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Juicy July: Kaeng Raeng smoothie cleanse review

July 13, 2012

Unless you’ve been living under a rock (which, don’t get me wrong, I’m sure is very peaceful), you’ve probably heard of Kaeng Raeng.

Kaeng Raeng serves up nutritional detox systemsβ€”in other words, prepackaged and ready-to-rock smoothie cleanses. (This isn’t juice, mind you, but I’m including smoothies in Juicy July!) Obviously, I eat a clean whole-foods diet prepared from scratch most of the time…but I’m also writing cookbooks and this blog, planning a wedding, and dealing with an illness, so on occasion, it’s just really nice to not have to worry about meal prep for a few days. It’s like a mental mini-vacation!

Kaeng Raeng’s all-natural powdered smoothie mixes are 100% vegan, gluten-free, caffeine-free, and sustainably made in the USA. Each pouch makes up to 32 fluid ounces and is nutritional and filling (more on that later). By drinking 3 Kaeng Raeng smoothies in a day, you’ll end up with 45g of protein, 39g of fiber, and 100% of your daily vitamin needs.

Here’s how it works: you choose the level of cleansing you want (Beginner, Veteran, or Master; I did the Master) and the length (3 days or 6 days; I did 3), and Kaeng Raeng provides 3 smoothies a day (in 3 different flavors) for each day of the cleanse. You drink a smoothie for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, and you can snack on unlimited amounts of raw fruits and vegetables in between. That’s it!

The smoothie mixes contain freeze-dried real fruit, probiotics, psyllium husk (for fiber), and non-GMO soy protein. (Yes, these mixes do contain soy, so they may not be suitable for individuals who are soy-sensitive. As you may know, I was soy-free for several months to see if it would help my Hashimoto’s disease, but there was no detectable improvement. Now, with my doctor’s approval, I’ve slowly been incorporating non-GMO soy back into my diet. So far, so good.)

The three flavors are Blueberry Blackberry Banana, Mango Peach Pineapple, and Strawberry Raspberry Pineapple. You can drink them in any order you want, at any time of day you want. “But how do they taste?” you’re wondering. Well…great! Fruity, flavorful, and not too sweet (in fact, I sometimes added a few drops of stevia to my shakes to amp up the sweetness).

One thing that makes these Kaeng Raeng cleanses so easy and doable is that you can mix up the smoothies by merely shaking them up in a water bottle with 24 to 32 ounces of water, juice, or nondairy milk. This means you can literally do this cleanse anywhere, as long as you have a sink nearby (and, um, I hope you do). I enjoyed mine on the thin side, so I could sip them for longer. These smoothies do take quite awhile to drink – they did for me, at least – which I loved, because it felt like a real meal in my tummy and kept me full for a long time. I honestly didn’t even do as much snacking as I expected to on the 3 days of my cleanse; just some mangoes, bananas, and grapes, and the fruit I added to the shakes themselves (see below for more on that). The smoothies kept me surprisingly satisfied, no doubt a result of the high fiber content thanks to the inclusion of psyllium husk.

Speaking of, one tip I have for Kaeng Raeng cleansers is that you drink LOTS of water in addition to your smoothies. Psyllium holds several times its weight in water, and when you’re well-hydrated, that means it’ll provide bulk to push things through your digestive tract. If you don’t hydrate well enough to give the psyllium plenty of water to soak up, though, it could result in constipation. So sip extra water all day long!

But enough about that topic…

Since I was not on the go most of the time, I made several of my smoothies in the blender and often added frozen fruit (like cherries, raspberries, or banana) to make them icy-cool. And since I can’t leave well enough alone, I also sometimes blended in fresh spinach, Vitamineral Green, or spirulina powder for added green power.

Plus (since I know you’re curious!), I have no doubt that many people would lose weight after 3 to 6 days of these filling, low-calorie smoothies. (I didn’t, but that’s because my thyroid is still effed up and my weight is still on the rise.)

Last but not least: Kaeng Raeng cleanses start at just $18 per day, which is FAR less than true delivered-to-your-door juice cleanses cost ($65 to $80 per day), so it’s an economical choice for anyone interested in a low-maintenance, no-hunger detox. All in all, two thumbs up.

