Detox Juicing – Recipes and Everything You Need to Know

Juicing is one of the fastest ways detox your body, boost your energy, and drastically improve your health. And with the nutritional quality of our food rapidly decreasing, detox juice can add the healthy nutrients your body is craving. 

In fact, when I first decided to start juicing I was getting sick 4-5 times a year. Not just colds either. I was getting bronchitis and serious sinus infections regularly. 

Then a friend of mine introduced me to "green drinks." 

Within a few days I noticed major improvements in energy, sleep and regularity. I kept blending and eventually sprung for a good juicer. Now I use both. I'll do a green drink when I'm low on time and juice when I'm not running out the door to the next meeting. 

It's been years since I've been sick. My skin cleared up. My energy is high. And I feel great!

So if you're looking for a great way to begin detoxing (and do it in the comfort of your own home) juicing is one of the best places to start. 

picture of 4 different juices

​In this post, we're going to focus strictly on juicing. Meaning, using a juicer instead of a blender for your detox. I'll provide you with some amazing juice detox recipes that are easy to make and taste great. These recipes can also be rotated in your diet constantly so you'll never get tired of them. Essentially, this post will cover everything you need to start juicing and detoxing at home. Including:  

  • The pros and cons of juicing
  • Where to get your produce
  • The 80/20 rule of juicing
  • The most nutrient dense fruits and vegetables
  • Types of juicers and the best juicers for your kitchen
  • 10 detox juice recipes to get you started right away

Pros and Cons of Juicing

Pros of Juicing

  • Amazing detoxifying properties
  • Improves digestion
  • Helps clear up skin conditions (acne, eczema, rashes)
  • Enhances mental clarity
  • Naturally raises energy levels
  • Reduces inflammation
  • Enhances mental clarity 
  • Fights the formation of cancer cells
  • Helps you lose weight 
  • Loaded with vitamins and minerals.

Cons of Juicing

  • High sugar content (if you juice a lot of fruit)
  • It can get expensive 
  • You need a juicer (only a con if you don't already have one)
  • You don't get as much fiber 
  • Juices containing grapefruit may adversely interact with certain prescription drugs (so check with your doctor)

fruits and vegetables

Focus on Juicing Nutrient Dense Fruits and Vegetables.

When it comes to juicing, you want to get the most bang for your buck when it comes to nutrients. Focusing on the fruit and vegetable list below is a good place to start.

You also want to opt for organic as often as possible (ideally everything you get would be organic). And I know that can get expensive so here's a few ideas to help you cut cost: 

  • Local farmers markets - often have great deals on fresh produce, fun environment, its outside, and you're supporting your community. 
  • Check for coupons and sales at your local grocery stores - scout the coupons that come in the mail and keep an eye out for regular specials your store might run. For example, my grocery store has great deals on Wednesdays so that's when I get my produce. 
  • Check the flea markets - we have a big flea market near us that has a huge area dedicated to fresh, locally grown produce. They don't always advertise so you may have to go in and walk around a bit to see if your flea market has a produce section. 
  • Shop produce that's in season - this saves a lot of money and ensures you're getting the freshest ingredients. Plus most of the fruit you buy can be frozen at home and used for months to follow. 

The 80/20 Rule

To cut down on sugar intake and to ensure you're getting enough vegetables follow the 80/20 rule. Meaning 80% vegetables and 20% fruit. This can be done in two ways: 

1

​Juice fruit first thing in the morning. Then make the rest of your juices exclusively vegetables. To follow this method you'll have to juice several times throughout the day.

2

​Make your glass of juice 80% vegetables and 20% fruit. This is the method I most often follow. Its easier and if you get busy and don't have time to juice again, at least you know you had that one balanced juice .


The Best Fruits and Vegetables to Juice

Below are some of the best fruits and vegetables to start with. They're available at any grocery store or farmers market, loaded with healthy nutrients and they taste good (most of them). Try to rotate fruits and vegetables several times throughout the year. This ensures you're getting the full spectrum of nutrients and not overloading on any one thing. 

