September 27, 2013

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
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

18 comments:

  1. Hey you juice too!! Thanks for sharing this cleanse! I am always on the look out for juicing recipes.

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  2. do you eat regular food and take the juice on the 3 day cleanse?

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    1. Hi! The purpose of the cleanse is to cut out solid foods for those few days and give your digestive system a break. However if you don't think that just drinking juices will work for you, I have read that it is recommended that you can still eat 'clean' with raw foods such as a steamed sweet potato, salad with lemon juice, carrot sticks, and other veggies. Always do what feels right for your body :)

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  3. Can I soak my cashews longer if needed?

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  4. Did you juice these juices or blend them using a nutrablend or bullet or blender?

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    1. I juiced them, the purpose of a juice cleanse is to take out the fiber. However, you can totally use a Nutriblend or other blender to blend these, they will have a heartier texture and will be quite fiber heavy.

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  5. Do you have to add any water to make the juices? can you make in a Vitamix?

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    1. Yes, once you fill the bottles evenly, you can fill the rest of the bottle up with filtered water.

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  6. I made these in a vitamix without trouble. I did need to add some water, especially to the carrot beet drink.

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  7. what times of the day should we drink the juices?

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    1. Hi there- apologies that I missed your comment! I suggest spacing them out about every 2 hours or so and drinking water in between. Here's a rundown of how I scheduled the juices throughout the day: http://www.agoodhue.net/2013/04/one-day-juice-cleanse_18.html

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  8. Basically, I've been trying to juice my own greens. Celery, cabbage, Apple. Does it really matter exactly what greens you blend?

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    1. You can definitely alter the greens to your liking- the darker greens such as kale and spinach have a higher amount of nutirients and vitamins but the juices can definitely be customzied to your liking. For instance, I'm not a fan of celery so I rarely add it to my juices but if you are a fan go for it!

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  9. Going to prep tomorrow to start on Thursday, I have a few questions:
    1. Using a Vitamix, could I run the juice through a cheese cloth to remove some of the added fiber?
    2. Could I prepare all three days at a time?
    3. Do you think using coconut water instead of filtered water would greatly change the taste?

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    1. Update: I did #1 and #2 as described above. A cheesecloth did remove a lot of pulp. When using the water bottles as pictured, not too much extra water needed but just used purified water. Thanks again for the recipes. Wish me luck.

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  10. Hi there, I have also read in some other cleanse's that you can have fish or chicken is this ok to do with this cleanse?

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    1. Hi there, the purpose of the juice cleanse is to detox your body processed foods and animal products. While I don't recommend it as it defeats the purpose of a juice cleanse, I am not a registered dietitian or nutritionist and feel that you need to do what is best for your body. I have read that it is recommended that you can still eat 'clean' with raw foods such as a steamed sweet potato, salad with lemon juice, carrot sticks, and other raw or steamed veggies.

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