Last week some of us here at Peas HQ went on a mid-summer reboot cleanse. All of the chips and salsa, too much time in the sun and yummy gelato had us feeling like we needed to hit the 'reset button' and get some nutrients the good 'ol fashioned way-by juicing of course!
We came up with our cleanse based on a February issue of Whole Living magazine we have been dying to try for months.
We set out to do the cleanse for three straight days since we really just wanted a quick nutrient boost without much of a commitment. Our program included juice for breakfast and lunch and then had lean protein, grains and vegetables for dinner. To satisfy the hunger pains (after all, our stomachs were expecting pita chips and chocolate) and to keep us hydrated we also added coconut water, herbal teas and flavored herbal waters throughout the day.
On day one we immediately realized that coffee was desperately missed and as such it was held to the utmost importance when sharing things we already missed. Pizza was talked about a lot over the three days as well as olive oil and cheeseburgers. We just kept lots of drinking water and making tea-we weren't going to break!
We knew we had to make six juices (two for each day of the cleanse) and wanted to keep it interesting so we would stay motivated to complete our goal of juicing for three consecutive days. Below are the Recipeas we made. Once you get started, try creating combinations by adding herbs and switching around vegetables and fruits-the possibilities are endless. Have fun and cheers to good health!
Here are some of our favorite Recipeas that satisfied our taste buds:
1. Beet Juice: 1 chopped small beet, 5 chopped carrots, 1 cored and chopped apple, 1/4 cup fresh mint sprigs
2. Carrot Juice: 5 chopped carrots, 1 inch of peeled ginger, 1 grapefruit, 2 oranges
3. Kale Juice: 5 leaves of kale, 1/3 cup of parsley sprigs, 5 leaves of romaine lettuce, 1 inch of peeled
ginger, 1/2 cup of pineapple
4. Our FaceBook Fan's Kale Juice: 5 leaves of kale, 5 chopped carrots, 1 cored and chopped apple, 1/4 cup fresh mint, 1/2 cup of pineapple
Helpful Juicing Tips
-Peeling the citrus and removing the pith made our juice tastier.
-Cutting the tops off of the carrots spared us a gritty flavor we didn't like.
-Add ice. We don't know why ice made everything extra tasty, but it did!
-Add water to provide more volume when the given ingredients don't yield enough juice or when you need to lower the intensity of the fruit and veg flavor.
Here is Peas Founder, Jill Litwin's dinner the first night of the cleanse. She had tuna, brown rice and kale.
Looking super healthy Jill!
Overall, we can all say that the cleanse was a great way to get ourselves back into the game for the rest of the summer. We felt healthy and hydrated after just three days of juicing and we are glad we did it. Now, it's time to figure out how to turn the rest of the juice into cocktails and popsicles and get back into the pool. Enjoy the rest of this awesome summer everyone!
Have any favorite juice blends that you swear by? Anyone doing a cleanse now, how's it going?