How To: 3 Day DIY Juice Cleanse with Shopping List
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 DIY juice cleanse and detox. Several months ago I shared my 1-day juice cleansebut this time around I decided to step it up and try a 3-day DIY 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 all the juices for the next day. 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.
Keep reading for my DIY juice cleanse recipes, along with a shopping list:
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
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 cup of filtered water
1/8 teaspoon cinnamon
1/8 teaspoon cardamom
1/8 teaspoon nutmeg
I recommend making the juices up to one day in advance for ultimate freshness; after juicing, keep in airtight bottles or containers in refrigerator. Optional: Pour over ice for an ‘on the rocks’ version.
Shopping List for 3 Day Juice Cleanse:
12 green apples
1-2 bags kale (I use several handfuls)
1-2 bags spinach (see above ^^)
12 red apples
Pineapple (I picked up 2 6-piece containers and used 4 spears per day)
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
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Have you tried a DIY juice cleanse? What was your experience? Tell me in the comments below!
Please note, I am not a nutritionist, this post is solely based on my personal juicing experience. See more of my juice recipes here