Make sure you join the 3 DAY SPRING JUICE CLEANSE I am leading with my dear friend Karen Kipp from Power Your Journey. You can join our facebook group. You can sign up for free here. We will be available to moderate the group all weekend (April 26-28th) to offer support and answer questions. I love these group cleanses, because we all get to share our experiences and learn from each other.
Now, let's continue with DAY 3 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 SPRING CLEANSE post.
All of this information has been generously provided by Karen Kipp.
Day 3 Midday Juice, Got Greens:
This is a peppy juice laden with chlorophyll from the dandelion greens (or spinach), which is a Spring-time natural for detoxifying the liver and the colon. Cucumber adds the hydration and silica that the entire body craves. The apple and lemon pump up the cleansing properties and the flavor, making this juice an exceptional lunch anytime, but especially when fasting. Add an optional bit of ginger for a bit of spiciness and a digestive aid. This is powerful juice with a slightly spicy, earthy flavor that is mellowed with a touch of tangy sweetness.
Ingredient Cleansing Benefits:
Dandelion Greens are available at many health food stores or can be picked from your yard if it is pesticide-free. Revered since earlier times, Dandelion herb is one of the most sought-after herbs to enliven our daily meals. Almost all the parts of the plant, leaves, flower tops, and root, are being used either for culinary purpose or as a curative remedy for certain medical conditions. Botanically, it belongs to the family of Asteraceae; and known scientifically asTaraxacum officinale. There are many common names for this herb like priest's crown, Irish daisy, monk's head, blowball and lion's tooth. Fresh dandelion greens contain valuable constituents that are known to have anti-oxidant, disease preventing, and health promoting properties. Fresh leaves are very low in calories. Fresh dandelion herb provides about 338% of daily-recommended intake, one of the highest source of vitamin-A among culinary herbs. Vitamin A is an important fat-soluble vitamin and anti-oxidant, required for maintaining healthy mucus membranes and skin and vision. Its leaves are packed with numerous health benefiting flavonoids and carotenes which helps protect the body from lung and oral cavity cancers. It is also a good source of minerals like potassium, calcium, manganese, iron, and magnesium along with Vitamins B, E & C. Dandelion is probably the richest herbal sources of vitamin K; providing about 650% of DRI. The leaves can be a little bitter, but when blended with other mellower greens and apple and/or lemon are easily balanced out.
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 phyto-chemicals 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.
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 alkalinizing.
Ginger helps stimulate digestion, tones the intestinal tract, relieves bloating, nausea and gastrointestinal distress, is a overall anti-inflammatory, and supports both the cardiovascular and respiratory systems. It helps make blood platelets less sticky like garlic, and reduces risk factors for atherosclerosis. Many people love the spicy, warming taste in juices, be sure to start slow with just a half-inch piece of unpeeled root though, as it is potent!
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 or if additional sweetness is needed, 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 only slight difference in taste, but it may require more zucchini than cucumber as the water content is lower. Cilantro can substitute for parsley.
Bonus: Berry Apple 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)
- 3-4 strawberries
- Place all ingredients through your Omega Juicer.
- Do NOT dilute with water before freezing.
- Place in popsicle molds and freeze. Yummy!
- This will make about 2-4 popsicles depending on your mold.
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 here)