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I know a lot of you are curious about juicing or finally got yourself a new juicer. Congratulations! Juicing is an awesome way to get nutrients in your body. Look at fresh vegetable juice as a liquid vitamin – better than any pill you could pop in your mouth. There are people out there that have cured their cancer with juicing. Check out Jess from Wellness Warrior if you want to get inspired!

Why juice over eating a carrot or making a green smoothie?

By stripping away the indigestible fiber and drinking it alone, your body can assimilate the vitamins and minerals immediately. When the body has other “stuff” to deal with, many of the nutrients get passed through the digestive system without being used.

What kind of juicer should you get?

My first juicer was a Jack LaLanne juicer from Costco for about $89. I didn’t know how I was going to like it so I didn’t want to spend a lot of money. This juicer is a centrifugal juicer, where the produce is shredded then spun through a fine mesh basket, extracting the juice along the way.

The problem with this type of juicer is you get less juice, particularly out of the greens. The nutrients also deteriorate faster do to the heat caused by the friction and the amount of oxygen the juice is exposed to. But, centrifugal juicers are the most reasonably priced juicers out there and still great to start with.

I just graduated to a Green Power twin gear juicer, which uses a different technology to extract the juice. Two large “screws” are fitted so close together that when the produce is pushed through, it presses the juice out. It minimizes the exposure to oxygen, the slow moving gears do not produce heat, and pressing the juice yields way more juice. I guess I’m getting about 25% more juice. I have actually had to alter some of my recipes because I am getting so much more juice out of my greens, it has changed the taste!

Whatever juicer you start out with, good for you. Don’t get too hung up on spending a lot of money to get the “best” juicer out there. It needs to fit into your lifestyle, countertop and budget!

How often should you juice?

I try to juice 4-5 times a week. I drink about 8 ounces on those days that I juice. Kris Carr juices a couple times a day, everyday. Jess juices on the hour, 13 times a day! If you are trying to cure something, your juicing will be much different than if you are healthy and are using juice as a way to augment your nutrient intake.

Bottom line, DO WHAT YOU CAN. Work it into your life. Get used to it. It feels big at first, but it gets easier.

Ready to start?

Here is an easy recipe for you!

Ginger Beet Juice

4 beets
6-8 carrots (about 12-14 ounces)
1 apple
1 peeled lemon
1/2 inch piece of ginger

Wash your beets, carrots and apple thoroughly, but don’t peel. You’ll be giving away minerals! Juice and enjoy! (Makes 2 servings)

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Thanksgiving is OVER. OK, stomach? You have got to get a grip. I finally had to throw away the pie because you were out of control and greedy.

This is what you are getting today and you will like it:

Actually, if there is one “take away” from my Blueprint Cleanse was that juice doesn’t have to suck.

My previous philosophy was, juice whatever you have around and choke it down.

I never tried to make it taste GOOD.

So, I’ve been attempting to replicate the Blueprint Green Juice secret recipe.

I think it is pretty close. My greens are spinach, kale and swiss chard.

That was typically all I would juice, and it tasted like $h!t. Anyone who tells you kale juice straight up is yummy is lying.

Just like a shot of tequila, those bad boys need a chaser.

A couple apples, lemons, celery stalk and cucumber will do…

The recipe makes enough for two juices. I have been storing them in my used Kombucha bottles, so don’t let that confuse you. I just like the size and the ability to grab it and go. Some people like to store it in mason jars, but they can get a little messy in the car…

“Blueprint Cleanse” Green Juice Recipe (inspired by Blueprint Cleanse)

  • 3 oz kale leaves (approx 4 medium leaves)
  • 3 oz spinach leaves (approx two large handfuls)
  • 3 oz swiss chard leaves (approx 3 large leaves)
  • 2 apples
  • 3 stalks of celery
  • 1 really big cucumber
  • 2 lemons

Juice them all, skim the “froth” off the top (who like a mouthful of green foam?) and store them in glass containers. The less exposure to oxygen the better, so the tapered top of the Kombucha bottles is a good choice since there is only a small area exposed.

This recipe makes enough for two 14 ounce servings.


