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I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas Day for those of you celebrating. My family and I had an absolute blast! I must admit I overindulged... and enjoyed every single minute of it! LOL! 

I know many of you will be planning for the New Year's Eve festivities right about now, but I thought that instead of posting a mocktail recipe like I typically do around this time of year, I would get a head start on the juicing posts in the lead up to our month of "Clean Green Juice Recipes" to celebrate my Omega Juicer Giveaway that it is going off like a New Year's firecracker! 

Those of you who follow my Facebook page would be aware that Omega Juicers are generously giving away FIVE (yes 5!) VRT350 Masticating Juicers valued at $379.99 each. We will announce one lucky winner every week during the month of January. Good Luck!  :)

I will start posting the recipes for the 3 DAY WINTER JUICE CLEANSE guided by Karen Kipp from Power Your Journey on January 1st, and then post a healthy juice recipe every day for the entire month. But for those of you wanting to get a head start on your holiday detox, this simple spinach and apple juice blend will do the trick! This is just one top juicing tip I got from my favourite juicing book, HEINERMAN'S ENCYCLOPEDIA OF HEALING JUICES. This is my juicing BIBLE! Some of the information is a little out of date. But it is still the most comprehensive guide to the health benefits of juicing I have read. 

Apple juice is a staple ingredient in the juicing world, adding sweetness and flavour to otherwise unpalatable combinations. Besides the delicious taste, apples are loaded with natural goodness -- containing calcium, phosphorus, sodium, iron, potassium, and small amounts of Vitamins B and C.

For detoxing purposes, apple juice is fantastic for cleansing the colon, and is a wonderful natural remedy for constipation. The high pectin content in apples (one apple contains about two grams of pectin) combines with the mineral salts contained in the apple to form an insoluble salt that can have a powerful laxative effect.

A trick I learnt from John Heinerman is to combine equal parts spinach and apple juice to heighten the laxative properties of apples. The oxalic acid in the spinach mixes with the pectin and mineral salts in the apples to create a 'guaranteed to make you poo' elixir that will cure any kind of holiday constipation woes! This magic mix is SO amazing for scraping off impacted fecal matter from the walls of the colon. Drink only one cup of this mixture every four hours or you will need to stay very close to the loo!

If you have an excess supply of apples on hand, in addition to making homemade applesauce and apple butter, try making homemade apple cider vinegar by keeping fresh apple juice in a warm place in a glass jar for about a week, shaking regularly to assist with the activity. A couple of tablespoons of fermented apple juice is a fantastic natural remedy for arthritis, as it neutralizes acid crystal deposits that form around your joints.

Juicing is a wonderful way to detoxify your system, and get a healthy start to the new year. I like to use the new year as the perfect excuse to make healthy promises to myself. Here are some easy ways you can be a bit more "Clean and Green in 2013":

  • Sleep and rest in order to maximize your healthy potential. 
  • Start the day squeezing a lemon into a glass of room temperature water to detoxify your body after rest, restore an alkaline balance, stimulate the peristaltic movement of the colon and prepare your body for digestion. 
  • Drink at least three litres of filtered water a day to keep hydrated. For maximium effect, add some liquid chlorophyll to the water.
  • Purchase organic, non-GM foods from local sources where possible.
  • Enjoy a savoury green alkaline smoothie every day to get your daily dose of greens and top up your alkaline buffers.
  • Increase the amount of raw foods in your diet to take advantage of the live enzymes.
  • Include green leafy vegetables with every meal. 
  • Soak and sprout your raw nuts, seeds, and grains to remove enzyme inhibitors and activate their nutritional potential. This is why I LOVE Way Better Snacks tortilla chips as they offer a sprouted alternative to conventional tortilla chips and snacks. Share your healthy ideas on the Way Better Facebook Page. They love hearing from customers.
  • Practice Food Combining to improve your digestion. 
  • Keep moving! Engage in some form of stretching, aerobic activity, and weight bearing exercise at least three times a week. 
  • Practice deep breathing and/or meditation to reconnect with your inner self, alkalize and relax, and set mindful intentions for the day.  
  • "Thoughts Become Things." So, choose the good ones. Be positive about your life and act with gratitude and abundance. This attitude has an infectious quality that brings beauty into the world. 
  • Treat others the way you want to be treated. What you put out into the world comes back to you. 
  • Volunteer your time to a cause you are passionate about.
  • Tell the people in your life how you feel about them. 
  • Reduce your consumption, upcycle, and recycle.
  • Start composting.
  • Use food-grade, natural, organic beauty products. 
  • Clean your home with eco-friendly food items like lemon juice, baking soda, and vinegar.
  • Walk or ride your bike instead of driving the car. 

What are some of the ways you are improving your health this year? 

Happy New Year to you and your family! 

Photo taken by Katy Townsend

“Clean and Green” Colon Cleanser

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  • 6 cups organic spinach
  • 3 organic green apples
  • 2 handfuls of continental parsley (optional)
  1. Place the apples and spinach through your juicer (I use an Omega).
  2. Consume 1 cup of juice every four hours unstrained for maximum benefit. However, strain if preferred. 
  3. Makes about 2 cups of juice

Photo taken by Katy Townsend

Tip: 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.

What a fabulous article!  I love that you have incorporated all aspects, from food to thought.  Thank you for this!
I do have a question about the 3 day juice cleanse… will it just as beneficial to use my Vitamix?

Thanks again for all you do!

