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A juice fast for all seasons!

Alex and decided it was time to shed the holiday weight and detox with a juice fast.  This was a first for us- we opted for 10 days- a bit of a stretch for first timers- we made it three.  We started with a salt water flush made popular by the lemonade diet.  You drink 32 ounces of water with 2 tsps non-iodized salt water.  It’s a great way to kick it off.  Overall, it was a great experience and we each lost about 6 lbs in three days.  We’re slowly incorporating food back in and we plan to do it for a few days each month. Here are a few recipes I threw together:

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The Kitchen Sink (green juice- makes about 2 servings of 24 oz.)

1 orange

1 grapefruit

1 head of kale

1 handful of spinach

1 head of romaine

1 cup of fresh cranberries

1 English cucumber

1 head of celery

1 in of ginger

This is a zesty and refreshing way to kick off your cleanse- also great for hangovers 😉

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Beet Beauty

6 beets

1 head of celery

1 head of kale

1 handful spinach

1 orange

1 lemon

1 lime

1 in of ginger

Do not be alarmed if you see a lot of pink when you visit the restroom- that is supposed to happen!

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Sweet Potato Pie

2 large sweet potatoes

8 carrots

1 apple

1 orange

1 in of ginger

– add a dash of cinnamon after you pour the juice

Happy juicing!

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Beet, Apple, Pear, Ginger Juice

You might have seen my last post where I mentioned Beet Juice…

Beet juice is my new favorite to make and it happens to be a favorite of the Olympians as well. It’s rich in nitrates which give athletes a performance boost. The nitrates help muscles use oxygen more efficiently and have been compared to illegal performance enhancing drugs. Nitrates have a bad rap, however, researchers believe that the naturally occurring nitrates in vegetables may be responsible for some of the cardiovascular benefits of vegetable-rich diets. They come packaged with a bunch of health-protective compounds (minerals, vitamins, antioxidants). I love this blend due to the sweet and tangy zip from the pears and ginger.

BluePrint Cleanse- Apple Beet Pear Ginger

(also on Kris Carr’s juicing guide)
1 1⁄2 Granny Smith apple, quartered and cored ( I use 4)
1 1⁄2 Bosc or D’anjou pear, quartered and cored (I use 2)
3 small or 1 large (3-ounce) red beet, cut into small pieces
1-inch piece ginger

Blend away in your juicer.

A rainbow of nutrients.

Yes, that much food only makes one 24 oz. glass of juice. However, think of the time it would take you to eat all that. Juicing provides you with all of the nutrients you need in a fraction of the time and is absorbed into your system quickly because your body doesn’t have to work as hard to digest it.

Plus, its fun to see the pretty colors you can make! Drink up!

~Lauren

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