Ready to start a cleanse? The first thing you need is a good juicer and a container to store your freshly made juice in the fridge. Once you have these tools, it is time to get to work.
Making your own juices at home can be a lot of work, but if you set aside some time for the prepping, washing, peeling, and cutting, making the juice can be fast and relatively easy. The hard part is the prepping and cleaning the juicer, but by prepping your vegetables and storing them in some Tupperware, your cleanse creating will be less time consuming.
While most plans recommend organic, let’s be reasonable. Washing and chopping up mounds of kale and carrots can be torture. Use the bagged and pre-cut items. It may be a bit more expensive, but the time savings will be worth it.Plus, most prepared items are available in organic as well. Best to shop at your local health food store to ensure organic, or if on a budget, look at the circular for your local grocery store and make your juice plan around what you can afford.
The point is to reap the benefits of juicing. Here are some recipes to get you started.
Courtesy of the website, Reboot with Joe.
6 – 8 kale (Tuscan cabbage) leaves
1 green apple
2 lemons (peeled)
2 small or 1 medium beet (peel the beetroot )
Wash the items and cut them up. Take turns with kale followed by another ingredient as it helps push the kale through.
Drink immediately and if you have leftovers, store in the fridge and drink within the day.
Beets contain betaine that helps protects cells from environmental stress. It also helps fight inflammation, improve cardiovascular health, and may help to prevent disease.
Courtesy of Dr OZ.
1/2 cup of pineapple
2 large cucumbers
1 bunch of kale without stems–if bagged, 4 cups
1/2 lemon squeeze or if you have lemon juice, a tablespoon
1/4 inch of ginger root
1 bunch of mint (1/2 a cup)
Wash and alternate with the kale and other ingredients.
Kale is abundant in phytochemicals and is rich in iron, vitamin K, and calcium. Kale is excellent for detoxing as it contains fiber and sulfur, which aids in binding to toxins and promotes elimination.
Here is a variation for the raw juicing. As you cleanse, you may start feeling a little off and achy. If you need a change up, here is a wonderful smoothie that will make it all better.
Courtesy of The Flaming Vegan.
3 small turmeric roots ( Powdered about 1 teaspoon)
one inch knob of ginger (Powdered about 1/2 a teaspoon)
Sweetener–think honey, stevia
1/2 a papaya or cantaloupe (frozen is acceptable–any summer blend)
Coconut or soy milk
BONUS: Chia seeds–1 tablespoon
Blend everything together. If you need it a bit colder, add some ice.
The spice is excellent for anti-inflammation. When you are feeling the achy yuck of being on the cleanse, this smoothie will help ease the hurt and keep you on track.
Check back for additional detox recipes and good luck on your quest for good health.
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