How To: 3 Day DIY Juice Cleanse with Shopping List

Green juices for detox and cleanse

Every few months I begin to take note of all my recent fast food trips, soda-&-Hot-Cheetos afternoon snacks, and general unhealthy eating patterns. I started to get a feeling of unhealthiness recently and felt I needed to kick my healthy habits back into gear with a juice detox.

Several months ago I shared my 1-day juice cleanse but this time around I decided to step it up and try a DIY 3 day juice cleanse. Was it hard? Not really; sure there were a few snacks I had to forgo but I didn't have the negative experience many other juice cleansers have had-- I went in to the cleanse with a positive attitude and emerged with a sense of accomplishment and knowing that I did something good for my body. The only negative is that afterwards my chin broke out, however I read that juices cause that as they push out toxins... or maybe it's just from the sugary fruits. Personally, I wasn't looking to use the cleanse as a diet so I cannot speak to any weight loss.

Juice detox and cleanses can be very pricey so I chose to stick with the more frugal budget-friendly DIY version from my last cleanse, although I switched out one of the green juices for a carrot-apple-beet juice-- the last cleanse was just a little too green for me. Overall, I spent about $70 in produce and it took me about an hour and a half each night to make the juices.  I recommend using a juicer for all juices except the spicy lemonade and dessert smoothie. When you use a juicer, such as this juicer,  it extracts all the fiber from the fruits and veggies, however when you use a blender the fiber is not removed. I've read that some people prefer having the fiber so to each their own; I am not a nutritionist, this post is solely based on my juicing experience.

Here are the recipes and how to below, along with a shopping list:

DIY Juice Cleanse Recipes - 6 juices per day
From PR Blonde & FabFitFun

Green juice for detox and cleanse

Green Juice (Juices 1 and 3)
Juice the following in a juicer:
1 handful of kale
1 handful of spinach
1 kiwi, peeled
2 Granny Smith apples
1 banana (blend with juice in blender)

Pineapple-Apple Cucumber Juice (Juice 2)
Juice the following in a juicer:
1/2 pineapple, with skin/leaves removed
2 red apples
1/2 cucumber

Spicy Lemonade (Juice 4)
Fill a bottle 7/8 full of filtered water. Combine the following and shake:
Juice of 1 Lemon
1 teaspoon Honey
Pinch of Cayenne Pepper

CAB (Carrot Apple Beet) Juice (Juice 5)
Juice the following in a juicer:
1 red beet, peeled
1 carrot, peeled
2 red apples

*After filling bottles, fill the rest of the bottle with filtered water.

Banana-Cashew ‘Dessert’ Smoothie (Juice 6)
Blend all ingredients together in blender:
1 cup raw whole cashews, soaked in water for 2 hours
1 banana
1 cup of filtered water
1/8 teaspoon cinnamon
1/8 teaspoon cardamom
1/8 teaspoon nutmeg

Shopping List for 3 Day Juice Cleanse:
12 green apples
6 kiwis
1-2 bags kale (I use several handfuls)
1-2 bags spinach (see above ^^)
2 cucumbers
12 red apples
9 bananas
3 carrots
3 beets
Pineapple (I picked up 2 6-piece containers and used 4 spears per day)
3 lemons

3 cups raw cashews
6-pack 16 oz. water bottles (I re-used bottles and drank from a re-useable to-go cup with ice)

Estimated Expense: ~$70

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