Raw Pressery is a premium Indian juice brand that offers cold pressed juices. An opportunity to taste a range of their juices was too good to pass.
I am not the kind of person that fasts. Vrats and all don’t agree with me. I need to eat multiple times a day – yes!! Maybe you won’t understand me, but if you are the kind of person that can go for hours without eating or drinking anything, or the sort that ‘forgets’ to eat, I don’t understand you.
When I heard that there was a day’s fasting needed to do the Raw Pressery one day juice cleanse, I frowned. I was almost certain I couldn’t do it. But I had heard so much about the 100% natural cold pressed juices from Raw Pressery. And their ‘Naked’ style bottles with the different colored juices, not to mention attractive names like Trim, Glow, Lean and so on had me salivating. I really really wanted to taste these juices. So I took the plunge. After all, there was a fringe benefit of detoxing my body!
Before embarking on anything new, I always do some online research. The company’s website proved to be a treasure trove of information. It is also very colorful and appetizing. I bet you will end up ordering some juice on the spot – it’s that good.
Raw Pressery juices are cold pressed. No heat or air touches the juice and this prevents oxidation and preserves the maximum nutrients. And they are made fresh every day!
Will the attractive website translate to a good product? That remains to be seen, I thought.
I decided to do the Light Cleanse Package as part of the one day cleanse. This cleanse contains 6 different juices that are to be taken in a certain order. Each juice is a blend of fruits and vegetables. You drink the juice at the given time, and drink plenty of water on that day. And that is it – no coffee and no food.
I came upon a Cleanse Guide that proved to be very helpful. When I realized I could eat some salad or drink a light broth if necessary, I breathed a sigh of relief.
The Cleanse Guide gave specific instructions on what to eat two days before and after the cleanse. I am already vegetarian and my dairy and caffeine intake is minimal. So I just tried eating more veggies in the days leading up to the cleanse.
I have done a few detox diets before, and have periodically given up caffeine. So I have experienced the headaches from caffeine withdrawal or detoxing. Everyone’s experience is different though, based on their history and their body’s response. My own experience has been different every time so I sort of had an idea of how it might go but I also knew it would be different from previous times.
I am going to try and detail my experience of Cleanse Day and also talk about the taste of the various juices.
Trim at 9 AM
I have been an early riser in the summer. I am up by 6 AM on most days and the first thing I need is my cup of tea and maybe something to nibble on before breakfast.
Drinking nothing but water until 9 AM seemed the first hill I had to climb. I slept in and woke up around 8 and then read a book. All the juices were promptly delivered by 8AM.
Trim is made with kale, spinach , lauki, amla, celery, green apple, ginger and lemon. I am not a stranger to green smoothies or green juices, I have consumed a lot of them at some time or the other.
Kale was the only ingredient I dreaded (long story). One plus point is that there was no black salt and mint here. I absolutely hate that taste.
Trim was certainly herby or earthy but I loved it. I couldn’t taste the celery. Ginger was strong and the flavor as a whole was pretty intense.
Trim is very much like a juice and not a smoothie or shake. I had read on some blogs about how it took half an hour to drink and how it was pretty filling etc.
I could finish the juice (410 ml) in a few sips despite it being ‘green’. There was a slightly bitter aftertaste that stayed for half an hour or so.
Run at 1130 AM
Mid morning is one of the times when hunger pangs strike, unless I have an early lunch. By the time 1130 rolled in, I was ready. I felt like a runner poised to hear the pistol shot so I could run to the bottle. Actually, I had it ready at hand.
Pineapple, pear and chia seeds are the simple ingredients of Run. Chia seeds are a famous super food and are rich in proteins and micronutrients. They form a gelatinous mixture when soaked in water/ liquid so I thought this one might be a thick juice. But the juice is quite clear with just a few chia seeds floating in it.
The floating chia seeds add some texture if you want to chew them. If you just drink/ gulp the juice, you will hardly realize they are part of the juice.
I love both pears and pineapple so the taste was not an issue here. Pear seemed to dominate more than pineapple. This is a combination I will certainly recommend for smoothies or other drinks.
Run was gone in 60 seconds, although no miles were traversed in the course of it.
Flush at 2 PM
I was very peckish around noon and I really felt the hunger pangs around 1230 which is my lunch time.
I ate a raw cucumber and small carrot without any salt or dressing. This seemed to act as an appetizer in the true sense.
I read my book until it was 2 PM which I was eagerly waiting for.
Apples, beets, carrot, ginger and lemon make up Flush.
The ginger-lemon was pretty strong here too and I could have done without it, I think.