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I’m a bit shocked that I’m standing. (actually, I’m sitting at the computer typing – and I’m equally surprised I can do that)

Never in the history of my life have I ever gone 3 days without solid food. Except for the first 6 months of life, but that hardly counts.

Have I told you how much I love food?

ALL FOOD: brussel sprouts, beets, kale, queso, steak, donuts.

I could never be a vegan because I believe all food groups have the undeniable right to self expression. Like, when I’m mad, I like to express it over ice cream.

For someone who loves food as much as me, these cleanses are more of MY MARATHON.

As much as I love the feeling of being light, energetic and rejuvenated, I GET STOKED TO SEE IF I CAN ACTUALLY DO IT.

You train for an Ironman, I live on mung beans for 5 days. You like to complete the NY Times Friday crossword, I enjoy counting poop stones.

We all have our thing…

Enough already! Here is the skinny on the Blueprint cleanse (some more info here and here)

1. I LOVED IT. I kind of thought the price tag would end up being a waste, but I loved not having the hassle of juicing myself. It was so easy and they were delicious. The Green Juice was so mild and tasty, I almost wondered…don’t things have to suck to be worth it?

The PAM (Pineapple, Apple, Mint) was like a dessert. So yummy. When was the last time you allowed yourself to drink 16 ounces of fruit juice? Slurpalicious.

I adored the cashew milk, although one of my cohorts in this thought it was too pulpy and wanted it to be smoother. The other agreed with me and thought it tasted like ice cream.

My middle-of-the-road cleanse did not inclue the “Cab #5” which contained beet, carrot, apple, ginger and lemon juice. This is only included in the first level cleanse. But, my good friend doing this with me let me try it and I LOVED IT! She was ho-hum… little to “beety”. But apparently I love the taste of dirt.

The spicy lemonade was fine, but a little too watery for me. I can make my own lemon water, thank you very much. I want something a little more “meaty” please…I’m dying over here.

All-in-all, I thought they drinks were lovely. Maybe too many non-green juices? Hummm…it would have been hard to give up that PAM, though…

2. IT WAS MEDIUM HARD. Which surprised me. I think having it all done for me took the stress out of it, making it outstandingly easier.

Was I hungry? Sometimes. Especially when I smelled something! I wasn’t as hungry as I was weak at times. From around 3-6 (right when the kids get home. Lovely) I was dragging. Then I perked up. And by 11pm when I went to sleep, I was starving. Sleepwalk for Oreos starving.

3. IT WORKED. On so many levels.

First, I dropped six pounds in three days. I know, I know, its water…but I was feeling so bloated, I’m happy to get rid of it!

Second, I totally had B.O….OMG, stinky. That has never happened before. I nearly ralphed over my smell after hot yoga. Clearly, I was getting rid of some old toxic nastiness.

Third, my breath was wretched. All my children made independent comments about it. I NEVER have bad breath. So, I used my tongue scraper to help it along. Yuck. Again, another way my body was eliminating junk.

Fourth, my skin initially had a little break out. Just couple babies, but obviously tied to my body letting things go. Now, it looks fabulous – a little extra glow from the phytonutrients and super hydration.

And lastly, because I know my long time followers know I WILL GO THERE. The answer is NO, I didn’t have crazy #2 experiences. I just peed a ton. This type of cleanse is to give the digestive track a break from hard work and allow the body to use that energy to clean house. There is just nothing to poop out, guys. If it was a cleanse of all raw vegetables, you better believe I would have some stories…

Here to the weekend and SOLID food! Have a great one!

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Sweet Jesus, the box weighed a ton of bricks. I couldn’t wait to open it…

Ahhh, gorgeous bottles of juice.

I have to be honest, this wasn’t my first impression. No. I panicked.

I thought I was going to get a box a day, so I feared I had screwed up my order and somehow clicked for three people, not three days. Images of how I was going to convince my husband and children to drink the excess juice flashed before my eyes.

Nope, they just ship up to three days at a time since they can guarantee the juice for that long.


I have got to say, the packaging and correspondence from this company has been awesome.

Just look at these pretty bottles…

They have been preparing me with great, funny emails full of information and tips.

