Today’s post is the first in a series of reviews of delivered-to-your-door 3-day juice cleanses from companies that offer nationwide delivery on their fresh juices.
Last week, I was sent a 3-day juice cleanse from Pressed Juicery, based out of Los Angeles. Pressed Juicery cold-presses all their juices in a hydraulic press, so they have a three-day shelf life and a clean, fresh flavor not found in many homemade juices. Last Friday through Sunday, I completed their Cleanse 3 program, the “greenest” of the three packages they offer.
Arrival: The package was delivered at 9am on the dot, having been sent with overnight shipping. The box was packed fairly snugly, and everything arrived perfectly-chilled, as promised.
I appreciated the square shape of the bottles—it helped them fit into my fridge and stack on top of one another nicely.
Options: Not only do you choose between Pressed Juicery’s three “levels” of cleansing, but when you order your cleanse, you get to pick your specific juices from a range of options. They even offer nutritional info for all their juices on their site to help you with your choices, if that’s a consideration for you. Each bottle cap is labeled with a number to indicate the order in which you should drink them. Beyond that, you get to decide how quickly and at what times of day you drink each of them.
Variety: Though you’re given plenty of options from which to choose your six daily drinks, the juices can’t vary day-by-day, so all three days of your cleanse consist of an identical series.
Greens 3: kale, spinach, romaine, parsley, cucumber, celery, apple, lemon, ginger
My first juice of the day was this fruity green drink. Considering all the foliage in there, I was shocked at how sweet it tasted! I found myself wondering if the ingredients on the bottle are ordered in terms of how much of each is in the juice, but I’m not sure. If this didn’t look so green, I’d almost have thought I was drinking plain apple juice! Very tasty.
Detox 4: cucumber, pineapple, coconut water, aloe vera
This reminded me a little of my Pineapple Zinger Juice, but had an almost-clear hue and lighter taste thanks to the coconut water. I loved it! It made a great pre-/post-workout drink.
Greens 1: kale, spinach, romaine, parsley, cucumber, celery
This juice was by far the biggest, and most pleasant, surprise of all. I cannot believe this doesn’t contain any sweet fruit whatsoever! I was truly shocked every time I took a sip. I expressed my amazement on Twitter, and Pressed Juicery chalked it up to the special hydraulic press they use to extract their juices. I had no idea that a pure green juice could ever be so mild and naturally sweet. I would drink this stuff all day long!
Greens 4: cucumber, celery, watercress, ginger, lemon, cayenne
This was the only one of the juices I didn’t like—it was a little too bitter and astringent for me. It could’ve been either the watercress or the celery; it’s hard to say. However, I was still able to finish it each day without much trouble.
My fifth juice of the day was another Greens 1. So unbelievably yummy!
Almond Milk: almonds, dates, vanilla bean, sea salt, filtered water
Pressed Juicery gives you a more substantial drink at the end of the day, allowing you to go to bed with more of a “full-tummy” feeling, which I really appreciated. This almond milk is not the kind you’d slosh over cereal—it’s thick, rich, and literally tastes like a vanilla milkshake. I found myself looking forward to this drink all day long! I could down a gallon of this stuff.
Extras: One very cool thing that Pressed Juicery does is include 2 bonus drinks for each day of their cleanses.
This chlorophyll water with apple extract is meant to be sipped throughout the day for extra hydration. It was just barely sweet, and didn’t taste “green” at all.
The aloe vera water is meant to be taken just before bed to help move waste through your digestive tract. Since I didn’t taste any aloe at all in it, I’m guessing it was just a tiny bit of aloe that was greatly watered down. For someone with a less-clean system, this might’ve had the intended effect, but for me, it didn’t do much of anything.
Cost: Pressed Juicery cleanses cost $70 a day plus shipping (which costs $75 per 3-day cleanse). This brings the total price of a 3-day cleanse to $285, or $95 per day.
(Full disclosure: Pressed Juicery sent me this cleanse “on the house.”)
Support: Pressed Juicery emails you a cleansing guide the day before your cleanse begins, plus a “how to break your cleanse” email on the last day. They also offer cleansers unlimited phone and email support.
How to Order: Online or by phone (310-477-7171). Local pickup is also available in the L.A. area.
Final thoughts: I was extremely impressed overall with the quality, smoothness, and great flavor of almost all of Pressed Juicery’s drinks. I appreciated the level of support they offered cleansers, as well as the care that was taken in packing and delivering the juices. It was SO nice to have all my juices pre-made every day and ready to simply grab out of the fridge! It made the cleanse relatively effortless and enjoyable. All in all, if you have the money and the desire to do a 3-day delivered juice cleanse, this is one that I would highly recommend to anyone.
P.S. Are you interested in cleansing, but not keen on living on liquids for 3 days—or looking for a more inexpensive alternative? Try my Real Food Cleanse!