Goodbye, green gunk! A new generation of juice cleanses actually (gasp!) tastes good
- Last Updated: 12:48 AM, June 6, 2012
- Posted: 11:05 PM, June 5, 2012
Bored of green juices? Leave the hard-core greens on your plate, instead of choking them down in juice form. Here are some of the yummiest juices around — and they’re full of nutrients, so they also function as meal replacements. With ingredients like watermelon, coconut and cinnamon, skinny never tasted so good.
* Organic Avenue’s Creamy Orange LOVE Smoothie, $10
What’s in it: Orange juice, coconut meat, lucuma powder, coconut sugar, vanilla, turmeric, Irish moss, Himalayan salt, stevia
Why it’s good for you: Everyone knows that an orange a day keeps the doctor away! Plus, turmeric has anti-inflammatory properties.
How’s the taste? Love Creamsicles? Then go for this smoothie. The turmeric adds a hint of spice.
Regimen: It’s a meal in itself. It comes in several sizes, depending on your appetite.
See organicavenue.com for stores
* Ritual Cleanse’s Shred “Post,” $80 for
What’s in it: Alkaline water, raw almonds, cinnamon, vanilla and agave
Why it’s good for you: It’s meant to hydrate you after a workout. “Cinnamon is a blood-sugar stabilizer, and almonds are the perfect combo of natural fat and protein,” says Lori Kenyon, a Ritual Cleanse co-founder.
How’s the taste? It’s certainly a post-workout treat, with cinnamon and vanilla, creating a healthy liquid version of a cinnamon bun.
Regimen: It’s sold alongside the Shred “Pre” workout drink, which contains beets to increase your blood-oxygen level for energy. Can you use them as meal replacements even if you’re not working out? “Absolutely,” says Kenyon.
Order at ritualcleanse.com
* Juice Generation’s pink Pitaya Coco Blend, $8.45
What’s in it: Coconut meat, coconut water, banana and pitaya (also known as dragonfruit, native to Nicaragua)
Why it’s good for you: Hot-pink pitaya is high in antioxidants and low in sugar, while coconut and banana are packed with potassium.
How’s the taste? The pitaya is rather mild in flavor, so it’s blended with raw coconut water, coconut meat and banana, then served in a coconut shell for a not-too-sweet tropical flavor in a thick, shake-like form.
Regimen: Grab one instead of a meal. “To me, it’s extremely filling,” says Eric Helms, founder of Juice Generation. “It will carry me to my next meal.”
SWEET POTATO PIE!
* Juice Press’ Sweet Potato Pie, $9.99
What’s in it: Carrot, sweet potato, apple and flax
Why it’s good for you: Sweet potatoes are packed with beta carotene and vitamin C — but not a lot of sugar. “It’s a lower glycemic [sugar] source for those benefits,” says Marcus Antebi, CEO and founder of Juice Press.
How’s the taste? The sweet potatoes make it yummy, but the carrots and apples balance out the sweetness.
Regimen: You can use it as part of an all-juice cleanse for days at a time, or drink just one as a meal replacement. “The main benefit of drinking a juice is that you’re skipping a processed-food meal,” says Antebi.
See juicepress.com for stores
* Cooler Cleanse’s Watermelon & Lime, $8.45
What’s in it: Watermelon and lime
Why it’s good for you: Watermelon contains
antioxidants, and lime has plenty of vitamin C.
How’s the taste? A refreshing blend of sweet and tart. “Taste is very important,” says actress Salma Hayek, co-founder of Cooler Cleanse. “But I don’t like overly sweet juices.”
Regimen: Drink it as part of a juice cleanse that can be purchased a la carte, or alongside Cooler Cleanse’s raw-food meals, where juices are combined with dishes such as young coconut pad thai.
At select Equinox cafes (open to nonmembers) and all Juice Generation stores, or see