Nutrient Dense Vegetables

  • Kale 
  • Chard 
  • Spinach
  • Cabbage 
  • Chinese cabbage
  • Beet greens 
  • Beets
  • Dandelion greens
  • Mustard greens
  • Collard greens 
  • Turnip greens 
  • Watercress
  • Chicory
  • Leaf lettuce
  • Endive
  • Arugula 
  • Broccoli
  • Bok Choy 
  • Celery 
  • Carrots 
  • Parsley
  • Dill
  • Cucumber
  • Ginger root 
  • Turmeric root

Nutrient Dense Fruits

  • White grapefruit
  • Pink & red grapefruit
  • Blackberries
  • Strawberries
  • Raspberries
  • Blueberries
  • Orange
  • Lime 
  • Lemon
  • Apples (preferably green)
  • Pineapple 
  • Kiwi

Top Rated Juicers

disassembled juicer on table

There's two primary types of juicers. There's the centrifugal which uses a rapidly spinning blade to extract the juice. Then there's the masticating which slowly smash the juice out of the produce. Both have their pros and cons but overall, if you can get a masticating juicer it pays for itself in the long run.

Centrifugal Juicer: 

The centrifugal juicer is the most common juicer and the one that many people start with. They're affordable, often under $100 and they extract a decent amount of juice. ​Take a look at the pros and cons: 

Pros - Centrifugal Juicer

  • Affordability 
  • Easy to use - plug in and go
  • Easy to clean 
  • Perfect juicer for 1-2 people 
  • Fast juice production
  • Doesn't take up a lot of space
  • Great for hard and fibrous vegetables 

Cons - Centrifugal Juicer

  • Produce more waste
  • Cause the juice to oxidize faster
  • Noisy
  • Less efficient than other types - doesn't get much juice from leafy greens and you can't juice wheatgrass

This is the type of juicer that I started out with. It works as a starter juicer if you're not totally sure how much juicing you're going to do. I would say the biggest benefits of this are its speed and ease of use. The 2 biggest drawbacks, and the ones that caused me to upgrade to a masticating juicer, are that you get very little juice from greens and it causes rapid oxidation of your juice. 

The reason you don't get much from greens is because there's a little space between the juicer and the blades. Its not a big space but big enough to throw wheat grass and leafy greens directly into the pulp container. A way around that is to press your greens into a tight little ball. You'll get slightly more juice but this isn't ideal if you plan on juicing many greens or wheat grass.

It also causes your juice to oxidize faster. This happens for two reasons:

  1. ​The rapidly spinning blades cause friction and heat. This heat can damage the enzymes in your juice. 
  2. The rapid spinning also introduces oxygen into your juice. The extra oxygen also causes the enzymes to break down. 

​If you go this route, you'll want to drink your juice within about 15 minutes. This ensures that you're getting the maximum amount of healthy enzymes from you juice. Below are the two best centrifugal juicers for your money. There are cheaper ones but believe me, just spend the extra money. These two are much easier to use, more powerful, and the motors & blades will last. 

When it comes to centrifugal juicers, this ones top notch.

  • Its powerful
  • Great price - not the cheapest but you get MORE than you pay for with this juicer
  • Very easy to use
  • Clean up is a snap
  • Extremely durable
  • Over 5,000 reviews on amazon and its holding a 4.5 out of 5 star rating (which is impressive)

$99.95 new with a 1 year limited warranty.

If you're really in a hurry, here's a slightly faster juicer. Its the one that was used in the movie FAT, SICK & NEARLY DEAD.

