As much as we all love watching the ball drop on New Year’s Eve, the first few days of the New Year always leave me more determined than ever not to drop the ball when it comes to staying healthy.
I’ve never been one for fad diets, and although some people swear by juice cleanses, I’ve recently stumbled upon some creative alternatives that seem more fitted to the wintry weather. As a bonus, these creative cleanses are hearty enough to satisfy a healthy appetite.
Soup du Jour
My first recommendation had its beginnings as a booth in Brooklyn’s weekly foodie fest Smorgasburg and has since grown into New York City’s first “fresh soup cleanse company.” Dubbed “The Splendid Spoon” by creators Nicole and Brian Chaszar, the Greenpoint-based company delivers steaming bowls of nutrition-packed vegetarian goodness right to your doorstep. Each flavor sounds more enticing than the last, from Spicy Sweet Potato to Curried Carrot, and the option of a two-day, four-day or longer cleanse gives you the freedom to chart your own course.
Cleanses are notorious for making people cranky, especially when they transition too suddenly to an all-liquid diet. Enter Paleta, a Los Angeles-based farm-to-table delivery service that lets you ease smoothly from delicious organic meals to vegan protein shakes. Whether you choose their five- or ten-day plan, Paleta delivers everything you need, anywhere in the U.S.
Juice, Just for You
If juice is your thing, I’d suggest embracing the classic juice cleanse with an enticing twist. From California to Miami, juice bars and cleanse companies offer varying amounts of support for customers. In my opinion, Organic Avenue’s “cleanse concierge” service takes the cake — or replaces it, as the case may be. Although New Year’s resolutions often get a bad rap as promises just waiting to be broken, with the help of your own personal consultant to answer questions and provide encouragement, it should be much easier to stay on track.
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