Today’s post is the fourteenth in a series of reviews of juice cleanses from companies that offer home delivery on their fresh, raw juices.
Today’s juice cleanse came to me courtesy of Moon Juice out of Venice, CA. All of Moon Juice’s vegetables, fruits, and leaves are hydraulically pressed, which doesn’t heat or oxidize the produce. The result is a nutritionally packed, live juice that is loaded with enzymes, vitamins, trace minerals, and other vital elements. One bottle of Moon Juice contains over 3 pounds of raw, 100% organic produce. They don’t pasteurize their juices, and with proper refrigeration they will maintain their nutritional stability for 72 hours after being pressed.
I recently completed a 3-day Moon Juice cleanse program.
Arrival: The package was delivered bright and early at 8:45am, having been sent with overnight shipping in an insulated box. The contents of the box were securely packed, and everything arrived well-chilled.
I had cleared plenty of space for the bottles in my fridge. Since they’re square-shaped, they can be easily stacked on top of one another if needed.
Options: When ordering a Moon Juice cleanse, you choose between 2 types, or levels: Rainbow or Green. The Green contains the least fruit and is the most cleansing, while the Rainbow is the easiest for beginners. Your cleanse can be 3, 5, 7, 10, or 14 days long. I did a 3 day cleanse, but it consisted of 2 days of the Rainbow cleanse bookending 1 day of the Green cleanse.
Each cleanse level contains a pre-selected set of 8 – yes, EIGHT, not just six! – daily juices. You get to decide in what order, how quickly, and at what times of day you drink each of them.
Variety: All the days of each level of Moon Juice‘s cleanses consist of identical sets of juices; however, you can combine the two cleanses like I did to get a greater variety of juices!
The Juices… (in no particular order)
Gingered Lemon: ginger, lemon, green apple
The apple juice included here – and the lack of added sugar – sets this apart from other cleanses’ lemonade drinks. It’s got lots of spice from the ginger, and there’s enough lemon juice in it to make it fantastically puckery.
Turmeric Gold: turmeric root, red apple
This juice took me by surprise with just how delicious it is. It tasted like almost pure apple juice to me, with just a hint of anti-inflammatory turmeric. Heavenly!
Beet Aid: beet, lime, cucumber
This liver-cleansing tonic is very beety and not-sweet, but is quite palatable nonetheless, even if you don’t love beets (like me).
Spiced Yam: Garnet yam, carrot, red apple, cinnamon, ginger
“Spiced” indeed! The cinnamon and ginger in this juice are very present, nicely countering the sweetness of the yam, carrot, and apple. It’s definitely got a bite to it!
Carrot, Lime, & Coconut: carrot, coconut meat, lime, ginger
This juice is like the Spiced Yam’s milder, creamier cousin. I love that there’s coconut meat in there!
Cilantro Celery Punch: cilantro, celery, green apple, lemon, ginger
Cilantro-haters beware, this juice isn’t for you. But I adore cilantro, and I adored this juice. It’s a little salty from the celery, sweet from the apple, and deliciously herby from the detoxifying cilantro.
Gracious Greens: romaine, spinach, mint, lemon, cucumber
With its romaine lettuce-cucumber base, this is the mildest of the three green juices I tried. The mint is very present, yet the drink doesn’t taste “minty,” oddly enough! It’s not a sweet juice, but I enjoyed it.
Goodness Greens: kale, dandelion, parsley, spinach, celery
This juice is not sweet at all – I added a few drops of stevia to mine – and is actually rather salty from the celery. Despite that, it’s extremely smooth and palatable, and even with all those greens, it’s not too bitter-tasting.
Canyon Greens: collards, rainbow chard, parsley, ginger, celery, cucumber
This spicy green juice is ginger-heavy and is, like the Goodness Greens, not the least bit sweet. It was a little too intense for me, so I preferred it with a few drops of stevia, but true greenies might like it as-is. I liked seeing collards and chard in there for a change, since so many green juices are kale- or spinach-based.
Almond Milk: unpasteurized almonds, alkaline water, mountain salt, raw wildflower honey
Wow, wow, WOW. Ok, it’s no secret I love the end-of-the-day nut milks in these cleanses, but a) they’re usually cashew milk; I haven’t seen an almond milk in a long time, so that was a welcome change, and b) this drink was INCREDIBLE. The wildflower honey, though not suitable for strict vegans, was intensely flavorful and ridiculously delicious, made even brighter by the inclusion of mountain salt. This milk was smooth, luscious, filling, and awesome.
Note: The Green cleanse actually comes with an unsweetened almond milk.
Extras: Moon Juice keeps it simple, sending you all juice and nothing but the juice.
Cost: Moon Juice‘s Green cleanse costs $65 a day, and their Rainbow cleanse costs $70 a day. This brings the total price of a 3-day cleanse, excluding shipping or delivery, to $195 to $210.
Regarding delivery/shipping: LA area residents can pick up their cleanse at Moon Juice’s Venice location for free. Moon Juice also offers hand delivery from their shop all across the Los Angeles area. The delivery fee is based on location; there is a $15 charge within 5 miles of their shop in Venice, CA; $20 within 10 miles, and $1.50/mile for anything over 10 miles. For shipping, they can overnight their juice anywhere in the country, with prices dependent upon location. To set up a shipping order, either email firstname.lastname@example.org or call the shop directly at 310-399-2929. The staff will then get back to you with a shipping quote and schedule (depending on the number of days you would like to cleanse for).
(Full disclosure: Moon Juice sent me this cleanse “on the house.”)
Support: Moon Juice sends a helpful cleanse guide/handout along with your juices. They are also available by email for support during your cleanse.
How to Order: Email email@example.com or call the shop directly at 310-399-2929, or stop by their Venice, CA shop in person!
The #1 thing that sets Moon Juice apart from other cleanse companies is that they give you EIGHT JUICES per day instead of just six. Isn’t that crazy? After becoming so accustomed to the six-juices-per-day schedule of all these other cleanses, getting to drink a whopping 8 drinks every day of my Moon Juice cleanse felt super-indulgent. In fact, I couldn’t finish all eight some days, so I had a few juices leftover to enjoy on day four! In this way, you’re kind of getting 4 days of cleansing (24 total juices) for the price of 3, making this an attractive choice from a price standpoint, at least if you live in the LA area and can take advantage of the free pickup or affordable local delivery. If you’re outside of LA, delivery will be pricey, which is definitely a downside.
From a taste perspective, Moon Juice‘s offerings were unique and memorable. While some of the green juices were a little strong for me, that’s obviously because they were packed some of the world’s most nutritious leafy greens (which tend to be unavoidably bitter). Many of the sweeter juices were delightfully creative, and contained some really neat ingredients (coconut meat! yam! cilantro! cinnamon! turmeric!). Moon Juice’s honey-sweetened almond milk was, um, mind-alteringly amazing. It’s probably a good thing I don’t live near Venice/LA, because I could see an addiction forming quite easily! Finally, I loved how every bottle of juice named three health benefits of the specific produce contained inside, and perhaps best of all, Moon Juice‘s drinks are all 100% organic.
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!