Review: Garden of Flavor Juices

I’m linking up with Running with SD Mom for Try Out Thursdays today.

As you’ve probably seen in some of my race reports lately, I’ve been drinking a lot of juice in the day or so before a long race to help hydrate better.  I believe that a lot of my stomach issues stemmed from the fact that I wasn’t hydrating well in the days before a race, which really doesn’t do me any favors on race day.

That being said, the nice folks at Garden of Flavor sent me an awesome package of juices to try out.  I received a package with 7 different juices, 1 bottle of Vegan nut mylk and then their 4 new Cold Pressed Energy drinks in exchange for this review.

Garden of Flavor, Cold Pressed Juice

They overnighted me a package and all the juices were still super cold when I opened the box.

Garden of Flavor, Cold Pressed Juice

I tried the following juices: (my thoughts are in italic)
Green Harmony: A mix of dark leafy greens & more active probiotics than yogurt.

Ingredients (all organic): Cucumber, Apples, Romaine Lettuce, Kale, Celery, Lemon, Spinach, Parsley & over 1 billion deliverable probiotic cultures.

Green Harmony had a strong celery flavor which overpowered most everything else for me.  I was excited about this one because I thought it would taste sweet because of the apple, but that was not the case.  Green Harmony is definitely a veggie juice.

Mean Greens: Alkalizing greens including lots of kale and chlorophyll

Ingredients (all organic): Celery, Cucumber, Kale, Spinach, Romaine & Lemon

This was one of my favorites, it was definitely a veggie drink with no fruit outside of the lemon, but it was super smooth with no aftertaste.  I didn’t get the strong celery taste I did with Green Harmony.

Appleade: A digestive supporting lemonade that fortifies the immune system

Ingredients (all organic): Apple, Lemon, Ginger Root & over 1 billion deliverable probiotic cultures

Appleade had a super smooth flavor and tasted a bit like cold apple cider with a kick of ginger.  I really liked this one too and would use this as a substitute for a spicy lemonade.

Twisted Roots: Ingredients (all organic): Carrot, Beet & Lemon

I really wasn’t expecting to like this one as I am not a fan of beets but I was pleasantly surprised.  Twisted Roots was really a lot sweeter than I was expecting.  I haven’t had a lot of luck with beet juices because they are too strong but this one I would definitely recommend.

Tumeric Tonic: A crisp lemonade infused with 3 ancient spices, cayenne, ginger & tumeric root.

Ingredients (all organic): Purified Water, Lemon, Blue Agave, Tumeric Root, Ginger Root, Mint, Cayenne Pepper & over 1 billion deliverable probiotic cultures

This was probably my least favorite of the juices, it had a strong ginger flavor, but I think it was the tumeric I don’t really like.

Garden of Flavor, Cold Pressed Juice

Goji Pineapple: Garden of Flavor’s “super drink” including the super food, Goji berry which is packed with protein, amino acids & 3x the antioxidants of blueberries.

Ingredients (all organic): Pineapple, Goji Berries, Apple, Ginger, Mint & Lemon

A lighter tasting, sweeter juice with a slight kick of ginger.  The first time I tried this one, I wasn’t sure about it, but the second time I tried it, I thought it was pretty good.

The Grasshopper: A mix of dark leafy greens, pineapple & mint with a shot of wheatgrass to provide 10 grams of plant-based protein.

Ingredients (all organic): Wheatgrass, Pineapple, Apple, Mint Tea, Kale, Spinach, Romaine, Parsley, Mint & Lemon

Another of my favorites, I was really skeptical of this one at first because of the tea & I’ve never really had Wheatgrass before.  Made of 12% tea, 88% juice, this is the only juice that is not 100% juice.  Super smooth, sweet and just overall yum!  This was definitely the sweetest of their juices.

White Knight: Garden of Flavor’s version of Cashew Milk.  This dessert in a bottle is a creamy semi-sweet milk with a touch of cinnamon.

Ingredients (all organic): Purified Water, Cashew Nuts, Agave Nectar, Vanilla Bean, Cinnamon

Cashew milk has always one of my favorites, and the White Knight doesn’t disappoint.  It was different than the other cashew milks I’ve tried in that it was incredible smooth. Most cashew milks have a bit of substance to them and this one didn’t so I was waiting for the thickness and it never came.  The flavor was right on though and I enjoyed this one.

On the Cold Pressed Energy side they sent me a bottle of each of the four flavors: Guayusa & Aronia berries, Guayusa & Tumeric, Guayusa & Wheatgrass & Guayusa & Pear.

Garden of Flavor, Cold Pressed Energy

Guayasa delivers 100mg of natural plant based caffeine providing sustainable energy without the jitters or crashing.

Of the four drinks, I only tried the Guayusa & Pear, I’m not really an energy drink kind of person and outside of coffee & the occasional soda I don’t drink any drinks with added caffeine.  I liked the flavor of this one, it was kind of like a pear tea drink.

