Cleanse Recipes

cleanse recipes

I asked some of my family members and friends to give you their experiences of doing the cleanse and their favorite juice concoctions.  One thing I have noticed post cleanse is that  I am miss the juice.  In fact I am going to juice along with my meals.  I love the energy it gives me.   In fact most of us that are off the cleanse still want to juice.  Britta just bought a juicer, go Britta!!  I will still do green smoothies in addition to drinking juice, but I love how nourished I feel drinking the juice.

As a group (13 people) we lost around; 117 pounds.  One of Scottie’s siblings lost 20 pounds.  That is just a bonus, really what I thought was so amazing is that everyone who stuck with the cleanse  said they experienced more energy, felt lighter, cleaner, cravings for sweets and soft drinks went down, my father in laws need for insulin went down, and you feel empowered sticking to something that is hard.  It isn’t easy to cleanse, but it makes you feel so good.  I think I will do mini cleanses or follow the reboot program in the future, maybe next January.

Leave a comment below if you had a favorite juice recipe, or experienced any benefits from cleansing.  You didn’t have to cleanse for 10 days to feel  benefits!


Debbie’s Fall Juice (from Reboot)

  • 4 cups butternut squash
  • 1 large organic honeycrisp apple
  • dash cinnamon

Mean Green Juice (original)

This is the official recipe used by Joe Cross and Phil Staples according to the Reboot program.

  • 6 Kale Leaves
  • 1 Cucumber
  • 4 Celery Stalks
  • 2 Green Apples
  • 1/2 Lemon
  • 1 piece of ginger

Mean Green #2 Juice

  • 1 cup spinach
  • 6 kale leaves
  • 1 orange
  • 1 apple
  • 6 strawberries

Des’s juice

  • 4 stalks celery
  • 4 carrots
  • 1 apple
  • 1 pear


  • 2 fresh grapefruits
  • 2 C pineapple
  • 1 C of strawberries

Juice the grapefruits and pineapple.  Put the juice in the blender and add the whole strawberries-green leaves included! Blend it up for a sweet treat that tastes like a little piece of heaven.  You can add ice to make it more smoothie like in texture.


Add an apple to the juice to sweeten it up.

Enjoy and happy juicing!


Orange Bliss Juice

  • 6 carrots
  • 2 oranges (peeled)
  • 1 apple
  • 1 stalk, celery
  • 1 slice of lemon
  • 4-5 handfuls of spinach


Red Power Juice

  • 1 beet
  • 1 apple or orange
  • 6 carrots

Carrie’s Sweet Smoothie

  • Spinach
  • Banana
  • Strawberries
  • Blended with fresh OJ

Really delicious!

Benefits and Tips From The Cleanse

Jen’s Experience:
My personal goals for the cleanse were to get over my Pepsi and junk food addictions, and to lose weight. I wanted to lose lots of weight.

I think the first day was the hardest. I wanted so bad to go get a 44oz. Pepsi and a bag of licorice, I wanted to cry. But I didn’t, so on to the next three days. Hard, but do-able, along with a lot of ibuprofen for the caffeine withdrawal headaches. I wouldn’t say the rest was home free, but resisting cravings did become easier. I had the occasional cheats( a handful of pretzels, a couple crackers) but for the most part I was very proud of myself. I made it 8 days. Jeff came home with pizza that night, so that was the end of me.
There were a few things that I couldn’t stand to juice. Tomatoes: juice gross, actual tomatoes yummy. So I ate them whole. Avocados were the same way. I couldn’t bring myself to put them in juice……….I juiced some things and blended others. Mostly depending on their consistency or price. I juiced citrus, apples, pineapple, carrots, cucumbers, celery. I blended bananas, berries, and leafy greens. Spinach and Kale were hard at first, then I found that my old blender would puree them. In the mornings I did mostly fruit, I don’t think you can go wrong with any combination. I would add more vegetables as the day went on. I never went without some fruit. Green apples and lemons mostly with my vegetables. If it wasn’t so good I’d just add another apple. I would just go by what I had already had that day and what I felt I needed more of. One of the first days I made a ‘salsa’ juice, with onions, peppers, and tomatoes(you know, who doesn’t like fresh salsa?). It was SO bad, I just couldn’t do it. I poured it out and made a fruit smoothie instead.

I lost 5 lbs. the first 4 days, very happy. Then nothing, very sad! I even worked out. I don’t know what went wrong there.

My cravings, however, were cured!!! Yeah!! Stopped to get my daughter treats for a trip at a gas station yesterday, and I was not even tempted to get a Pepsi or chocolate! My kids made me make brownies, and I didn’t even care if I had one. Two weeks ago I would have eaten the whole pan myself. Yesterday afternoon I was hungry and trying to figure out what I wanted to eat and I decided … juice! Two days after I was done with my cleanse. Yeah me!!!