One of which was to do a “pre-cleanse” to prep my body for three days of pure juice.

But, on the day of Halloween, I had other ideas. Like eat candy.

Oh, and pizza. Did I mention chocolate-peanutbutter Rice Krispie treats?

I’ve always been a rule breaker. Truly. My teachers felt genuine disgust for me. Ask my mom…

And if the “pre-cleanse” offense wasn’t enough, I broke the cleanse before I even started it. Not kidding.

It wasn’t that bad. Just an apple.

My juice hadn’t arrived by the time I was to leave to play two hours of tennis and I didn’t want to faint on my partner. COMPLETELY VALID EXCUSE.

So, I finally tasted my first juice at 12:30 and had my last at 7:00.

How has it been? Not bad! I’ll tell you more tomorrow, but I had to get these pictures out of my system. You HAD to see the pretty packaging before I go and dink it all.

I am fully obsessed with these cool bottles, can you tell?

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Yikes! I’ve done it.


I hit the “place order” and now I’m totally committed.


Starting Tuesday, when my house is full of chocolate and smarties, I am starting a Blueprint Cleanse.



Last year I committed to doing a mini cleanse every other month. It was my way to stay on track as well as try new cleanse ideas.


This year I decided to do something a little different: investigate and try three cleanses from three different companies.


Three? Because THEY ARE SO EXPENSIVE! Yes, your Dalai dearest isn’t getting these for free. As a matter of fact, I contacted the company asking for a discount since I would be writing about it and got shot down. The good news is you will trust my opinion that much more. (Although, I will ALWAYS tell you the truth. My long time friends know that is the best and worst part of me.)


Yes, at a price tag of $255 for 3 days of juices, you better believe I’ll tell you the whole truth and nothing but the truth.



My first box of juices will be delivered to me Tuesday.


So, God help you, my precious readers, if I’m feeling a little crabby on Wednesday…



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Dear God,

May this

Two beets and one green apple juice

Cleanse me of all my eating sins.

May is reverse the cupcake damage

and affliction from processed nacho cheese.

Please forgive me for thinking bad thoughts

of people driving slow in the fast lane,

for I was under the influence of sucrose.

Provide me with the strength to

survive the sugar shakes

during my Monday rehab.


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I’m cracking up at myself – totally forgot to post this yesterday. Major brain fart.

Good luck keeping it clean this weekend! We’ve just started getting back in the swing of things, so don’t give up now….

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Look good? This drink is SO refreshing and yummy. It will become your favorite summer juice! Dust of your juicer, readers, you won’t regret it…




Cucumber Mint Limeade

  • 1 medium cucumber
  • 1 pealed lime
  • 1 bunch of mint leaves
  • Pinch of stevia sweetener to taste
Juice your cucumber, lime and mint leaves.  Stir in stevia and pour over ice!

Try this variation:  use basil leaves instead of mint.  Delish!

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Here is an awesome tip that one of my amazing, smart readers turned me onto that revolutionized my juicing routine: bag it!

Do you see what I mean?

Not every juicer works the same, but with a centrifuge juicer you have a large pulp catcher that collects all of the discarded vegetable fibers.

There is already enough to clean up, so why add one more thing? Just use an old produce or grocery store bag and you can clean it up in a snap!

That way you can get to your juice while it’s nice and fresh. Here is a glass of carrot, cucumber, spinach and mint juice sitting on my Great Grandma Lina’s handmade table cloth. Did I tell you sho only had one arm? God, I loved that woman. She lived until she was 96 – and she didn’t even juice!

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I have been SO bad about juicing. I got out of the routine with the holidays and never got back! After a serendipitous blog post from Oh She Glows and then parusing my most recent purchase, Kris Karr’s Crazy Sexy Diet book, my juicing fire was stoked.

I had some beets, celery, carrots and apple handy…

Don’t be fooled by the fruit punch color. It still mostly tastes like beets, which for some like eating dirt of the bottom of your shoe. Oh, but it’s so good for you!

Then I whipped up my Veggie Scramble (recipe here) with onions, red peppers and spinach.

And breakfast was served…

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