Juice Cleanse 101

Juice Cleansing 101. Let’s figure this thing out!

I’m a huge fan of juicing. I just love it!! And because so many of you have asked me to elaborate on it, I’ve decided to share what my juice cleanses look like from start to finish!

So let’s start at the beginning shall we? Okay well wait, one second. First and foremost let me say, I am not a nutritionist and I don’t claim to know everything. I just know how my body reacts to juicing and it’s nice to shed 5-7 pounds when I’m feeling bloated and pudgy after some serious holiday indulgence. I also know it’s not for everyone – so if you’re totally anti juicing, might I suggest you check out these healthy quinoa salads I’ve been whipping up!

Okay, ready? Let’s go.

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I usually juice for about 5-6 days. 3 years ago when I first started, it was a 3 day cleanse. Which really means 9 days… because there is a 3 day pre cleanse and 3 day post cleanse schedule that I follow. That means, in the 3 days leading up to the cleanse, I cut out basically everything except fruits and vegetables. I eat loaded salads with different veggies, drink boat loads of herbal tea, and hydrate with large amounts of water to prepare myself.

So once I’ve got the 3 days of pre-cleansing under my belt, it’s time to hop into the juicing stage. Let’s talk equipment. I have the Breville Slow Juicer. It’s amazing. I’m obsessed and I like the “slow” juicers because you actually extract more fiber and nutrients from the fruits and veggies which gives you more pulp and gives you a bit of a thicker juice and all that jazz.

So during my 3, 4, 5, or 6 days of “juicing” I drink about 6 glasses of juice a day and 6 glasses of water. I make 3 kinds of juice and for lack of better names, I call them by color:

Green Juice

Fresh Pressed Kale, Cucumber, Apple & Ginger Juice

Red Juice

Fresh Pressed Beet, Spinach and Orange Juice

Orange Juice

Fresh Pressed Carrot & Turmeric Juice

I usually have 3 large glasses of green juice, 2 orange juices and 1 red juice. And then there is the strawberry almond milk I have at the end of they day.

Juice Cleansing 101 - Almond Milk

So here’s what a day would look like for me:

7:00 am wake up – drink some white ginger tea

8:00 am – Green Juice #1 + Water

10:00 Orange Juice #1+ Water

12:00 Green Juice #2+ Water

2:00 Red Juice #1+ Water

4:00 Green Juice #3+ Water

6:00  Orange Juice #2+ Water

8:00 Almond Milk and some more white ginger tea

And that’s about it. Then it’s off to bed where my dreams are usually filled with food. Just kidding, kinda, not really. It’s hard when I live in the food world not to dream about food!!

Post juice cleanse I slowly work my body back onto normal food. I eat lots of raw veggies to start and then slowly work in fruits, quinoa, farro etc. I usually try to stay off of meat for a few more days because that’s just how I roll. And I can promise you when you work your way around to having a burger post juice cleanse – it’s going to be the most delicious thing in the whole wide world.

If you’re new to juicing, I’d say start with a 3 day cleanse. They aren’t easy – and you want to make sure you aren’t going crazy all the time! So I vote for starting on the shorter side and seeing how your body reacts. And for sure, don’t skip the pre and post cleanse – I’ve done it before and it’s not pretty. Your body basically kicks you in the stomach. Trust me.

Day 1 is always the hardest for me because I am “head” hungry. Which basically means I think I’m hungry… but really I’m not. I’m just bored and want to eat. Truth is, I’m packing my body with so many micronutrients, it has plenty to run on. I just start day dreaming about grilled cheese sandwiches and then I go crazy. So if you’re juicing, you should probably stay off the food section of Pinterest. :)

By day 2 I feel like a million bucks. I sleep better at night, wake up in the morning ready to go. (I literally jump out of bed and Thomas thinks I’m a crazy person) Okay and this might sound weird, but you actually see things more clearly. Not figuratively… I mean literally. Things are sharp and crisp and you’re just ready to take on the day!

So… you might be wondering why I juice? Well, I love it. I do it about every 2-3 months as a way to re-set my body and let it rest. And have you guys ever seen that movie, Fat Sick and Nearly Dead? It’s kinda life changing. I’d highly recommend it if you’re into this kinda thing. It’s super inspiring.

Alright. Ready for some recipes… I am going to give you recipes for all 4 of the liquids I drink during the cleanse. And each recipe is enough for 1 glass.

Green Juice

Yield: Makes 1 glass

Green Juice


  • 3 leaves kale, stem removed, roughly chopped
  • 1 handful spinach leaves, roughly chopped
  • 1 cup chopped romaine lettuce
  • 1 bunch parsley, roughly chopped
  • 1/2 English cucumber
  • 2 sticks celery, roughly chopped
  • 1 apple, halved and seeds removed
  • 1 inch piece fresh ginger
  • 1 lemon, rind removed


  1. Place everything into a juicer and juice!

Red Juice

Red Juice


  • 1 apple, quartered
  • 2 red beets, quartered
  • 3 large carrots
  • 1 orange, rind removed
  • 1 (1-inch) piece of ginger
  • 1 handful spinach


  1. Place everything into a juicer and juice!

Orange Juice

Orange Juice


  • 9 carrots
  • 1 orange, rind removed
  • 1 apple, quartered
  • 1 slice pineapple, skin removed
  • 1/2 of a lemon
  • 1 inch turmeric root


  1. Place everything into a juicer and juice!

Strawberry Almond Milk

Strawberry Almond Milk


  • 1/2 cup whole natural almonds
  • 2 cups water
  • 1/2 tablespoon Agave Nectar
  • 1/2 teaspoon Ground Cinnamon
  • 1/2 vanilla bean, seeds removed
  • 3 strawberries, tops removed


  1. Soak the almonds in some water for at least 2 hours
  2. Drain the almonds and combine them with 2 cups of water, agave nectar, cinnamon, vanilla bean and strawberries in a high powered blender and blend for about 2 minutes until smooth.

