Drink, Green Smoothie, Peppermint Mate Tea, Protein Smoothie

My late lunch was a Kale Salad.  It was nice.  It wasn’t too bitter, it had enough dressing, and the nuts were good at adding more texture.

Earthly Juices Kale Salad

Kale Salad

I finished off Day 2 with more of that amazing Red Lentil Dal and some Protein Smoothie for dessert.  Yum!  A great way to end a cleanse.

Earthly Juices has a retail location in Tustin and has an atmosphere of a coffee shop.  There aren’t many tables, but a lot of comfy couches to sit on and hang out.  They have a very small menu of juices, smoothies, a soup of the day, and some raw salads/entrees.  All of their menu is vegan (except for cow kefir) and raw (except for the heated soup of the day).  They serve their drinks in quart or pint mason jars.  If you bring in your own jar, it’ll save you money (I think $1 off the drink).

Earthly Juices has many cleanses available.  I loved what I got on my cleanse and would recommend it to anyone.  I do think that they over valued the cleanse I bought through Groupon.  They said it has a value of $199, but the 2-day cleanse I saw on their website that costs $199 has 10 quarts of Earthly Juices and 25 enzymes.  I was only to receive 6 quarts and I don’t think I got any enzymes (nothing was listed on the ingredients to the drinks).  I still don’t think I overspent on this deal, but I’m positive I didn’t get the value of $199.

They don’t have a menu on their website, but the menu they provided to Groupon is here: Earthly Juices Menu.   I compared the Groupon menu to the menu at the store and I’m pretty sure that whole second page is not offered (maybe special order?).  You’ll have to go to the store to really see what they offer, but at least it’ll give you an idea.

Detox Food Box from Leaf Cuisine

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.

Leaf Cuisine Detox Food Box

Detox Food Box

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.

Leaf Cuisine Day 1 Cleanse

Day 1: (left to right) Got Greens Juice, Veggie Combo Juice, Druids Detox Juice, High Fiber Chocolate Mylkshake

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!).

Leaf Cuisine Gazpacho

Gazpacho

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.

Leaf Cuisine Hale Kale Salad

Hale Kale Salad

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.

Leaf Cuisine Caesar Salad

Caesar Salad

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.

Leaf Cuisine Probiotic Salad and Kombucha

Probiotic Salad and Kombucha

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.

Leaf Cuisine Bedouin Burrito

Bedouin Burrito

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.

Gobble Green Vegan Meal Delivery – week 2

In my last post, I detailed my experience with the Vegan Starter Kit from Gobble Green.  This company provides vegan meal plans and a la carte food items online to be delivered nationwide.  I ended up purchasing two discounted Vegan Starter Kits from two different group coupon websites.  Here is my second week.  Just like the first week, I received three meals and a dessert each day for 7 days for $99 (a value of $225).  Also, just like the first week, it came with a sheet indicating which meal should be eaten when.  Although this is optional, I followed the sheet.

Gobble Green Week 2

Gobble Green Week 2

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Gobble Green Vegan Meal Delivery – week 1

If you get emails from any sort of group coupon site that offers daily deals, you may have seen Gobble Green offering their vegan meal service.  This fairly new vegan company offers meal plans and a la carte foods shipped to you nationwide from their kitchen in Los Angeles.  The deal running on these group coupon sites is a hugely discounted Vegan Starter Kit.  When I bought mine, I got it for $99 (a value of $225) – shipping included.  It was shipped to me in an insulated container with dry ice to keep the foods as cold as possible.  All foods are to remain frozen until eaten.  This vegan starter kit included three meals plus dessert each day for 7 days.

Gobble Green Week 1

Gobble Green Week 1

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Cookie Dough from Eat Pastry

When I was growing up, Pillsbury and Toll House refrigerated cookie dough were common items found in our home.  I’m a hardcore from-scratch baker now, so refrigerated cookie dough wasn’t too missed.  Still, I love to try new vegan products.  This one is especially great, because I can recommend it to my non-vegan family members who still want that convenience from an already-made product.

Eat Pastry is a new line of vegan cookie dough.  It comes in multiple flavors and even has one gluten-free variety.  I grabbed one of each flavor offered at my local Whole Foods to try at home.

Eat Pastry

Eat Pastry Selected Flavors

I ended up trying Cinnamon Ginger Spice, Oatmeal Raisin Chocolate Chip, Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip, and Chocoholic Chunk.  The process of getting the dough to the final baked cookie is super easy:  just scoop out balls of dough and bake.

Eat Pastry Ready for the Oven

Ready for the Oven!

My family and I all really loved these cookies.  They are soft and flavorful.  The only one we weren’t too thrilled about was the Chocoholic Chunk – this chocolate cookie was a little too bitter for us.  I’m so glad my family loved the rest of the flavors.  Now there is a go-to cookie dough for them to scoop and bake that doesn’t involve cruelty.  Thank you, Eat Pastry!!

Eat Pastry Baked Cookies

Baked Cookies

Vegan Cookies at Robeks

I had heard a few years ago that Robeks juice was offering vegan cookies.  Since I never go there and there aren’t many locations near me, I never checked it out.  I finally came across a Robeks and decided to try these vegan cookies.  They are made by Lenny & Larry’s and claim to be a healthier cookie.  You can see the nutrition information at their website.  These cookies are quite big and very filling- a great steal at only two bucks.

I went with the Peanut Butter and the Chocolate Chip.  Also available were Lemon Poppyseed and Oatmeal Raisin.  I thought the peanut butter had an off flavor – maybe it was the peanut butter they used?  The chocolate chip was much better.  I didn’t taste any off flavor in this one.  They both were very soft, so be careful if you are packing these guys away – they break apart easily.

Robeks Cookies

Cookies at Robeks