The Ripe Stuff 3-Day Juice Cleanse (My Experience)

The Ripe Stuff jucie cleanseIf you follow me on Instagram, you might already know that I did a three-day juice cleanse last week. My friend Rebecca from The Ripe Stuff asked if I wanted to try one out, and since (as you’ve probably noticed) I’m a huge fan of juice, I was eager to take her up on the offer. Every once in a while, it’s nice to give your digestive system a break, hit the reset button, and let your body balance itself out. I’ve done a few juice cleanses and always feel amazing afterwards—this one was no exception!

In addition to their signature cleanses, The Ripe Stuff offers a seasonal cleanse that incorporates some in-season produce and changes every three months. For summer, they have the Beet the Heat cleanse, and as soon as I saw watermelon-mint juice on the menu I was sold!

Here’s what the six juices each day were:

The Ripe Stuff jucie cleanse

All the juices were delicious! Green juice is my jam so those two were probably my favorite, but the watermelon-mint was a real treat, too. And I loved that there was so much variety—two green, an earthy beet juice, a sweet watermelon drink, a fiery cayenne lemonade, and a satisfying cashew drink to finish the day.

How I Felt during the Cleanse

I had a ton of energy throughout the cleanse and was able to workout each day. A few days prior, I stopped drinking coffee so that I could get the caffeine withdrawal headaches/sluggishness out of the way—something I highly recommend you do before any cleanse. On day one I went for a short run and did a 15-minute HIIT workout in my living room (I’m posting it to the blog later this week!). On day two, I took it easier and hit up a yoga class. On day three, I did a class at Btone in the morning and then was invited to a free indoor cycling class at SoulCycle that night on behalf of Women’s Health Magazine and Birchbox. I was surprised I had enough energy for a double-session workout day, but I felt great!

I was only hungry for a little while the first day, and I think it was probably because I ate a big dinner the night before my cleanse—something I wouldn’t recommend. It was a healthy dinner, but I ate a lot. Whoopsies. Other than that, I wasn’t hungry, and the heavier cashew drink helped me go to bed satisfied each night.

How I Felt after the Cleanse

The Ripe Stuff jucie cleanseMy favorite thing about juice cleanses is how any cravings for unhealthy foods I may have had are totally gone by the end. You wake up the next morning and just want more juice! There’s a heightened awareness of what you’re putting into your body, and the next couple days, I pretty much just wanted smoothies, juice, veggies, fruits and nuts. When the weekend hit, I added in eggs and some bread…and, ok, beer…but all in all, I’m still eating super healthy. And I haven’t had any coffee since before the cleanse! I don’t think there’s anything wrong with coffee necessarily, but I don’t think you should be dependant on something to feel awake in the morning. I go through no-coffee phases a lot, so we’ll see how long this one lasts.

As a result of no coffee and habitually drinking a ton of liquids for three days, I’ve found myself drinking a ton of water since the cleanse, which is great because it’s something I often neglect. Three days of juice + lots of water = clearer skin! The little bumps around my chin look so much better.

The number one question I get asked about juice cleanses is weight loss. I don’t weight myself, but I definitely looked a little thinner after the juice cleanse. How much of it is “real” weight and how much of it is water weight and bloat? I don’t know, and it doesn’t really matter to me—that’s not why I do juice cleanses. When you take three days off from digestion, your body can direct its energy to repair. Cleanses flush out and repair the bad, while helping you kickstart a healthy routine. It’s like hitting the reset button. And anyone who ever owned a Nintendo64 knows how essential a reset button can be from time to time.