Finally, the exciting news: you, lovely readers, can get a 15% discount off ANY Kaeng Raeng cleanse of your choice from now until July 31st with my (not-so-)secret(-anymore) coupon code: VEGANCHEF15. In exchange, Kaeng Raeng only asks that you “like” them on Facebook and/or follow them on Pinterest. Easy peasy.

Now you tell me:
Have you ever done a smoothie OR juice cleanse?
If so, for how long, and how did you go about it?
If not, have you ever considered one?

And if you try a Kaeng Raeng detox yourself, let me know how it goes!

59 Comments leave one →
  1. July 13, 2012 9:43 am

    what an interesting review! i’ve never heard of kaeng raeng smoothie cleanse before, but it definitely seems like something that would appeal to lots of people that need a little help getting back on track with their health and nutrition.

    back when i had LOTS of digestive problems(ie- when i was still eating gluten), i would go through periods of REALLY needing a cleanse. at one point i was at a loss for what to do so i got something online called master cleanse or something like that, which was between $70-$80. there were three different pills that i took several times a day(i think one of the pills you had to take 7-3 times a day!). but you know what? it cleansed me and that’s all that matters πŸ˜‰

    • July 13, 2012 10:07 am

      You’re right about that – the best cleanse for you is the one that WORKS! πŸ™‚ I think this is a particularly easy cleanse for people to stick to, what with the unlimited snacking and all, so it’s great for beginners.

  2. Erin permalink
    July 13, 2012 9:45 am

    Do these have enough calories to fulfill somebody’s caloric needs in a day? Pretty much every nutritionist I’ve seen says a person should go below 1200 — this is the main reason that I haven’t considered a juice cleanse. I feel like I wouldn’t be getting enough food!

    • July 13, 2012 9:51 am

      Great question, Erin! The smoothies alone do NOT contain enough calories for a full day – all 3 combined gives you less than 800. However, the thing I really appreciated about the KR cleanse is how much they encourage you to snack on unlimited raw fruits and veggies throughout the day to supplement the smoothies, as well as blend the smoothies themselves with fruit or juice for extra kcals. During each day of the cleanse, in addition to the shakes, I also ate (on average) 2 mangoes, 2 bananas, a bowl or two of grapes, a cup of cherries, 1/2 cup of raspberries, a couple handfuls of spinach, and a bunch of baby carrots. Though I didn’t tally it up precisely, that definitely landed me above 1200 cals each day!

      • Erin permalink
        July 13, 2012 9:55 am

        It seems like the flexibility of this particular cleanse is really great!

  3. July 13, 2012 10:01 am

    I’ve never tried any sort of cleanse, but this one seems like a great one for curious / beginners like me…I’m buying my 3 day as soon I post this. Thank you so much for the in-depth review & info!

    • July 13, 2012 10:04 am

      I think it’s a GREAT beginner’s cleanse – and if you already eat a clean diet like you and I do, I think it’s pretty effortless to stick to.

  4. July 13, 2012 10:03 am

    I’ve never tried a cleanse before, and this one seems like a great option for a curious george like me. Thanks so much for the in-depth review & info. Buying a 3 day cleanse as soon as I post this πŸ™‚

  5. July 13, 2012 10:25 am

    Good morning lovely Amber,

    I loved reading this post this morning. Awesome. I’ve never heard of this product, but I love how they have made it so easy for folks. So smart. I’m going to hop on over to their site and check it all out! Thanks.

    Have a great weekend.


    P.S. How ARE you feeling these days?

    • July 13, 2012 10:30 am

      Good morning dearie! I’m feeling good and bad. Some of my blood #s have stabilized, but others are still faltering. I’m also under a lot of stress (much of it family-related…never fun), which doesn’t help. But I’ve still got a LOT to be thankful for and happy about. πŸ™‚
      Hope you’re feeling well!

