Juice fasting is one of the best things that you can do to quickly ‘re-set’ your health, to recover from tiredness, lose weight, get rid of some toxins and boost your immune system.
The beginning of spring is the ideal time to do a juice fast. A juice fast involves drinking only liquids for a period of time. These liquids should be completely without fibre so the digestive system can have a rest, allowing the body to focus on other housekeeping tasks. A juice fast may last one day, a few days, one or two weeks, and with proper guidance many weeks and even two or three months. Typically vegetable and smaller quantities of fruit juices make up the liquid fast which can also include herbal teas, coconut water, nut mylks and plenty of pure water. No solid food is taken during the fast. Juices will provide some calories and necessary minerals and are much safer and gentler than a water only type fast.
Juice fasting has been shown to improve all aspects of immune system functioning including; elevated macrophage activity, increased cell-mediated immunity, increased immunoglobulin levels, increased neutrophil bactericidal activity, heightened monocyte killing and bacterial functioning and enhanced natural killer cell activity.
When I am juice fasting I include a basic green juice every day which is high in greens and low in fruits. You can find the recipe here. However I like to experiment a bit and have fun creating the drinks so I can enjoy variety and new tastes. Whether you are new or experienced juice faster or just adding juices to your daily menu, these three juice recipes may help you keep things interesting. All recipes make two servings.
The first one is just super delicious because pineapple makes a juice taste amazing. It is recommended to use a slow juicer although these ingredients will work in any type of juicer.
Pineapple beet juice
½ fresh pineapple
8 stalks celery
1 small beetroot
Optional; 1/3 hot red pepper for an extra kick.
Wash all the ingredients. Peel the beetroot and remove the skin of the pineapple. Chop all the ingredients into pieces and feed through your (slow) juicer.
The following two recipes both contain a little fat (from almond or coconut) which is needed on a longer fast, or will provide a bit of energy if you are not able to totally rest while fasting. A small amount of fat will allow for the absorption of fat soluble vitamins and phytonutrients, including antioxidants, such as carotenes like beta-carotene or lycopene, and Vitamins D, E and K.
These recipes also demonstrate an alternative way of making juice in the blender with a nut mylk bag, without a slow juicer. Using this blender method you have a quick way of making a high volume of juice with little washing up to do. Handy if you don’t yet have a slow juicer too!
Small handful soaked brown almonds (approx 65 grams)
1 large ripe mango skinned and stoned
5-6 fresh basil leaves
300ml pure water
Blend all ingredients at high speed and strain through a nut mylk bag.
Make a savoury main meal of the day with this fulfilling juice;
4 – 5 leaves chinese cabbage
4 stalks celery
1/2 yellow bell pepper
½ tablespoon coconut oil
1 teaspoon brown miso
350 ml pure water
Roughly chop the chinese cabbage and celery and put in blender together with all the other ingredients. Blend on high speed for 1 minute and strain through a nut mylk bag.
I hope this article has inspired you to look further into the juice fasting topic, or given you a couple of new recipe ideas to use anytime.
Author: Diana Store