How can you take off some of those stubborn pounds you've put on during COVID-19 quarantine? Perhaps a 3-day detox juice cleanse is just what you need to reset your body.
The answer to this really depends on who you ask. Many medical professionals aren't in favor of juice cleanses. They say our organs are designed to rid the body of toxins when necessary, so why would you need to detox?
Others swear by the benefits of fasting and detoxing for a limited amount of time. There are also studies indicating that certain foods and supplements promote liver health, which can in turn, flush toxins out of your body.
Bottom line: if you expect that a few days of detox juice recipes will help you magically experience massive weight loss so you can rock the bikini body you've always dreamed of, you might want to rethink that goal. If, on the other hand, you just want a day or so to curb food addictions and help you start a healthy lifestyle, a juice cleanse might be exactly what you need! It all comes down to setting the right expectations!
These juice recipes might kick off some weight loss, but if you want to see longer-term changes, you'll need a little more than 3 days to get there!
Not surprisingly, one of the keys to a great juice cleanse is your juicer. While you can get benefits from most juicers, you'll get the greatest cleanse benefits from cold-pressed juices. A centrifugal juicer will juice your veggies and fruits more quickly, but the cold-pressed juicer will extract more nutrients. From a nutrient-rich standpoint, opt for the cold-pressed juicer. Of course, either type of juicer will get the job done!
While you could use a blender to break down your vegetables, you'll be making smoothies, rather than juices. We're big fans of delicious, nutritious smoothies, and you could do a variation of your cleanse with them. But they're a little different than juice drinks, which are often easier to digest.
Any eating (or drinking) plan designed to increase your intake of leafy greens and phytonutrients can help boost your immune system. But the health benefits of the cleanse really depend on the types of juices you use. If you stick to the greens and veggies like celery with a low-glycemic index, you'll feel a lot better than if you're downing the higher-sugar fruit juices.
If you have any questions, check with your medical professional or nutritionist if you have any doubt as to whether or not this is the right choice for you.
The following 6 juices are more guidelines than strict juice recipes, and repeat the order each of the 3 days. So much of this process is subjective. Often, the easiest thing is to combine the veggies you have on hand in a random blend. Your hearty green juice might have broccoli, kale, and arugula one week, but chard, brussels sprouts, and romaine lettuce the next. That's okay!
As a general guideline, keep each juice about 12 ounces. Supplement with water throughout the day for extra hydration. Many cleanses recommend strict limits on alcohol and caffeine. Of course, if the caffeine withdrawal would be too painful, keep your cup of coffee. Aim for more vegetable-rich juices to boost your nutrients. But tweak the juices with low-glycemic fruit like Granny Smith apples if you need to sweeten them a bit. You'll still be getting great nutrients, and you'll be more likely to stick with something that tastes good.
Enjoy this rich and delicious cashew milk. It's perfect in your coffee or to drink on its own.
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Creamy Decadent Cashew Milk
Let your cashews and dates soak about 6 hours up to overnight. If you're really in a rush and have a powerful blender, you can skip this step.
Drain your cashews and dates until the water is clear.
Combine all ingredients, including 4 cups of water into your blender and mix.
You can drink as-is for thicker milk, but if you have a juicer, take your blended cashew milk and pour it in. Enjoy the refined cashew milk! Either toss the cashew pulp or set aside for another recipe.
While we love DIY juices, you can still do a juice cleanse without a fancy juicer. There are lots of great cold-pressed juice options in most grocery stores or juice bars you could choose from.
Remember- this list is just a guideline on your juicing adventures! You don't even need to commit to a massive cleanse to enjoy them. Just make one as a treat and enjoy some fresh juice!
What are your favorite juices to detox? Do you have any juicing tips? Be sure to share with friends and family on your favorite family app!