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


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

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

    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 :)

  3. Can I soak my cashews longer if needed?

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

    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.

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

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

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

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

    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:

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

    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!

  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?

    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.

  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?

    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.