*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 2 Juices
Morning Juice - Orange Are You Awake? Cleansing Juice
Midday Juice - Kiwi Express Cleansing Juice
Evening Juice - Sweet Tempered Greens Juice (this post)
This evening green juice is an alkaline avenger. Baby bok choy and spinach contain cleansing chlorophyll to remineralize the body, regenerate the cells, build the blood, and prepare the body for rest. Cucumber hydrates and cools the body, acts as a natural diuretic, and provides the skin and connective tissues with loads of silica. Parsley purifies the blood, and mint aids digestion. This is a very mild-flavored green juice to end day 2 of the juice fast.
Ingredient Cleansing Benefits:
Bok Choy may be unassuming, but it packs a serious nutritional punch. A standard bunch delivers 100% of your daily vitamin A needs, and close to 75% of the recommended allowance of vitamin C, along with immune-boosting antioxidants and alkalizing minerals. At just 10 calories to a half cup it’s easy on the waistline, too. Bok choy, a slightly cooling food, has many of the health benefits of cabbage but spares you the funky flavor. To juice bok choy, push the entire stalk through the machine with a bit of green apple, lemon, and ginger. You’ll get a winning combo every time.
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.
Spinach - Highly alkalizing, spinach contains nearly twice as much iron as any other green, and helps to build blood by helping red blood cells carry oxygen. It also helps strengthen all other cells, particularly those of the respiratory system and brain. Rich in chlorophyll and carotene, spinach can help reduce the development of abnormal cells and macular degeneration. Rounding things out, spinach also provides carotenoids, lutein, vitamins A, B complex, C, K, folic acid, iodine, potassium, calcium, magnesium, phosphorous, sodium and manganese, and many amino acids.
This popular and readily available mild leafy vegetable serves as a great introductory green for juicing. While spinach is cooling, we include it in every seasons cleanse since it’s a versatile ingredient that pairs well with all fruits and vegetables.
Parsley - One of the most common herbs, parsley offers a myriad of health benefits. It’s a brilliant blood purifier, and is rich in antioxidants, vitamins and minerals, which help control blood cholesterol, prevent constipation, and protect the body from free-radical damage. Its essential volatile oils can be used as a local anesthetic and as an antiseptic for teeth and gums. Rich in polyphenolic flavonoids, parsley rates among the richest plant sources of antioxidants. It is also a good source of potassium, calcium, manganese, iron, and magnesium, and vitamins A, B, C, E, and K, and folates.
As a warming herb, parsley’s perfect for moderating cooling foods, especially in the colder months. We use the flat-leaf variety, as it has a more intense flavor than its curly-leaf restaurant-garnish cousin, with less bitterness. Light as a feather, parsley will throw its weight around in a juice, delivering that aromatic and pungent “clean” taste. In the right amounts, it combines well with leafy greens, sweet fruits like pineapple and mango, as well as apples, lemons, and limes. A handful juices easily, stems and all.
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.
Mint - Delivering potassium, calcium, iron, manganese and magnesium, beta-carotine, and vitamins A, C, E and K, mint also contain B-complex, including folates, riboflavin and pyridoxine (B6). One of the oldest remedies in use for indigestion and flatulence, mint can help bring down cholesterol and high blood pressure. It’s a natural topical anesthetic for the mouth. Through the action of menthol on cold receptors in our skin and mucous membranes, the herb delivers a cool sensation when eaten, inhaled or applied. Compounds in peppermint, specifically, relax the intestinal wall and sphincter muscles, and work as an anti-spasmodic agent in the treatment of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) and other colic pain disorders. With these additional properties, peppermint is a great cleanse go-to.
Though a cooling herb, mint brings a bright, warm accent to cold weather juices, and offers a clean flavor that’s especially pleasant during a detox. That flavor pairs especially well with mild leafy greens, apple, melon, lemon, and pineapple. Juice the entire stalk, stem and leaves.
Try our 3-Day Juice Fasts or 14-Day Detox Dynamo Cleanse.