If you've spent any amount of time poking around this blog, you've probably already realized that I have a penchant for lush and decadent meals capped off with a bit of sweetness. Because of this, it may surprise you to know that a few times a year (usually around the start of a new season) I like to take a few days off from the indulgence in order to cleanse and refresh my body and digestive system.
My favorite is The BluePrint Cleanse, a raw vegan juice cleanse that is prepared fresh and delivered to your door in conveniently numbered bottles. I love it so much, I've already done it three times, and am already plotting my fourth.
The night before I started, a delivery man showed up at my door with three cute little cooler bags. Inside each were six numbered bottles containing a selection of three different juices. Since I did the Excavation (or the "strictest") cleanse, the juices were Green Juice (a mix of Apple, Kale, Romaine, Celery, Parsley, Cucumber, and Spinach), Spicy Lemonade (Lemonade made with agave and a hint of cayenne), and Cashew Nut Milk (Cashews, filtered water, vanilla, cinnamon).
The juices are meant to be consumed about an hour or two apart in lieu of any other food. It's a somewhat terrifying prospect for someone who loves to eat (and a lot, at that!), but the truth is that the juices really do keep you sated throughout the day. There were even some times when I had to force the juices down because I was so full.
BPC also (wisely) includes a "Cheat Sheet" with acceptable snacks or foods that you can safely incorporate without negating the effect of the cleanse. The cheats are yummy: a 1/4 of an avocado, a few sticks of celery, some warm vegetable broth (I like to kick up that last one by slicing in some garlic and ginger and letting them simmer--it makes for a spicy and satisfying detox soup). They also mention that it's OK to nosh on a few pieces of seaweed, and I found that a handful of kale chips on the first couple days also helped make it easier.
The best part of it is that the juices actually taste good!
- The green juice is sweet with just a little hint of herbal undertones. I actually like to add some lemon juice to it to cut the sweetness a bit. Note that the first time I tried the green juice, I actually *didn't* love it; but with my second and third bottles this went away and now I actually crave it. This seemed to be the case in other reviews that I read so I urge you to give it a chance when you first try it. It helps to pour it over ice and add lots of lemon juice.
- The spicy lemonade (those of you who have attempted that horrid "Master Cleanse" or "Lemonade Diet" will probably already have an idea of how this tastes) is amazing! The cayenne gives it a little kick (I'm all for heat in my beverages!) and it makes for a great afternoon snack.
- The final drink, the Cashew milk, is my favorite(!!!). I look forward to this one all day and relish drinking it. It's actually what inspired my homemade pecan milk, because I wanted to be able to cap my evenings off with it all the time. The drink is creamy, sweet, and comforting, with yummy hints of cinnamon and vanilla. For a girl who always orders dessert, I love that the BluePrint Cleanse comes with that extra bit of sweetness!
In an effort to make this post a little more useful for my readers, I contacted BluePrint to ask them if they would be willing to provide me with a discount code that I can share with all of you, and they happily agreed!
If you're planning on ordering a BluePrint Cleanse, I would urge you to use the discount code Goal10 when you place your order. This BluePrint Cleanse discount code is exclusive for readers of Always Order Dessert and will save you 10% on the cost of the detox. Note that it's only available to the first 50 readers who use it, so please be sure to take advantage of it soon.
(Oh and since you (and probably the FTC) might be wondering, I am not receiving a single cent from BPC for writing this or for offering you the discount. I seriously just love it and wanted to share in case any of you are looking to try it out for yourselves!)
I'd love to hear from my readers who have tried BluePrint Cleanse or who decide to give it a shot. Leave me a comment with your questions or thoughts about the cleanse. Or send me an e-mail. I hope you guys enjoy!!