Today’s post is the eleventh 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 Urban Remedy out of San Rafael, CA. Created by a Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) practitioner and licensed acupuncturist, Urban Remedy operates out of the belief that food is medicine and has the power to heal and transform. They cold-press their low-sugar juices to extract nutrients without heat or friction, and on top of that, they use 100% organic produce to make all their drinks.
Last week, I completed a 5-day Urban Remedy juice cleanse program.
Arrival: The package was delivered at 10:25am, 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 an Urban Remedy cleanse, you choose between 3 levels: Signature, Purify, and Super Green. The levels increase in “difficulty;” i.e. Super Green is the most cleansing of the three while Signature is the easiest for beginners. Your cleanse can be 1, 3, 5, or 7 days long. I did a 5 day cleanse, but it consisted of 3 days of Purify bookending 2 days of Super Green.
Each cleanse level contains a pre-selected set of 6 daily juices (i.e. you don’t have the option to choose individual juice flavors). Each bottle 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: All the days of each level of Urban Remedy‘s cleanses consist of identical sets of juices; however, you can combine two cleanses like I did to get a greater variety of juices!
Purify Cleanse, Juice 1: Clean
Burdock, Dandelion Greens, Cucumber, Parsley, Celery, Spinach, & Kale
Each day of the Purify (Level II) cleanse begins with this juice. It contains typical green-juice ingredients like kale, celery, and cucumber, but also some really cool and unusual inclusions like dandelion greens and burdock root. Despite all that green goodness, it’s very mild-tasting and not at all bitter. As I write this, I am just now realizing it doesn’t even contain any sweet fruit, which is amazing, considering the smooth taste!
Purify Cleanse, Juice 2: Boost
Ionized water, Lemon, Turmeric, & Stevia
An inflammation-quelling tonic if there ever was one, this no-sugar-added (stevia-sweetened!) drink is a little bitter from the fresh turmeric juice, but pleasant to sip on, especially after a workout. You can almost feel it bathing your sore muscles with a calming dose of curcumin (the active, anti-inflammatory agent that makes turmeric such a rockstar ingredient).
Purify Cleanse, Juice 3: Support
Cucumber, Fennel, Lemon, Mint, Ginger, & Apple
When I popped this guy open and absent-mindedly took my first sip, my eyes widened in delighted surprise. This juice ROCKS! It is the very definition of refreshing, with its crisp cucumber base and snappy hints of fennel and ginger. I think I sucked the whole thing down in about 30 seconds flat. It was like a juice version of a spa water drink. Come summer, I’d give just about anything to find a pitcher of this stuff in my fridge each day.
Purify Cleanse, Juice 4: Young Love
Blueberries, Açaí, Raspberries, Pineapple, Kale, & Chia Seeds
Smoothie time! It was so neat to be treated to this berrylicious drink in the middle of the day. It’s got staying power thanks to the chia, is naturally fruit-sweetened, and is a nice change of pace from the juices.
Purify Cleanse, Juice 5: Beam
Carrot, Jewel Yam, Burdock Root, & Dandelion Greens
This was definitely not your run-of-the-mill carrot juice. The yam gives it tuber-esque undertones that nicely complement the root-y carrot and burdock. I like the inclusion of detoxifying, liver-cleansing dandelion greens, too.
Purify Cleanse, Drink 6: Nourish
Ionized Water, Cashews, Cardamom, Nutmeg, Cinnamon, Vanilla, Fresh Ginger Juice, & Stevia
Each day of the Purify cleanse ends with this nut milk drink. It’s fairly heavily spiced with cardamom, but it’s a nice, warming complement to the creamy cashews. I love that this is sweetened with stevia instead of agave! The entire bottle contains a paltry 3 grams of sugar, so you can feel good about drinking it even just before bed.
Super Green Cleanse, Juice 1: Dynamo
Cucumber, Parsley, Celery, Spinach, Kale, & Dandelion Greens
Each day of the Super Green (Level III) cleanse begins with this juice, made up of a cleansing blend of leafy green vegetables. It’s not very sweet at all, but is smooth and easy to drink.
