Today’s post is the tenth in a series of reviews of 3-day juice cleanses from companies that offer home delivery on their fresh, raw juices.
More juice! Even though we’re in the dead of winter, I still love the feeling I get from flooding my body with dozens of pounds’ worth of nutritious veggies in the form of tasty beverages. I’ve got a handful of new juice cleanses to review for you all in the coming weeks, but it is with especially great pleasure that I present to you today’s juice cleanse. Why? Because some of these drinks were formulated and developed by yours truly!
This juice cleanse came to me courtesy of Project: Juice out of San Francisco, CA. Project: Juice uses Norwalk hydraulic presses to extract their juices with no heat or friction. They use naturally and organically grown local produce – all sourced from within 100 miles of the Bay Area! – to make their drinks.
Rachel, the mastermind behind Project: Juice, contacted me last year to inquire about cleanse consulting and recipe development, and we quickly built up a great rapport. After the wedding, she hired me to concoct some filling and mouthwatering smoothie/shake recipes to include in P:J’s cleanse programs. The rest is delicious history. So, excitingly, drinks marked with asterisks (**) below were created by ME!
I recently completed a custom-designed Project: Juice 3-day juice cleanse program. Currently, Project: Juice only delivers in and around the San Francisco Bay Area, but Rachel graciously shipped me a cleanse so I could try all the drinks I’d created and the others I’d heard so much about.
Arrival: The package was delivered around 5pm the night before I began the cleanse. It had been packaged in an insulated box and sent with same-day shipping—that’s a first! This means my juices had been pressed that very morning—impressive.
The contents of the box were securely packed, and everything arrived extremely well-chilled.
I had cleared plenty of space for the bottles in my fridge.
Options: When ordering a Project: Juice cleanse, you choose between Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced, or Create Your Own cleanses. I created my own, because I wanted to try as many different drinks as possible. Your cleanse can be 1, 3, or 5 days long (I did 3).
Each cleanse (with the exception of the Create Your Own) contains a pre-selected set of 6 daily juices, and you receive a “menu” indicating 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: All 3 days of Project: Juice‘s cleanses (with the exception of the Create Your Own) consist of identical sets of juices.
Dr. Green: kale, spinach, romaine, parsley, celery, cucumber
This juice blew.me.away! Despite containing NO fruit whatsoever, it was dreamily smooth and silky in texture and contained not even a hint of bitterness. I was astounded and delighted every time I took a sip. It’s hard to believe that a pure green vegetable juice like this could ever be so mild and naturally sweet. I may be gushing here, but I am NOT exaggerating. I would drink this stuff all day long! Can I order this by the gallon, please?
Dr. Green Plus: kale, spinach, romaine, parsley, celery, cucumber, lemon, sea salt
This juice tastes very much like the Dr. Green, but with a subtle extra dimension of lemon and a touch of sea salt to bring it all together.
EZ Green: green apple, kale, spinach, romaine, parsley, celery, cucumber
Strangely enough, this juice tastes slightly greener than the Dr. Green, even though it includes apple! However, I found it extremely pleasant, with an ideal balance of fruit + greens. Very yummy and easy to drink.
EZ Green Plus: green apple, kale, spinach, romaine, parsley, celery, cucumber, lemon, ginger
Just like the EZ Green, but with lemon and ginger added. Yum.
Phyto-Fuel: carrot, kale, spinach, parsley, romaine, cucumber, celery
This juice is complex in a sexy and mysterious sort of way. It somehow simply does not taste like the sum of its parts—it tastes better! I honestly don’t quite know how to describe it. It’s kind of creamy, just a little bit sweet, and very delicious.
Swizz Beetz: beet, green apple, carrot, ginger
Even though this juice is quite beet-y, it’s also got a pleasant level of sweetness and a nice kick from the ginger.
Jala-greeño: jicama, pineapple, kale, jalapeño, lime
This sweet and tropical-feeling juice made a great post-workout snack. Spice-phobes need not fear, as the jalapeño here was not hot at all.
Melon Cooler: watermelon, lemongrass
Pure refreshment! The inclusion of lemongrass ensures that this watermelon juice isn’t overly sweet. Love this combo.
