With summer right around the corner, you may be wishing that you had stuck to your New Year’s resolutions a little better. A sensible detox diet based on raw foods and fresh juices can be a great way to hit the reset button on your metabolism. Fresh juice, made from whole fruits and vegetables, is light years away from the bottled stuff you find at the grocery store. Full of vitamins and minerals, it can make a filling meal replacement to help get you back on the right track. It is best to make these types of juices using a high speed blender, like the BlendTec or Vitamix, which use powerful blades to crush whole fruits and vegetables into juice, as opposed to extraction juices which strip the juice from the fruit or vegetable’s fiber and can remove valuable nutrients. The following five juice recipes, adapted from the famed Jugo Bar in Puerto Escondido, Oaxaca, are fresh, delicious, and the perfect edition to a balanced detox diet. This type of diet should also include raw food. The focus here should be on well-being, not starvation.
2 cups coconut water1 cup spinach1/2 cup pineapple chunks1/2 cup fresh parsley1/2 inch chunk fresh ginger1 tbsp spirulina1 tbsp moringa powderIce cubes, if desiredCombine all ingredients in a high speed blender until liquified and drink immediately.
The Toro Loco
1 cup grapefruit 1 cup fresh beet juice*1 cup spinach1/2 cup celery1/2 cup cucumber1/2 inch chunk fresh gingerIce cubes, if desiredCombine all ingredients in a high speed blender until liquified and drink immediately. Ingredients with a * are harder to process and should first be blended into juice on their own with a little filtered water before being processed with the rest of the recipe.
The Morena Canela
1 cup fresh carrot juice*1 cup fresh almond milk*2 bananas1 apple1/2 inch chunk fresh ginger1 tsp cinnamon1 tsp flax seedsIce cubes, if desiredCombine all ingredients in a high speed blender until liquified and drink immediately. Ingredients with a * are harder to process and should first be blended into juice on their own with a little filtered water before being processed with the rest of the recipe. Almonds need to be soaked overnight before making almond milk.
1 cup grapefruit 1/2 cup celery1 cup cucumber1 tsp moringa 1 tsp spirulinaIce cubes, if desiredCombine all ingredients in a high speed blender until liquified and drink immediately.
The Sweet Greens
1 cup spinach1 cup kale 1/2 cup parsley1 cup cucumber1 apple1 tsp moringa1 tsp spirulina1/2 inch chunk fresh gingerIce cubes, if desiredCombine all ingredients in a high speed blender until liquified and drink immediately.Juicing is a great way to get more fruits and vegetables into your diet. If you have never drank freshly made juice before, you will be amazed at the difference in quality between homemade juice and the store-bought bottled varieties, which often contain added sugars. Store bought juices are also often pasteurized to kill bacteria and increase the product’s shelf-life. Along with bacteria, pasteurization can also kill vital nutrients and is unnecessary in a home environment where the juice will be drank immediately. When incorporating juice into a detox diet, there are a few important things to consider. First, the blender has done the job of breaking down whole fruits and vegetables for you, so the nutrients are going to hit your blood stream really quickly after drinking the juice. For this reason, and to monitor your caloric intake, it is better to make juices that are mostly vegetable based for detoxing. Fruits, while full of nutrients, also contain lots of natural sugar which can cause your energy to spike and then crash later in the day. Try consume mostly juices that are vegetable based, like the Green-acolada and The Sweet Greens while detoxing and use sweeter, fruit based juices like Toro Loco and Morena Canela sparingly to keep cravings at bay. Second, you may feel less thirsty when you are drinking lots of juice instead of consuming most of your calories from solid food but that doesn’t mean it’s ok to drink less water. In order to get the most out of your detox diet, your body needs a continuous supply of fresh clean water to flush out toxins and keep you properly hydrated. Finally, juices are easiest to digest in their natural state at room temperature but they tend to taste better cold. In order to process cold juice, your body must first warm it up to your core temperature, which actually burns calories. If you are detoxing to give your digestive system a rest, drink your juice at room temperature. If you are trying to kick start a weight-loss diet, go ahead and have it cold. These five juice recipes are a great way to introduce yourself to the healthy and delicious world of fresh juices. Give them a try today and start yourself on a path to wellness.