Juice Detox Recipes

January 4, 2010

Hi everyone,
After Christmas everyone seems to think that a grand gesture must be made to counteract all the excesses of the festive season but the truth is, with your bag of veggies or fruit and veggies you are already taking the first steps to “detox” or cleanse your body. Detoxing is something the body does naturally if you give it fresh healthy food. Something as simple as a little lemon juice in some hot water first thing in the morning is a fantastic way to get your digestive system going, eliminating all the toxins built up during the previous day while things you may be eating every day all have their functions – Apples are packed with vitamins and minerals, Celery is great for cleansing the liver while Carrots work on the kidneys.  Even humble Brassicas like this week’s Kale have fantastic cleansing properties.
If you’re busy juicing is a great way to go if you want to detox. You can pack the nutrients of a couple of kilos of fruit and/or vegetables into a single glass in a couple of minutes. As there’s no cooking involved, none of the nutrients have been destroyed by heat so it’s more nutritious than eating the same ingredients cooked. Plus, if you’re getting all the nutrients you need you’ll be less likely to crave the bad stuff (cravings are the body’s way of telling you you need something but for some reason this is usually interpreted as “time for another chocolate biscuit”) so they can be good for losing weight.
All of the ingredients in your selection this week can be juiced but some work better than others and I’ve put together a few basic juice recipes to get you started……

apples

apples

Apples, Celery and Carrots – full of vitamins and antioxidants which protect and cleanse the liver which is where the body deals with most of it’s toxins so if it’s working properly so are you.
Beetroot – fantastic for cleansing/detoxing the blood and our digestive system as well as a million other properties. Flavourwise, it can take over in a juice so go easy until you get used to it.
Lemon – Citrus fruits are fantastic liver and intestinal cleansers and they work to protect against colds and coughs.
Ginger – Gently cleanses, aids digestion and also fights against colds and flu. It adds a lovely kick to almost any juice.
The proportions given are a guide, juicing is really a question of taste (and also what’s to hand sometimes). If you find the vegetable juices (especially the one with Celery) hard to take at first just add in more fruit at first. You’ll find that over time you’ll acquire the taste and you’ll be able to substitute more of the fruit for vegetables
These recipes make 2 glasses of juice.
Carrot, Apple and Lemon Juice
3 Medium Carrots
2 Apples
1/2 Lemon
Wash but don’t peel the Carrots and Apples then cut into pieces small enough to fit into your juicer. There’s no need to core the apples. Peel the lemon and cut into pieces.
Juice all the ingredients, stir and drink immediately.
Carrot, Celery and Apple Juice
3 Medium Carrots
2 Apples
2 Sticks of Celery
Wash but don’t peel the Celery Carrots and Apples then cut into pieces small enough to fit into your juicer. There’s no need to core the apples.
Juice all the ingredients, stir and drink immediately.
Carrot, Apple and Ginger Juice
3 Medium Carrots
2 Apples
1 piece of Ginger about the size of your thumb nail
Wash but don’t peel the Carrots and Apples then cut into pieces small enough to fit into your juicer. There’s no need to core the apples.
Juice all the ingredients, stir and drink immediately.
Beetroot, Orange and Ginger Juice
3 Oranges
1 Medium Beetroot
1 piece of Ginger about the size of your thumb nail
Wash but don’t peel the beetroot. Take the root and top from the beetroot.  Then cut into pieces small enough to fit into your juicer. Peel the orange. Juice everything up and feel amazing!!!!

 

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6 Responses to “Juice Detox Recipes”

  1. Danette Lehmkuhler Says:

    I have just started juicing and many recipies in call for Beetroot…~
    What is it? Where would I find it? Thank you so MUCH!

    • homeorganics Says:

      Hi Danette,
      Beetroot is a root vegetable with a deep red flesh with a sweet earthy flavour. They grow well in cool climes and are in season now. When young the bulbs are about the size of a golf ball and as the season progresses you can get them as large as tennis balls. They can be eaten raw in salads and juices but are also fantastic cooked especially roasted (see my other posts for recipes). You should be able to find them in any vegetable shop or, if you’re living in Dublin give us at homeorganics a call (4060034 or email sarah@homeorganics) and we can organise a delivery of beetroot and other juice ingredients.
      Good luck!
      Sarah

  2. Grace Clancy Says:

    Hi Sarah,
    Well done on your website, it really looks amazing – I love the new recipes.
    My question: I juice every morning & really miss my fix if i miss a morning. Alot of people comment on over intake of sugar when juicing, esp when you juice apples & oranges…what are your thoughts on that?

    Thanks
    Grace

  3. homeorganics Says:

    Hi Grace,
    Nice to hear from you! I know what you mean about juicing – it really feels so healthy and wholesome because you get such a concentrated dose of vitamins but i do think I think it’s important not to go overboard as the spikes in blood sugar you can get from fruit juices aren’t healthy. Basically, apart from a small glass of blood orange and grapefruit juice in the morning (and I always mix the pulp back in to increase the roughage and have this with my muesili) I avoid juices made completely on fruit and would generally tend to keep my juices at least 80% vegetable. I always try to have them as part of a meal with fibre and/or protein so I’m not getting such a pure dose of sugar. I suppose it’s like everything moderation is the key. Hope this is of some use to you.
    Well done on your dtox website!

  4. Paula Says:

    With the orange, ginger & beetroot juice do u peel the ginger & orange? As recipe reads wrong
    Thanks


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