Fall has officially arrived here in New England, with cooler temps and days growing shorter. At the turn of each season, as we shed off everything from the one before, and prepare for the one ahead, I like to do a simple juice cleanse. It’s a great way to detox the body, reset your digestive system, and prepare for what’s ahead.
Doing a juice cleanse, or detox, has many benefits including: decreasing inflammation in the body, increased energy, release of toxins, kick starting metabolism and many more. It’s also a great way to get a jump start on a new diet or nutrition plan, at the same time helping you to get used to (and perhaps even loving) eating a more plant based diet. One of the benefits I love the most is how clean my skin gets, and how light and energized I feel.
Juicing is simply what is sounds like; drinking the juice of fruits and vegetables instead of eating a full meal. You still get all of the vitamins, nutrients, minerals etc but without having the digestive system processing it all. It gives your digestive system a chance to rest, release toxins, clear itself out, and reset.
I do a very simple juice cleanse that involves only having a juice for breakfast and lunch. Then for dinner I have a light vegan meal, typically a tofu and veggie stir-fry. I’m not a fan of the hardcore juicing you hear about, where its just juice and nothing else all day.
You can also do a juice for breakfast, a light vegan meal for lunch, and another juice for dinner if you don’t think you can get through the day on just juice. Ideally that would be all, but if you really feel like you need something than have some fresh, raw fruits and veggies through out the day between juices/meals. I do this for three days and then go back to my clean eating plan.
Here is my favorite juice recipe. Just pass all the ingredients through a juicer. Its ideal to use a juicer (as opposed to a blender) so you can remove all of the pulp, and just have the pure fruit and vegetable juice to drink. Its lighter and more refreshing.
This recipe will make two large juices for one day. I don’t make mine ahead of time, because I want the juice as fresh as possible. So follow this, have one for breakfast, one for lunch, and then make new juices on Day 2 and 3. Enjoy!
- 2 large apples (preferably red apples with the skin on)
- 4 -6 large carrots
- 1 large cucumber
- 1 beet (this gives a sweetness to the juice that I love, and beets are full of nutrients)
- 4 – 6 stalks of celery
- 1 lemon
- a bunch of Kale or Spinach