“Alkaline Ecstasy” Evening Green Cleansing Juice18
We continue DAY 1 of our "Clean and Green in 2013" 3 DAY WINTER JUICE CLEANSE with Karen Kipp from Power Your Journey. We started the morning with the "Clean Machine" Morning Cleansing Green Juice, continued with the "Rhapsody In Red" Midday Cleansing Juice, and now we enjoy this Alkaline Ecstasy Green Juice for the evening to prepare for rest.
If you haven't purchased the ingredients and can't start today, Karen is offering a FREE Guided 3-Day Juice Fast with these recipes via a private Facebook Group January 18-20, 2013. You can sign up for free here. Karen will be available to moderate the group all weekend, along with daily live chat sessions at designated hours. I am participating in the group as well, and am so excited! You can find all of the juice cleanse recipes here.
If you would like a deeper cleanse, Karen is offering a 14-day cleanse online January 11-25th for a minimal charge of $29.
Now, let's finish DAY 1 of the Cleanse!
*Note: The cleanse recipes are deliberately simple to make things gentle and easy.
Please read Karen's full fast preparation instructions, daily fasting routine, and post fast guidelines in the 3 DAY CLEANSE post.
All of this information has been generously provided by Karen Kipp.
Day 1, Evening Juice: Alkaline Ecstasy:
An alkalinizing juice, this mineral-dense powerhouse will build up your body and prepare it for deep rest and restoration. Spinach and kale help cleanse the body, and regenerate cells, blood, and the respiratory system, while cucumber cools the body and acts as a natural diuretic while providing the skin and connective tissues with loads of silica. This will further assist the body as it begins clearing toxins, which need to be flushed out while hydrating cells. Celery is a natural diuretic and laxative that also helps heal tissue, and calms the nerves. Carrots provide many antioxidants and carotenes to break down free radicals, enhance immune function, and improve production and function of white blood cells. Apples and burdock root continue to assist in breaking down toxins while you rest. This is a delicious green juice that has a nice mild, sweet, slightly earthy flavor to round out your day and prepare your body for rest.
Ingredient Cleansing Benefits:
Spinach contains nearly twice as much iron as other greens, which allows red blood cells to carry more oxygen, strengthens all cells, but particularly those of respiratory system and brain. High fiber content aids intestinal cleansing and regeneration which are great for regulating digestion. High amounts of chlorophyll and carotene help reduce cancer risk and macular degeneration. In one study, high spinach consumption was linked with a lower incidence of cervical cancer. It also contains carotenoids, lutein,Vitamins A, B complex, C, K, folic acid, iodine, potassium, calcium, magnesium, phosphorous, sodium and manganese, and many amino acids. Spinach is highly alkalinizing and is the mildest tasting of the dark leafy greens that is easy for beginners.
Kale is rich in phytochemicals that protect us from cancer and provides highly absorbable calcium due to the high ratio of calcium to phosphorous content. A cup of kale juice surpasses the calcium content of a glass of milk. It can lower the risk of colon, breast and lung cancer as well as fight osteoporosis, macular degeneration, support the cardiovascular and immune systems, and assist in energy production. It also contains high amounts of chlorophyll, provitamin A, in the form of carotenoids and beta-carotene, Vitamin C, E, B6, K, folic acid, iron, potassium, magnesium, zinc, and sodium. Kale has a much milder taste when juiced than eaten whole, and is a great alkalinizer!
Cucumber is actually a cooling food in the body and is typically 20-degrees cooler than the outside air on a warm day! It is a great natural diuretic, helps regulate body temperature, aids in cell hydration, waste removal and dissolves kidney stones. Its high silica content is amazing for skin and helps with conditions such as eczema, psoriasis, hair loss, weak nails, etc. It also reduces high uric acid in the body that causes inflammation in the joints, muscles and tendons. It helps regulate blood pressure and can even help lower a fever! It is high in Vitamin A (mostly in the peel), B-complex, C and folic acid, amino acids (methionine and tryptophan), potassium, sulfur, and chlorine (natural). Cucumber adds lots of water and nutrient content to juices with its very mild and slightly creamy taste. Super easy to prep to juices, but make sure they are organic and not wax-coated.
Celery is beneficial for respiratory conditions, such as bronchitis and asthma, but also contains coumarin which helps lower blood pressure up to 14% in hypertension patients. It is also a natural laxative and diuretic. Kidneys are supported by celery juice and it can even increase libido! It also acts as an appetite suppressant, while having a calming effect that can even help insomnia. It contains valuable organic sodium, unlike table salt. It is rich in potassium, so it makes a great post-workout juice as it replaces electrolytes. It contains anti-cancer properties, essential amino acids, tryptophan, vitamin A, B-complex, C, calcium, phosphorus, iron, magnesium, iodine and copper. Juice the leaves of this light tasting, slightly salty tasting juice which makes a nice addition to almost any juice combination, especially green juices.
