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How to do a 3-Day Juice Cleanse

31 Comments | Written on January 30, 2013 at 5:00 am , by

Have you ever considered doing one of those trendy “juice cleanses?”  Sure, you can have them delivered to your door, or purchase them at high end grocery stores, but that can add up and get expensive fast.  Plus, I really enjoy things like bacon, pie, and chewing…

Since we are giving away the stellar Cuisinart Compact Juice Extractor this week, I decided to jump on the bandwagon and give it a try for myself!

How gorgeous are all those fruits and vegetables!  They sure are an inspiration to get healthy and nourish your body.  Let me tell you a little bit about how I designed this 3-Day Juice Cleanse as well as a few recommendations and tips I discovered along the way.

Keep reading for the results!

All the recipes below came from the recipe booklet inside the Cuisinart Compact Juice Extractor.  I wanted to incorporate a wide variety of flavors and colors into each day.  My other requirement?  I wasn’t about to drink anything that tasted like a mowed lawn.  Every juice blend needed a hint of fruit for sweetness and balance.  This is just my personal preference.  If you are ready for something more hard-core, go for it!

Recommendation:   Clean out the fridge before you start.  Not because you want to remove any temptations, but because all this produce will take up a ton of space!  (Wish I would have done this!  I was like playing a game of Tetris when I got home from the grocery store to fit it all in…)

Cost:  The obvious first question – Is it expensive?  Not really!   Three days worth of ingredients cost around $50.  At my Ralph’s market it was a grand total of $53.55

Effort:  The next question, was it a lot of work?  It certainly took conscious planning, but this particular juicer was a dream.  It didn’t take up much counter top space and it was easy to clean.  Both big factors when selecting a juicer.  Plus, the price is quite competitive compared to other models on the market.  Just around $100.

Hunger:  Everyone wants to know, were you starving?  No!  Maybe it is because each drink is so nutrient dense, but I found myself feeling very satisfied.  In fact, I think juicing has given me a new found appreciation for beautiful produce.  Now, I am not going to lie, I did miss crunch and chewing.  I found myself slicing a gorgeous apple and thought, “I really just want to bite into this right now!”  Hey, if a few days of juicing makes you crave and appreciate the wonder of an apple or some orange wedges, that’s great!  I am reminded that fruit isn’t some health-food snack we are ‘supposed’ to choose, it is actually a wonderful treat I can look forward to and ‘want’ to choose!

This sample menu incorporates a variety of colors.  Breakfast is orange, lunch is green and dinner is red.  Plus, there are morning and afternoon juice “snacks” as well as an evening treat before bed.

Breakfast Juice Blend

Super C Juice  ”Orange”

1/2 large red pepper, seeded

4 medium carrots

1/2 large grapefruit, peeled and halved

1/2 medium orange, peeled

1/4 lemon, peeled

1.  Juice the ingredients in the order listed.

2.  Stir the juice and serve immediately.

AM Snack

Pineapple Mint Spritzer

1 cup pineapple, peeled and cubed

1 tablespoon packed fresh mint leaves

8 ounces unflavored seltzer water

1.  Juice the pineapple and mint.

2.  Stir the juice and pour into serving glass with ice.  Top with seltzer and serve immediately.

Lunch Juice Blend

Green Apple Juice “Green”

6 leaves of kale

1 medium orange, peeled and quartered

1 cup packed spinach leaves

1 green apple, quartered

1.  Juice the ingredients in the order listed.

2.  Stir juice and serve immediately.

PM Snack

Cucumber Mint Cooler

1/2 kiwi, peeled

1/2 cup green grapes

1/2 lime

1/2 medium cucumber

1/4 cup packed mint leaves

1 inch piece of ginger

Dinner Juice Blend

Apple, Beet and Fennel Juice “Red”

1/2 medium orange, peeled

2 medium fuji apples, quartered

1 medium beet, quartered

1/4 fennel bulb

1.  Juice the ingredients in the order listed.

2.  Stir juice and serve immediately.

Bedtime Snack

Pear Ginger Sleepy Time Tea

1 inch ginger

1 medium pear

8 ounces hot, brewed bedtime tea

1.  Juice the ginger and the pear.

2.  Stir juice and combine with hot, brewed herbal tea.  Serve immediately.

31 Responses to “How to do a 3-Day Juice Cleanse”

  • 1
    Heidi says:

    This looks really good and healthy….but it’s a lot of work and expense! Juice Plus+ gives you all the benefits of juicIng, but isn’t the work…or the cost!! On Juice Plus+ it costs only $1.38 a day…and $41.75 a month to get the juice powders n nutrients from 17 different fruits, vegetables, and grains!

  • 2

    I’m getting ready to start my first cleanse ever and so glad to read you weren’t starving to death! Great tips!

  • 3
    Debra says:

    It sounds great! I like fresh fruits and vegtables! I guess if you do not have time to do fresh, powder might be ok. I love to cook so taking the time is worth it. The color of the fresh fruits and veggies are amazing.

  • 4
    Karen Wood says:

    Really like this blog. And the first comment about Juice Plus sounds worth checking out too. Thanks people!