Sean tried the other 3 cold pressed energy drinks and liked the Wheatgrass & Aronia Berries.  He didn’t really like the flavor of the Tumeric & Ginger one.  I guess neither of us are fans of Tumeric lol.  Which is unfortunate because I’ve heard a lot about it being good for runners.

Based in Cleveland, Garden of Flavor juices aren’t available in California yet, but they are all over the Midwest, mid Atlantic and Northeast.  If you are in those areas of the country you can find Garden of Flavor here.

All in all I was impressed by the flavors and the variety of juice that Garden of Flavor offers and if it was available in San Diego, I would definitely be using some of these juices as part of my pre-race juicing routine.

Do you drink cold-pressed juice? And if so what is your favorite kind?

Review: Daily Greens Juice & 4 Day Cleanse Book

** Disclosure: I was sent 3 bottles of Daily Greens Juice and the Daily Greens 4 Day Cleanse Book to review.  All thoughts and opinions are my own. ***

Sean & I love juicing and we even did a 3 day cleanse back in April so when I had the opportunity to try Daily Greens I jumped on it.  I’m always up to try some new brands.

Daily Greens is the brain child of Shauna Martin, who was diagnosed with breast cancer years ago.  She attributes her recovery to drinking a green juice a day along with a healthy lifestyle.  She wanted to share her drink your veggies habit with others.

Daily Greens is manufactured in Texas and is available for sale via their website, as well as some Whole Foods locations, I found 5 locations here in San Diego, and other stores around the country.

They have the following juice lines: Core Greens, Chia Infused Greens & Green Infused Hemp Milks.

I received 3 bottles of juice from the Core Greens collection: Purity, Renew & Elevate.  They were overnighted to me with four ice packs in a cooler bag.

Daily Greens, Core Greens, Green Juice, Juice Cleanse

There are 6 different green juices in the Core Greens line, so there is a lot of variety.  The three I received are what they include in their 4 day cleanse kit.

Purity: 60 calories, 12 grams of sugar, 2 grams protein and includes: Kale, Parsley, Broccoli, Cucumber, Celery, Lemon & Basil

Renew: 90 calories, 18 grams sugar, 5 grams protein and includes: Mint, Spinach, Cucumber, Watermelon, Dandelion Greens, Pineapple, Celery, Lime & Himalayan Pink Sea Salt

Elevate: 140 calories, 24 grams sugar, 4 grams protein and includes: Pear, Spinach, Watercress, Cucumber, Lime & Madagascar Vanilla

Daily Greens, Core Greens, Green Juice, Juice Cleanse, Purity, Renew, Elevate

Taste wise they were very green, not bad or hard to drink, but just different from what I typically drink, which tends to include apple. The Purity & Renew both tasted kind of thin, but considering they didn’t really have much in the way of calories, that’s not surprising.

My favorite of the 3 was probably the Elevate because it was a little sweeter, the sugar content was significantly higher than the other 2 and the Madagascar Vanilla added a unique flavor to the juice.

I do have to say though, in comparison to the Suja cleanse, that I had so much more energy the day I drank these juices.  I was a bit shocked in fact, because I had a really tough time the first day of the Suja cleanse.  I think I’ll be starting my day with hot lemon or lime water and a Daily Greens Juice more often.  And even Munch wanted to try them too 😉 lol.

Daily Greens, Green Juice, Juice Cleanse

Since I did this “mini” cleanse a few days before the wedding, I didn’t really have time nor the supplies to do a true cleanse, but I am definitely looking forward to doing the seasonal 4 day cleanses outlined in the book.

The Daily Greens 4-Day Cleanse book includes a foreword by the actress, Mayim Bialik and outlines four different 4 day Green Juice & Raw Food Cleanses: New Year, Spring, Summer & Fall.  Also included is information for what to do pre cleanse & post cleanse maintenance meal ideas.

Daily Greens, 4 day cleanse, shauna r martin, mayim bialik, juice cleanse, raw food cleanse

I’m super excited to try one of these cleanses, unfortunately Sean & I have been traveling so much, I haven’t been able to commit to one yet, but I fully intend to as soon as we have a full week here at home so I can have time to prep, etc.  Oh and I need get a juicer, that’s an important part of a juice cleanse 😉

Included in each of the four cleanses is a shopping list for both the juice & the food.  This makes things so much easier because you aren’t just guessing at what you need.

Each day is outlined for you as to what juices & food you should eat.  You drink several juices for breakfast and lunch.  They also give some extra food options if you are still hungry for lunch and afternoon snack, although they say that your need for additional food will decrease the farther you are into the cleanse.  Then you finish up the day with a raw food appetizer & dinner for each day.  It’s nice that there are food options so that you aren’t just drinking all your meals.

I’m looking forward to trying this out and I’ll definitely be sharing my experience.

Have you ever tried a juice cleanse?