  • Its powerful - 150 watts higher than the previous model
  • Affordable price
  • Very easy to use and clean
  • Uses an Italian mesh filter to extract higher volume of juice
  • Extremely durable
  • Over 4,000 reviews on amazon and its holding a 4.5 out of 5 star rating (which is impressive)

$145.49 new with a 1 year limited warranty


Masticating Juicers:

Masticating juicers are ideal if you plan on juicing regularly. They cost a little more money than the centrifugal juicers but they quickly pay for themselves with higher quality and volume of juice. Check out the pros and cons below: 

Pros - Masticating Juicer

  • You can juice anything - including greens and wheat grass.
  • Produce more juice and less waste than centrifugal juicers 
  • Higher quality juice - much lower heat and friction 
  • Perfect juicer for a family - the final juice stores longer due to the low heat and oxidation
  • Great for hard and fibrous vegetables 
  • Quieter than centrifugal juicers
  • Multiple uses - with attachments - this juicer can make: nut butters, baby food, sorbet, nut milks (such as almond and soy milk), pasta and even crush whole coffee beans. 

Cons - Masticating Juicer

  • More expensive than centrifugal juicers
  • Smaller chute - so you have to do a little pre-cutting.
  • Takes a little longer to extract the juice

Ultimately, if you become a regular juicer you'll probably end up getting a masticating juicer. Clean up takes a few more minutes, its a little slower to extract the juice (because it uses an auger to literally press the juice out) but the final product is well worth it. The biggest reasons I switched, and you probably will too are: 

  1. ​You get more juice - produce is expensive (especially if you go organic...which you should be). I like to get all of the juice I can from the fruits and vegetables I buy. 
  2. You can juice anything - most importantly you can juice greens and wheat grass. I personally love to juice lots of greens and I got tired of hand cranking wheat grass and adding it to my cup. 
  3. Your juice stores longer - this juicer uses an auger rather than spinning blades which results in lower heat, friction and oxidation. Meaning the juice will retain its enzymes for up to 72 hours in the refrigerator. So even though it takes a few more minutes to extract the juice, you can store it and only break out the juicer a few times a week. 
  4. It has multiple uses - I've got limited counter space and I don't have room for many single use machines (other than the coffee pot) cluttering up my space. With a few attachments you can use the masticating juicer to grind coffee, make almond butter and do lots of other fun things making it a go to kitchen accessory.

When it comes to masticating juicers, this ones the best.

  • Its powerful
  • Good price for the level of quality you're getting
  • Quiet 
  • Easy to use 
  • Easy clean up
  • Versatile - food processing, coffee grinding, sorbet, nut butters and more.
  • Extremely durable - comes with a 15 year warranty
  • Almost 3,000 reviews on amazon and its holding a 4.5 out of 5 star rating (which is fantastic). 

$284.95 new with a 15 year warranty

If you're low on space, you may want to go with the Vertical Auger Juicer:

  • Takes up less space in your kitchen
  • Good price 
  • Powerful
  • Quiet 
  • Easy to use and clean
  • High juice yield
  • Extremely durable - comes with a 10 year warranty
  • Almost 3,000 reviews on amazon and its holding a 4.5 out of 5 star rating (which is fantastic). 

From $289.99 new with a 10 year warranty

The primary differences between these two juicers is the size and versatility. The VRT350 (above) is smaller than the Omega J8006. Perfect if you're low on counter space. The VRT350 is however, not as versatile. It can still make nut butters, sorbet, baby food and other things but it doesn't work as a food processor or coffee grinder like the J8006. The J8006 also carries a 15 year warranty as opposed to the 10 year warranty of the VRT350. 


Detox Juice Recipes​


1. Green Magic 

This quick and easy juice is great for a morning pick me up. It's loaded with healthy nutrients that do a great job of boosting your energy and helping to fight off that mid-afternoon fatigue. 

​If you're not a big fan of kale, don't worry, the apple does a great job of masking the taste. 

Kale is loaded with more calcium (per calorie) than milk and more iron (per calorie) than steak.​ The nutrient profile of this drink makes it worthy of the name "green magic." 

green juice smoothie

Ingredients

  • 1 Bunch of kale 
  • 3 Carrots
  • 1 Stalk of Celery 
  • 1 Apple 

Preparation

  1. Wash your vegetables and core the apple. 
  2. Apples can easily be juiced whole. However, the seeds contain amygdalin which releases cyanide when it reaches the digestive system. Its unlikely the seeds of one apple would cause any noticeable changes but we're detoxing so lets keep them out. 
  3. Feed the kale into the juicer. Don't worry about separating the leaves from the stems. Simply juice the whole thing. 
  4. Feed the carrots and then the apple pieces. 
  5. Stir your cup of juice with a spoon to make sure its well mixed. 

