A few weeks ago, Isaac and I tried doing a three-day juice cleanse. Unfortunately, we only managed 48 hours, but we learned a lot from doing it! We did not look up any recipes before going shopping for our fruits and veggies. Going in blind had a few perks, including discovering the worst and best vegetables to juice!
1. Carrots: Juice Cleanse 101
Carrots have always been my go-to juice. There is almost no prep other than rinsing them, although some people do prefer to peel them. Carrots are also really cheap! Despite their crunchy, solid form, they contain a crazy amount of juice. The pulp left over after you juice them is minimal.
Plus, carrot juice tastes sweet and not too overpowering so that it can be paired with fruits and veggies. Because it’s so orange, it can also make some beautiful colors. But it can also result in an unappetizing brown if you mix it with too many others. But personally, I don’t mind if it looks terrible as long as it tasted delicious!
I had never thought of juicing cabbage before, but we bought it because it was purple. It seemed like it wouldn’t create too much juice because it just doesn’t seem like it contains a lot of liquid. Not only does it juice just as well as carrots, but purple cabbages create the most beautiful juice!
I love cabbage juice for its color and because it creates a sweet juice that isn’t too strong. Just like carrot juice, it is a great added to both fruit and vegetable juices because it doesn’t overpower other flavors. Plus, cabbages are really cheap, and there’s little food waste leftover.
Isaac and I subscribe to Imperfect Foods, and it always comes with zucchini. Although we love steamed or fried zucchini, it is one of those vegetables that need a lot of oil to taste good. We tend to put off cooking with them, and sometimes they end up going bad in our fridge. That’s why we decided to juice them.
Zucchinis, similarly to cucumbers, are mostly water, so they juice well. Unlike eggplants, you can eat zucchinis raw, which is why they are safe and delicious to juice. On its own, zucchini juice doesn’t taste like much. I like to juice them with tomatoes, peppers, and kale to create a liquid salad!
4. Broccoli: Juice Cleanse 101
Broccoli is a vegetable that I want to like, but I don’t. I’d pick cauliflower over broccoli any day! But since broccoli is super healthy, I try to incorporate it into my diet. Luckily, juicing is possible and makes it easier to consume more significant amounts of broccoli.
The thing to keep in mind about broccoli is that the fluffy heads do not juice well. It’s the stems that produce enough juice to be worth juicing. So if you’re buying broccoli for juicing, buy the long thick stems and cut the heads off to use in other recipes.
Celery is another vegetable that I always buy but often end up throwing it away because I never actually eat it. I do enjoy snacking on celery because it’s a low-calorie snack, but I find it annoying to clean and eat. Unfortunately, you should still take the time to clean it if you are going to juice it, but the rest is easy.
Juiced celery doesn’t have a strong flavor, so it is easy to drink and combine with other fruits and vegetables. Celery is mostly liquid, and it makes a lot of juice with little food waste. It is also super low in calories, so it’s a great option if you are conscious about how much you are consuming.
We bought peppers to juice because they were cheap and came in three colors. If you’re doing a juice cleanse, I do recommend trying to make the juices look pretty to keep you motivated. The fun thing about juicing peppers is that they create a lot of juice, and it’s a much paler color than you’d expect.
Juiced peppers taste really sweet and don’t taste much like peppers when in liquid form. If you’re trying to keep your juice aesthetically pleasing, avoid mixing green, yellow, and red peppers. We’ve all gotten excited as kids in art class and mixed all the colors before. It looks yucky on paper and even worse in a glass.
7. Sweet Potato: Juice Cleanse 101
I have to admit that I have not juiced sweet potatoes yet, but I read about it and really want to try. Somehow, you can juice them raw, so there’s no need to cook them first. Sweet potatoes are the healthiest of all potatoes, and apparently, they are a common ingredient in juice.
When prepping sweet potatoes for juicing, it is important to clean them well. The peels can be left on if you have a great juicer, but many prefer to peel them first. Luckily, a large sweet potato will yield a lot of juice, so it’s worth the effort. Since I haven’t tried this yet, I can’t say much about the flavor. The internet describes it as something that needs to be experienced rather than described.
Beetroot is one of my favorite vegetables, but I don’t eat it much. It is a huge pain to wash and peel them. They also require a strong juicer to be able to handle them. However, there are many reasons why you should incorporate them in your juice cleanse.
Beets are incredibly healthy, and they create a beautiful pink color. Their juice is sweet but definitely has a distinct flavor. They may overpower other ingredients, so they are most commonly paired with potatoes. I can’t wait to drink some beets. I’m originally Ukrainian, and beets are really popular ingredients in several national dishes.
Kale is not my favorite leafy green. In fact, I avoid it unless it’s dehydrated or covered in oil. The only way I can eat large amounts of it is by drinking it. Kale isn’t the easiest to juice and doesn’t produce the most liquid, but it is great when combined with other ingredients like cucumbers.
Make sure to wash your kale well before you juice it, as it can contain a lot of dirt particles and pesticides hidden in all its creases. Once you wash it, you can quickly juice the entire head of kale. It is super healthy, and this is an easy way to add it to your diet.
Cucumbers are the obvious vegetable to juice because they are mostly water. In fact, you can freeze one and use it as a hammer. I have been known to eat an entire cucumber as a snack. Before you call me crazy, street vendors in China will sell cool peeled cucumbers on a stick to enjoy on a hot summer day.
I love how refreshing cucumber juice is. Plus, it is so quick and easy to juice a cucumber! I like to drink it on its own or add some to my water to make it more refreshing. Why add slices of cold cucumbers to water when you can drink an entire cucumber? The spas are doing it wrong! Trust me.
Summary: Juice Cleanse 101
I’m not sure if I’ll ever attempt another three-day juice cleanse. But since trying it, Isaac and I have incorporated juicing into our regular diets. We now juice anything that’s going bad in the fridge, but we also buy vegetables for juicing so that we have at least one glass of juice every day. Although I prefer fruit juice when it comes to flavor, I like vegetable juice because it has fewer calories but still tastes great. And I always feel better right after drinking some fresh veggie juice!
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