More About The Ripe Stuff

The Ripe Stuff is a local company, and is delivered throughout the Boston area Sunday through Tuesday. I decided on a Sunday delivery so that I could start my cleanse on Monday morning. The produce used is locally sourced and hydraulically pressed. For any Boston readers, I’d highly recommend The Ripe Stuff! You can get 1, 2 or 3-day cleanses, as well as a-la-carte juices. Check The Ripe Stuff out online HERE to order and see their other juice and cleanse options. :)

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Refreshing Mint Watermelon Juice

Refreshing Minty Watermelon Cucumber JuiceHope you all enjoyed Friday’s entertaining little detour from the health & fitness posts–let’s get back to what I’m drinking 99% of the time (i.e. not beer). :)

Nothing says “summer” like watermelon, right?? Growing up, my cousins and I would have watermelon seed spitting contests, and in case you’re wondering (I know you are, since we’re all eight years old here…), the key to getting maximal distance is to roll the seed in your tongue to create a chute, and launch it from there with a forceful exhale.

WIth knowledge like this, I’ve pretty much got “The Cool Aunt” title on lock. Not that I’m an aunt, but you get where I’m going.

Refreshing Minty Watermelon Cucumber JuiceRefreshing Minty Watermelon Cucumber JuiceThis juice is so refreshing! And would taste amazing as a cocktail. Make a big batch, throw in some vodka, and you’ve got a summer BBQ home run.

Refreshing Mint Watermelon Juice

Yield: 14 oz (roughly)

Refreshing Mint Watermelon Juice

Ingredients

  • 2 heaping cups chopped watermelon
  • ½ cucumber
  • 1 lime, peeled
  • 1 handful mint (about 5 sprigs)

Instructions

  1. Peel the lime. Use a peeler to remove the green, but keep some of the white coating underneath (lots of nutrients in there!).
  2. Run everything through your juicer.
http://pumpsandiron.com/2014/07/13/refreshing-mint-watermelon-juice/

Refreshing Minty Watermelon Cucumber JuiceHope you had a fun weekend!

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Coconut Encrusted Zucchini Rounds

Coconut Encrusted Zucchini RoundsIt’s a gorgeous summer day during Fourth of July week and I’m…sitting in a Starbucks writing this blog post. Womp womp wommmp. I was planning on being at the Jersey Shore soaking up the sun today, but on Friday night my boyfriend broke his hand during a charity MMA fight (he won though—I’m sure he’d want me to clarify that haha), so travel was out of the question. I’ll still be heading to the Vineyard soon though, so I’ll stop complaining and get to today’s delicious snack recipe. :)

Coconut Encrusted Zucchini Rounds Coconut Encrusted Zucchini RoundsThese coconut encrusted zucchini rounds are SO GOOD. Soft, juicy zucchini slices coated in a crispy coconut crust—the texture is so on point. I may or may not have eaten the entire first batch by myself in under 10 minutes…

Coconut Encrusted Zucchini Rounds

Coconut Encrusted Zucchini Rounds

Yield: 24 bites

Coconut Encrusted Zucchini Rounds

Soft, juicy baked zucchini slices inside a crispy coconut crust.

Ingredients

  • 1 zucchini
  • 1/3 cup coconut flour
  • ¼ heaping cup shredded coconut (you can use sweetened or unsweetened)
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tbsp coconut milk
  • ½ tsp sea salt

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Cut zucchini into 1/8-1/4” slices.
  3. Beat egg and coconut milk in a small bowl. Mix coconut flour, shredded coconut and sea salt in a separate bowl.
  4. Dip the zucchini slices into the egg mixture then into the coconut mixture, making sure they’re evenly coated. Place on a parchment paper-lined baking sheet.
  5. Bake for 15 minutes, flip slices, and then bake for an additional 5-10 minutes, or until outside crust is golden brown.

Notes

Try to spread the coconut flour thinly and evenly over the zucchini. If there are globs not fully adhered to the egg mixture, they’ll remain powdery when you place in the oven.

http://pumpsandiron.com/2014/06/30/coconut-encrusted-zucchini-rounds/

Coconut Encrusted Zucchini Rounds Coconut Encrusted Zucchini Rounds

Anyone else putting in a short workweek before the 4th? How many out-of-office email replies have you gotten today—I’m at three… :)

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