The idea of trying a juice “detox” or juice “cleanse” has actually been on my mind for quite some time already, however, only this week did I actually decide to do one. Obviously not for weight loss reasons, but rather out of curiosity – I wanted to see whether and could deal with the experience and if the cleanse would really have an effect on my energy levels and sleep like I had heard it would.
I have been loving Powau‘s cold pressed juices (the cutest names + best taste, seriously!) for as long as they have been sold in Helsinki and therefore their Power of Juice – raw juice cleanse was a pretty obvious choice for me since I don’t have an own a juicer. Powau uses local fruits, veggies and herbs + superfoods for their uniquely created blends and offers juice detoxes ranging from 1 to 5 days. As a beginner and after talking with Eliso from Powau, I decided to start safely with 1 day.
For a one-day cleanse, the juice pack included the three juices below, delivered straight to my home door in the morning plus some herbal tea to drink along the day. The green juice was a rather “salty” mix of wheatgrass, veggies, some orange and MSM. The orange one, then again, was an energy booster with turmeric, carrot, fruits and vitamin B-12. I had already earlier decided to skip my workout on the detox day so I was pretty confident about surviving on only these liquids for the whole day.
I first had the smaller green juice and some tea for breakfast. I’m used to always having a big, nourishing breakfast and a cup of coffee on the side in the morning so trying to kick start the day with only some green juice and no coffee turned out to be a tiny challenge already: I found it surprisingly hard to concentrate on my work afterwards. I wasn’t hungry though, and mostly felt just normal. Some time before lunch, however, I started to feel a slight headache coming (I very very rarely have any kind of headaches) but didn’t do anything about it at that point. I could easily finish the sweet, bright orange juice, still feeling mostly okay afterwards, although a bit dizzy.
Towards the night, starting to drink the green juice again, that headache grew worse and worse…Maybe I did something wrong – maybe it was a result of drinking too little water during the day or then of not having coffee in the morning. I didn’t know, so at that point, I put my own wellbeing ahead of “finishing” the cleanse. I decided not to drink any more of the green wheatgrass juice since it clearly was too strong for me – I rather ate a small salad with spinach, avocado and nectarine to get better and against my usual habits, even took a pain killer. I kind of felt like cheating since it was only a one-day cleanse and I had thought it would be something easy to accomplish for me. But I guess this was again another lesson learned about my body – what it can and what it cannot take. I am super sensitive, always been, which is one of the main reasons why I want to keep up with the healthy eating in general.
So I hope you read this story with that in mind – remember that this experience is mine only and doesn’t mean that a juice cleanse would be any way the same for you or your body. I’m sure a cleanse is nothing easy for any beginner, but I think with following the instructions, listening to your body and eating if necessary, it should be something doable still.
Powau sends some very good instructions for the cleanse days, including suggestions for what to eat and what kinds of feelings to expect during the cleanse – something that was very comforting at least for me to read while feeling a bit light headed and dizzy from the powerful juices. They also talk about the importance of the days after the cleanse; keeping up with healthy eating and starting with light meals to give the body enough time to recover. So with these words in mind, on the day after my one-day cleanse (after obviously having a smoothie bowl for breakfast), I went for my favourite light summer lunch of the moment: rice paper rolls with veggies and peanut sauce. To be honest, I have created so many variations of this meal during the past few weeks and wasn’t completely sure which one of them to include…but I promise the recipe below has almost all my favourite fillings. Love also adding some mango sometimes for sweetness!
What you will need:
4 rice paper sheets
For the filling:
120g miso tofu (half of the recipe below)
1dl shredded cabbage
1/4 of a small cucumber
1dl alfalfa sprouts
a handful of fresh coriander
1tbsp lemon juice
For the miso tofu:
240g firm tofu
1/2tbsp brown rice miso
1/2tbsp brown rice vinegar
1/2tbsp lemon juice
Peanut sauce and sesame seeds for serving
How to do it?
- Start by preparing the tofu marinade: mix all the ingredients together in a small bowl and set aside.
- Rinse, drain and dry the tofu well, then cube it.
- Toss the marinade all over the tofu and leave it in the refrigerator to marinate for at least an hour.
- Once marinated, pan-fry the tofu with a little sesame oil until slightly browned.
- Peel and thinly slice the carrot. Also cut the cucumber and cabbage into long, thin slices.
- Deseed and peel the avocado, then cut that also into skinny slices.
- Mix all the filling ingredients together and season with fresh lemon juice, a little sesame oil and lots of chopped fresh coriander.
- Fill a large bowl with hot water, take one rice paper sheet and hold it in the water until soft.
- Place the softened rice paper on a clean surface and measure 1/4 of the filling in the middle.
- Fold first the two opposite sides in, then the lower remaining side. Hold the folded sides firmly and roll into a tight roll so that the only remaining open side “closes” the roll. Repeat for the remaining rice paper sheets.
- Serve with peanut sauce and your favourite extras – I like adding lemon and sesame seeds.