Monday, January 7, 2013

Love Your Liver Juice & SPUD Juicing Program

I'm really excited to share something fun with you today.  I was recently contacted by SPUD (Sustainable Produce Urban Delivery) and asked if I would be willing to try out their new juicing produce boxes and share them with you. An excuse to juice more fresh, local produce? Of course I was up for the challenge!

I've seen SPUD's delivery trucks around Seattle, but didn't know too much about their company until recently. The more I learn about them, the more I love their mission. SPUD was founded in 1997 as a sustainable way to directly connect local farmers with customers. 100% of their produce is either certified organic or locally and sustainable produced and over 50% of their products are sourced locally.

One of the things I love most about SPUD is that it's incredibly convenient to order produce online and since the deliveries are consolidated into specific routes, one of their vans leaves with their warehouse with over 100 orders, reducing both pollution and traffic. Pretty cool, huh? SPUD currently serves 6 urban areas in North America: Seattle and the Eastern Puget Sound, the San Francisco Bay area, Los Angeles and Orange County, Vancouver, Victoria and Vancouver Island to Nanaimo, and Calgary (see their full delivery map here).

SPUD recently started a new Juicing at Home program and now offers Organic Juicing Boxes for people who are looking to boost their health by juicing and want a convenient way to save time and money. They have five different produce boxes to choose from and, if you need a juicer, you can even purchase one through their weekly payment program and start using it right away. (I love this idea!)

I was really excited to try out SPUD because it's hard to get local produce here in Seattle during the winter and a lot of produce in the grocery store just isn't as fresh as I'd like it to be. I couldn't wait to check out my box when it arrived! (Although Inspector Kitty beat me to it!)

I opted to try out the Organic Dynamic Beauty Juicing Box, which includes apples, beets, carrots, celery, chard, cilantro, cucumber, ginger, kale, lemons, green bell peppers, and spearmint. I honestly haven't seen local chard and mint this beautiful since summer! All of the produce arrived colorful, crisp, and fresh. I couldn't wait to get juicing!

SPUD even let me test out the Hurom Slow Juicer, which is one of the juicers they offer in their juicing program. I've always heard such wonderful things about this slow juicer so I was really excited to try it out for myself!

I have to say that one of the things I loved most about SPUD's organic juicing boxes is that is is so convenient compared to grocery shopping! I work downtown so I usually end up shopping at the Whole Foods nearby my office and then carting home groceries on the bus. This isn't always easy since juicing tends to use up a lot of produce! I love that this box of beautiful, fresh local produce was delivered right to me - and all I had to do was complete a simple online order!

Having all this beautiful produce already at home has also made it incredibly easy to indulge myself in daily juices and I feel great knowing that I'm taking the time to do something really important for my health on a daily basis. 

SPUD also has two juicing promotions going on for the month of January so if you've been looking for an affordable way to start juicing, this is your chance!
  1. If you sign up to buy a juicer (with weekly installment payments) and 6 months of juicing boxes, you'll receive a $140 SPUD gift certificate! (This is a great option if you're looking to do a long-term juicing program for yourself.)
  2. Or, if you do a one-time payment on a juicer, you'll get 4 weeks of organic produce free ($140 value)!

The first juice I made was a liver detoxification juice, based on a recipe included in my produce box. This juice promotes the flow of bile and fat to and from the liver. The liver is the most important organ for metabolism and detoxification so if you are looking to lose weight and clean up your system, this juice is for you!

Love Your Liver Juice
Makes one 8 - 12 oz juice

2 medium beets
1-inch piece fresh ginger
1 lemon, peeled
small handful cilantro
1 chard leaf
1/2 red apple (optional)


  1. Wow, what a fantastic program! I wish something like that was offered in my area (Ireland). Back home in Iowa we had a great CSA program which I miss dearly. Every week I would look forward to what goodies the box contained.

    What do you think of the Hurom? That is the exact model I have back home. I was always quite pleased with it.

    That juice looks mighty tasty!

  2. The Hurom seems to work great so far! By the way, I love the grapefruit, lime, and ginger juice you just made! I haven't juiced grapefruit much, but that sounds like a winning combination!

  3. This juice is just beautiful! I love adding beets to my juice, and the health benefits are just an added bonus. I'm going to have to find my juicer in the depths of my storage closet and make this!

    1. It's definitely worth pulling out the juicer for! :)

  4. SUCH a great idea. We had SPUD back home for years, ever since I was a kid... and I never understood why they didn't offer a juicing package. So ridiculously awesome that they have one now.

  5. I think I must break down and buy a juicer-I only have a Vitamix and beets just don't 'drink' well that way. Your recipes and photos have convinced me! What a great program.

    1. I have a post coming up about different juicer models soon so hopefully that will be helpful! Glad you're feeling inspired about the juice! :)

  6. Juicing is definitely the way to go, both for detox purposes, to kick start weightloss and just on a continual basis to keep our bodies in check! Myself and my brother own a wholefood store, restaurant and juice bar in Ireland...we're spreading the wheatgrass love around the country! :) If you ever visit you'll have to stop by!

    1. How cool! If I am ever in Ireland, I will definitely stop by! :)

  7. Hi Sonnet! Thanks for these great juicing tips...I think we're finally going to buy one! Are you still happy with your Jack Lalanne juicer? I saw you mention it in an earlier post.

    1. I'm actually going to be doing a post soon on different juicers. I've been experimenting with the Hurom Slow Juicer (although I don't own one) and I'm a little torn between that one and my old Jack Lalanne. I'll keep you posted! :)