DIY Juice Cleanse! Do It Yourself Recipes for Yummy Results

DIY Juice Cleanse! Do It Yourself Recipes for Yummy Results

Hey every­one! Hope all is well on your side of the com­put­er screen.

So. My lit­tle “reset” has been a long time com­ing. I want­ed to do one in Jan­u­ary. Then Feb­ru­ary. Then I for­got all about it. I watched Fat Sick & Near­ly Dead for the fifth time, was briefly inspired, then stopped juic­ing about 5 days lat­er when I got nau­seous from my overzeal­ous attempt at a kale juice.

Any­way, doc­tors and nutri­tion­ists like to argue that most cleans­es aren’t safe or effec­tive, and I gen­er­al­ly agree (espe­cial­ly when it comes to junk like the “Mas­ter Cleanse”). But I’m not look­ing to “cleanse” – I’m look­ing to drown myself in nutri­ents. Gen­er­ous quan­ti­ties of juice from fresh organ­ic heavy-hit­ters like kale and cucum­ber and beets? Now that is a vit­a­m­in and min­er­al bonan­za. Grant­ed, the pro­tein val­ue is rel­a­tive­ly low and incom­plete (exam­ple: 1 cup of kale = 2.2 g pro­tein), but I am not con­cerned about devel­op­ing a pro­tein defi­cien­cy over the course of 5 days. That would take weeks of fail­ing to con­sume the bare min­i­mum to sus­tain my meta­bol­ic process­es.

In case you’re won­der­ing why I’m embark­ing on this 5-day juic­ing adven­ture, I have three rea­sons:

  1. I love how easy and mind­less it is to just pick up an already-pre­pared juice (that I made, of course) and not have to think about mak­ing any­thing. My choice has already been made for me. Easy!
  2. I love the psy­cho­log­i­cal effects of a juice cleanse – you feel like you’re doing some­thing so enrich­ing for your body that it can’t help but make your brain bounce with hap­pi­ness, and your brain being hap­py in turns makes your body feel even bet­ter. It’s one grand feed­back loop.
  3. I need to reset my taste buds. I was indulging in one too many treats (almond milk ice cream, any­one?), and that has a neg­a­tive effect on my skin. I was talk­ing to my new friend Kel­ly the oth­er day and she was telling me about her crav­ings, and what I said to her was some­thing I actu­al­ly need­ed to hear for myself: “would I rather have junk food or clear skin?”

I poured through some of my old­er notes and books, ref­er­enced Clean and my mas­sive uni­ver­si­ty nutri­tion text­book, and used Rit­u­al Cleanse and Blue­print Cleanse to help deter­mine the order of juices. Instead of spend­ing $80-$100 per day for a pre-made juice cleanse pro­gram, I am going to do it myself.

Here’s the plan, Stan.

• Each day con­sists of four juices (green and red), a lemon­ade, and a dairy-free milk.

• There are 6 drinks total at 16 oz. each. Drink one every 2–3 hours with plen­ty of fil­tered water in between.

• This is the order of con­sump­tion:

  1. Green Juice
  2. Red Juice
  3. Green Juice
  4. Lemon­ade Juice
  5. Green Juice
  6. Nut Milk

The green juice comes first since it is nutri­ent dense and will make me feel sati­at­ed. The red juice is for vit­a­m­in and min­er­al diver­si­ty and breaks up all the green drink­in’. The lemon­ade? There’s no rea­son for it real­ly, oth­er than I love lemon­ade, it’s refresh­ing, and every frig­gin’ cleanse com­pa­ny out there has one in their plan. The nut milk comes last because it is “heavy” and fill­ing and will take longer to digest. It’s a good oppor­tu­ni­ty to get in some impor­tant fats.

Epic Beauty Guide DIY 5-Day Juice Cleanse

From left to right: Green, Red, Lemon­ade, Nut Milk

I sort of winged it last night when I was juic­ing and wrote down the approx­i­mate recipes for each juice. If you plan on repli­cat­ing the recipes, remem­ber that fruits and veg­gies con­tain vary­ing amount of water, so you may have to adjust. And buy organ­ic as much as pos­si­ble.

Juicer. (I bought this one a few months ago – it’s cheap­er, way eas­ier to clean, and out-per­forms the Green Star and Juice Foun­tain I had before. Hoorah!) • Glass ball jars. • Fil­tered water. • Blender. • Strain­ing bag and/or cheese­cloth. • Time. It took about 1 1/2 hours to wash, prep, and make all all the juices for the next day (grant­ed, I am dou­bling every­thing because my fiancé is doing the juice cleanse with me).
1 large hand­ful of kale (or chard) 1 large hand­ful romaine 1 large hand­ful spinach 6 stalks cel­ery (mine were short, about 4–5″ long) 1 cucum­ber 1 green apple 1 lemon — no peel (leave the white pith on)

Option­al: 1/2 bunch pars­ley, water­cress, or cilantro

Run it all through your juicer.

1–3 large car­rots 2 oz. beet kvass (or 1 medi­um beet — peeled) 1 nice hunk of seed­ed water­mel­on — out­er­most rind removed 1/2 lemon — no peel (leave the white pith on)

Run it all through your juicer.

Juice of 1 lemon ~14 oz. spring or fil­tered water Pinch cayen­ne — to taste Pinch ste­via — to taste

Pour it into a ball jar and shake.

1 cup macadamia nuts (or almonds) 3 cups fil­tered water (use 4 cups for a thin­ner tex­ture and more serv­ings) 2 tsp. vanil­la extract 1/4 tsp. fresh ground cin­na­mon 2 Tbsp. grade B maple syrup (or ste­via to taste) 1 Tbsp. coconut oil 1 Tbsp. coconut cream Pinch sea salt

Blend the mac nuts (or almonds) and water for 1–2 min­utes. Pour through a strain­er, strain­ing bag, or cheese­cloth. Pour the strained milk back into the blender and add the remain­ing ingre­di­ents. Blend for about a min­ute.

NOTE: This milk will make TWO or THREE 16 oz. serv­ings depend­ing on how much water you use (3 or 4 cups). 

*I adapt­ed this recipe from Raw Food Real World’s Creamy Macadamia Milk recipe.

Let me know if you have any ques­tions! Or if you have any recipes or com­ments about your own juice cleanse. My juice week has start­ed today and as I type this I am two juices in and feel­ing great. I seri­ous­ly can’t wait for the nut milk though.
~Steph  x


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