The juice fast has been around for over fifty years, but only in the last few years has the popularity of home juicing really made it accessible to the masses. With commercial juicers now available on sites like Amazon for a few hundred dollars, every health-conscious person with an interest in losing weight, detoxing from a standard diet that’s high in preservatives, or supplementing their diet with healthy fruits and vegetables now has the chance. Juice fast recipes are the key to a good juice fast, and without them, you’ll find that you’re quickly burnt out from the same juices day in and day out.
Let’s look at just a few ways that the right juice fast recipes can help you achieve your nutrition goals.
Juice Fast for Weight Loss
The lemonade – or master – cleanse was the first “mass appeal” cleanse that hit the juicer market, and it’s still one of the most popular ways to lose inches and pounds. The diet itself involves foregoing solid foods in exchange for a lemonade mix six times per day and a “salt water flush” which is essentially a diuretic to expel harsh toxins from the body.
A single serving of the Master Cleanse drink consists of:
- 2 tablespoons fresh-squeezed lemon juice
- 2 tablespoons grade-B organic maple syrup
- 1/10 teaspoon cayenne pepper
- 10 ounces filtered water
While it’s recommended to return to solid foods after 4-14 days, some people go as long as sixty days on the cleanse with minimal ill effects. That said, the diet is taxing on the liver and kidneys, so we’d recommend not extending the cleanse past the recommended two weeks.
While weight loss is an added benefit no matter what sort of juice fast you take on, you must know that the weight you lose while juicing is typically water weight and muscle, with the very little actual fat loss. Most people report that the weight comes back in just a few weeks after ceasing to fast on the juice.
Juice Fast Recipes for Detox
Now, if your primary goal is detox, there’s not much better than juicing. A few days or a week of healthy juices consisting of organic fruits and vegetables is the key to ridding your body of harmful toxins that have been accumulating through the years. Here are just a few great juice fast recipes to get you started.
The Go-To Recipe: Carrots & Apples, with a bit of Celery
2 Celery Stalks
Blue Grapefruity Tootie
1 1/2 Cup Blueberries
Pure Melon Boost
The Belly Settler: Juice Recipe for Digestion
12 Spinach leaves
Beat Cool, Dude: Body Detox Juice
Green Garlic Monster
2 Large Handfuls of Spinach
½ Cup Cabbage
1 Garlic Clove
While juicing, I like to mix in as many superfoods as possible. A few foods that do wonders for you health are:
- Acai berries
- Bee pollen
These items, combined with juicer-friendly fruits and vegetables such as, apples, oranges, carrots, and berries help to provide your body with nutrient-rich juice that is high in antioxidants and cancer-fighting ingredients. Not all of the juices taste great (I’m not a huge fan of anything with kale or spinach) but it’s easy to choke it down knowing that the items are helping my body to stay in top condition. That said, I’ve started to develop a taste for kale (I hated it before juicing) and now I not only don’t mind the taste, but I’ve actually started to crave it from time to time.
The key is finding combinations you love, and mixing in ingredients that make the ingredients you aren’t too fond of more palatable. Good luck, and happy juicing!
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