What I Ate Wednesday: Pre-Juice Cleanse

wiaw-pre-juice-cleanse-10Good morning! I thought this week would be an interesting one to do another WIAW post because I actually start a three-day juice cleanse today. Skinny Limits reached out to me about trying their juices, and as a huge juicing enthusiast, I of course took them up on their offer. I’ll post all about my experience with it next week!

I mentioned in a previous post that I don’t do much to prepare for juice cleanses (I’ve done a couple now, usually just for a day or two). This is because my day-to-day diet is already pretty clean and heavily plant-based. I do, however, eat a strictly vegan and gluten-free diet the day before. Here’s what I ate yesterday to ease myself into the juice cleanse…

7AM Morning Juice

wiaw-pre-juice-cleanse-4Even when I’m not “cleansing,” I start my day with a juice almost every morning. Today’s was simple, but so delicious.

  • 1 orange, peeled
  • 8 carrots, ends removed
  • ½” ginger root

8AM Green Smoothie

wiaw-pre-juice-cleanse-11I bought a big bag of organic spirulina from Mountain Rose Herbs a while back and have been adding a small scoop (about a teaspoon) to all my green smoothies lately. Nutritional value aside, I love the shade of green even just a tiny bit of spirulina turns smoothies—so pretty! This was a delicious combo:

  • Kale
  • Spinach
  • Pineapple chunks
  • Frozen banana
  • Almond milk
  • Flaxseed
  • Spirulina

1PM Snack-Turned-Lunch

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I’ve been putting together a media kit for P&I this week, and was so in the zone that it wasn’t until 1pm that I paused from my work and realized I was STARVING. I inhaled an orange while making my Roasted Spiced Chickpea recipe (I only used one can of chickpeas as opposed to the original recipe’s two). Typically when I make these, I’ll eat half the can as my snack and save the other half for the next day in a Tupperware container, but I ended up devouring the whole batch straight out of the oven. Spoiler alert: eating an entire can of chickpeas in under ten minutes is uncomfortably filling. Oops. So much for eating “light” in preparation for the juice cleanse…

6PM Everything-Must-Go Salad

wiaw-pre-juice-cleanse-3 wiaw-pre-juice-cleanse-1Another thing I do to prepare for a juice cleanse is try my best to eat produce in my kitchen that I know will go bad. This salad was super random as a result of that, but still yummy. I tossed some brussel sprouts and butternut squash chunks in olive oil, pepper and dried basil flakes and baked on a pan lined in parchment paper for 20 minutes at 400 degrees. When done, I put them on a bed of baby spinach, heirloom tomatoes and alfalfa sprouts.

I’ll let you guys know how the cleanse goes Monday!

How do you prepare for a juice cleanse?



  1. I’ve never done a juice cleanse, but I have been thinking about it lately. I’m just always afraid that sticking with a healthy diet after the cleanse would be difficult. I guess it is just all about preparation. Anyhow, your juices look delicious though!

    • You’d be surprised at how much sugar cravings are reduced by doing a cleanse–there’s definitely that momentary “yesss I can eat everything in sight now” feeling when it’s finally over haha, but I find that it’s actually easier for me to make healthy food choices after a cleanse. You should try one! 🙂

  2. I just did a cleanse last week and loved it. I do a detox bath during a cleanse for extra bonus. I feel amazing and my skin is literally glowing! Thanks for all the tips/recipes for the pre-cleansing, I stuck with clean eating and yummy green smoothies too! Good luck with your cleanse, look forward to the follow up post next week!

  3. I love starting my day with an “orange” juice too! It just feels like morning. The salad looks delicious!!

  4. All those juices look amazing. I need to juice oranges – we have a tree in our backyard and I just don’t like eating oranges.

  5. That is THE prettiest green juice I’ve ever seen! I’ve fancied doing a juice cleanse for a while now and this has inspired me to get cracking with it and stop being lazy. Looking forward to seeing your results next week 🙂 Are your juice recipes made up or do you get them from somewhere in particular? Also, can you recommend a good brand of juicer? (sorry for the million questions!)

  6. My oh my those pictures look delicious! If that’s even possible. I’d be much more into the green juices if I could make them at home. They just end up being too costly!

  7. I have been thinking about it too. I want to pick up the Magic Ninja this week and start making juices at home.

  8. My family just bought a juicer yesterday and I literally spent 3 hours in the kitchen today juicing everything we had in the fridge! I went kind of crazy with the juicing, but I definitely recommend (if you haven’t) try juicing a raw sweet potato (yup told you I went crazy :P). It kind of gives it a smooth, frothy, milkshake flavor. It’s actually really good!

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