Carrot is a relative of parsley and celery, and contains loads of carotenes and minerals which contribute to life extension properties as powerful anti-oxidants. Carrot juice is great for eyes and the immune system as it helps out the production and performance of white blood cells. It can help lower cholesterol and certain skin conditions such as psoriasis and eczema, all while keeping the respiratory system resistant to infections. It reduces the risk of stroke and helps relieve painful joints from rheumatism and arthritis. A great source of Provitamin A, also contains glutathione, B-vitamins, potassium, magnesium, phosphorus, and CoQ10. It is sweet in flavor, with an earthy touch. It combines especially well with apple, pineapple, ginger, and cinnamon.
Apple primarily provides pectin, which contributes to healthy digestion, helps break down toxins, lowers cholesterol, and enhances bowel function. Apple also offers some sweetness in the juice. Granny Smith green apples have the lowest sugar content. Also offers many phytochemicals and enzymes, quercetin, Vitamin A (in the peel), Vitamin C, significant potassium, top source of soft fiber, making it one of the best natural intestinal cleansers. In one study, people who consumed an apple-rich diet had a 46% reduction in their risk of lung cancer. Colon cancer reduction risk has also been demonstrated.
Burdock Root when taken internally, helps cleanse the liver and reduce inflammation and calcification in the joints. It is particularly beneficial for the skin. It provides optimum nutrition to the glandular and immune systems, kidneys, blood, lungs, and nerves.” Chromium, iron, magnesium, silicon, thiamine, and inulin are among its many useful constituents. Fresh root is also high in vitamin C. Not only is it packed with nutrition; the mucilaginous fiber of the root will absorb, bind and remove poisons and toxins in our digestive tracts. Longevity, steady energy, sexual vitality, and freedom from chronic disease and cancer are a few of the reported effects of long-term frequent use of burdock. The taste is fairly neutral, with some slight sweetness, somewhat like a parsnip.
When cleansing, it is always best to consume juices on an empty stomach to maximize absorption and benefits. But fresh juice anytime is better than no juice! It is preferable to have slightly more fruit-based juices during the day to help break down toxins in the body. The more vegetable-based juices are generally more alkaline and contain more minerals, so they are better in the afternoons and evenings to help rebuild the body and prepare it for rest. It is not a strict science, so you can mix them up, but these are good general guidelines. These guidelines are more important when using juices during a cleanse or fast.
When fasting, it is necessary to strain the juices to ensure that solid pieces are not consumed. Solid food will encourage the digestive process to begin again and will make you hungry. This is not desirable. Straining is not necessary if cleansing without fasting. If you feel like you need more juice, more calories, or are a little low in blood sugar, you can repeat any of these juices during the same time period of any given day. For example, if it is still morning, repeat the daily morning juice. Most juices contain about 100-200 calories and are packed with vitamins and minerals. Each juice is briefly explained in each individual post with a more in-depth explanation of each individual ingredient and its many nutrition properties.
All of these cleansing recipes are designed for one serving. Dilute all juices, unless otherwise stated. For juices more fruit based, or higher sugar content, add as much water as juice. For green drinks, and primarily low-sugar juices, add half as much water as juice. This helps to slow down the sugar absorption in the body.
Green Apples have the lowest sugar content of apples, so they are preferred. If unavailable, red apples can be substituted. Spinach and kale are interchangeable in recipes, as it is good to use both as much as possible. Zucchini can be substituted for cucumber also with minimal difference. Pumpkin can be used in place of butternut squash.
Pink Passion Juice Popsicles:
These are simply a wonderful treat while fasting! It almost feels like you’re cheating, but they actually have many cleansing properties and help make it seem like you are eating something!
- 1 apple (green or red~red are sweeter)
- 1/2 lemon (yellow peel removed)
- 1/4 medium beet
- Place all ingredients through your Omega Juicer.
- Do NOT dilute with water before freezing.
- Place in popsicle molds and freeze. Yummy!
You can add any of these tonics to your routine during the fast:
- 100% organic herbal (non-caffeinated not decaffeinated) teas
- wheatgrass juice shots,
- warm ginger tea with fresh lemon and pinch of cayenne
- strained homemade veggie broth (recipe on Karen’s website)
“Alkaline Ecstasy” Evening Green Cleansing Juice
- 1 cup of spinach or kale
- 1/2 cucumber
- 2 stalks of celery including leaves
- 2 carrots
- 1/2 green apple
- 2” burdock root
- Process all ingredients through your Omega Juicer.
- If using this juice as part of the 3 DAY WINTER CLEANSE, strain this juice and dilute with equal parts filtered water.
- If not juice fasting, you can consume this juice unstrained.
- Makes one 16-ounce glass.
Piggy Cooking Tips
select fresh spinach popeye would be proud of
The best tasting spinach has vibrant bright green leaves with crisp stems. This spinach also has the highest nutritional value. Purchase organic wherever possible. Avoid wilted leaves that have yellow discolouring, bruising, or a slimy coating. This spinach has passed its prime and should not be consumed.