As a lifelong vegetarian, I’ve not really given much thought to the whole juicing phenomenon. Many of my friends, are religious “Juicers” and swear by the results and positive effects they glean each day. I don’t have my own juicer and never felt the need to rush out and buy one. When I was contacted by Alive Juices in Washington, DC to test out some of their products, I was intrigued.
Rachan Malhotra started Alive Juices after his father’s stroke in an effort to literally nurse him back to strength. He’s now on a mission to do the same for local DC residents. Unlike juices you might find at your grocery store, these juices are literally made for you shortly before they arrive at your door. Oh yes, you read that correctly they actually have free delivery of the juices right to your home or office.
I was given 4 juices to try out. I opted to drink them as supplements rather than do a cleanse because this girl is not going without food for 3 days! As I mentioned, they were delivered to my home (in 16 oz. Mason Jars) personally nice touch. Each juice has approximately 200 calories as reported by Alive Juices. They are made without added sugar and with local, organic produce. They cost around $8 a jar depending on which plan you purchase.
Juice #8 “Morning Sunshine” Squash, Cilantro and Pineapple. Opening the jar, I could really smell the Cilantro. I was pleasantly surprised this juice was phenomenal tasting. I couldn’t taste the Squash at all but loved the Pineapple. I had this before a morning spin class in the hopes of an energy boost. While I didn’t feel full for hours, as some people have reported, it was a nice pre workout snack and kept me going throughout my class. This was my favorite of the juices.
Juice #4 “Detox Mantra” made of carrots, beet, kale and Cilantro was an interesting yet tasty combination. Again the smell of Cilantro was evident and the taste was very nice yet not as sweet as the first.
Juice #1 “Positive Karma” made of cucumber, celery, spinach & cilantro again smelled of cilantro but tasted a lot like the cucumber flavored water I make in the summer time. It was light and crisp and not at all sweet. I drank this one as a recovery drink post workout. I felt I needed more food about 30 minutes later.
Honestly, these juices tasted fabulous and much better than I imagined. They were fragrant & fresh and looked like they were just made from my kitchen. If someone was standing here each morning making me a juice like this, I would probably drink it. I have a hard enough time keeping enough veggies and fruit in the house to last a week as it is let alone putting 2 whole salad bowls into a drink.
A few reasons Alive juice may be for you:
–Do you really eat all the recommended servings of veggies in one day? When was the last time you had kale and squash for breakfast?
-Are you really going to buy, prepare and juice all of those veggies on your own?
-Do you like the convenience of home delivered juices on your schedule?
(If you live in the DC area, check out Alive Juices and tell them I sent you for 10% off)
I’d love to know, do you use Juicing as part of your regular diet? What benefits have you found?