Last Tuesday at this time, I was embarking on my two day juice cleanse. I didn’t love doing it because I prefer getting to eat big (healthy) meals, but I have to admit that the Protein Bar juices that I tried were pretty delicious! Plus, I was excited to get the chance to try a juice cleanse for a short period of time, since I’ve always been curious about what it would be like. (My friend Adam keeps telling me about his friend who is doing a sixty day juice cleanse and… no. Just no, thank you.)
One of my readers shared a great video, though, about the effects of juice cleansing that I wanted to bring your attention to it so it wouldn’t get missed in the comments. (Thank you, anonymous!) Short version: you can only really “detox” by getting things out of your system (i.e., via going to the bathroom or sweating); doing a juice cleanse doesn’t really have long-term effects. While I had been psyched to try the juice cleanse, that video fit pretty squarely with what I believed about juice cleanses. In general with health and fitness, there is no easy quick fix! Eating healthy foods is going to do the same thing for your body as going on a strict juice cleanse… and personally, I would rather cook some healthy stuff for myself.
However, there are times I can’t cook healthy foods – like when I’m traveling. I have long lamented how hard it is to eat healthy when I’m traveling, and I have once again proven that point by dropping more than ten pounds since I stopped traveling to Dallas every week. Yes, I love Dallas, but I find that the food there is best enjoyed in moderation rather than three meals a day, four days a week. In fact, moderation seems to suit me well – despite having lots of my favorite dishes while I was there, like Capital Grille’s lobster mac & cheese, I returned home not any heavier or more bloated than before. Hooray for short business trips!
But one way in which I think juices can be useful is for situations like travel – when you just need a quick, healthy meal and aren’t able to cook it yourself. That’s why I was excited when Evolution Fresh reached out to me to promote their new campaign along with a great giveaway for all of you. As the New Year begins, Evolution Fresh is challenging Americans to rev up their green engines and get into the green routine by drinking one green juice a day for three days, as part of Evolution Fresh’s “3 Days to Green” movement. To me, one green juice a day sounds perfect – it helps to ensure that you’re painlessly (and deliciously) getting in your vegetables but still getting to enjoy healthy food the rest of the day. I like that kind of balance! Plus, it’s easy for me to grab a juice from my fridge on my way to the bus, or stop by Starbucks to pick one up on my way into the office.
I’ve written about Evolution Fresh before, and I really do enjoy their products. Now that I’ve tried the Protein Bar juices and noted that they were a bit sugary for my taste, I will also add that Evolution Fresh has four varieties of cold-pressed, high pressure processed (HPP) green juice that are made from more than a pound of green vegetables, have 10 grams of sugar or less per eight once serving, and have no added flavors or sweeteners. One of those flavors, the Organic Sweet Greens and Ginger, was actually my favorite of the ones I got to try last time, and the Sweet Greens is my Starbucks go-to! Evolution Fresh is one of the most widely available cold-pressed green juice in the U.S., available at more than 6,000 grocery retailers and 7,200 Starbucks stores, and I also really appreciate that they try to sell their products at an accessible price.
Finally, while I have a 50by25 exclusive giveaway below, I also wanted to let you know that Evolution Fresh is rewarding those who take #3DaystoGreen pledge via the 3 Days to Green Sweepstakes, featuring prizes that give a helping hand toward healthy habits – like one month of free Evolution Fresh cold-pressed juice, workout wear, and fitness trackers. That giveaway is open till the end of February, and it’s a great chance to vie for some really nice prizes to help you get a fresh start to the new year! (Hmm, I guess we are already nearly two weeks in and I really should write about my resolutions soon… but rest assured that I am keeping them even though I haven’t shared them with you yet. Hope your resolutions are going well, and that perhaps this juice will help if any of yours are health-related!)
The 50by25-specific (read: much greater chance of winning!) giveaway below is for a $40 Evolution Fresh gift card, which is valid at any Starbucks location, as well as a coupon for one additional juice of your choice. This giveaway will be open for one week, and all residents of the lower 48 United States are eligible; you may enter using the Rafflecopter below. (If you are reading this via email or RSS feed, you will need to click through to my website to see the widget.)
Disclaimer: I received an Evolution Fresh gift card and coupon, just like the winner of this giveaway will be receiving, along with a little lime green alarm clock to remind me when it’s time to drink my greens (cute, right?). However, I received no other compensation for this post – I decided to accept the sponsored opportunity because I really do like Evolution Fresh products, and wanted to give one of my readers a chance to try Evolution Fresh for themselves!