The beetroot sort of dominated everything.
This was thicker than the juices so far and I loved it.
I think Flush was my top pick taste wise.
Flush was a bit more filling than the previous one and I was glad for that.
Shield at 430 PM
The hunger demon was making itself known in the afternoon so I went for a nap. I thought this would help me while away some time.
I woke up around 530 and that is when I tried Shield.
I love carrot juice. I have been known to guzzle the 1 liter Odwalla carrot juice bottle like there was no tomorrow. And carrot orange is another combination I love.
Shield with its carrot, tangerine and ginger felt just so-so.
The tangerine was very strong, and it was more sour from tangerine than sweet from the carrot.
Glow at 7 PM
I was feeling pretty hungry and a bit light headed by this time and was really hoping Glow would give me some energy.
The name seemed promising and I had visions of my skin clearing with every sip, or an inner sense of peace washing over me.
Cucumber, Coconut water, pineapple, lemongrass, aloe vera and lemon make up Glow.
It is pretty light and clear, and this was my least favorite out of the six juices.
There was a weird taste to it, maybe it came from the aloe vera, because I like all the other ingredients.
At this point, I was feeling pretty low and it wasn’t just a matter of controlling cravings.
It was clear I was going to have to find some suitable sustenance.
Build at 930PM
Before I talk about Build, I will talk about what came before it. I actually wondered if I should write about it but I want this review to be as honest as possible.
Suffice it to say it wasn’t a matter of mind control. Well, actually I don’t mind if you guys think I am weak.
I sipped a couple of bowls of thin daal soup, very watery broth, what we call ‘daal ka pani’.
I ate some raw cucumber/carrot and one phulka.
I had read about how Build was more of a dessert smoothie. Considering the ingredients, almonds, cinnamon and honey, I knew I was going to like it. And I did.
In fact, I loved it.
What’s not to like about almond milk? There is a very slight taste of bitter almond and there is a strong taste of cinnamon.
I am a big fan of cinnamon based breakfast cereals and I even love sprinkling cinnamon on my cereal or coffee. So I loved this!
Build is the only ‘big’ one and I am not even sure it should be called a juice. This is 400 or so calories and has some protein.
Given a choice, this would have been the first juice I consumed at 9 AM because a high protein breakfast always helps me reduce cravings through the day and it is needed after the night long fast.
But I am not qualified to comment on whether the order of juices is appropriate or if it could be something else.
Effects of 1 day cleanse
I did not experience extra trips to the bathroom. I didn’t really expect this for a one day cleanse because in my experience, the body stores water before releasing it. So stopping the salt or sugar for just one day will actually cause water retention in the short term.
I felt a mild headache coming on one or two times, and I attribute this to caffeine withdrawal.
I could sustain my hunger better than I thought and the juices helped. But it all built to a crescendo in the evening when I felt very weak.
I felt a bit light and fresh on the day after the cleanse, and I think my face looked fresh like it would after a facial. Now this is totally subjective, maybe I just looked at myself with different eyes.
My Final Word on Raw Pressery Juice Cleanse
My purpose in doing this cleanse was to taste and evaluate the Raw Pressery juices and conform to the cleanse ‘rules’ as much possible.
There is no doubt that Raw Pressery offers a superior product.
At 1500 INR for six bottles of 410 ml each, the price might seem steep but considering the quality of the product, the taste and the technology used, it seems reasonable. Also, it is delivered to your doorstep and online ordering is pretty simple.
Economies of scale play a part too, I think. Having said that, it is obviously positioned as a premium product.
As far as tangible benefits go, they can only be realized after regular consumption of the juice and a balanced healthy diet (not qualified to say this but seems like common sense).
Nutrition label contains a line item of ‘added sugar’ which is zero calories for every bottle. In my opinion, it will be helpful to have a line for the actual sugar content of the juice bottle which comes from the natural sugar in the ingredients. Nutrition labels do list this typically.
This will be very helpful to people who need to watch their sugar for whatever reason.
I think the one day cleanse is a good way to test out the product and sample the different flavors. After that, it is best to sign up for a monthly plan. According to their website, there is a specific schedule where they send you certain juices on certain days. You can of course ask for replacements if you don’t like a particular juice.
Raw Pressery juices are definitely a must try.
I think I drank a week’s worth of fruits and veggies in one day.
Many of these are fruits and vegetables are such that I don’t necessarily consume during the week. All these micro nutrients have to be good for you in some way.
Best of all, they are certified YUM!
Thanks to Raw Pressery for making this post possible. Views and opinions are my own. Please remember I am not qualified to advise anyone on what to eat or drink.