With all the heavy eating during the festive season, the new year is often seen as an opportunity to start fresh, and what better way than with a juice cleanse! Wait, hear me out!
The lovely people at Schkinny Maninny offered the hubby and I the chance to sample any of their juice cleanses with no obligation to write about it – and you know what, I think you’re going to like this Juice & Dinner Cleanse as much as I do! Firstly, it is worth noting that I have an insatiable appetite. I just know that I’d go insane with a liquid-only diet so naturally, I opted for the Juice & Dinner Cleanse. There are a few Juice & Soup cleanse options, as well as a Green + Food Cleanse, but the Juice & Dinner Cleanse seemed like it provided the most variety for my fussy palate.
The juices are all freshly cold-pressed every morning and delivered straight to you between 5am – 10am. If you’ve heard of the buzzword ‘cold-pressed’ and aren’t sure what it means, let me explain. Juice extracted by pressing versus centrifugal juice extractors (the most common type of juicer), minimises oxidation and enables more of the nutrients to stay intact so it contains more vitamins, minerals and enzymes.
The idea behind a detox is to cleanse and renew. A good detox is a chance for your body to have a break from constant exposure from chemicals, toxins and overall naughties from your food and drink.
We took the challenge for three full days, here’s how we went:
Day one was filled with excitement. The delivery arrived in a Styrofoam box which we were encouraged to leave outside for them to collect and re-use. As part of the Juice & Dinner Cleanse, each delivery consisted of four juices and a healthy portion controlled vegan dinner, enough to meet our daily energy requirements. Each item was numbered in a specific order as they’d been designed with digestion patterns in mind.
The first juice was the Schkinny Leap Frog (cucumber, kiwi, spinach, parsley, apple). Although green juices are offputting for some people, I actually love them as they aren’t overly sweet like fruit juices. This one was surprisingly filling and the choice of fruit and vegetables left a fresh, crisp aftertaste. I especially loved the addition of kiwi fruit.
My breakfast typically consists of a soy latte so to have 500ml of liquid first thing took some getting used to. I had the second juice several hours later, the Schkinny Pine Grapple (pineapple, apple, carrot, celery, ginger) was fun and tangy with a subtle sharpness from the ginger and celery.
By lunchtime, the novelty of doing a juice cleanse still hadn’t worn off and I eagerly heated up the Schkinny Carrot and Cashew Soup (carrot, pear, cashew nuts, ground coriander seeds, ginger). It was so convenient to have lunch readily prepared in the fridge! The cashew nuts gave the soup a satisfying velvety texture and while the soup was flavourful, I really struggled to digest so much liquid!
The Help Card offered an interesting insight that hunger exists 90% in the head. When you’re on a juice cleanse, you become painfully aware of the number of food advertisements trying to sell you junk food! It was even more challenging to stay focused on the cleanse whilst colleagues around me were devouring hot chips and gravy!
Dinner of Moroccan Lentil Medley with Orange was divine! The lentils were perfectly balanced with spices and the fresh crunch of the accompanying vegetables was an uplifting refreshment after drinking juices all day. I was so full from the lentils that I barely needed dessert, but I had it anyway. The Schkinny Fruity Punch (watermelon, rockmelon, orange, mint) was a sweet finish to day one.
Day two’s juices were a completely different set to day one which kept things interesting. The Schkinny Water Frog (watermelon, orange, spinach, kiwi, parsley) was so easy to drink that I didn’t even get my morning coffee craving. I smashed down the second juice not long after whilst on a teleconference call; the Schkinny Triple C (carrot, celery, cucumber, apple) tasted great!
The Help Card mentioned that I’d get a nasty taste in the mouth and a coated tongue of yucky white stuff. Too true. Apparently this comes from not eating solid foods but lasted just a day or two. Mints came handy.
I also started to munch on the sunflower seeds, I’d saved up the small tub from day one, so I cheated and had a double serve of the seeds. Maybe all this liquid was getting to me, but I was more peckish on day two than day one.
Lunch on day two was the Schkinny Lentil Luncheon, a hot Moroccan lentil soup containing lentils, tomato, carrot, garlic, pepper, ginger, turmeric, onion, coriander, cumin, rosemary, paprika, pink Himalayan salt & water. Who said juice detoxes were boring! The punchy savoury flavours of this soup were incredible and definitely a standout! So much so, that I had to ask for the recipe! The lovely people at Schkinny Maninny have been kind enough to allow me to reproduce it 😉
- 3 tomatoes
- half a carrot
- 50g brown lentils, cooked
- 200ml water
- Garlic powder
- Minced garlic
- Sweet paprika
- Pink himalayan salt
- Black pepper
- Ground ginger
- Onion flakes
- Ground cumin
- Ground rosemary
- Coriander leaves
- Juice the tomatoes and carrot. Add brown lentils and water.
- Adjust spice mix to personal taste and add half a teaspoon per juice.
- Warm the soup before eating!
- Fight infection and reduce bad cholesterol
- Promote a healthy cardiovascular system
- Clean your liver and bile out, as well as your kidneys
- Improve circulation and metabolic rates assist in weight loss
Although I’d happily have eaten this even if it wasn’t so good for me!
It was a trifecta that day as the dinner was also amazing! The red cabbage, tempeh and seaweed salad had lots of umami from the use of seaweed and tamari, plus the cabbage and cashews provided some great crunch.
Highlights on day three included the wholesome Schkinny Spinach Soup (cashews nuts, spinach, celery, lemon, leek, almond milk) which was deliciously creamy and addictively sour, and an enormous Pear and Rocket Waldorf Salad.
By the end of my three day cleanse, I’d actually gotten used to the routine of having all my meals prepared for me. The lack of hunger and my clearer mind somewhat made me more productive! I’ll admit that temptation was hard on the first two days but by day three, I was feeling pretty good!
A three day juice & dinner cleanse costs $175 and while this may seem quite dear, remember that it’s all your meals covered for three full days. The convenience and quality of this really makes it a worthwhile program. I loved how effortless it was to reset my body and eat healthy and it’s certainly something I see myself doing once every six months. Perhaps I’ll even do the five day juice cleanse next time!
For more information on Schkinny Maninny, go to schkinnymaninny.com.au
I Ate My Way Through sampled the juice cleanses with thanks to Schkinny Maninny; as usual, opinions are our own