2. The Hot Pink

Perfect juice for the morning. The beets add a nice sweet flavor while the ginger adds just a little punch (not overwhelming though).

Beets are loaded with vitamin C and folate which plays a role in DNA synthesis. Beets are also high in flavonoids which can help stimulate liver function and a better detox.

If you're not a fan of beets you can add a little more lemon or 1/2 of a lime to the mix. The acidity of the citrus does a great job of masking the beets while adding a refreshing finish to your drink.

Picture of two cups of beet juice

Ingredients

  • 1 Beet
  • 2 Carrots
  • 3 Stalks of celery 
  • 1/2 Lemon
  • 1/2 Inch of ginger root

Preparation

  1. Wash your vegetables and peel your lemon.
  2. You may need to cut your beet into chunks that can fit into your juicer chute.
  3. Feed the beet, carrots, and lemon into you juicer.
  4. Feed the ginger root and follow it with the celery.
  5. Stir your cup of juice with a spoon to make sure its well mixed. 

3. Energy Booster

​This nutrient dense detox juice is great for the middle of the afternoon. If you feel like you're starting to crash take a few minutes to blend this and you'll be back on your feet. 

The broccoli and cabbage taste are masked well by the oranges. Its not too sweet and just the boost your brain needs to stay focused for the rest of the day. 

Broccoli and cabbage are both loaded with cancer fighting nutrients and folate which also make them a perfect addition to almost any detox juice. 

green juice with broccoli and cabbage

Ingredients

  • 2 Large branches of broccoli
  • 2 Carrots
  • 2 Stalks of celery 
  • 2 Oranges - peeled
  • 1/4 Cabbage

Preparation

  1. Wash your vegetables and peel your orange.
  2. Run the carrots, celery, broccoli, cabbage and peeled orange through the juicer. 
  3. Stir your juice with a spoon and enjoy.

4. Tropical Paradise

​This juice not only tastes amazing but its perfect as a pre-workout drink. 

Since this recipe uses more fruit than the others its naturally higher in sugar content. Sugar is a carbohydrate that can give your body a little boost of energy for your workout.

If we're following the 80/20 rule, the rest of your juices today would be vegetables. ​

Strawberries, Kiwi and Oranges are all loaded with immune boosting Vitamin C. Making this a great drink for keeping your immune system functioning well. ​

glass of fresh juice on the dock

Ingredients

  • 1 handful of strawberries
  • 1 Kiwi
  • 1 Orange (peeled)
  • 1/3 of a Pineapple
  • 1/4 Cabbage

Preparation

  1. Wash your vegetables and peel your orange.
  2. Run the strawberries, kiwi, orange, pineapple and cabbage through the juicer. 
  3. Stir your juice with a spoon and enjoy.

5. The Grounder

Perfect for an evening detox drink. Most of us don't eat enough of these amazing root vegetables. The ones in this juice are loaded with beta carotene, flavonoids and antioxidants. 

Turmeric is loaded with curcumin which is an amazing anti-inflammatory among other things. 

The flavor is this juice is slightly earthy but the lemon does a nice job of livening things up. Simply blend this in the evening and enjoy.

top view of the grounder beet and carrot juice

Ingredients

  • 1 Beet 
  • 3 Large Carrots
  • 1 Inch of Turmeric
  • 1/2 Lemon

Preparation

  1. Wash your vegetables and peel your lemon.
  2. Run the everything through the juicer. You may have to cut your beet into smaller chunks first.
  3. Stir your juice with a spoon and enjoy.

6. Carrot Cocktail

This juice is refreshing on a hot day. It can be served over ice or even mixed with a dash of sparkling water. 

The pineapple and orange give this drink a more tropical flavor while the celery provides natural electrolytes needed for hydration.  

