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OrganicGirl | More Greens Less Fruit

Today we’re here to talk about OrganicGirl juice!

I’m a huge fan of cold pressed juices and have been thrilled with the sudden green juice craze over the last few years. I’ve tried different brands and even done a few juice cleanses as research. While I don’t think any of us should be on long-term juice-only diets, I do see the appeal of supplementing your leafy green intake with juices and I definitely appreciate the convenience of pressed juices when you’re traveling or having a crazy day.

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One of the only concerns that I’ve had with some of the brands of green juice I’ve seen is that they can be high in sugar. Whether it’s spinach or kale, they tend to be paired with green apple or mango or pineapple. And the downside of those type of combinations is that without the fiber in the fruit that you lose when you juice it, that’s a pretty serious insulin spike from something that’s supposed to be “healthy.”

Enter OrganicGirl!

With the tagline “More greens, less fruit” I knew I was going to have to try this range of cold pressed juices. When they offered to send over a few to try out, I jumped at the chance.

What did I think?

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If you’re used to fruit juice, you probably won’t enjoy their more-savory-than-sweet flavors, but as someone who tried to avoid sugar for the most part, I found them refreshing and flavorful. They have a touch of pulp-iness to them and really bold tastes.

  • Kale Rules – Veggies, greens & lime // 50 Calories + 7g Sugar
  • Spicy Tomato – Basically a Bloody Mary, minus the vodka // 70 Calories + 3g Sugar
  • Hint of Mint – Light & refreshing with a touch of green tea // 45 Calories + 7g Sugar
  • Beet Boost – Carrot, Kale, Beet, Parsley & Spinach // 45 Calories + 8g
  • Lemon-Aid – Spicy lemonade and the sweetest of the bunch // 60 Calories + 11g Sugar
  • Green Cider Smoothie – Greens, Greek Yogurt + Almonds {Note: I didn’t try this one due to the yogurt, but was told it was filling and savory, but not at all sweet}

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Another thing I loved, other than the all-organic ingredient list, was that a serving size is one bottle. I hate, hate, hate when I’m 3/4 of the way through something only to realize that the manufacturer thought that their tiny bottle should be broken into five serving sizes. Sigh.

What’s YOUR favorite green juice? Have YOU tried OrganicGirl?

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Juice Cleansing

I get asked about juice cleanses pretty regularly and having just embarked on another one, I thought I’d stop and share a few of my thoughts on the whole process.

I’ll preface this by saying that subsisting on juice and/or doing cleanses aren’t a fulltime way of life. They’re not sustainable and it can be unhealthy and dangerous to do them long-term.

That being said, I definitely see the benefit of a short juice cleanse every once in a while. For most people. If you have blood sugar issues or are training/working out a great deal, you should probably try a clean plant-based diet rather than strict juicing.

When it comes to juice cleanses – You get what you put in. If you take it seriously, adjust your habits, and drink tons of water, you’ll feel amazing.

I like a short cleanse (1-3 days) as a quick detox to help me get back to healthier habits. After a wonderful Summer filled with weekend trips and new experiences, I’m feeling a touch sluggish. A few too many delicious meals and bottles of vino over the last few months probably…

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So I signed myself up for a three-day green juice cleanse through San Francisco-based Project Juice. Not only do I enjoy their juices and their approach to healthy living, but I love getting a chance to support a local company.

  • I took supplements daily, including calcium and iron
  • Drank tons of lemon water plus some kombucha & coconut water
  • Had no energy crashes
  • No GI issues
  • Slept really well

Overall this was a great experience and I’m glad to head into Fall on a healthy note!

Have YOU done any cleansing?

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Links You’ll Love

Health & Fitness:

Sweet potatoes are a great addition to any healthy diet so you should definitely try out some of these nutritious recipes from Shape Magazine – 10 Healthy Sweet Potato Recipes.

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OhSheGlow’s Fall Detox Salad is a must try – Filled with Brussels Sprouts, carrots, apple, celery, sunflower seeds, and raisins, it’s as nutritious as it is delicious {also check out this salad as part of the Thanksgiving Recipe Round-Up}.

