We love juice cleanses in theory, but liquid detoxes can be a shock to the system. Food-based cleanses, however, are a gentler option that will still leave your skin glowing and your stomach flatter.
Here are our favorite new options, which are all deliverable within NYC:
One Lucky Duck The store associated with Gramercy's Pure Food & Wine restaurant recently launched two seven-day, raw-food-and-juice programs ($75 to $85 a day) for transitioning into a high-energy/small-waistline lifestyle. Available for pickup or delivery, tasty meals, like tomato-zucchini lasagna, make it easy to stick to the program.
One Lucky Duck at Pure Food & Wine, 54 Irving Pl. (between 17th and 18th sts.); 212-982-1231 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Joulebody Downtown yogi Yvette Rose offers customizable cleanses ($75 a day), which feature raw, gluten-free foods like mung bean burgers and collard green burritos. The food is full of electrolytes, natural kidney-and-liver cleansers, and muscle-building proteins. Plus, there's a brownie (albeit a mini, vegan one) to satisfy your sweet tooth.
JouleBody at Bari Studio, 23 Leonard St. (between Hudson and Varick sts.); 917-612-5827 or thekickstartdiet.com
Juice ?Til Dinner BluePrint's most manageable offering is really a cleanse and raw-food hybrid. With four juices, two snacks and a two-course vegetarian meal each day, the program ($85 a day) is great as a stand-alone diet or for easing in to (or out of) juicing. Either way, the meals (quinoa tabouli, red pepper-collard green wraps) are downright delicious.
BluePrint Cleanse, various locations throughout Manhattan; 888-252-5150 or blueprintcleanse.com