*If you're making this juice as part of the 3-Day Summer Juice Fast please read all of the fast guidelines in the post before participating in the fast.
Day 1 Juices
Morning Juice - Greener Cleaner Detox Juice (this post)
Midday Juice - Cooling Quencher Cleansing Juice
Evening Juice - Alkaline Dreaming Green Juice
This juice is designed to help begin the cleansing process. Lemon helps detoxify the liver and dissolve mucous, apple helps break down toxins in the intestinal tract, kale and Swiss chard add cleansing chlorophyll to help build blood, regenerate cells, and clear the respiratory tract. This is a classic juice combo that tastes like fresh green lemonade.
Ingredient Cleansing Benefits:
Apple - Tasty, able to break down toxins, lower cholesterol, and enhance digestion, this fruit is a popular, versatile, and cost-effective go-to for juices. With phytonutrients, powerful antioxidants like quercetin, vitamin A (in the peel), vitamin C, and significant potassium, apple is a prime detox food that’s available year ‘round. As an aid to cleansing, apples’ high pectin content provides a great bowel regulator, able to slow the colon down or speed it up, as the body needs.
Apple is a cooling food, and we include it in juices to balance the bitterness of leafy greens and other vegetables. The sweet tang of apple blends with almost all fruits and vegetables; our preferred variety is Granny Smith, which has a tarter flavor and lower sugar content than common reds like Fuji, Delicious, and Honeycrisp. That said, this fruit is versatile, and our recipes work with any apple you have on hand.
We recommend coring apples before juicing, as the jury is still out as to whether the bit of cyanide occurring naturally in the seeds is detrimental to health.
Kale - With highly absorbable calcium (thanks to a high ratio of calcium to phosphorous) kale juice surpasses milk, cup for cup, in calcium provision. Rich in phyto-chemicals that combat free radicals, kale can lower the risk of colon, breast and lung cancers, as well as fight osteoporosis, macular degeneration, support the cardiovascular and immune systems, and assist in energy production. This mighty leafy green contains lots of chlorophyll, vitamin A (in the form of carotenoids and beta-carotene), vitamins C, E, B6, and K, folic acid, iron, potassium, magnesium, zinc, and sodium.
As a warming vegetable, kale’s a natural for a balancing cooler food. And juicing is a great way to enjoy it in its raw glory, as its flavor is less bitter, relative to that of uncooked kale eaten whole. Still, kale’s kale—which is to say intense; the juice is best blended. It pairs with a wide range of fruits and vegetables, from apple, lemon, carrot and pineapple to tomato, cucumber and melon. Kale makes a good substitute for spinach in any of these juices, but will bring in its slightly bitter sharp note. Juice it stalk and all, and enjoy your new friend with benefits.
Swiss Chard - A cousin of beet and spinach, chard—red, green or rainbow—is a storehouse of phytonutrients, boasting health-promoting and disease-preventing properties. Chard figures in cholesterol-control and weight-reduction programs, and is an excellent source of vitamin C, to combat free radicals, maintain normal connective tissue, prevent iron deficiency, and enhance resistance to infectious agents. One of the best vegetable sources of vitamin K for building blood, chard is also a rich source of omega-3 fatty acids, vitamin-A, flavonoids, and antioxidants like beta-carotene, lutein and zeaxanthin, as well as B vitamins, copper, calcium, sodium, potassium, iron, manganese and phosphorus. Regular consumption of chard may help prevent osteoporosis, anemia, vitamin A deficiency, and protect against cardiovascular diseases and abnormal cell development.
This leafy green is cooling and best balanced with warming ingredients like cayenne. The leaves and stalks produce a mild green juice like that of romaine lettuce, but more complex in flavor—it’s sweeter, tangier and a bit earthy. Since chard combines well with almost all fruits and vegetables, like spinach, it’s good company for a first foray into the realm of green juices.
Cucumber - This vege-fruit truly is the ultimate cool-hydrate-cleanse food. It’s right in there regulating body temperature and easing inflammation. A relative of squashes and melons, the cuke is a natural diuretic (due to that abundant water), aiding in cell hydration, waste removal, and dissolving kidney stones. Cucumber’s high silica content is great for the skin, and helps alleviate eczema, psoriasis, hair loss, and strengthen nails. The silica in cucumber also reduces the concentration of uric acid, which causes inflammation in the joints, muscles and tendons. A natural blood-pressure regulator, cucumber is high in vitamin A (mostly in the peel), B complex, C and folic acid, amino acids (methionine and tryptophan), potassium, sulfur, and natural chlorine. To take advantage of the nutrients in the skins, we always use the less-bitter-skinned English/Dutch variety. Any cucumber, though, goes well in our recipes.
We add cucumber to many juice blends as a way of adding mineral-rich water that’s way more beneficial than the plain filtered stuff. Cucumber juice is chock-full of nutrients, yet barely alters flavor. Cucumbers are intensely alkalizing, and a half (or whole) cucumber worked into a batch of juice offsets the acidic effects of high-sugar fruits and aids detox. Cucumber is our go-to base for sugar-free, alkaline juice blends, too. Make sure your cucumber is organic and hasn’t been embalmed in a coating of wax.
Lemon - This alkalizing tart tamer is a potent detoxifier and natural antibiotic that improves liver function, relieves constipation, and can help dissolve kidney and gall stones. High levels of vitamin C help boost immunity and alleviate symptoms of osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis, as well as combat heart disease. Lemons provide calcium and magnesium for strong bones and teeth, along with unique compounds that have powerful antioxidant properties. The flavonoids in lemons have even been shown to halt abnormal cell division.
While lemons are cooling, this superstar can be balanced with warming foods like cayenne and fennel. We use lemons in lots of juice blends to lift the earthy and pungent quality of leafy greens and vegetables, add zip and tang, and balance the acidifying impacts of high-sugar fruits. You may want to remove the rinds of these fruits before juicing, as in substantial quantities they’re slightly toxic, or you may enjoy the zesty punch it adds—a good compromise is a bit of the peel along with the flesh.
Try our 3-Day Juice Fasts or 14-Day Detox Dynamo Cleanse.