Today’s post is the second 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 weekend’s juice cleanse came to me courtesy of Cooler Cleanse, based out of New York City. Cooler Cleanse uses a hydraulic press to extract their juices with very little heat or friction. Last Friday through Sunday, I completed their 3-day juice cleanse program.
Arrival: The package was delivered at 9am on the dot, having been sent with overnight shipping. The contents of the box were rather helter-skelter, but everything arrived intact and properly chilled.
Again, I liked the ergonomic shape of the bottles, which helped them fit into my fridge and stack on top of one another nicely.
Options: A Cooler Cleanse contains a pre-selected set of 6 daily juices. (You do not have the option to choose specific juices or flavors.) 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: Although you’re not able to choose your individual drinks, some of the juices do vary each day to mix it up and keep it interesting, so all three days of your cleanse are slightly different.
Sweet Greens: kale, spinach, parsley, watercress, apple
Each day of the cleanse begins with this juice. It’s very sweet, yet also has a strong parsley flavor. It’s pretty good, though I did end up mixing it with my third drink (see below) on days 2 and 3.
The second drink varied each day. This was fruity, refreshing, and very sweet (although I do prefer to eat my watermelon rather than drink it!).
I can’t lie: this one was completely unpalatable to me. Grapefruit just ain’t my bag. That said, I gave it to Matt to finish off and he liked it just fine.
Very simple and very tasty, with a nice kick from the ginger.
Essential Green: cucumber, celery, dandelion greens, watercress, spinach, parsley, kale, pear, lemon, ginger
This third juice of the day is chock full of all kinds of great green stuff, but to be honest, it tasted unpleasantly bitter to me. This was easily remedied on days 2 and 3 by combining it with the Sweet Greens (see above) first thing in the morning and pouring it back in the two bottles for two semi-sweet, but still very green, juices.
Young Coconut Water
Hydrating, pure, ultra-delicious raw coconut water was the fourth juice on days 1 and 3…
Spicy Lemonade: lemon, lime, cayenne pepper, raw agave, filtered water
…while on day 2, it was this Master-Cleanse-esque lemonade.
Essential Red: carrot, beet, apple, lemon
The fifth juice each day was this very-sweet root-veggie-based cocktail. It was almost a tad too sweet for me, in fact, but it was still quite tasty.
Almond Milk: raw almonds, vanilla bean, dates, filtered water
Brazil Nut Milk (not pictured): raw Brazil nuts, dates, filtered water
As with all these cleanses, the sixth and final drink of the day is a milkshake-like nut-based concoction. Days 1 and 3 had almond milk, while day 2 had selenium-rich Brazil nut milk, both date-sweetened and VERY rich. A little too rich, even. I couldn’t help but be shocked that just 16 ounces of either of these nut milks has between 480 and 560 calories—whoa! Even though calorie-counting does not play a part in these cleanses for me, I couldn’t help but experience a bit of “sticker shock” there. That said, the two that I drank did taste GREAT.
What happened to the third one? I was dismayed to discover that by the time the end of day 3 arrived, the last bottle of nut milk had spoiled; I had to pour the whole thing down the drain. After looking forward to it all day, that was really disappointing!
Extras: Cooler Cleanse includes a handy little insulated tote bag to keep your juices chilled while you’re on the run.
I also appreciated how the nutrition facts for each drink are listed right on the back of every bottle.
Cost: Cooler Cleanses cost $58 a day plus shipping (which costs $78.50 per 3-day cleanse). This brings the total price of a 3-day cleanse to $252.50, or about $84 per day.
(Full disclosure: Cooler Cleanse sent me this cleanse “on the house.”)
Support: Cooler Cleanse offers unlimited email support with your cleanse.
How to Order: Online or by phone (1-888-COOLERS). Local pickup is also available in the New York City area.
Final thoughts: Although I felt that some of these juices were a little lacking in the flavor department, most of them were nonetheless very drinkable and enjoyable. It was, however, quite frustrating that they were already spoiling by the end of day 3. That being said, Cooler Cleanse is the lowest-priced of the juice cleanses I’ve seen, so they’re a little kinder to your wallet than other, similar programs.
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!