Ten days without chocolate.
I admit, that’s the first thing that popped into my mind when I decided to launch and blog about my first 10 Day Green Smoothie Cleanse two years ago. My blender game was already strong when this weight loss program crossed my radar, and the timing was perfect. I was never one to sweat a few extra pounds, but recent fittings for my wedding dress were threatening to cut off my air flow, and I refused to size up.
Urgent yet safe intervention was needed. The #1 New York Times bestselling book by J.J. Smith was just starting to build national buzz, and I was down for all of it.
The chocolate, though.
It didn’t quite compute. Even the Ultrametabolism program, my last detox experience, let you nibble on a few ounces of dark chocolate here and there. I used to live for the 3:00 hour when I could bust out my little stash of cacao nibs and go to town.
I shrugged. What are you going to do, cry about it? Keeping the bigger goal in sight, I cast my saltiness aside and endured. Which I’m happy to announce today that you won’t have to.
Friends. Listen up.
If you’ve been thinking about taking the 10 Green Smoothie Cleanse plunge for the first time, or even as a reboot, I have stellar news. While the rest of us OCs (original cleansers) were crouched over our ziplock bags trying to find joy in cucumber slices and a boiled egg, the creator and author of the cleanse quietly issued two major snack updates to the original program.
The first is tuna. Which is nice, if you’re a fish-eating kind of person. (Sorry, vegans.)
The second is this:
For those not familiar with “that cleanse life,” you’re looking at this photo right now thinking Big deal. I inhaled a dozen of something that looked just like that during my last period. And mine had caramel and nuts.
But for my family in 10DGSC Nation, your jaw just shattered from hitting the floor. Some of you who are in the throes of Day 3, 4 or 5 have started weeping openly, desperately clicking around this page for the purchase link. (Don’t worry, I’ve got you. Read to the end.) And more than a few of you, understandably, are rather pissed that you didn’t have or know about this option during your own cleanse.
But that’s really the wrong way to look at it, isn’t it? All good things must evolve. When first published, J.J. Smith’s 10 Day Green Smoothie Cleanse was a revolution for many. It helped them conquer their food cravings, improve their diet and lose weight. Lessons were learned, tips were shared, modifications were explored. It was inevitable that the cleanse would be updated and expanded, as new information and resources became available.
And now, many more people will be helped in their quest to be successful on the program. Guilt-free.
So let’s talk about this Squarebar.
First, know that I gave this thing major side eye the first time I tore open the wrapper, especially after laying out $29 for a box of 12. Do you know how many sawdust biscuits masquerading as “a chocolate treat” I’ve gagged on over the years in my search for a decent protein bar? The bar, no pun intended, could not have been set any lower. The more it promised – organic, vegan, gluten free, no refined sugars, 11 grams of protein and real dark chocolate – the more my heart sank. I was sure this would be another expensive, dry-mouthed mistake.
I was wrong. It was scrumptious. Moist. Rich. And kept me full for hours following my workout. There are four flavors, but the first one I tried – chocolated-coated coconut – was so delicious, I can’t quit it. I’ll get to the others. But right now I’m good. (And I haven’t even begun to get in on all the Squarebar recipe hacks featured on the company website. Some of them look positively sinful.)
What you should know is that I tested this protein bar under normal eating conditions. A lot of things that are total crap might taste good when the only thing you’ve had for the last several days are green smoothies and crudités. I’m not currently on the 10 Day Green Smoothie Cleanse, and the Squarebar has me licking my fingers. Can you imagine the euphoria experienced by those who are?
This protein bar will cost you around $2.50 a day. Of course there are cheaper ones on the market. But they contain ingredients I don’t necessarily want, or taste like tree bark. Sometimes both. Since the Squarebar often substitutes for my breakfast as a post-workout recovery meal, and holds me until lunch, I consider it a fair deal.
If you’re actually on the 10 Day Green Smoothie Cleanse, I imagine it’s worth more than gold.
The Squarebar. Buy it here on Amazon, or find it at select Whole Foods and The Vitamin Shoppe locations near you (US customers).
Your welcome. (And a collective “thank you” to J.J. Smith for all her continued good works helping others improve their health.)