Juicing diets and cleanses are really on the incline lately…you know what? So are yuppies and hipsters….connection between the two? Nah. There are articles, studies, and slim down plans galore explaining this trendster fad.
Many of you have heard of the Blueprint Cleanse where you can have a juice cleanse delivered to your door. You have options for choosing what kind of “plan” you want to go on. Basically ranging from beginner, intermediate, to amazingly pompous advanced plans. They are fresh, tasty, and do make you feel better; especially if you choose a 3-5 day plan. The major set back of course is price. One day is $60.00! If you do a 3-day cleanse (which is recommended for the minimum), you are already spending $180.00 + shipping. WTF, right?
How about a $17.87 cleanse? Lucky for me, my roommate just bought a juicer! We went out to our local grocery and bought the following:
- 1 pineapple
- 3 pears
- 4 apples
- 3 oranges
- 1 bag of spinach
- 1 bunch of celery
- 2 cucumbers
- 1 yam
- a chunk of ginger
I actually only ended up using 2/3’s of those purchases, so call it a $12.00 project!
We are obviously leaning more towards a tasty juice rather than a serious cleansing tonic. You can do whatever combination you would like. I recommend putting some apples in if you are going all green (kale, spinach, broccoli, etc) to add a touch of sweet. Either way, it is fun to do and tasty to drink!
We got the fruit ready according to the juicers instructions. For some reason you need to peal cucumbers but not zucchini; peal oranges but can toss a lemon in whole; remove mango skin but can throw bunch of grapes (stem and all) straight into the chute! Point being, read your machine’s instructions; they might surprise you and save you a lot of grief. We skinned & chopped up the pineapple, skinned the cuke, peeled the oranges, chopped the pears, apples, and yams (with skin).
We were ready to go!
Carefully and slowly juice the ingredients in small batches. We usually have some large glasses nearby to pour the juice out in these small amounts.
Warning! The mess is pretty bad. Seriously bad.
Voila! JUICE! It’s clearly cheaper than the BPC but to my suprise, is also a cheaper option than a 12 oz $4.50 Odwalla or Naked Juice any day!
Of course, to even begin to rival the BPC, you would need to dedicate yourself to some sort of a plan. You can’t just drink juice one night and think you are going to wake up 7 pounds thinner…that would be amazing though. Read up on juice cleanses, fasts, and of course ALWAYS speak with your doctor before starting any diet 🙂