  6. Linda permalink
    July 13, 2012 10:29 am

    Does this cleanse let the organs relax while your cleaning the digestive and/or colon, like the master cleanse does. Do you use the sea salt flush in the morning and the smooth tea at night, to be sure to empty all out? Is this recommended for diabetics? thank you

    • July 13, 2012 10:34 am

      Hey Linda! Since this cleanse consists of smoothies and raw fruits and veggies (and therefore lots of fiber) rather than juice or pure liquid drinks (like the Master Cleanse), it’s not AS digestion-resting. However, it IS highly digestion-CLEANING: it’s a great way to “sweep out” old junk and sort of clear yourself out. You also don’t have to do salt flushes or senna tea, etc…the fiber takes care of that. As far as it being safe for diabetics, I can’t give you medical advice – check with your doctor – but I honestly don’t see why it wouldn’t be. The fiber- and protein-filled smoothies won’t spike your blood sugar, and nor will raw veggies or low-glycemic fruits. Maybe just avoid snacking on higher-sugar fruits during the cleanse to keep blood glucose stable.
      Hope that helps!

  7. July 13, 2012 11:07 am

    Awww man…I’m bummed. I was very excited until I saw soy. I am one of those who goes crazy with soy (seriously…it is like gluten to a Celiac for me, except it drops my thyroid and spikes my estrogen). That’s very interesting that it’s something that doesn’t upset your thyroid and the auto-immune condition. Just goes to show that this is why it can be so tricky to treat hormone and auto-immune issues in various people. None of our bodies react the same. But, for someone who can tolerate the soy, this sounds like an easy cleanse to do. Just plus in fresh fruits and veggies in between, and you’re ready to go.
    I think other than the Master Cleanse, which only lasted 7 days for me and should have been 10, I’ve never done a juice cleanse. Now I’ve had periods where I’ll only have juice in the morning and no actual food until later, but I don’t know if I could stay satisfied on it. I have done mini smoothie cleanses, three days max maybe. (This was when I still enjoyed whey protein, and it was SO filling and yummy, but then I learned is was causing mucus build-up in my body and had to give it up.) And then 2 smoothies in the first part of the day and then maybe a light light of steamed veggies. I noticed when my body has less to digest, I have much more energy…but then my liver starts to dump and I get angry over not being able to chew anything, lol. But that’s just something some of us gotta work through on any cleanse.

    • July 13, 2012 11:25 am

      Actually, you know what I would LOVE? If they were to come out with a raw-sprouted-brown-rice-protein version of this cleanse! How about it, Kaeng Raeng? πŸ˜‰

      It is funny how our bodies are all so different – but it’s also beautiful. πŸ™‚

      • July 13, 2012 11:55 am

        We’ll certainly take that into consideration! πŸ™‚

        Thanks again for this awesome post. We’re so grateful for your feedback.

        – The Kaeng Raeng Team

  8. Tara permalink
    July 13, 2012 11:33 am

    A juice cleanse sounds great with all of this nasty hot weather we’ve been having. Juicy July, indeed! (Especially in KC, Amber–I heard that it’s been over 100 degrees!?!!) I have never heard of this cleanse. Though I don’t live under a rock, it’d be a nice, cool place to hang out on a hot day like today!
    Did you do anything special for your b-day???

    • July 13, 2012 11:41 am

      Oh yes, it has been miserably hot here! Over 100 some days. HAHA, you’re so right, “under a rock” would actually be the place to be right now!

      I did absolutely nothing for my birthday! Well, except work. I worked throughout the day as usual, then at night, Matt and I watched tv and ate banana soft-serve. That’s it. And I enjoyed it. πŸ™‚

  9. July 13, 2012 12:00 pm

    I don’t know if I could do a smoothie for every meal for 3 days. I’d get bored (and hungry!) after the first day. When I did juice fasts during the Crazy Sexy Diet, I was pretty sure I was dying of hunger the whole time. But these sound like they’d be great for a snack. πŸ™‚

    • July 13, 2012 12:01 pm

      Seriously, though, these kept me FULL! And I have a bottomless stomach that is typically NOT satisfied with just a smoothie. Psyllium husk FTW. πŸ˜‰ Though they’d make great snacks, too!

