“Rhapsody In Red” Midday Cleansing Juice8
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, and we continue with this "Rhapsody In Red" Midday Cleansing Juice. If you don't have a juicer, make sure you enter 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.
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. She 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.
So, let me tell you a little bit more about our lovely host Karen Kipp.
Karen Kipp, HHC (Certified Holistic Health Coach), has joyfully served Kansas City as a Holistic Health Care Practitioner and reflexologist for 18 years. She empowers individuals with tools that facilitate their unique wellness journeys. It is her personal dedication to doing everything possible to support every client in attaining holistic wellness that has made her a beloved member of the holistic community.
She works with many professional holistic colleagues and will connect you with what you need to manifest optimal health and vibrancy . She facilitates group and individually customized cleanses, offers individual and group wellness coaching, teaches workshops on juicing, detoxing and whole/raw food preparation and facilitates several innovative juice fasting retreats each year.
Karen founded and facilitates the KC Mind/Body/Spirit Alliance which is a group that provides support for the metropolitan healing community. She has served on many non-profit Boards of Directors in the Kansas City area including Woodland Charities and Touched By Cancer and is bountifully active in the community serving others.
She currently has offices at Your Wellness Connection in Shawnee, Kansas , Kansas City's premier holistic center, and at the serene Wynbrick Center in Liberty, Missouri. So we are in GREAT hands!
Now, let's continue with 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, Midday Juice: Rhapsody in Red:
This juice is a powerful cleanser, focusing mainly on the liver with the powerful beet juice. It has anti-inflammatory properties with ginger added in, and the cucumber cools the body and acts as a natural diuretic and provides the skin and connective tissues with loads of silica. This will help assist the body as it begins clearing toxins, which need to be flushed out while hydrating cells. People are often surprised how much they like beet juice in this combination. Just be aware as it will stain everything on the inside of your body along with clothing and cutting boards too!
Ingredient Cleansing Benefits:
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.
Beet contains high quantities of betaine, a powerful antioxidant responsible for the deep ruby color, which flushes the liver, reduces homocysteine levels which in turn reduces cardiovascular disease risk, helps mental functioning, balances moods, improves mental acuity and can even be used in the treatment of AIDS and alcohol addiction. It optimizes the utilization of oxygen by the red blood cells and lymph activity. It is also reportedly used for the treatment of gallstones, gout and jaundice and serves as a valuable elixir for anemia and bladder and kidney disorders. It is from the same family as spinach and Swiss chard. It contains many minerals such as calcium, potassium, iron, copper, and sodium and several acids such as folic, oxalic and fumaric. Beet juice has a fairly earthy, sweet, pungent, taste, which some people like better than others. It is delicious mixed with other sweet flavors and balanced with some ginger or lemon. It is best to start slow with beets, about a half of a medium beet until the body is accustomed to it, because it is such a powerful cleanser in can CLEAR the body -- perhaps faster than you would like!
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.
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, 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)
“Rhapsody In Red” Midday Cleansing Juice
- 1 green apple
- half a large English cucumber
- half a medium beet
- Half inch piece of ginger (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.
- *Beets turn everything inside your body pink. Don’t be surprised when everything “comes” out pink or red. It means the beets are working!
Piggy Cooking Tips
here’s a great way to clean beet stains
Beets are delicious! But they can be messy to work with and stain everything they touch including hands, cutting boards and bench tops. I always use gloves to handle beets so I don’t spread the juices to everything else in my kitchen. To remove the beet juice from cutting boards and bench tops just sprinkle the surface with some salt. This helps to lift the residue. Leave it sit for a while and then rinse and scrub with soap and water.
You can’t beet that!