Super Green Cleanse, Juice 2: Refresh
Ionized water, lemon, chlorophyll, stevia
Even though this looks electric green in the bottle, it tastes like a very basic lemonade—lightly tart and tangy with a hint of sweetness from, once again, our sugar-free friend stevia. The whole bottle only has 10 calories!
Super Green Cleanse, Juice 3: Clear
Burdock Root, Celery, Cucumber, Spinach, & Parsley
This is one of the more “vegetal”-tasting juices of the Super Green cleanse, but it’s still remarkably smooth and palatable.
Super Green Cleanse, Juice 4: Soothe
Cucumber, Celery, Parsley, Spinach, Apple, Lemon, & Ginger
This is the fruitiest juice of the day, thanks to the inclusion of apple, but it’s also packed with green goodness! The ginger isn’t too punchy, which I always appreciate. This would be a really great green juice for a newbie, as it doesn’t taste very “leafy” at all.
Super Green Cleanse, Juice 5: Ensalada
Cucumber, Celery, Kale, Spinach, Carrot, Parsley, Jewel Yam, & Lettuce
Oh, what a weird and wonderful juice this is! Even though it’s called “Salad” (in Spanish) and contains no sweet fruit, it IS pleasantly (though mildly) sweet, and strangely creamy. Yes, creamy. I think this was the most filling and satisfying juice on the Super Green cleanse.
Super Green Cleanse, Juice 6: Glow
Cucumber, Celery, Spinach, Parsley, & E3Live
This was my first time seeing E3Live in a juice—so cool! E3Live is a very nutritious wild-harvested blue-green algae from Klamath Lake in Oregon, and it’s purported by many to have mood- and energy-enhancing benefits. I found it interesting that it was included in the last drink of the day rather than the first, but it didn’t seem to cause me any trouble falling asleep that night. The juice itself is smooth and not-very-sweet.
Extras: Urban Remedy keeps it simple, sending you all juice and nothing but the juice.
Cost: Urban Remedy cleanses cost $60 a day plus shipping (which costs $45 per 3-day cleanse). This brings the total price of a 3-day cleanse to $225.
(Full disclosure: Urban Remedy sent me this cleanse “on the house.”)
Support: Urban Remedy sends you a pre-cleanse email containing tips for how to prepare for your cleanse.
How to Order: Online.
I was really impressed with the flavor and quality of Urban Remedy‘s juices; many things stand out about their cleanses versus others I’ve done. Their drinks are quite low-glycemic across the board, with minimal amounts of fruit used (all their juices, green or not, are heavily [if not exclusively] vegetable based) and very low sugar contents. The green juices have only about 6-7 grams of sugar per bottle, and the “higher sugar” drinks still only have around 18-20 grams—for comparison, many other cleanses’ juices can easily contain 40-60 grams of sugar per bottle. To put that in perspective, one entire day of Urban Remedy’s Super Green cleanse contains less sugar than a single bottle of BluePrint Cleanse‘s pineapple juice—whoa. Their cashew milk and cleansing “lemonade” drinks are even sweetened with stevia (other cleanses tend to use agave), so they’re even lower in sugar than the juices! As a result of this low sugar content, I felt that Urban Remedy’s cleanses – the Super Green in particular – were especially, well, cleansing, out of all the juice cleanses I’ve done.
On top of the benefits of the low sugar content, I also loved and appreciated the stellar flavor of all of Urban Remedy‘s juices, their use of unusual and super-nutritious veggies (like dandelion greens, burdock root, fresh turmeric, etc.), the fact that there were no cheap “filler drinks” on any of the cleanses, and the fact that they include nutrition facts on every bottle of juice. The Super Green is also the first nut-free cleanse option I’ve come across. All in all, I can’t recommend Urban Remedy cleanses highly enough, especially if you’re a sugar-conscious consumer!
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!