  10. July 14, 2012 9:50 am

    Could this post be any more timely? I’ve been reading about several cleanses to do in my time between heading to Oklahoma to visit the grandparents (which, being typical midwestern grandparents, involves undoing every speck of good diet behavior I’ve built up!) and heading to Utah to climb a mountain. Also, I don’t want to do any grocery shopping between two rounds of 7+ days out of town. Also also, it’s too flipping hot to cook!

    Anyway, this looks like it fits the bill pretty well. I’m not big on super-structured systems (and with my work schedule, it would be near-impossible to stick to something like Master Cleanse). I ordered the 6-day beginner to get myself ready for the climbing of the mountain :), and thanks to your code saved $20 (woohoo!). I get back from Oklahoma on a Tuesday, and fly out to Provo the following Monday, so this is perfect! I’m also hoping this will help me avoid some altitude sickness (another reason I was looking for a detox system). *fingers crossed*

    • July 14, 2012 10:45 am

      How serendipitous!
      Mountain climbing in Utah sounds like fun. I need to take an active vacation like that someday; all of mine seem to revolve around eating πŸ˜‰

      This cleanse is SO much kinder, easier, gentler, and more enjoyable than the Master Cleanse. They really don’t even compare. You made the wise choice πŸ™‚ Hope you like it! Just stock up on a good amount of sweet summer fruit to keep you snacking.

      • July 14, 2012 12:09 pm

        Not a problem! I’ve been downing strawberries, blueberries, and watermelon like there’s no tomorrow. I guess I’ll just have to eat MORE. oh darn ;). And if I end up eating out, it’s a great time of year to get some wonderful salads!

      • July 14, 2012 5:26 pm

        Mmm, watermelon…don’t get me started πŸ˜‰

  11. Tara permalink
    July 14, 2012 3:22 pm

    I just ordered a sample pack to try before I make the investment. I’ve never done a “real” juice cleanse because I always get nervous about not eating enough. I’m pretty active and I have a tendency towards hypoglycemia. This sounds great since you can have unlimited raw fruits and veggies. Thank you for this review, Amber. I had never heard of this!!!

  12. July 14, 2012 4:24 pm

    I guess I’ve been living under a rock! lol. Never heard of this stuff but sounds great and Im sure I’d enjoy. Yup, done both smoothie and juice fasts, not in quite a while though.

    • July 14, 2012 5:15 pm

      Hehe! It’s been all over my FB feed for several months, it seems πŸ™‚ Smoothie fasts are always sooo much easier than juice for me!

  13. July 14, 2012 7:51 pm

    I’ve alway’s wanted to do a juice or smoothie cleanse but have just never gotten around to do one. This one seems interesting. I might give it a shot. $18 a day is very reasonable!

  14. July 15, 2012 5:31 am

    Try as I might, I can’t get past the way psyllium husk mixes with liquid into a gloopy mucus texture. Flax or chia for me, baby! Although I’m guessing that these smoothies don’t, in fact, turn out like enormous glasses of mucus, so Kaeng Raeng must have some magical de-gloopifying technique.

    I’d definitely lose weight if I was asked to drink mucus, though. I just thought you should know that.

    • July 15, 2012 10:02 am

      Without enough water present, yes, psyllium definitely turns disturbingly mucus-y! Then again, so do ground chia and flax, in my mind…in any case, the Kaeng Raeng smoothies get so much liquid added to them that they are “mucus”-free πŸ˜›

      The Mucus Diet…you could write a book and make millions.

  15. July 15, 2012 12:08 pm

    nice. i had looked into it, but it’s good to hear a review from a hungry person! : )

  16. July 15, 2012 11:35 pm

    what a great post! with delicious drinks like that, i could definitely sick to a cleanse!

  17. Sue M permalink
    July 18, 2012 12:10 pm

    As usual, I love your reviews! I ordered my kaeng raeng and it came yesterday. Planning on doing my 3-day cleanse starting Monday – looking forward to it. Thanks for keeping me up to date on all the latest and greatest products in the health world!

