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The Suja Juice Solution + a special gift for readerfriends

Hi friends! How’s the day going? Hope you’re having a great one so far. <3

After a spiral into Easter candypalooza -those little Reese’s and m&ms get me every time- I’m feeling inspired with healthy eats this week. Last week, I received a copy of The Suja Juice Solution from my friend Annie Lawless. She co-wrote the book with Suja co-founder, Jeff Church, and it’s packed with nutritional info, eating plans, and recipes. 

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I first got to meet Annie last year when we’d first moved to San Diego, and was blown away by how humble and kind she was. She’s also extremely knowledgable about health and juicing, as she’s a certified health coach and has been cold-pressing juices since way before it was trendy. I was excited to pick her brain about juice-related questions (how much juice can I make in advance? how long does it last? how should I store it?) and many of the things I’ve wondered are addressed in their new book.

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The book includes a 7-day reset plan, intended to reduce sugar cravings and get on a healthy track. It’s very similar to the detox we did a while ago, and includes fresh foods and juices, instead of being juice-only. I’ve tried a juice cleanse before, and it was only a 3-day one, and it was ROUGH. Thankfully, this isn’t like that at all. 

There are burgers and brownies, which is always a good thing.

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After the initial reset, there are 3 more weeks of eating plans, grocery lists and recipes, all focusing on fresh, whole foods.

Pros: 

SO many clean recipes to choose from. I love that the mean plans are easily laid out with grocery lists, staple supplies and tips.

The informational section at the beginning. It thoroughly explains juicing, its benefits, along with commonly-asked questions, and also describes foods to focus on and foods to enjoy in moderation. I agree with all of the nutritional philosophies in this book, and it accurately describes how I personally prefer to eat: the style that makes me feel most vibrant and energized. 

Mexican Choc Smoothie

(Mexican Chocolate Smoothie)

Tone. I love the approachable and casual tone. So many health books have good messages, but are overshadowed by their preachy, holier-than-thou voices. So not the case with this one. It’s written in an engaging and inclusive manner, and one that doesn’t make you feel badly if you don’t follow the plan exactly. It’s more like, “Here is the info, here’s what we suggest, do what works for you.” Applause.

Cons:

The prep time. This is a con with any healthy eating plan, because if you want to succeed, you have to make the time to set yourself up for success. The meals in this book can all be prepared quickly -their simple options- but do take some time and prep. It’s definitely worth the bit of effort to fuel yourself with food that makes you feel good.

The first week looks intense, but manageable. Like I mentioned before, it’s not juice-only -and the book actually discusses why sometimes juice-only cleanses aren’t a smart move- and includes chia pudding, omelets, hearty salads, soup and fish. It is dairy, gluten. caffeine, and alcohol-free, but would be an awesome reset if you’re looking to up your nutrients and bring back your cravings for fresh healthy foods.

Zesty Zucchini Basil Soup

(Zesty Zucchini Basil Soup)

So far, I’ve made a couple of juices, the kale-ifornia salad (SO good)

and the almond butter brownies, which Annie gave me permission to share the recipe with ya!

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Brownies Done Better
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From "The Suja Juice Solution" by Annie Lawless and Jeff Church
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Prep Time
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Prep Time
10 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 cup almond butter
  2. 1/2 cup maple syrup
  3. 2 tablespoons coconut oil
  4. 1 egg
  5. 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  6. 1/3 cup cacao powder
  7. 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  8. 1 tablespoon decaf espresso powder
  9. 1/2 teaspoon coarse sea salt, plus more to sprinkle on top if desired
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 325.
  2. In a large bowl, mix together the almond butter, maple syrup, coconut oil, egg and vanilla. When the liquid is well mixed, stir in the cacao powder, baking soda, espresso powder and sea salt. Pout the batter into a parchment-lined or coconut-oiled 9x9-inch baking pan.
  3. Sprinkled a pinch of sea salt over the top of the brownies if desired. Bake for 20-25 minutes, until the brownies have formed a nice flaky skin but are still chewy and soft in the middle.
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You would NEVER guess that they are grain and refined-sugar free; they’re totally decadent and delicious. Our batch was also gone in 24 hours, so there ya go.

Annie also wanted to share the gift of Suja with any of my readerfriends who purchase the book. If you order The Suja Solution, send your receipt and address to Gwyn@SujaJuice.com and you will receive 7 free Suja coupons! (One bottle is usually around $8, so this is an amazing deal.)

Are you more of a smoothie or juice fan? What’s something that’s inspiring you with healthy eats this week?

I’ll see ya later today on the Family page!

xoxo

Gina

This post is not sponsored, and I’m always happy to spread the word when women I admire and blogger friends do something awesome. I did receive a case of Suja juices, which set my soul free, and made baby bounce around with happiness. 