Eating well and living a healthy life doesn’t have to mean giving up all sweets and desserts, you just need to make healthier, smarter choices when you want to indulge – Try FitFluential’s Five Healthier Desserts which include amazing choices like Raspberry Chocolate Chips, Dark Chocolate Nut Butter Pretzels, Fruit & Yogurt Parfaits, Pumpkin Spice Cupcakes/Muffins, and Cheesecake Stuffed Strawberries.

Do you want model-worthy skin? Refinery 29 has the goods – The Surprising Secret To Model-Worthy Skin.

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Finding a great, healthy snack that you love and that’s easy to make is wonderful – One of my favorites recently is Choosing Raw’s Cinnamon Caramelized Cauliflower.

Fashion:

Interested in spicing up your daily makeup routine? It’s always fun to see what other beauty products are out there and the sort of routines that women go through on a daily basis, so let’s check out how blogger Trop Rouge has set up her makeup routine – Makeup Monday.

Top 9 at 9: A Model’s Must Haves with Lonneke Engel gives you all of model Lonneke Engel’s Fall 2012 picks – From workout gear to sweaters to what her favorite shoes are for Fall.

Ulyana Sergeenko’s dramatic, eye-catching clothes are the perfect pieces for this dreamy Moscow-based photo shoot in the most recent Carine Roitfeld Fashion Book issue – Moscow Walk.

Oxblood is everywhere for Fall 2012 and if you’re not sure whether it’s the trend for you, trying beauty products and nail polish are great choices – 3 Chic Ways To Do Burgundy Beauty.

The Fall 2012 Collection for J.Crew is pretty phenomenal – It’s filled with great outerwear, fun, printed pants, and killer accessories. And none of those accessories are better than the Lulu Frost’s Capsule Collection – Shop It Now: Lulu Frost For J.Crew Holiday.

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Fashion:

Are you as sick of skinny jeans as I am these days? I love the silhouette of a slim pant with a tunic, oversized sweater or cropped jacket on top, but the worn-to-death trend of skinny jeans is making me mad! The Stylist is here to help though, with 7 Alternatives to Skinny Blue Jeans.

Poppy Delevingne Style

Looks like I’m not the only one in awe of Poppy Delevingne’s personal style, see FabSugar’s One To Watch: Poppy Delevingne’s Fun, Fearless Style Has Us Hooked, Hello!’s Fashion Week favourite Poppy shows off her street savvy or Harper’s Bazaar – BAZAAR Boards: Poppy’s Chic Coat Tricks.

Ever wondered just how Chanel does it? Take a look at Lucky Magazine’s Watch the Chanel Team Make a Little Black Jacket. Or if you’re more interested in the man behind Chanel check out the Harper’s Bazaar piece My List: Karl Lagerfeld In 24 Hours. What did I learn?

Ready for Spring shopping? Watch Prada’s new “Real Fantasies” video lookbook staring Jessica Stam, Ginta Lapina, and Lindsey Wixson or H&M’s Spring 2012 campaign featuring the beautiful Sasha Pivovarova, Natasha Poly, Isabeli Fontana, and Anais Mali.

Health/Fitness:

March is National Nutrition Month so take a look at some great articles that will give you new perspective on what eating healthy means to you:

Need some motivation to get you moving? Literally? Check out Holly Would If She Could’s 5 Jedi Mind Tricks For Kickstarting A New Fitness Routine.

Smoothies are a great way to pack protein and nutrients into your breakfast and start your day right – see my Smoothie Love post for my favorite smoothie recipes and a breakdown on some of the great, healthy ingredients you can add. If you’re not a fan of bananas and think that limits your smoothie choices, think again! Check out Gena from Choosing Raw’s Avocado and Berry Smoothie: Banana-less Smoothie Take I. Need more ideas or inspiration? Read FitSugar’s Green Juice & Smoothie Recipes and Vega creator Brendan Brazier’s Smoothiology 101: Saving the Planet 1 Smoothie at a Time.

The Huffington Post’s 8 Ways To Become An Optimist and Marc and Angel Hack Life’s 30 Things To Start Doing For Yourself both seem to support my personal decision to Be Positive this year. I’ve also been trying to read and/or participate in Polish My Crown’s Thankful Thursdays. Do you think positivity and optimism can improve your enjoyment of life?

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