Juices* - Plenish
If you read this recent post of mine, you'll know that lately I've been having a bit of a tough time when it comes to food and being healthy. This being the case, I made the decision to really try my hardest to get healthy - eating better and exercising regularly. So far it's going okay - I'm still not eating as healthy as I would like, but I've stopped bingeing on food and for me that is a huge step in the right direction. I also did my exercise DVD for the first time in a LONG time the other night, so I think things are going to right way.
As part of my bid to get healthy, I thought incorporating some health detox/drinks into my diet would be a good idea. I've toyed with the idea of getting a juicer, but I feel like I'd end up spending a small fortune on fruit and the drinks that I'd be successful in making probably wouldn't taste very nice, so I wanted to go down the bottled juice road instead.
So, when Plenish got in touch I couldn't resist giving their drinks a go. Plenish have a range of cold pressed organic British juices, packed full of nutrients and designed to help cleanse the body. Whilst a lot of people will probably favour Plenish for the 'weight loss' aspect, their main focus is on 'health gain' - putting the right nutrients into your body to have you feeling the best you possibly can. I really like this about the brand - whereas a lot of brands are all weight loss, weight loss, weight loss, the key with Plenish is health.
I was kindly sent a few mini bottles of Plenish to try, and not being a big health juice drinker, I was slightly apprehensive to begin with. The juices I was sent were Cacao Maca Cashew M*lk, Pineapple and Sweet Sexy Green. I've never tried any green juices before and any smoothies I've made have had to have a tonne of sugar putting in to be drinkable - so I'm basically a total juice newbie.
Keeping this in mind, it's not surprising that I didn't get on with the Sweet Sexy Green drink - whilst I'm sure it is the healthiest of the lot, and packed full of the good stuff, for a newbie to juices it just was not for me. I found it really hard to drink even the tiniest bit, but a friend of mine did find it drinkable - so I think it's probably better for pro-juicers than newbies like me. The Pineapple juice was okay - I didn't find it yummy but I didn't think it was disgusting either - just somewhere in between. I think the addition of mint was probably what didn't really work for me, but I'm sure some people would be a fan. Finally, I'd almost given up hope that I'd be able to enjoy juicing at all when I tried the Cacao Maca juice - which was honestly really, really yummy. It tasted like chocolate milkshake and for me that gets a big thumbs up. It describes it as a 'superfood boost' so I was pretty chuffed that I really liked the taste AND it was doing my body good - hooray, finally a juice that is healthy and yummy.
Overall I think Plenish is a great idea and the juices are ideal for people who really want to cleanse their body and improve their health and wellbeing. If you're new to juices and fancy healthy stuff, however, perhaps just stick with the yummier juices - like the Cacao Maca juice. What's great about Plenish is you can pick from different levels of cleansing so that you don't end up doing a cleanse that just doesn't suit you - so, for me, level one would be ideal - whereas for fitness fanatics, level three would probably be more their cup of tea (or glass of green juice!) The only downside to Plenish is that it is pretty pricey - but if you're looking for a cleanse and have the cash, it might be worth it to save the hassle of having to juice everything yourself, and knowing that what you're drinking is full of fantastic body-loving ingredients.
Have you tried a juice cleanse before? Let me know how you got on!