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Hey Marie,
Thankyou for your lovely comment.
I both juice and blend, as I believe they both offer benefits at different times in your life. Whole blended juices made in the Vitamix retaining all of the fibre are extremly beneficial for health. However, during periods of cleansing, detoxing, and acute illness, pulp free juices allow a more gentle digestive process that leaves more energy for regeneration and renewal. You can absolutely participate in the cleanse using a Vitamix. Just blend, taste, tweak flavours, and then strain the pulp out with a nut milk bag or sheer piece of panty hose.

If I use my Vitamix (don’t own a juicer) should I add water to create “juice”? Looking forward to next month’s juice recipes!

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Yes, just add filtered water, tweak quantities to taste, and then strain if desired. I have drunk this strained and unstrained and have still reaped the benefits. Please read my comment above about blending vs juicing for detoxing.

...same question ... ;-) does it work with a Vitamix instead of juicer…? Thank you :)

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Hey Christine,
You can blend or juice this mixture and it has benefits.

Loved this article, Tess!  You cover all the bases (mind and body).  Happy New Year to you too and 2013 will be “Piggy Rockin” great!  XOXO

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Thanks Kibby.
Can’t wait to feature your wonderful juice recipe. Yes! Here’s to a rockin “clean and green” 2013!!!! Love you xxx

Hello!  I wanted to say that I just found this blog and I love it!!!!  I do have a question though…..for the “clean and green” colon cleanser, do I just use that one recipe for the three days?  Sorry, I am new to this:)

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Welcome Kelli!
I am posting 3 recipes a day for the 3 day cleanse starting on January 1st. I will post the shopping list on the FB page the day before, and the recipes and instructions will sit under the 3 Day Cleanse Recipe Category. There is also the option to participate in the cleanse together with a guided facebook group January 18-20th.
Karen Kipp will be available for live chats and support during this time. We would love to have your join us. The link for the group is in the post.
The colon cleansing recipe can be used every 4 hours for 3 days to clean out the colon separately, or at any other time.
Happy New Year :)

Thanks Christine!!!  I have all ready liked you on facebook:) I can’t wait to try this!

Great Kelli,
I look forward to having you join us.
Happy New Year :) Tess

This is fantastic, but I have one question: if I lack both a juicer and the hyper-powerful vitamix, is it possible to make this in a typical blender or a food processor?  Thanks!

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Hey Lady Subrosa.
Yes! Absolutely. I am of the belief that any juice is better than no juice. To enjoy this, simply blend in a blender and break down as much as possible, and then strain through a sheer piece of stocking, or fine mesh strainer. Make sure you enter to win one of those juicers. There are five up for grabs. Enjoy :)

Just made this in my blender with cucumber & lemon as well & modified some of the ingredients, super yummy and refreshing during this heat wave we’re having over in Perth!

Thanks so much for the recipe, I’m a new fan of your blog and can’t wait to follow along and try more :) XO

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Hey fellow Aussie! Great to be connected.
I am in Melbourne and cucumber and lemon is SO refreshing this time of year. Thanks for sharing your blend. Happy New Year :)

I’m sorry if this seems like an obvious question, but all you’re supposed to consume for 3 days is this juice and water, right? I just want to make sure I’m not supposed to be eating any protein, etc with this. I’m a newbie to juicing!

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Anna, that is not a stupid question at all. I don’t think I was clear. You CAN do a 3 day juice fast and consume nothing but juice, water, and liquids. However, I wouldn’t recommend just drinking this one juice. You can drink this juice every four hours for 3 days to help clean out your colon. You can eat other foods during this time. But, you will get better results if you do a juice cleanse with this. I will post all of the recipes in the next three days, and they will stay under 3 DAY CLEANSE recipes in the recipe categories under the icon set to the right of every recipe. I hope this makes sense. Happy New Year :)

Are there ever any chances for Australians to win one of these great mixers that I see on the left? All of the competitions say they are only open to US residents.

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AACCKK! I mean on the right!

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Oh, I would LOVE to open the giveaways up to Aussies, being Australian myself. Unfortunately, I am bound by the restrictions of the sponsoring company, and don’t set the rules etc. Let me think about some giveaways I could do in the next year that could be opened up to the whole world :)

Hello. I love your blog! So happy that I found it =)  I am new to juicing but have been doing raw smoothies for the past year! However, I have GI issues and can no longer tolerate them due to the fibre. So, I figured I would try juicing! Could you please help me with trying to cleanse my system without hurting myself more. I have Crohns and many other auto immune diseases. I am always inflammed and need to get healthier. Thanks for you help!  Dawn

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Oh. wow Dawn. I am so sorry to hear of your issues. Firstly, I am not a health care professional, so always feel very nervous recommending anything to people with acute physical conditions. Please consult your doctor with regards to advice on your specific medical condition. One you get the recommendations with regards to juicing, I would be happy to share any recipe combo ideas and tips with you.

Again a fantastic tip regarding juice cleanse. Thank you very much yet again. Cleansing is the process of either clearing toxins from the body or neutralizing them. Juice cleanse is one of the best methods to do so.

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I’ve just made this amazingly green juice adding a bit of ginger and then added 2 tablespoon of hemp oil into my glass!
Wowwww! I can feel my blood cells are jumping inside me and saying “thank you”!

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I LOVE it! Thanks for sharing your blend. Awesome :)

do you recommend doing this during a weekend ??? I dont wanna be going to the bathroom every 5 seconds at work… and after I drink it what can I eat?

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Yes. I understand. It’s not that powerful if you do it in the suggested amounts. Just eat a clean raw diet of high water content plant based foods with smoothies, soups, and juices.

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