Enjoy this on the sun deck with some friends. Its a healthy and fun alternative to store bought juices loaded with artificial sugars. 

the carrot cocktail juice

Ingredients

  • 3 Large Carrots
  • 1/3 of a Pineapple
  • 1 Orange 
  • 1 Stalk of Celery

Preparation

  1. Wash your vegetables and peel your orange.
  2. Run the everything through the juicer. You may have to cut your pineapple into smaller chunks first.
  3. Stir your juice with a spoon when you're finished. 

7. Cooling Cucumber Lime 

This cucumber lime juice is great for a morning boost. The zesty flavor of the lime combines with the balanced nutrients helping you wake up fast and stay perky all day. 

Cucumber is 96% water which is great for hydration and detoxing. It also contains the skin boosting minerals silicon, magnesium and potassium. Have you ever had a facial with the cucumbers over your eyes? That's why they use them. 

The flavor of this drink is more on the mild side. The kale is virtually undetectable (we're hiding the vitamins in the ice cream here). This is also a great way to get your "apple a day". 

cooling cucumber lime smoothie

Ingredients

  • 1/2 of a Cucumber
  • 3 Celery stalks
  • 3 Kale leaves
  • 1 Apple
  • 1/2 Lime

Preparation

  1. Wash your vegetables and peel your lime.
  2. Feed the kale and lime first. Then feed the rest of the ingredients. The fruits and vegetables with higher water content will wash the juice from the kale and lime into your glass.
  3. Stir your final juice with a spoon to mix well. 

8. The Power Greens

This powerful green drink is full of chloryphyll which promotes hormonal balance, healthy digestion and detoxification. 

This is great any time of day. In fact, this is one you could do all day long. The apple masks the the greens keeping the flavor palatable. And the nutrients in this juice help to keep your immune system running like a well oiled machine. 

Glass of power greens juice on counter

Ingredients

  • 1 Bunch of Spinach
  • 1 Hand full of Chard
  • 3 Kale leaves
  • 1/4 Cabbage
  • 1 Apple

Preparation

  1. Wash your vegetables, peel/core your apple. 
  2. Feed the spinach, chard and kale first. Then follow them with the cabbage and the apple. 
  3. Stir your final juice with a spoon to mix well. 

9. The Island 

The taste of this tropical beverage will bring you right back to that feeling of relaxing on the beach. 

This bright and lively drink is loaded with both vitamin C and citric acid, which is alkaline forming in your body. Perfect if you deal with any kind of indigestion. The citrus will help balance the pH of your stomach. The vitamin C helps your body fight off free radicals and colds. 

tropical drink on counter

Ingredients

  • 1 Orange 
  • 1/2 Grapefruit
  • 6 Strawberries
  • 2 Celery stalks

Preparation

  1. Slice the peels off of your orange and grapefruit. 
  2. Cut the tops off your strawberries.
  3. Feed the berries first followed by the rest of the ingredients. 
  4. Stir your juice and relax. 

10. Ginger Carrot Infusion

This ultra simple juice is full of detoxifying ingredients. The ginger brightens the drink while the apple and carrots add a refreshing flavor. 

When you drink this, you know you're doing something good for yourself. Ginger is also a great remedy for nausea so if you're feeling a little queasy, this could be the drink to reach for. 

two glasses of carrot juice on cutting board

Ingredients

  • 4 Carrots
  • 1/2 Inch of Ginger
  • 1 Apple

Preparation

  1. Wash your vegetables and peel/core your apple. 
  2. Feed the ginger root first followed by the carrots and apple.  
  3. Stir your final juice with a spoon and serve over ice. 

Detox juice Recipes and Lifestyle 

By now you have everything you need to get started detoxing with juice. You know which juicer to buy, you understand how they work, ​you know the 80/20 rule for optimal nutrition, and you've got 10 new recipes. Below I've also posted an infographic you can share with your friends or save for later as a recipe card. 

Juicing is one of the best things you can do to eliminate toxins in your body. Its something that helped me go from getting sick often to never getting sick. Follow these detox juice recipes and you'll be feeling more energetic and toxin free in no time. 


info graphic with 6 detox juice recipes

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