Britta’s Experience:

Doing the juice cleanse has been such a life changer for me! I feel so much better – both physically and mentally. My body feels clean, energetic and calm. I am excited to incorporate juice into my everyday eating. Some juices were better than others but I felt like the taste of most of them were ok – especially if the juice was fresh that day. But on the days that I just couldn’t handle one more sip of juice, I treated myself with a little fruit concoction I like to call HEAVEN.  Recipe above.

Carrie’s Experience

I was very surprisingly NOT very hungry.  Occasionally I’d get a twinge of hunger, but it didn’t last long.  Once your mind is made up, you just simply know you’re not eating for awhile.  I did miss chewing, but again, you know you’re in it for 10 days.  You can do anything for 10 days!
Scottie’s Experience:

So it was just 10 days of my life.  10 days of nothing but juice and smoothies.  10 days I wont miss, that is, unless I find myself in a situation where my belly is hanging over my belt line and I am need of some internal cleansing again.  The hopes are that wont ever happen but life has a way of delivering the unexpected no matter how well intended you are.

It all began about 3 weeks ago, I was in the basement thumbing through my Amazon account for a good documentary to watch while I folded some laundry. Well, I stumbled upon the documentary “Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead”, I thought, hhmmmm that sounds interesting, read some reviews and gave it a go.  The next day I told Desi that she needed to watch that sometime, well a couple days later Desi and I watched it and she was sold on doing a 10 day juice cleanse.  I thought to myself if I could just get my parents and siblings to watch this I think it would motivate them to want to join Desi and I, and we could have a little moral support group cleansing together.

The next thing I know my parents and 9 siblings (including in-laws), and our friend Britta started doing the cleanse with Desi and I.  I must admit when Desi set the date to start on Monday the 5th I hadn’t really mentally prepared for it.  Monday the 5th came sooner than later and we were off to the races.  Most of my siblings held true, a few had some slips but I am just stoked they took the leap and tried it.

The cleanse was not physically difficult for me, rather it was mentally draining.  I just wanted to chew something.  Thankfully in times of possible weakness like when we were at a wedding luncheon on day 6 and they were serving a aromatic dish of deliciousness Desi was there. Or when I had a presentation to give last night at the Blue Lemon restaurant I just thought of those that were still staying true and how I had to hang in there for the group.

Other than those times I had it pretty easy because I would go to work being occupied and away from food.  The real champs are those that did this while staying home all day preparing meals for the little bambinos.  I will gladly go to work, thank you very much. Thanks to Desi he is beyond full of energy. I wonder if there is a way I could power my house utilizing some of his energy. Anyway, I think I had it pretty easy compared to those staying home for the majority of the day.

Would I do it again?  Under the right circumstances sure why not, after all its just 10 days of your life.  Okay, being honest the next time around I will probably just do something like juice for 3 days, eat fruits and veggies for 3 days, then juice for 3 days.  Something like that.  Who knows time will tell.

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6 Responses to Cleanse Recipes

  1. Kristin says:

    Des, I want to do it because I have to get the sugar out of my system! But, two questions: first, if I did a shorter version, say three days–would that be enough to make me stop craving sugar? And two, I’m training for Utah Valley right now. Should I wait? Is there a way to modify to get the same cleansing effects but still get the needed energy to train for longer runs?

    • desiree says:

      I wouldn’t do the cleanse in the middle of your training. You can exercise on it but I wouldn’t do long runs on it. I would take sugar out completely for one week and you will start getting over your cravings for it. You could also do a high raw diet with lots of green smoothies, vegetables, fruits, and whole grains. That is great fuel for your training and would help with the cravings as well because you would be getting all of the nutrition that you need. You could also add juice to your diet, but during training I wouldn’t do just juice. Let me know what you do.

  2. Chrissy says:

    I am going to do this asap, like tomorrow. Thank you for posting such great recipes. So funny, I was reading Carrie’s story and she mentioned she was motivated by a video. I was online today and came a across an ABC Primetime Investigation video on a nutraceutical called Protandim. I was stunned (you can watch it at Then I started researching health and found my way here. =) So excited to start this cleanse! Thanks, I’ll let you know how it goes for me!

    • desiree says:

      Oh great. Keep me posted. A great documentary is Fat Sick and Nearly Dead. That is what motivated us to do the cleanse. I posted a lot of fruit juice recipes that was our favorites, but I would try and get some veggie juices in too. I will have to watch Protandim. Good luck. Let me know if their is anyway I can help you.

  3. Wow how did i miss this post?! Thanks for the recipes. I think I’m going to try the 15 day reboot once I try out some more recipes on my juicer and try some new smoothie recipes. I need to get a few staples before I try this again! My friend is on day 31! On just juice! Gonna try a few of these recipes. 🙂

    • desiree says:

      Oh wow straight juice! That is so amazing. I actually miss just drinking juice, that sounds funny but you feel so energized and light. 15 days would be awesome! Let me know how it goes for you.

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