**Get Up & Go-Go: cold-brewed coffee, raw almonds, dates, sea salt, vanilla bean, purified H2O
When I developed this drink, I wasn’t sure at first if it would work to sweeten a coffee beverage with whole blended dates. Turns out, the caramel-like flavor of the dates perfectly complements the full, dark coffee taste and the creamy richness of the raw almond milk. It’s not too sweet, though; the coffee flavor is front and center. It tastes very Starbucksy, like a melted frappuccino!
**Mint Chip Shake: banana, spinach, mint, cacao nibs, raw almonds, dates, sea salt, vanilla bean, purified H2O
This is another one of the drinks created by moi, and it may very well be my favorite! It’s naturally sweetened with dates and banana, and tastes exactly like melted mint chocolate chip ice cream, with tiny crunchy bits of cacao nib floating in it. Seriously, you have to try it to believe it. To LIVE for!
**Almond Mylk: raw almonds, sea salt, vanilla bean, dates, purified H2O
Not to toot my own horn or anything (ahem), but this is the thickest, richest, creamiest, silkiest, sexiest, most milkshakily mouthwatering almond milk you may ever try (and it’s sweetened with nothing but whole dates!). It’s NOT the type of milk you’d pour over your cereal, to say the least—rather, it’s a luscious, filling, desserty beverage you almost ought to sip with a straw. One particularly chilly evening, I even poured half the bottle into a small saucepan and gently warmed it on the stove before drinking it. The resulting hot drink was comforting and ultra-satisfying.
“Hot” Chocolate: cashews, raw cacao, sea salt, cayenne, agave, purified H2O
My first thought upon tasting this was “Is this for real?” Sip after sip, I had to remind myself that I hadn’t gone through a fast-food drive-thru and ordered a chocolate shake. It was thick, creamy, sweet, and had just the right amount of chocolate flavor. It tasted almost exactly like I remember Wendy’s Frosties tasting (and my husband Matt agreed that the comparison is spot-on).
Extras: Project: Juice includes a handy insulated tote bag (featuring a zip top, side pocket, and stable bottom panel) to keep your juices chilled while you’re on the go. It’s roomy enough to fit a whole day’s worth of juice inside.
They also include a little cardboard juice caddy…
…and a “menu” card, with cleansing tips and tricks on the back.
Many of their cleanses also come with bonus Detox Teas containing healing burdock root and stinging nettles!
Cost: Project: Juice cleanses cost $65 a day, with delivery provided for just $5 in and around the Bay Area. (Free pickup is also available at multiple locations.) This brings the total price of a 3-day cleanse with delivery to $195.
(Full disclosure: Project: Juice sent me this cleanse “on the house.”)
Support: Project: Juice sends you a pre-cleanse email and is available for unlimited email support throughout your cleanse.
How to Order: Online. Currently, Project: Juice only delivers in and around the San Francisco Bay Area. (They may be able to ship further on a case-by-case basis, though it would be extremely pricey. To inquire about this possibility, contact them directly for a quote.)
I couldn’t have been happier with my Project: Juice cleanse experience. Every drink of the day tasted amazing and was powerfully nutritious—there were no cheapie “filler” juices whatsoever, only ultra-healthy drink after ultra-healthy drink. I can’t even pick a single “best” juice…I don’t mean to gush, but seriously, these are some of the smoothest and most flavorful juices I’ve tasted in all my cleanses. Finally, I am incredibly proud to have contributed the recipes for the Almond Mylk, Mint Chip Shake, and Get Up & Go-Go, and I have to say, P:J executes my formulas flawlessly—they taste like they just came out of my blender. The only negative thing I can possibly think of to say about P:J is that I WISH they routinely delivered nationwide, but right now, they’re only available in and around San Fran. (Maybe someday, they’ll implement nationwide shipping—let ’em know if the demand is there!) But if you’re lucky enough to live in the Bay Area, do your body (and taste buds) a healthy favor sometime this spring and treat yourself to a Project: Juice cleanse. I would do another one in a heartbeat if I could.
HEADS UP, BAY AREA FRIENDS!
Enjoy 10% OFF any Project: Juice cleanse with coupon code CHEFAMBERSHEA.
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!