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50 Comments

  1. Emma @ Life's A Runner on April 15, 2015 at 7:43 am

    I’ve actually never had a juice before! I guess if I’m hungry I want something with substance, like a smoothie, and if I’m not I don’t want anything! That cookbook definitely looks like something I would enjoy, though, as I am feeling the need for a massive reset once I get home from college.

  2. Ashley @ A Lady Goes West on April 15, 2015 at 7:47 am

    She’s a real beauty and seems super knowledgable about food and diet. Thanks for sharing the love, Gina! 🙂

  3. Alexandria on April 15, 2015 at 7:49 am

    LOOOOVE Suja and am about to order the book (that offer is awesome!). I’m so glad there are yummy food AND juice recipes in it, rather than just juice. I’m like you in that I love me some juice, but I definitely need some food to go along with it or i’m HANGRY 🙂 Thanks for the post!

  4. Kary on April 15, 2015 at 7:49 am

    Does the coupon promo work if I buy the Kindle edition or just the hardcover? I love hardcover books but with my son it’s best to have one hand free at all times just in case lol

    • Fitnessista on April 16, 2015 at 3:37 pm

      kindle counts 🙂 totally hear ya on the one hand thing 🙂

  5. Becca on April 15, 2015 at 7:54 am

    I bought a juicer last year and my son is always up for adding in crazy ingredients! Now if I could just get my girls to do the same! 😀 It DEFINITELY shows what I ate when I was preggo with all 3!

  6. Erin @ Her Heartland Soul on April 15, 2015 at 7:55 am

    I need to read this book! Thanks so much for sharing Gina!

  7. Elle on April 15, 2015 at 7:56 am

    I like both smoothies and juice. Smoothies are great for packing some extra nutrients in like chia seeds and lots of greens. Juices are refreshing and a post-workout favorite for me. Both are a good mini reset in my day to remind me to eat healthy.

  8. Erin @ Erin's Inside Job on April 15, 2015 at 8:05 am

    I use my Vitamix every day and so I would have to say smoothies are my go-to. I like having all the fiber as well as the juice. I would say I am fancy and switch up smoothies all the time, but I tend to have the same one for months and then switch it haha. Thanks for the review!

  9. Hayley @ Full of Life on April 15, 2015 at 8:05 am

    I keep seeing Suja juices pop up everywhere but have yet to try them! I’m actually not a huge juice fan, but I would probably like their creamier ones that aren’t just veggies.

  10. Kaleigh on April 15, 2015 at 8:07 am

    Where is the recipe? I’m dying to try it but it isn’t showing on my page! Thanks Gina!

    • Fitnessista on April 15, 2015 at 9:58 am

      it’s not working on the mobile version for some reason. getting it fixed!

  11. Maria on April 15, 2015 at 8:12 am

    I did a three day juice cleanse as well and it was rough! I love that this one incorporates real food in the solid form 🙂 Those brownies look delicious! I’m going to give this recipe a try this weekend.

  12. Nicole on April 15, 2015 at 10:19 am

    I do a mix of juices and smoothies. Juice is normally when I feel like I haven’t had enough nutrients in a day or week or if I feel like I’m missing greens. I LOVE Suja (Glow and 12 Essentials are faves) and this book sounds so great!

    • Fitnessista on April 15, 2015 at 2:27 pm

      i’m the same way, and we have the same fave flavors! i also love the sunset protein and lemon love

      • Nicole on April 16, 2015 at 4:50 pm

        I’ve never tried the sunset protein–going to have to pick some up!

  13. Meghan on April 15, 2015 at 10:56 am

    I have the same question on the Kindle vs. hardcover version. Thanks!

    • Taylor on April 15, 2015 at 12:32 pm

      I bought the kindle version this morning and haven’t received any coupons 🙁 hopefully they will still be sent!

      • Fitnessista on April 15, 2015 at 2:24 pm

        they will be sent to you in the mail after you email your info to the address in the post. i’m going to ask right now and make sure a kindle version counts; i’m pretty sure it does!

      • Fitnessista on April 16, 2015 at 3:36 pm

        yes, kindle counts!

        • Meghan B. on May 8, 2015 at 7:12 am

          I bought the Kindle version and sent my email with mailing information on April 17th. I haven’t received any coupons and also no replies to my follow up email. Have you heard of anyone else having this issue?

          • Fitnessista on May 8, 2015 at 12:41 pm

            let me contact them and see what’s going on!



          • Meghan B. on May 8, 2015 at 1:24 pm

            Thank you!



    • Fitnessista on April 15, 2015 at 2:27 pm

      i am asking right now and will update the post when i hear back!

      • Taylor on April 15, 2015 at 2:35 pm

        Awesome! Can’t wait to try these recipes.

    • Fitnessista on April 16, 2015 at 3:37 pm

      yes, kindle counts too 🙂

  14. Tracy on April 15, 2015 at 11:04 am

    Yum! I love that all the ingredients in the brownies are in my pantry right now! I need to make these ASAP.

