What’s the hype around soup and juice cleanses?

PRESS Nourish soup and juice cleanse

Read our review of the Nourish soup and juice cleanse by PRESS and take advantage of our exclusive discount code to try it for yourself

London life is hectic. It’s easy to fall in to bad eating habits and miss out on nutrients that are vital in keeping us healthy and happy.

Between convenience food, rich takeaways and boozy brunches, I’m sometimes left feeling bloated, heavy and over-indulged, but I’m not one for fad diets, fasting or deprivation of any kind.

I prefer to follow the rule of ‘everything in moderation’, so I turned to PRESS and their selection of nutrition-packed juices and soups to see if a one-day cleanse could help give my digestive system a much-needed break.

What does ‘cold-pressed’ actually mean?

When produce goes through the extraction process, the temperature never reaches more than 3°C. This ensures the lowest level of oxidation occurs and it prevents any of the nutrients and enzymes being lost. Basically, it’s as close to eating the original fruit or veg as possible, but in liquid form.

 

PRESS juice cleanse

What are the benefits of a soup and juice cleanse?

PRESS cleanses are curated by nutritionists to rest, rejuvenate and re-energise your body. Consumed as a substitute for your regular three meals per day, the one, two or three-day cleanses are a low calorie, liquid detox of raw, unpasteurised vegetable and fruit juices, nut milks, cleanse waters, soups and supplements.

It’s claimed that by breaking your usual routine of processed or hard-to-digest meals, you can reset your eating habits and increase your energy levels, boost your complexion and improve your sleep quality.

Needless to say, I could do with all of the above so I got stuck into the one-day Nourish soup and juice cleanse (£54 inc delivery) to see if it was up to the hype…

PRESS nourish soup and juice cleanse

Liquid refreshment

I started my day off with the Pineapple-aid water.

Benefits: Pineapple is known for its anti-inflammatory and digestive benefits and the cayenne pepper acts as a metabolism booster.
Taste:
A refreshing, tart flavour with a hint of honey, lemon and cayenne pepper.
Calories: 83kcal (replacing my usual breakfast of porridge: 215kcal)

Next up, for my mid-morning ‘snack’ was the lean green Greenhouse 3 juice.

Benefits: Packed with kale, spinach, celery, romaine, cucumber, ginger and lemon Greenhouse 3 is an immunity booster.
Taste: An earthy, savoury flavour. Having a sweet tooth, I did struggle to drink all 500ml. I pushed on knowing that the nutrients inside could help ward off a cold.
Calories: 70kcal (replacing my usual mid morning snack of a cereal bar: 140kcal)

At lunchtime I tucked into the Tomato, basil and cashew soup.

Benefits: Gluten free and packed with tomatoes and chilli, the nutrients keep on coming.
Taste: The cashew nuts makes this soup beautifully thick and creamy and the chilli gives it a hearty, warming kick – this was so delicious I couldn’t get enough!
Calories: 350kcal (replacing my usual Crush or Pret lunch of around 450kcal)

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I made it to mid-afternoon and instead of reaching for a slice of office birthday cake, I cracked open the Skinny veg broth.

Benefits: With a combination of healthy veg such as butternut squash, leeks, carrot, celery, sweet potato, kale, shiitake mushroom, ginger and garlic, it’s great for boosting your immune system.
Taste: This watery broth was delicious and kept me from reaching for sugary snacks.
Calories: 45kcal (replacing my usual chocolatey afternoon snack: 100kcal)

En route home from work and it was time to crack open the Orchard 2 juice.

Benefits: Containing apple, lemon and ginger, this is another immunity booster.
Taste:
Juicy and fiery, this is no ordinary apple juice. Orchard 2 was lip-smackingly delicious and kept me going into the evening.
Calories:
200kcal

Dinner time came and it was time for the Minted pea soup.

Benefits: Peas are high in fibre, omega 3 and omega 6 fats which in turn help regulate blood sugar and offer antioxidant benefits.
Taste:
A fresh, fragrant and delicate taste with a luxuriously thick consistency. 
Calories:
265kcal (replacing my usual dinner around 500kcal)

Finally, as a sweet treat to round off the day I got to drink the Vanilla leche.

Benefits: A healthy, dairy-free alternative to milk.
Taste:
Creamy, naturally sweet & packed full of vanilla – I’d heard big things about PRESS’ vanilla leche drink from friends and I wasn’t disappointed. It was sweet enough to replace an evening dessert or sweet treat, without any of the guilt!
Calories:
162kcal (replacing an evening treat: 200kcal) 

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Go figure

I’m not a calorie counter and I don’t intend to become one, but I thought it would be interesting to compare my liquid calorie intake with that of a usual day.

The daily recommended calorie intake for women, according to the NHS is 2,000kcals, but the exact amount will differ depending on your body size and level of activity.

Nourish soup and juice cleanse: 1,195kcals 
An average day of eating solids: 1,805kcals

So I had 610kcals less than usual with the Nourish soup and juice cleanse. I could probably achieve this myself by swerving snacks in between meals, but probably wouldn’t feel as full as I did on the cleanse.

I think it’s great to have a lighter day here and there, but I don’t intend on making a habit out of a low-calorie diet. I should also note that I chose not to exercise on the day I did the cleanse, so on an active day with a barre, spin or dance class, I would probably crave a more calorific diet.

PRESS tomato, basil and cashew soup

The verdict

There’s certainly no chance of going hungry on this cleanse, which was a real surprise because we often associate detoxing and cleansing with restricted diets and hunger pangs. With three juices, two soups, a broth and a nut milk, there’s no time to get hungry and veer outside of the cleanse.

If you do crave solid food, PRESS recommends reaching for a small handful of activated almonds or raw vegetables, but I didn’t feel the need to do so in just one day.

For a serious chocolate addict like me, the soup and juice cleanse was a great way to test if I could get through even one day without a chocolate hit in the afternoon. I found that the little-but-often intake of liquids kept me from the rollercoaster of sugar highs and lows that I usually experience.

I’d recommend this cleanse if you’ve been over-indulging and need a day (or three) off. If you’re too busy to do healthy meal prep and want a simple, convenient regime to follow, it’s the perfect way to inject your diet with natural vitamins, enzymes, minerals and nutrients.

The real highlight was the Tomato, basil and cashew soup – it left me feeling warm, full and totally satisfied. I can’t wait to stock up on it and I recommend you do too!

Use our discount code ‘BRUNCHNGRIND’ to receive one day free when you buy a three day soup cleanse at press-london.com

Happy cleansing!
Vanessa x

1 Comment

  1. Sarah
    30th May 2017 / 1:41 pm

    These look super tasty, what a good idea to get healthy eating back on track! Thank you!

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