Juice Cleansing: Halfsies Pros & Cons

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I just completed my first ever juice cleanse, & I’m having mixed emotions. Don’t get me wrong – I loveeee juices and can spend hours on end reading nutrition labels at Whole Foods & learning about cold-press techniques at pop-up juiceries. Several times per week, I’ll easily replace a late dinner with a green juice (Suja <<above>> is my fave because it’s crazy delicious and nutritious and doesn’t taste like green vom like some others). I’m a huge fan of the meal replacement philosophy, because juices are a great way to get nutrients when you just don’t have time for a  meal. But ONLY. DRINKING. JUICE?!

Let’s talk about that…

Before starting my three day cleanse, I boldly claimed that I couldn’t imagine that I would miss chewing things. Note: I did. Especially while everyone around me was carelessly nomming away. Find a buddy to juice with you and I promise you’ll appreciate the moral support! And even though you’re supposed to drink more juice than I was able to stomache, I never really felt satisfied. I wasn’t ever hungry because I was always full, but it was more of an I’m-so-bloated-with-juice full than an I’m-not-hungry full.

In the end, I felt super clean and rejuvenated and healthy and… OH YA: light-headed, crabby, ready for some vino, and down to chew on some almonds or kale or the carpet or my fingernails or ANYTHING I could get my hands on.

My ultimate conclusion: Juicing feels great if you need to detox from a vacay or if you’re looking to kick-start a healthy lifestyle change. But for someone who’s already pretty health-freakish, I really just missed eating quinoa and steaming my veggies. Sure, you can’t jam as many nutrients into your stomach when your veggies are in solid form, but there’s a certain happiness that you get from eating food that makes the process irreplaceable. Happiness is a nutrient too people!!!

I love the way I felt after juicing, but think I’ll probably stick to drinking juice for snacks or skipped meals here or there. I’ll save the intense cleansing for post-Vegas trips and other detox worthy times!

In case you’re interested in doing your own cleanse, I suggest trying Suja, Nekter, Organic Avenue, or Pressed Cleanses.

If you’re down to weerrrkkk for it, you can make your own juices with some of our fave recipes from Health.com. Well & Good kills it too, with tips & inspo to get you through the process

Have you done a juice cleanse? Where from? We’d love to hear about your results & tips!

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Homemade Lara Bars!

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I’m always looking for great new health bars, but there aren’t many out there that are super healthy (I hate when I can’t understand all of the ingredients!) Some of my favorite healthies are ThinkThin Bars, Quest Bars, & Luna Bars! But each comes at it’s own price, and sometimes its fun (and healthier and cheaper!) to create your own!

Today, I decided to make prune based granola bars, but I’ve done the same recipe with dates in the past. These most closely parallel the traditional Luna Bar.

What you’ll need:

♥ 1 cup dried prunes
♥ 1/2 cup coconut oil
♥ 1 tablespoon lemon juice
♥ 1/2 cup almond milk
♥ 2 eggs
♥ 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
♥ 1 tablespoon chia seeds
♥ 1 cup oats
♥ 2 scoops vanilla protein powder
♥ 1 tablespoon baking powder

The how-to:

Combine prunes, coconut oil, and lemon juice in a large saucepan and simmer on medium heat for 5 minutes

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Transfer contents to blender with 1/2 cup almond milk and blend until creamy (slight chunkiness is okay, but try to get as creamy as possible!)

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Return contents to mixing bowl and add eggs. Mix thoroughly then add vanilla extract, chia seeds, protein powder, and baking powder. Fold dry contents into the mix until smooth. Place in a 9″X9″ pan (I prefer glass cookware) and cook in the oven on 325° until a toothpick comes out dry! Mine come out best after 25 minutes.

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When these come out of the oven, they smell sooo good! They can even double as a great dessert while still warm!! :)

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For easy transport, let cool then wrap in little zip-lock baggies or saran wrap! Enjoy!

What healthy breakfast options are your quick go-to picks? I love these homemade bars, protein shakes, and chia pudding! Share your fave recipes below!