Spring Cleanse – Juice fasting recipes
When I was still in elementary school, my grandpa got a juicer thanks to the Jay Kordich infomercials. My grandpa juiced regularly throughout the years and to this day, he and my grandma are some of the healthiest eighty year olds I know.
I was always interested in nutrition and health growing up so, thanks to grandpa, I started juicing. I started off by juicing for specific ailments, such as juicing watercress to cleanse the lungs or juicing cranberries for a bladder infection. Through this process I came to the conclusion that juicing simply needs to be a part of our daily lives. Instead of chasing symptoms, we need to allow our cells to detox, so that our bodies can heal and repair any trouble spots.
It’s no surprise that we live in a toxic world, and that is why it is all the more important to juice fresh vegetables on a regular basis. Juicing gives our bodies a break from digestion, helping to cleanse and detoxify our cells while simultaneously providing living enzymes to our modern-day depleted systems.
Juicing: one of the easiest ways to detox
My favorite type of cleanse to do is a juice fast. Juice fasting is one method of cleansing that is incredibly easy yet so rewarding. You will also most likely have increased energy when juice fasting, which means you can still work and juice fast. I did a 5 day juice fast while working by simply bringing the juice I needed for the day with me. I stored the juice in the cafeteria fridge. I think I actually got more work done that week! I highly recommend drinking the juice within 15 minutes of making it to make sure it doesn’t begin to oxidize. But, If you work and you must bring the juice with you, its not the end of the world. Try doing a juice fast on the weekend to ensure you can drink the freshest juice possible.
My Recent Cleanse
For my most recent cleanse, I did a three day juice fast. I drank one tall glass of juice for breakfast, lunch, and dinner each day. I try to have all my veggies washed and prepped the night before a juice fast so that I can juice quickly. It’s important to note that, while juice fasting, your digestion gets to take a well deserved rest. For this reason, if you plan on doing a juice fast for more than one day, I highly recommend doing an enema. Read up on enemas here.
Below are some of the juice recipes I used. If you need help doing a detox or cleanse, I’ll gladly walk you through one! Email me at thegreciangarden(at)aol(.)com.
4 carrots, tops and tails chopped off
4 stalks celery, chop ends off
small handful of parsley, juice stems as well
1 small zuchhini, tops and tails chopped off
1/2 of a small beet, tops and tails chopped off
1/2 inch nub of fresh ginger
1/4 lemon peeled
Push all through the juicer and drink up!
Alkalizing Green Juice
I drank this one at least once a day, sometimes twice
1/2 cucumber (skin still on if organic)
4 stalks of celery
2 Large handfuls of greens(spinach, kale, swiss chard, beet greens, arugula, watercress, turnip greens, etc)
1-2 cloves of garlic peeled or 1/2 inch nub of fresh ginger
1/2 lemon peeled
Push all through the juicer. Juice the greens by pushing them down with the cucumber or celery.
Peach berry cocktail
I try to drink as many alkalizing vegetables on a juice fast as possible, but just to mix it up I usually add one glass of fruit juice during a cleanse. Always dilute fruit juice with water to avoid blood sugar issues.
2 peaches, cut in half, seeds removed
1 orange, peeled with a vegetable peeler keeping as much pith on as possible
1/2 cup blueberries, raspberries, or cherries, pitted
Push fruit through the juicer. Then add 1/2 cup purified water to dilute.
3 handfuls of any green (spincah, kale, water cress, lettuce, etc)
1/2 cup organic broccoli
4 carrots, tops and tails removed.
Push all through the juicer and enjoy your green juice glow!
Those are a few of my basic juice recipes. I save all the tops and tails of my veggies for making homemade broths. I store them in the fridge if I plan on making the broth that week or in the freezer if I’m not sure when I’ll be making broth. As I mentioned earlier, do not hesitate to email me if you need any help doing a cleanse or if you are not sure which cleanse is right for you.
I’m super excited to tell you that The Grecian Garden is going to The Mother Country! Yes, my husband and I are going to take our first trip to Greece!! I’m beyond stoked for this dream come true vacation. I will be gone for two weeks starting Saturday, but when I return I will let you know how I planned for my trip (food wise) and how it worked out.
Do you have a favorite juice recipe? What’s your favorite juicer?
*Disclaimer: Always speak with your health practitioner prior to beginning any new treatment