    And what a great deal on the book! I just ordered a copy 🙂

    • Fitnessista on April 15, 2015 at 2:26 pm

      dooooo it 🙂 you will love them!!
      enjoy the book (and free suja), too! xo

  15. Cassie Vaughn on April 15, 2015 at 11:09 am

    I am definitely a smoothie fan. I have yet to convince myself to buy a juicer that I would then hate cleaning. I hope it happens one day, but it hasn’t yet. Plus, the smoothies are such great breakfasts or afternoon snacks since they have all that fiber!

    • Fitnessista on April 15, 2015 at 2:26 pm

      i rinse the parts and throw them in the dishwasher haha

  16. Susan on April 15, 2015 at 11:52 am

    This book sounds great, and even if I’m not planning to do a full cleanse or fast, incorporating some of these recipes can be beneficial. I have to ask, though – where are you buying your Suja juices that they cost $8 a bottle?? I get them for maybe as much as $4 at my local Ralphs grocery store. Granted, they don’t have all the flavors, but few stores rarely do. Unless they come in a larger size that you’re buying?

    • Fitnessista on April 15, 2015 at 2:25 pm

      your store might have the smoothies, which are less expensive. at target, the juices are 7.99 unless they’re on sale, at whole foods i’m pretty sure they’re 9

      • Susan on April 16, 2015 at 5:58 am

        Oh, I see! I misunderstood that what my store carried were juices. I didn’t even think to check my Target. I’ll see what they have because I really liked the others I tried. Thank for clearing that up! 🙂

        • Fitnessista on April 16, 2015 at 3:36 pm

          no prob! hope you enjoy!!

  17. Megan @ Skinny Fitalicious on April 15, 2015 at 12:06 pm

    The cookbook sounds amazing! I’ve never tried a Suja juice before. Do you have a favorite flavor?

    • Fitnessista on April 15, 2015 at 2:25 pm

      YES. the glow is my all-time fave, next is 12 essentials, then sunset protein, then lemon love 🙂

  18. Lindsey @ Simply Lindsey on April 15, 2015 at 12:18 pm

    That cookbook looks awesome! I’m slightly more of a juice person than a smoothie person. I’m not a big milkshake fan because they’re really melty, and smoothies remind me of that consistency (weird, I know!). So I end up adding a ton of ice to my smoothies and eating them in 1 min and freezing after! Haha!

  19. April on April 15, 2015 at 12:39 pm

    OMGEEEE these brownies look divine! I don’t have expresso or coffee powder…do you have any ideas for a swap?

    • Fitnessista on April 15, 2015 at 2:24 pm

      you can skip it!

      • April on April 16, 2015 at 1:39 pm

        Thank you, I skipped it and they are to die for!!!!! Pan almost gone, oops:=

        • Fitnessista on April 16, 2015 at 3:26 pm

          yeahhhhh! i need to make more too

  20. Jodie on April 15, 2015 at 1:04 pm

    I am more of a smoothie person but I do like juices and I like the suja juices. The book looks wonderful. This week I am really focusing more on veges had too much fun on the weekend eating what I don’t normally eat. 🙂 have a great week.

  21. Alex @ True Femme on April 15, 2015 at 2:22 pm

    I just made some very similar almond butter brownies with a flax egg to make it vegan and coconut nectar and they turned out amazing! I am now addicted to almond butter brownies! I’m also addicted to Annie’s website Blawnde 🙂 I definitely want her new book and I’m going to make an effort to be better about meal prepping so I can turn it into a habit before grad school starts!

  22. Tammy on April 15, 2015 at 8:15 pm

    What a great offer! I just ordered the book and emailed my Amazon receipt. Can’t wait to try the juice when I receive the coupons. Thanks so much!!

  23. Amanda on April 16, 2015 at 5:24 am

    The recipe looks delicious, and the coupon offer is so generous! I’m more of a kombucha fan than anything else (other than water), but I always eye the Suja bottles at WF and Target and thing “one of these days…” I’ll buy the book and send my receipt. Thanks!!

  24. Yoel on April 16, 2015 at 10:40 am

    Very delicious recipe looks great, I must try this sometime, thanks for sharing.

  25. Kim mcdevitt on April 24, 2015 at 6:28 am

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  26. Kim mcdevitt on April 24, 2015 at 6:30 am

    Hi Gina, wondering your thoughts on HPP for juice in regards to pregnancy. Are you drinking the suja juices during your pregnancy? I want to but am interested in hearing another perspective since you’ve got a relationship with suja. Thanks! Kim

    • Fitnessista on April 24, 2015 at 7:04 am

      Yes, still drinking juices! Just makes sure to store them properly and drink them right away if I make them at home.

  27. Tera on June 22, 2015 at 8:26 pm

    I just received my coupons in the mail. They are only good for the Suja essentials and have a max value of $4.05 each. So around $28 vs the estimated $56. A little misleading. I’ve enjoyed the book though.

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