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  1. a little confused.. isnt a juice cleanse supposed to remove all the fiber so that the nutrients are readily available and absorbed immediately putting less stress on the digestive system making the body have energy and time to detox? sooo wouldnt using a blender to make smoothies just be healthy eating or rather “drinking” not detox or cleansing?

  2. These recipes were amazing…..I tried them and I loved them. So easy and not too many ingredients. Thank You so much, you are the best.

  3. I am excited to try this! Do you have any links for the 3 day pre and post diet. I know you have some ideas, but I was wondering if you had anything a little more in detail?

    1. you can check out pressed juicery website for their recs on the pre and post cleanse!! I just try and eat fruits, veggies and drink a lot of tea to prep!

  4. Hi Gaby, your recipes look great and I can’t wait to try them but I have a quick question. I am allergic to both raw beets and kale. What can I substitute for the beets especially? I’ve just subbed spinach for kale in the past but any other suggestions would be great! Thanks!

  5. Hi! This might seem like a dumb question, but when you say 9 carrots, what size carrots are you using? Like the big carrots with the tops still on or the precut ones? Thanks!!

  6. Gaby! Such a lovely recipes for juicing you got there. What I would love to try is the strawberry almond milk. I just would like to ask, what kind of blender did you use in order to achieve that kind of consistency? This would be perfect to drink before I go to sleep. Thanks for sharing!

  7. Hi there, thanks for the ideas! I am allergic to celery… do you have any suggestions on what to replace it with or should I just add some extra cucumber?

  8. Thanks for sharing this such informative blog about the juice cleanse are very famous these days because it helps you to improve your health and the functioning of body like skin, liver, kidneys, intestine and other parts of the body.

  9. Is there a juice to replace the one with almonds and strawberries at night that you recommend? I’m allergic to both. Thanks!

  10. Hi all. I’m new to your site Gaby. Thanks for the good information. I am in the process of picking recipes for my first juice cleanse. I don’t have a juicer. I see that you say that a blender will work but I am hoping that someone that has tried it in a blender can confirm that it worked. I’m skeptical of the carrots and beets being anything smaller than bits and pieces. Thanks!

    1. Hey Mattie! If you have a super high power blender like a blend-tec or vitamix then it will work great!

  11. Are these recipes the bulk recipe or should I double it? I am starting today with the salad and veggies. With 2-3 juices.

  12. Hi! Love this recipe plan, and I can’t wait to try it! I am allergic to pineapple, so I was wondering if there is a comparable substitute? Maybe half a peach or something? Thanks!

  13. Great article Gaby! I love juice cleansing also, and especially loved your green juice recipe! I also liked how you included ginger tea into your cleanse. A lot of people don’t know that adding teas, and especially herbal teas is not only good for cleansing goals, but also really helps with adding variety. Some days you just need that little change up in your juice cleanse to keep you going!

    I’m going to have try your red juice recipe next! :)

  14. Hi Gaby,
    some great recipes those juices looks great I own the Breville Slow Juicer too, I love it but its been gathering dust for some time your article has just given me the push to dust it off and get back into juicing.
    Thanks 😉

  15. Hi Gaby,

    I am looking to follow your cleanse this month and I just wondered are your recipes for one juice or a bulk of juice? Thanks Emily

  16. I really want to do juicing but I don’t want to loose weigh, just be super healthy!! Any sugestions?
    Zelia Barbosa

  17. Hi. Couple questions please and thanks
    About how many onces are you making your juices? Also are the recipes listed for one juice? Or the whole day?

  18. Hi there,
    I am allergic to all tree nuts. Can I use unsweetened flax milk for the strawberry almond
    as a substitute?

  19. Gaby, thanks for the step by step juice cleansing process! I’m always looking for more great juicing recipes, so thanks for these colorful ideas! I haven’t actually done a cleanse yet, but I think it’s probably time to clean out my system! Thanks for the advice.

  20. Hi Gaby,
    I recently came across your website and love the juice cleanse recipes! Do you happen to know the nutritional value (approx) for each juice? Thanks!

    1. Hi Liz! I don’t know the nutritional value for each juice – so sorry!! I don’t have the software to calculate that! Hope you enjoy them!

  21. Thank you so much for posting this Gaby, I really appreciate it. Here’s my story: I just found out a couple weeks ago that I am heavily sensitive to Milk and Egg products. My stomach was like a war zone it was so bad. I would find myself feeling horrible, nauseous, and sick quite a bit. I finally figured out what it was and switched up my diet, however my stomach was still feeling a bit off from all of the craziness I sustained over time. I decided to try out this cleanse to get rid of anything left over from the poisoning of my system. Yesterday was my final day on the cleanse and today I feel phenomenal. Back to myself again. Thank you so much for this. For anyone trying this, if you have a ‘Wholesome Choice’ nearby, try them out for the ingredients. It was super cheap to do this cleanse, whereas it would have cost me a fortune if I had gone to Vons, Ralphs, or any of the other well recognized brand stores. Good luck to all who are trying this out!

  22. Question — I have a sadist for a personal trainer who likes to torture me a few times a week. Do you think it would be okay if I had more juice on the days he tortures me? I burn off some serious calories!

    Thank you.

    1. I think so!! Also, on days when I’m going nuts at the gym I eat a ton of slices of cucumber just to keep me full. :)

  23. Gaby, Thank you for sharing your recipes! I’m constantly on the go and on the road most of the time. How long will the juices stay for if I made them in bulk and refrigerate?

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