This month, after requests from a number of previous guests, I’m sharing my top five all-time favourite detox juice recipes. Juicing fruit and vegetables is a great way to give your body a well-deserved rest, at the same time as maximising your daily fruit and veggie intake, bringing many health benefits. Summer is also a perfect time to do a juice cleanse.
The five detox juice recipes I’ve selected include a variety of fruits and vegetables, all should be available from your local supermarket. Here at the retreat we tend to include an apple in many juices, as they taste great, bring a natural sweetness to the juice (which really helps if you are new to juicing) and contain high levels of vitamin C and polyphenols (a natural compound said to have protective effects upon health). However, sometimes a pure vegetable juice really hits the spot, so I’ve also included a couple of them in the list!
Health benefits of a juice detox
There are many health benefits of doing a three-day (or longer) juice detox. These can include:
- Supporting your lymphatic system – your body’s natural cleansing system.
- Flooding your body with lots of easily digestible nutrients, boosting the amount of vitamins and minerals available for your cells, tissues and organs.
- Giving your digestive system a rest (less work to digest as the fruit and vegetables are already broken down), so it can heal and re-balance.
- Boosting your immune system with all the anti-oxidants (like Vitamin C).
- Allows your skin to clear.
- Your eyes become brighter and clearer.
- Beating fatigue and boosting your energy levels.
- Supports your liver in cleansing the blood.
- All those fruits and vegetables can support the good bacteria in your gut.
- It can help with weight loss.
- Lowering cholesterol levels, particular when combined with exercise, stress-reduction and good quality rest.
If you do not have three days for a full detox juice cleanse, then just include one juice a day – you will still feel the benefits.
All juices follow the same method:
Step 1: clean the ingredients beneath cold running water and make sure you remove any labels on fruit. If you are using waxed lemon remember to trim off the outer layer first. The rest you can leave the skin on.
Step 2: Put the items through your juicer.
Step 3: Blend any items that need blending (like avocado, berries or small leafy vegetables like spinach), use a hand-blender for speed and to reduce washing-up.
Step 4: Wash your juicer.
Step 5: Drink and enjoy!
Top five detox juice recipes
So, here you go, my top five detox juice recipes!
1. Green juice: Strength builder
For a good detox juice, including your greens is always a good option! Any leafy green vegetable will work, but kale and spinach are two of my favourites. Be aware though, if you have a centrifugal juicer and are using small leaf spinach, then you might need a lot to get a decent amount of juice. The alternative is to use a high-powered blender, to blend the spinach into the juice. Lettuce is also surprisingly good in a juice, adding nutrients, water but few calories. The courgette brings an added creaminess to this juice. At 169 calories, this is a great juice for weight loss too.
Large handful spinach (or kale)
1 large courgette
½ stick celery
2cm unwaxed lemon
(Optional extra: large lettuce leaf)
I would also throw in a chunk of broccoli stem for added nutrients!
2. Beetroot juice: Red Earth
Beetroot is said to be particularly good for supporting your lymphatic system and for helping to combat inflammation. This beetroot juice combines raw beetroot with carrots, apples and ginger to create a juice that looks and tastes divine. For best detox and juice results always use raw beetroot in your juices – the vacuum packed, pre-cooked variety is fine for your salads but no good in a juice.
½ raw beetroot
2cm unwaxed lemon
For a pure vegetable option, replace the apple with the other half of the beetroot (this will make it really red and quite earthy tasting) and an extra carrot or two.
3. Cabbage juice: Cabbage Digest
Cabbage is not everyone’s favourite vegetable, however it is great for cleansing your body and can help to calm the digestive system down. If you’re not a fan, then including some cabbage in your juice, as we have in our Cabbage Digest detox juice, helps to deliver some of the benefits of this vegetable, without really noticing it.
Large chunk cabbage (5cm thick slice, or 4 leaves)
2 large carrots
2 cm lemon
This is one of our pure vegetable juice options – swap the courgette for an apple or two if you want some sweetness.
4. Berry juice: Berry-Beat
Berries are a great source of anti-oxidants, which help to prevent cell damage (keeping your cells in good health and helping to slow down aging). Summer is a great time for some berries like strawberries and blackberries. You can use fresh or frozen in this recipe – if using frozen remember to take them out to defrost for 20 minutes before use. Frozen berries can help to cool down your juice, great for the times when the weather is hot!
Handful berries – frozen or fresh
2cm unwaxed lemon
This is a lovely refreshing juice to drink, particularly in the middle of the day when the sun is at its hottest.
5. Carrot juice: Detoxifier
With a name like this, this juice hits the spot for a juice cleanse! It’s another pure vegetable juice, the carrots give it some sweetness. You can include an avocado in it or leave it out.
3cm white cabbage
2cm broccoli stem
2cm unwaxed lemon
(Blend 1/3 avocado if you want to enjoy a thicker juice)
More juice recipes on our blog
There are lots more juice recipes available on our health and wellbeing blog.
If you are new to juicing you might like to read our article: how to choose a suitable juicer for you, which is packed with information to help you select a juicer.
Book a detox juice retreat in Spain
La Crisalida runs all-year round detox juice retreats in Spain. Stay for 3 days, one week or longer for a supported juice retreat. You can read more about our detox retreats in Spain here. There is also lots of information about the health benefits of juicing here.
About the author
- Lisa is one of the founders of La Crisalida Retreats. She is an Epidemiologist, therapeutic hatha and yin yoga teacher and also teaches mindfulness meditation. Lisa has studied NLP and hypnosis, as well as nutrition (she designs the menus).