Nov 21, 2012

WIAW #65 - Fresh and Fruity

*NOTE* For just a few more hours, you can get an awesome deal on a home-delivery Fraser Christmas Tree - I just bought mine here!*

Before we get into the WIAW part of this post, I have to tell you (well, my Wednesday-only readers, since the others already know) about something that's been weighing deeply on my heart.

I'm suffering.

I'm suffering from a serious case of Is It Christmas Yet? and it's no fun to suffer alone. Every day, I tick off the previous day so that I can come one day closer to December 1, when it's officially okay for me to start to celebrate.

But misery loves company.

So I had this dilemma. How could I get some people to join me in my crazy-countdown-to-December-1 syndrome?

I thought and I thought until I came up with a brilliant idea. I would do what ABC Family's 25 Days of Christmas does for Christmas movies, only my corellary would be for free stuff! Everyone loves free stuff!

Am I right? Eh, eh?
So I'm hosting the first (annual?) LLE 25 Days of Giveaways!! There will be a new giveaway winner every day from December 1 through December 25, so there'll be plenty of chances for everyone to win something - even my international readers!

Each giveaway will run two weeks, which means that I've already been posting a new giveaway each day since this past Saturday - and today is no exception!

Holidays mean guests and, often enough to have spurred many funny films and TV shows, last-minute guests. So here's something that's great to have on hand whenever you have any guests swing by. Though if this is always around, you'll probably be entertaining quite often this holiday season!

Triple Chocolate Caramel Popcorn

Chocolate Bar Shop Triple Chocolate Caramel Popcorn is made with organic ingredients and no high fructose corn syrup. Instead, it's a wonderful marriage of milk chocolate, dark chocolate, and white chocolate over caramel popcorn with chocolate covered pecan bits.

Who needs guests? This looks yummy enough to eat by yourself, too!

Triple Chocolate Caramel Popcorn

But just in case you want to gift it to a special someone, it comes in pretty silver tins with ribbons!

Triple Chocolate Caramel Popcorn

This giveaway is open to everyone (international readers, too, yay!) and you have until December 5 to enter for your chance to win a yummy tin full of Triple Chocolate Caramel Popcorn.

So did it work? Is everyone anxiously awaiting December 1 with me?

And don't forget to stop by my giveaway page so you can get caught up on entering my other current giveaways!

Anyway, today is WIAW. And I've lately gotten the chance to try a great variety of yummy juices, so I'll review those here now! So it's more of a WIDW (What I Drank Wednesday).

Peas and Crayons
Life Juice Shop provides three day juice cleanses full of nutritious, delicious juices! I've never done a juice cleanse before, but I've heard a lot about them. Well...I still haven't done a juice cleanse. I probably never will.

I'm a busy college girl and I need my food ;)

But I have been enjoying the benefits of adding more juice to my regular diet! Adding these healthful juices to my regular eats definitely makes me feel better and adds a little pep to my step!

Yes, still the pep-in-the-step effect, even with the processed mac & cheese (which, by the way, does not come with the cleanse)
Especially leading up to, or following, the indulgent holiday season (which should rightfully be packed with such decadent treats as the chocolate caramel popcorn above!) adding fruit & veg juices (even if, like me, you don't do the real cleanse thing) can help improve digestion, improve sleep, reduce bloating, normalize cravings, reset eating, and strengthen immunity, among other things. 

They keep the juices super cool for delivery with double insulation!
If you're thinking about a juice cleanse, I recommend really considering if ordering a cleanse and then just adding those juices over several days might be a better plan. Juice cleanses just aren't for everyone. A juice cleanse is not recommended for those who suffer from:
   * eating disorders, such as anorexia nervosa or bulimia
   * heart failure
   * hypothyroidism
   * anemia
   * low blood sugar
   * etc.
It's also not recommended if you're pregnant or nursing, recently underwent surgery, or are very active, as it may not meet your energy and nutrient needs. The cleanses are intended to last three days, but (as I did) you can spread those juices over several days, interspersed with food, and still reap a lot of benefits from the healthy juices. Many people like enjoying two juices per day as snacks (like I have been!) or as a healthy post-exercise pick-me-up over the long-term, just to stay feeling their best!

The juices come with a cooler bag (comfortably fits two bottles and an ice pack) to take your juices on the go.
The cleanse, however, comes with 6 juices per day. Each bottle is 2 servings of 8oz each, but both servings are intended to be consumed at once (so why is it divided into two servings? Beats me). The juices are all freshly made, unpasteurized, and contain no preservatives - so you'll want to keep them refrigerated.

They arrive frozen, though (mine were still frozen after sitting on the steps for 8 hours while I was at school!), and while they should only stay defrosted for up to 3 days, you can keep them for longer in the freezer (for example, if you want to order the juices and just drink one or two per day to supplement your usual foods).

If you're doing the cleanse, and not just adding juices to your diet, you're likely to experience some unpleasant side effects, including headaches, fatigue, irritability, constipation/diarrhea, dizziness, abdominal cramps, etc. If you experience any stronger side effects, it is advised that you stop cleansing immediately and consult your doctor.

Anyway, let's get to the juices! There are several varieties of 16oz juices.

Himalayan Sea Salt Sole - Filtered spring water, lemon, Himalayan sea salt

Ugh, this one was hard to drink. It's the first drink of the day if you're following the cleanse and you're supposed to drink it warm. I heated it up in a pot of hot water, but I'm afraid drinking it warm didn't do much for the taste. It's...salty.

