Written by: Jen Marley
Whether you’re looking to upgrade your nutrition or you overdid it with the holiday goodies, a juice cleanse is a great way to reboot your health. Juicing has numerous benefits, and has even been shown to lower blood pressure, combat arthritis, and fight various diseases. A juice cleanse takes it one step further, fully immersing you in all that juicing has to offer. So, what exactly is a cleanse? It’s when you have nothing but fresh juice, water, and herbal tea for five days, and it’s just what it sounds like – cleansing! It floods your system with much-needed nutrients, and helps rid your body of all the things that can make you feel sluggish. Plus, if you’re looking to improve your eating habits, a juice cleanse will help prepare you for your healthy transition.
Many people who undergo a juice cleanse feel not only a physical change, but a spiritual one as well. It’s a well deserved rest for both your body and your soul. It’s not something that should be entered into lightly, though. A successful cleanse requires planning and preparation. Get yourself ready by following a mostly vegan diet the week leading up to your cleanse, as well as alcohol and caffeine. This way, you’re body won’t be in total shock when it goes straight from regular steak & potatoes and a glass of wine a night to nothing but juice. Even if you already have a very healthy diet, preparing your body is necessary for a smooth transition into your cleanse. You’ll also want to spend the week after your cleanse is over following the same routine. This way, you’ll be more likely to stick to your health goals and retain the benefits your body gained during the cleanse.
Another important step in your preparation is finding recipes that you’ll actually like! A juice cleanse isn’t about deprivation. It’s about recharging your batteries in a healthful and delicious way. That’s why we at Select Juicers put together this infographic – to give you four of our favorite juice recipes to include as part of your cleanse! With these scrumptious concoctions, we’re sure that you will be a juicer for life. You may even decide to start growing your own fruits and veggies! If so, Bren Haas has a fantastic gardening blog that will be a great resource for you.
Even if gardening isn’t your thing, we are confident that your juice cleanse will be a beneficial experience, and one that you’ll look forward to repeating. If you have trouble viewing the info-graphic we put together, just scroll down past the image to find the same great recipes. Now, let’s raise a glass (of juice) to your juice cleansing endeavors. Cheers!
4 JUICE CLEANSING RECIPES
If you’re planning to do a juice cleanse, you don’t want to go into it blind. Just throwing random vegetables in your juicer can lead to a less than pleasant juicing experience. You need combinations that are going to be tasty, filling, and of course, nutritious! These recipes accomplish all of that, and add some great variety and color to your cleanse. Enjoy!
Recipe – Courtesy of What’s Gaby Cooking
- 3 leaves kale, stem removed, roughly chopped
- 1 handful spinach leaves, roughly chopped
- 1 cup chopped romaine lettuce
- 1 bunch parsley, roughly chopped
- 1/2 English cucumber
- 2 sticks celery, roughly chopped
- 1 apple, halved and seeds removed
- 1 inch piece fresh ginger
- 1 lemon, rind removed
Spinach, kale, and romaine are all really high in iron and magnesium. Parsley fights bad breath, and celery is high in potassium. The ginger will aid your digestion, and the lemon will give you a burst of energy, making this the perfect breakfast juice.
Recipe – Courtesy of Mind Body Green
- 4 carrots
- 1 cm fresh ginger
- 1 green apple
- 1/2 lemon
*Be sure to remove the rind from the lemon before adding it to the juicer.
Carrots are super high in vitamin A, lending to healthier eyes, healthier skin, and preventing heart disease and fighting inflammation. While apples add sweetness, they are also full of flavonoids that help prevent asthma, and their high vitamin C content promotes bone health and boosts the immune system. This fiber-filled drink will keep you full during your mid-day slump.
Recipe – Courtesy of Tess Ward
- 1/2 large pineapple (peeled and cubed)
- 2 apples
- 1/2 lemon (peeled)
- a knob of ginger
- a handful mint leaves
This juice is a fantastic start to any cleanse. While the ginger works to speed up your digestion, the mint soothes cramps, bloating, and nausea, and the pineapple works as an anti-inflammatory. Sweet and soothing, this juice works cleansing wonders.
Recipe – Courtesy of Raw Juice Cleanse Recipes
- 3 beets
- 5 stalks celery
- 1 cup blueberries
- 1 bunch spinach
- 2 apples
- 1 knuckle ginger
- 1 knuckle turmeric
- 1 clove garlic
*Makes 42 ounces
If you’re cleansing to help with high blood pressure, this delicious juice is a must. Celery, beets, blueberries, ginger and turmeric are all amazing at lowering blood pressure and reducing stress. Combined with the antioxidants and iron found in beets, the protein in spinach, and the immune-boosting power of apples, this juice will fill you up and lead to a healthier you.