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Review: Schkinny Maninny Juice Detox Program

Monday, 21 December 2015

The team at Schkinny Maninny kindly sent me some (adorable) eskies of fresh juices to try out their detox program. Every day, a cute mini esky gets delivered to your doorstep with six bottles of fresh juices (and soups or even salads, depending on what program you choose) and for either 3 or 5 days, you do a cleanse with just juices.



As some of you know, when I was in Nepal doing yoga, I did a 'cleanse' as well. It was basically - apples for three days (6 apples on day 1, then 3, then 1), then a day of no foods, and then a day of 'cleansing' via a salt-water flush. It's an ancient yogic intestinal cleansing process called Shankaprakshalana, and I really do think it's super helpful, but would probably not do it at home. (Read more about the whole process here and here)



Anyway - compared to that, I thought this juice detox would be way easier, so I happily agreed to do it. There are a bunch of different programs you can pick from and all you do is decide what you want to have, order it, and it gets delivered to your doorstep (or your workplace, wherever you want). I leave for work quite early in the morning, and was worried that my juices would get delivered too late (there's a 5-10 am delivery window), so I let them know and my mini esky was at my front door before 6 am every day.

I did the Active Juice and Soup Cleanse, and was super excited when my mini esky arrived on Monday morning. I loved most of the juices and soups, which come in 500ml bottles and a sticker which tells you what order to drink them in. As a person who drinks a lot of water, I thought that 500ml of juice would be really easy to consume, but they were surprisingly really filling. Most of the time I couldn't finish my juices, so kindly donated the rest to my family, but I also never had 6 bottles in a day, because I was so full.

On day 1, the juices came with a little gift pack with a welcome card, and some detox tea bags, foot bath salts.


While I did miss the actual sensation of chewing/eating (although you do get a tiny container of seeds to chew on if you need it!) and also cooking food, it was really nice to know that my day's meals were sorted and ready to go. Each day, the esky comes with a little card which debriefs you, and outlines how you might be feeling or side effects. I had a strong headache on the second/third days which was really strange for me, but the info card let me know that it was a common side effect. I also got support emails ['Day 1 - it has begun!', 'Did you sleep okay last night?'] which were really cute to read.


In terms of the juice flavors, I wasn't a huge fan of some of the juices, like the ones with sesame seeds and brazil nuts (so the breakfast and night time juices). The spinach soup was good for a bit was too lemony so I could only eat a bit of those. Apart from those, however, everything was really delicious. My favorites were probably the Pine Root (beetroot, carrot, apple, ginger, and pineapple) and the Rocky Orange Show (orange, rockmelon, mint, apple, cucumber). The soups were also really good. I heated half up in a bowl and then poured the remaining cold juice over, so it was kind of gazpacho tasting with lots of herbs and spices for flavour.

At the end of the cleanse I felt really fresh and energetic. I found that the third day was the most difficult, not because I was actually hungry but I just wanted to eat something. All in all, it was a really good way to detox, especially when the juices were so good. Check them out on Schkinny Maninny and get your own mini esky :) 

Here's a sample of the menu!

Monday
Schkinny Banana Smoothie - banana, almonds, sesame seeds, oats, almond milk
Schkinny Leap Frog - cucumber, kiwi, spinach, parsley, apple
Schkinny Carrot and Cashew Soup - carrot, pear, cashew nuts, ground coriander seeds, ginger
Schkinny Beet Froot Tingle - beetroot, carrot, apple, ginger
Schkinny Rockin Tomato Soup - tomato, chickpeas, rocket, celery, tuscan spices
Schkinny Sleep Well - almonds, brazil nuts, water, cinnamon, Medjool date

Tuesday
Schkinny Banana Smoothie - banana, almonds, sesame seeds, oats, almond milk
Schkinny Water Frog - watermelon, orange, spinach, kiwi, parsley
Schkinny Lentil Luncheon - tomato, carrot, lentils, Moroccan spices
Schkinny Rocky Orange Show - orange, rockmelon, mint, apple, cucumber
Schkinny Colly, Meg and Lee Soup - cauliflower, butter beans, celery, parsley, nutmeg
Schkinny Sleep Well - almonds, brazil nuts, water, cinnamon, Medjool date

Wednesday
Schkinny Banana Smoothie - banana, almonds, sesame seeds, oats, almond milk
Schkinny Leap Frog - cucumber, kiwi, spinach, parsley, apple
Schkinny Spinach Soup - cashews nuts, spinach, celery, lemon, leek, almond milk
Schkinny Pine Root - beetroot, carrot, apple, ginger, pineapple
Schkinny Vego con Carne - tomato, kidney beans, parsley, celery, Mexican chilli
Schkinny Sleep Well - almonds, brazil nuts, water, cinnamon, Medjool date 

Thursday
Schkinny Banana Smoothie - banana, almonds, sesame seeds, oats, almond milk
Schkinny Leap Frog - cucumber, kiwi, spinach, parsley, apple
Schkinny Lentil Luncheon - tomato, carrot, lentils, Moroccan spices
Schkinny Beet Froot Tingle - Beetroot, apple, carrot, ginger
Schkinny ButterSeed Soup - pumpkin, butterbeans, parsley, cumin, coriander, onion
Schkinny Sleep Well - almonds, brazil nuts, water, cinnamon, Medjool date 

Friday
Schkinny Banana Smoothie - banana, almonds, sesame seeds, oats, almond milk
Schkinny Pine Ginger Splice - pineapple, apple, ginger, spinach, parsley, kiwi
Schkinny Carrot and Cashew Soup - carrot, pear, cashew nuts, ground coriander seeds, ginger
Schkinny Cage Fighter - carrot, celery, cucumber, apple, ginger
Schkinny Rockin Tomato Soup - tomato, chickpeas, rocket, celery, tuscan spices 
Schkinny Sleep Well - almonds, brazil nuts, water, cinnamon, Medjool date

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