Since I wasn't cleansing anyway and was just adding in the drinks, I ended up not drinking two of the the three sole bottles.

Alkaline Blend - Apple, carrots, beet, spinach, cucumber, celery, and lime.

LOOOOOOOOOOVE. This is the second drink of the day, following the cleanse plan, and also the second juice that I tried. I was really not looking forward to it for two reasons. First, the sole tasted so icky (sorry, but it's true) that I didn't have high hopes (and I was a little nauseas). Second, I loathe beets. 

My German grandmother is convinced that beets are the be-all, end-all of good nutrition and she's always trying (unsuccessfully) to get me to eat them. But I just don't like them.

This however? Oh. My. Gosh. My first wary sip turned into not being able to get enough! 

This is delicious - it's very sweet (since, like most of the other juices, the first ingredient is apple) and it tastes super fresh. The carrots and beet add a special something (the beets add a sort of spice, but not in the sharp/hot way) that really tastes good! And I couldn't really taste much of the other veggies at all, but the overall blend was just delightful. And it's a satisfying juice! I'd drink this instead of OJ with my breakfast :)

Oh My Green Goodness! - Apple, cucumber, celery, lemon, spinach, kale, parsley, ground ginger.

There are two of these per day (so I guess this would be considered the staple drink of the cleanse) and they're meant to be the third and fifth drinks of the day.

Energizer Bunny - Apple, carrot, lemon, ginger.

This one is absolutely delicious! I really like carrots, but I don't like carrot juice. This carrot apple juice? So sweet and delicious!! And the ginger and lemon just make it all the more delicious :)

Toasty Spiced Almond Milk - Filtered water, raw almonds, dates, cinnamon, clove, nutmeg

This one is, if you're following the cleanse, the last drink before bed. Even if you're not, like me, this is great as a bedtime snack! Warmed in a hot water bath for a few minutes, it's a delightfully comforting drink that's as delightfully holiday-tasting as a mug of eggnog or spiced cider. But it's healthier! Aka, an awesome Christmas movie night drink :)

You can order juices individually or as part of various packages (including the three day cleanse). Life Juice Shops ships its juices (overnight) across the USA.

But since it's WIAW, I do need some food in here. So how about a big, warm chocolate chip cookie?

The best thing about Doubletree Hotels is definitely the cookies at check-in. YUM.

Do you drink juice often?

What's your favorite type of juice?

What are you hoping I'll give away in one of my 25 Days of Giveaways? 


  1. Hi dear! I don't know if you remember me... i was sheelie_18 at yahoo, but unfortunately I couldn't get into my account so now, I don't use that email. I haven't been able to keep up with your blog as i would like, because i am teaching ESL in Vietnam and so many things including facebook are very hard to access! It’s a little daunting, I wasn’t expecting it anyway.

    I was wondering if you knew of any resources or had ideas on how I might find ESL jobs teaching in Germany. I know you have spent a lot of time here, in fact I wasn’t sure – are you half German? Anyway! I would love to live abroad here for awhile, and I hear Germany is such a fantastic place – the people, the work, efficiency, health care, and the amazing cakes :D I will love to hear more about your experiences and what you recommend! Please let me know what is the best email to contact you?
    sorry to leave such a long post!!

    1. Hi! I did live in Germany for a while, but I'm afraid I don't know much about how to get an ESL job there. Maybe there are companies (if you google it) that help set that up? I love Germany, I hope it works out for you! You can email me at livinglearningeating AT gmail DOT com

  2. I don't ever drink juice. I find whole fruits and vegetables so much more filling. My naturopath has been trying to convince me to go on a one-day juice cleanse though. I'm considering... My favorite type of juice though is orange juice!

    That giveaway idea so cool! I love Christmas :)

  3. Ok, the giveaway idea is genius. I love Christmas. I am also silently suffering as I count down the days. I have already played Christmas music and thought about what food I will make, presents I will buy, decorations I will use. It is the best time of the year!

  4. I Love fresh juices, but it is a mess to squeeze them on my own, having a juicer from last century doesn't help either ( retro is cool no offense,but...). So this idea sounds great to me. I would like to do a juice cleanse sometime in spring or summer because it would be almost like suicide now when 5° is the warmest it gets, but i can imagine how easy and refreshing it would be if spending the whole day at beach or so :')

    Also, i am kind of jealous of how many reviews you get to do! Sorry if this is too personal, but do the companies contact you or are you the one who writes to them?

    1. It goes both ways! And often I buy the products myself, too.

  5. i love orange juice with one carrot juiced in best. but i mainly drink water and herbal teas.
    i love the holiday season, and i often light scented candles in the evenings in december. maybe that would be a good giveaway?

  6. we dont have such a popcorn here :)
    I d like t try it

  7. I like orange juice and lemonade!
    ufg8trj at yahoo

  8. would love to see more gluten free giveaways in the 25 days of giveaways.

  9. I like pomegranite juice with some lime, it is yummy.
    emsfsemsfs at gmail dot com

  10. My husband and daughters drink juice often...I tend to go for fresh fruit instead and stick to water.

    Cranberry juice would have to be my #1 choice though. :)


  11. mmmm nothing like caramel and popcorn!!! Caramel on anything is amazing!

  12. This popcorn looks SO good...I've heard a lot about the juice cleanses but too chicken to try them!

  13. I like orange juice but try to stick with milk and water.


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