“El Cubano” Pineapple Morning Cleansing Juice3
It is DAY 2 of our "Clean and Green in 2013" 3 DAY WINTER JUICE CLEANSE with Karen Kipp from Power Your Journey. Aren't these juices delicious? Yummy AND good for you! Always a winning combination. I love that they are mild and palatable for everyone, and gentle on the system. How are you feeling? I would love to hear from you.
If you don't have a juicer, you can still participate. Simply blend the ingredients, tweak the flavours, and then strain. Or enter to win a juicer in our Omega Juicer Giveaway. Don't miss out on your chance to win one of FIVE Omega Vert VRT350 Masticating Juicers valued at $379.99.
Remember that 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 start DAY 2 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 2, Morning Juice - El Cubano:
This is a fun juice to drink, with a yummy, zippy, tropical taste, yet it still packs a powerful cleanse. Pineapple contains a powerhouse of valuable enzymes, such as bromelain, and minerals renowned for aiding digestion, reducing inflammation, and curbing appetite, while the cucumber helps reduce the sugar content of the juice, hydrate the body, and cleanse the skin. Lemon steps up to balance the flavours and further cleanse the liver (lime could also be used), while mint helps clear the lungs and ease digestion. Try this juice with a twist of lime to finish it, and some ginger if you like. This juice will give you energy to power your day and kick off the cleansing action for the beginning of day 2!
Ingredient Cleansing Benefits:
Pineapple contains a powerhouse of valuable enzymes, such as bromelain, which helps break down protein. Many medical studies have documented the therapeutic benefits of bromelain. It is known for reducing overall inflammation in the body, including arthritis, injuries, laryngitis, and sinusitis, in addition to treating and preventing cardiovascular diseases, including angina and atherosclerosis. Other enzymes in this fruit stimulate cells to prevent cancer. It also contains potassium, chlorine, sodium, phosphorus, magnesium, sulfur, calcium, iron and iodine along with Vitamins A, B-complex and C. The entire fruit can be juiced, skin and all, minus the spiny leaves on top. Pineapple is, of course, a nice sweet treat. It needs to be combined with low sugar fruits and vegetables to reduce the sugar content of the juice and balance flavours. It combines well with citrus, cinnamon and ginger.
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.
Lemon is one of the most potent detoxifiers that improves liver function, relieves constipation, helps eliminate kidney stones, helps treat and prevent breast cancer, kills some types of intestinal parasites, and dissolves gall stones. It offers high doses of Vitamin C, calcium and magnesium. Lemon adds zip to the juices and helps cover the taste of bitter greens and is extremely alkalinizing.
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)
“El Cubano” Pineapple Morning Cleansing Juice
- One-quarter pineapple
- Half cucumber
- Half lemon (yellow peel removed)
- 6-8 sprigs of mint (optional)
- 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
the best way to store lemons
Lemons continue to respire and ripen after they have been harvested. The faster they respire the more carbon dioxide they produce, and the quicker they spoil. Store your lemons in the fridge to slow this down and they should keep for up to about ten days. Make sure you do not store them in plastic bags where they are on top of each other. When there is limited oxygen, the ethylene gas gets trapped, causing them to rot. Always bring them to room temperature to get the most juice out of them.