  • 5
    Lynn Mott says:

    I love juices but I’d rather use a Blendtec or Vitamix and use ALL of it rather than through the pulp away. smoothie verses juice?? I’d go for smoothie.

    • Dave says:

      I prefer to mix between blending and juicing. I’m very happy with my Omega VRT350 juicer! It’s a masticating type of juicer and it gives me much more juice than any centrifugal juicer.

  • 6
    James Groover says:

    I did a full 2 weeks on a juice program I drank the Mean Green and I even created a special Orange Juice I call Super Orange Juice found here on the site, It is so good, it helped me through so many rough spots of boredom with the taste of kale.

  • 7
    Sophie Stein says:

    Would this work just as well if I used a blender instead of a juicer?

  • 8
    Cathy Hayden says:

    Interesting and I would like to try a cleanse. Mostly I’d love to win the juicer

  • 9
    Dawn Long says:

    I appreciate all of the recipes. I’ve always wanted to do a cleanse but needed guidelines! Can’t wait to try it.

  • 10
    Julie says:

    I thought that you should only juice vegies and not fruits (with apples as the exception) because juiced fruits are to sugary and the sugar goes straight to your system quick! does anybody know if this is true?

  • 11
    karen.orcutt@epbfi.com says:

    Looks good .. off to the store with my shoppoing list. Good luck all on winning the blender.

  • 12
    karen.orcutt@epbfi.com says:

    Looks good .. off to the store with my shoppoing list. Good luck all on winning the blender.

    Can anyone say what this does to your daily constitution? I’d love to drink something instead of trying to figure out to cook for one.

  • 13
    Darlene Wallace says:

    I have tried a couple of these cleanser recipes and they simply get rid of the extra water I have buat they are a great way to jumpstart a new diet…the recipes are great tasting..i’d love to win that juicer!

  • 14
    Diane Rooker says:

    Sometimes we all need a little help and this seems to be just the ticket!

  • 15
    Karen Tierney says:

    I am planning on starting a lifestyle change to loose weight and keep it off. I would love to win this juicer so that I can start with a cleansing routine to jumpstart my weight loss. I am in my mid sixties and I have had a lot of difficulty loosing weight, I am hoping that starting off with this cleanse will help.

  • 16
    lori keener says:

    Juicing pulls the juice from the fruit and veggies. Blending/manic bullet makes smoothies. Younger a thicker drink amd every part of the fruit and veggies. I use my bullet all the time but have not put a carrot in it. But would assume it would work also. I add a lil ice with my fruit and blend. Would love to have a juicer also.

  • 17
    Michele Mason says:

    Go to Love Grace Foods they have the best 1.2.or 3 day cleanse. Raw cold pressed juices. They deliver to your door or you may have them in your neighborhood

  • 18
    Faith says:

    Before anyone puts carrots in their blender you do have to cook them for a little while… When you use a blender, (mind you just a blender for smoothies instead of juice,) you will have to use the water it was cooked in otherwise you will lose some nutrients…

  • 19
    rumeshka says:

    perfect timing!!! i just got my juice extractor… thank you

  • 20
    PG Mark says:

    I recently purchased a Juicer & it is amazing. I have been juicing since Friday, but went out for dinner last night. Was back on track with my juicing. I love carrot juice! Recently just added fresh ginger root to it & it gives a zing taste to the drink. To the people who mentioned about blenders. It does not juice it. You would end up with mushy carrots. I had a juicer for many years but up graded to a Breville which had 5 dials to select. From. Super fast …I would also love to win a Cusinart juicer too as most of my small appliances are Cuisinart!

  • 21
    amy horrocks says:

    It all sounds healthy and delicious! Would love to have a juicer to try it out!

  • 22
    Joannesliteris says:

    Juicing is very different from blending. Juicing avoids digesting which is necessary to switch detoxing on in the system. This is necessary to get rid of the toxins in the body which cause malabsorption, which in turn causes obesity, and various diseases including simple systems of exec a. Blending is simply liquefying to some extent your food, which all cannot be processed in a blender, and it contains the pulp which is counterproductive to detoxing. I have the Cuisinart CJE 1000 with 5 dials and it is amazing in that is presses the vegetables and fruits dry. I always add a peeled lemon and slice of ginger wrapped in the kale when juicing. I recommend Dr. junger’s book CLEAN for a jump start on weight loss, and detoxing. It explains everything in full.

  • 23
    Kathy says:

    Be careful with the Juice Plus people. It is a multi level marketing deal and they will suck you in.

  • 24
    Sonia says:

    Looks very good!

  • 25
    Cedrine says:

    It all sounds healhty and delicious .I would have to have ajuicer or Blender to try it out.

  • 26
    Dave says:

    I like your comparison with Tetris:) You really need a huge refrigerator for all this stuff. And remember, you need also to refill it every time. But there are also a lot of benefits. Juicing is expensive only if you don’t own your personal fields of fruits and vegetables:) I know that in local supermarkets I have to pay a lot of money especially for organic food.

  • 27

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