I’ve mentioned multiple times on the blog that the primary reason I do juice cleanses is that they help me get out of unhealthy eating funks by getting cravings in check. (To put things in perspective, I only do them a couple times a year and have never done one longer than three days–I’m by no means a juice extremist.) Do those funks ever happen to you? For me it always starts with being super busy and stressed with work. I de-prioritize cooking and grocery shopping (and sleep), and start eating quick, grab-and-go snacks like granola bars (most of which are high in sugar) and then before you know it, I’m craving five cake pops from Starbuck’s a day (they’re magical and all but…).
Most of the time, I just snap myself out of it with a good night’s sleep and a morning workout, but every so often I’ll do a half day or full day of juicing to help get me back on track. If you browse Groupon sites, there’s almost always an awesome deal on bottled juices, but if you have your own juicer, it’s not hard to do a quick reset yourself.
I wanted to share an easy way to do a one-day juice reset at home. One day of juice certainly isn’t a quick miracle fix (for weight loss, cravings, or anything really), but it’s a great length of time if you just need to pump the brakes a little, or if your schedule and activity level makes longer juice cleanses overwhelming and unrealistic. I’m not a doctor and not qualified to tell you if this is right for you, simply sharing what works for me.
My Easy, Cheap One-Day Green Juice Plan
The idea behind this juice plan is to make things as easy and cheap as possible. Instead of making six different juices, each with different ingredients, I drink the same green juice concoction all day, mixing in some lemon water, tea and more water, and then I finish the day with a “dessert” juice so that I feel satisfied before bed. I mean…as satisfied as one can feel after drinking a sweet potato (LOL).
Here’s your step-by-step guide for prepping:
- Go grocery shopping (list below) and if you don’t own mason jars or other airtight liquid containers, invest in some (you can find them super cheap at stores like Home Goods). I like to do my shopping trip the day before I’m going to juice.
- The morning of your reset, make your green juice. Depending on the size of your juicer’s pulp catcher and liquid container, you should be able to make a day’s worth of green juice in three batches. Divide up the ingredients evenly into three piles (you wouldn’t want to put all the lemons through the juicer in the first batch, for example). Fill your mason jars up as you go and remember to empty your pulp container after each batch so that there’s room for the next.
- Rinse the main parts of your juicer (no need to scrub it down yet; you just don’t want any green remnants going into your dessert juice). Make your dessert juice and seal it in a mason jar.
- Clean your juicer. Put all your pretty juice jars in the refrigerator.
- Scrub the produce clean before you juice it. You don’t need much prep beyond that except to remove the stem end of the carrots and to cut off the peel of the lemon (this isn’t totally necessary, but it can add a bitter taste. I usually cut most of it off but leave the white stuff underneath the peel).
- If any of the leafy greens are covered in soil (spinach bunches are always like this for me!) you can soak them in a bowl of water before rinsing—that helps a lot to remove the dirt.
One-Day At-Home Green Juice Cleanse Grocery List & Recipes
- 2 bunches kale
- 2 bunches chard
- 2 bunches spinach
- 4 lemons (3 for the green juice, 1 for your morning water)
- 3 apples (2 for the green juice, 1 for the dessert juice)
- 3 cucumbers
- 1 big bunch celery
- 1 bunch parsley
- 3” turmeric root (you could sub this for ginger)
- 1 medium-large sweet potato
- 4 carrots
- Cinnamon (if you don’t already have it in your pantry)
Juicing Game Plan for the Day
By my calculations, there is just about 1,200 calories in this day’s worth of juice. Depending on your height and activity level, this might satisfy your usual caloric intake or it could be on the low side. For me, especially because I’m so active (not trying to be a bragasaurus rex—it’s my job to move!), this is low. Plan accordingly. Maybe you decide to juice on a rest day; maybe you opt for some light yoga or a long walk; maybe you feel totally energized and workout as you normally would. Bottom line—listen to your body and don’t push it. This isn’t a punishment for your body!
On that topic, I also wrote a whole post about my thoughts on timing a juice cleanse (spoiler alert: NOT before your bachelorette party, sorry).
So back to your day of at-home juicing. Here’s your game plan:
2. Are you a coffee addict? Have a cup. If you can without severe headaches, I’d try to limit yourself to just one cup though. And if possible, I’d opt for tea instead of coffee. I’ve been obsessed with Your Tea lately—it’s organic, yummy and easy on the stomach (unlike coffee which sometimes leaves me with that burning acidic feeling). 3. When you’re hungry, drink a juice. In between juices, try to drink a glass of water. You’re going to be peeing a lot today, so you might want to plan ahead for that. 4. A couple hours before bed, enjoy your dessert juice. I try to stop drinking at least two hours before bed so that I don’t wake up in the middle of the night needing to pee.
If you’re starving throughout the day and the juice isn’t enough, first ask yourself if you’re really hungry or you’re just bored and miss chewing on something. If you’re really hungry, have a piece of fruit, half an avocado, or other plant-based snack.
Disclosure: Your Tea sent be a bunch of their Tiny Tea as part of a paid sponsorship, but my opinion is not biased in the least—I’m seriously obsessed with this tea. Like two cups a day, can’t stop, won’t stop.