Last fall two companies reached out to me to try their products. The timing was impeccable. It was within a month of our move to Colorado, our kitchen in New York was in shambles, and I really needed a little help.
The first was Cooler Cleanse Juice For a Day.
I was a little concerned about accepting the invitation to sample and review the product because I’m not a juice-fast fan (I’ve done them in the past). Don’t get me wrong, I love juicing but I now drink juice as a snack, not as a meal. I decided to sample it when I read about their one day approach “get a 24-hour mini-cleanse that has an energizing, clarifying and brightening effect.” I actually didn’t juice for a day – I enjoyed these juices over several days, drinking them in between meals.
The juices are delicious. The six juices – sweet, citrus, green, spicy, veggie, and hemp – are to be consumed in that order. The citrus and hemp were my favorites (and I’ve been juicing similar drinks since) and the two green juices (green and sweet) and the veggie juice are pretty much exactly what I juice on a regular basis, so of course I loved them. The spicy is pretty much like a master cleanse drink (water, lemon, cayenne pepper and maple syrup) but with a lemon / lime combo and agave syrup. I loved the flavor.
I have a juicer and make a good number of these juices on my own, so I can’t say Juice for a Day is something I would need to order on a regular basis but I would definitely order it when I’m traveling for work for an extended period of time – or when I’m living in kitchen limbo!
I was also invited to sample and review a vegan meal delivery service Fresh N’ Lean.
Meals for several days? I was in! I received this big food delivery one morning
and immediately had the oatmeal (I forgot to take a picture); it was great!
Over the next few days I enjoyed terrific meals.
Three Bean Chili
Roasted squash with quinoa (I added roasted grapes)
Asian Cabbage Salad
I absolutely enjoyed the ease of reheating (or, if raw, simply opening a package) fresh, plant-based foods. I did at one point write my contact at Fresh N’ Lean to ask how they made their beans because, um, I found the bean dishes a little distressing on the tummy. They were cooked, not canned, so I wonder if the issue had anything to do with how they cooked them?
Overall, I enjoyed the Fresh N’ Lean meals and appreciated that they were lightly seasoned, leaving the salt and spice decisions to the consumer.
Thank you Cooler Cleanse and Fresh N’ Lean for providing me products to sample in return for my honest review.