  18. July 19, 2012 1:59 pm

    Ok-you convinced me! Ordered mine-thanks for the discount code!!! I’m excited to give it a try!

  19. Vanessa Harrington permalink
    July 22, 2012 11:26 am

    Just finished my 3 day cleanse (Master). It was much easier and more filling than I thought it would be. Thanks so much for recommending it and giving the discount code!

  20. Tisha Q. permalink
    July 24, 2012 9:15 am

    This detox is wonder. I just completed the 6 day basic detox cleansed and I loved you. The first day was a bit hard due to adjusting my body to eating healthy and consuming less food. By the 2nd day I was in love. My body felt super healthy and I experienced so much peace and goodness during the cleanse. I lost about 7 pounds. I would recommend this to anyone looking to detox and change their way of eating.

    • July 24, 2012 10:14 am

      What a cool testimonial, Tisha – thank you for sharing! Congrats on the 7-lb weight loss (wow!) and I’m so happy your cleanse experience left you feeling renewed and invigorated. πŸ™‚

  21. Lisa S permalink
    July 24, 2012 12:13 pm

    Hello Amber,

    I have been following your FB page for a while now and saw your post about the KR cleanse/detox program. I was immediately interested because I am having many digestive issues and thought this would be gentle way to cleanse and get a fresh start while waiting to see a gastro specialist. I didn’t want to go too harsh with something like a Master Cleanse. Maybe I would feel better in the interim.

    I purchased the 6 day beginner program last week and am on the second day. I am a huge fan of fruits and veggies and definitely loved the options described with this program. The first day I thought I’d be ravenous but that was totally not the case. I ate a few fresh veggies with my evening smoothie and just added some fruits to each smoothie. I chose to add the fruits specific to each smoothie. And, if you make the smoothies with the low end of the recommended amount of water (24 oz) they are holy-cow filling. Took me a couple of hours to drink the entire thing. They are quite substantial so I couldn’t chug it down.

    The one thing that is a little tough for me is that I travel 4 days a week for a living and stay in a hotel. While packing 12 of the packet of mix is a breeze being able to use a blender to mix with water, ice and some fruit is a bit tricky. I ended up buying a handheld stick blender and a simple pitcher to use in my hotel room and the office. I just pour the smoothie from the pitcher into a reusable bottle. Luckily, I also have a refrigerator with a freezer at the office and in my hotel room to keep the produce I purchased. BTW – I found frozen peaches and frozen mango chunks at Whole Foods. Really makes the Day Break smoothie tasty.

    Anyway – a lengthy post to say thanks for posting about KR and so far, so good for me. And, hopefully a helpful tip to those who travel.


    • July 24, 2012 4:31 pm

      Awesome story, Lisa; thanks for sharing! I totally agree with you on how filling the smoothies were and how long they took to drink.

      Great tip on your method of “travel blending,” too. And if you’re ever in a pinch, you could also just combine the mix with water in a large bottle, shake, and drink.

    • July 26, 2012 9:28 pm

      This is so awesome! Thanks for sharing your story and your tips. We really appreciate that feedback!
      -The Kaeng Raeng Team

  22. Christine permalink
    July 25, 2012 4:40 pm

    A girlfriend and I were talking about how we needed to do a bit of a body re-boot as she is off to the Bahamas in August (yes… I know, I’m jealous too) and I am just feeling ‘off’! We ordered yesterday and can’t wait to try it, I’ll let you know how it goes! (we both got the 6 day veteran as we have cleansed before). Loving your Juicy July and all your reviews… wish we could get some stuff to Canada though.

  23. July 28, 2012 10:57 am

    I’m so excited…I just placed an order (and thanks for the discount!). I just couldn’t wait for your next two reviews (I have an impatient streak in me). I like the portability – and the lack of fridge space needed…which I have a hard enough time with anyway. I’ll let you know how it goes!

    • July 28, 2012 11:02 am

      Oh nice!! Yes, the smoothie packets are certainly not only more affordable, but also more portable, than the juice cleanses. They’re more filling too! Which level cleanse did you pick? Good luck; hope you enjoy it!

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