It doesn’t matter what stage of life you’re at, whether you’re studying your ass off, working non-stop or just too busy socialising to worry about cooking, there are times when life gets busy and you just don’t have enough hours in the day to worry about nutrition.
But after a few weeks smashing fast food, ordering UberEats and dining out at the local pub, you’re going to feel pretty off your game. Trust me, I’ve been there. And if you’ve been feeling a little off too—I’m talking low energy, unfocussed, forgetful, bloated or just generally lacking that get up and go—let me introduce you to Pure + Nood’s juice cleanses.
What Is A Juice Cleanse
For those who have never done a juice cleanse, let me break it down for you. It’s pretty simple; instead of eating, you replace your meals with specially crafted and dietitian approved juices designed to help your body flush out any toxins—leaving you feeling mentally and physically refreshed.
I have to admit, the thought of going any length of time without food just seemed crazy to me, but given the amount of crap I had been shovelling in over the last month (I blame Easter), I thought it was worth taking a look at what Pure + Nood had to offer.
What Can You Expect From Pure + Nood
Their tasty juices are developed to give your body a moment to get back on track, while feeding it with the vitamins and nutrients it’s been craving. The entire range uses fresh, locally sourced produce and they’re all gluten free, dairy free, low sugar, and made fresh to order.
You can choose between half day, one day and three day cleanses, which include all the cold-pressed juices you need, along with instructions on which drink to down in what order—because turns out, each one is specifically designed to provide you with different benefits throughout the day. Who knew juice could be so smart?
I opted for a half day cleanse to start with, which included five beautiful juices, designed to take you from the morning to mid-arvo.
First up, Blush Sunrise. A super fresh morning elixir designed to make you feel spirited, it’s fairly light flavour-wise but has heaps of good stuff inside like aloe, lemon, pitaya and alkaline water which are all powerhouses for skin and digestive health. It tastes like a simple lemon water but there’s something sooo revitalising about it, I could quite happily have one of these every morning.
Next is Minty Fresh, which surprise, surprise, is a minty number accompanied by other green goodies like apple, cucumber and spinach. This one is meant to make you feel renewed, with the cucumber giving you a heavy hit of hydration.
As you near the halfway mark, you’ll get to Watermelon Crush. This beauty contains watermelon, coconut water, lime and spearmint essential oil. Beyond tasting pretty darn dreamy (it was one of my faves!), it’s loaded with electrolytes, has high levels of vitamins A and C to help promote glowing skin, and boosts immunity. A definite winner in my books.
Now that you’re on the homestretch, you’ll reach for Sweet Beets. Featuring beetroot, pineapple, ginger, cucumber and lemon, this one is packed with vitamins and feels a little more filling, which after not eating all day was exactly what I needed.
Finally, the best part of the day—the Vegan Base Mylk. To put it simply, I am obsessed with this creamy cashew-based concoction, which tastes more like a vanilla milkshake than a health drink. Featuring cashew, coconut, medjool dates, vanilla, WA lake salt and alkaline water, this beauty is more than just delicious—it’s also packed with healthy fats, fights inflammation, boosts immune health and more. Best of all, you can even warm this guy up in winter.
In terms of how manageable the cleanse was, the morning flew by pretty easily apart from a minor hunger flare up around 11am (I mean it is brunch time, after all). It wasn’t until around 3pm when I started getting a bit edgy and was pretty darn close to grabbing the tub of hummus and crackers sitting in the kitchen. But after that vegan mylk, I was completely fine ‘til dinner.
It’s interesting, not being able to eat really made me think more about what I would normally consume. It also made me realise how quickly hunger cues can come and go. As someone who believes in regular snack breaks and will work myself into a frenzy if I don’t get to eat as soon as the thought pops into my head, it was a nice reminder to pay more attention to what my body actually needs.
After only half a day, it’s hard to notice a big change but I did feel lighter (I mean, duh), and surprisingly a little more focussed and energised. And if nothing else, the juices seem like a great (and seriously tasty) supplement to a healthy diet.
Ready to give it a whirl for yourself? Get all the deets and order here.
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