After purchasing a bottle of a popular juice detox for $30 many, many years ago and reading the list of ingredients, I learned it was only a juice fast with a fancy label. I did drop a few pounds, but it was hard to only drink juice for a day. I had a headache and felt weak and tired. I am told this is normal for some, but it is a feeling I don’t like. Not one single bit. But, I love my juices and I love my smoothies so I wanted to share with you guys a recipe I worked on back in early 2000s. This recipe was one of the first I ever posted online and it was one of the first pieces that earned me income for publishing online (for recipes, not for other content/writing.)
I still don’t know how the guy from “Fat Sick and Nearly Dead” did it. First, I need to have that chewing sensation. Second, the taste was not good. It was bland and tasted like a watered down V-8 vegetable juice drink. I like making my own juices, but his concoction was just….ew. Maybe because it had way too many different vegetables in it. Not sure. So over the years I have experimented with different flavor combinations. I have a few recipes that are my go-to and every once in a while when I have a bowl of fruit that no one seems to want to eat, I juice it so it doesn’t go to waste.
Some people like to do a fasts or detoxes and can handle it. Every person’s body is different. I understand that, but I always felt that some of those juice fasts on the market today are way overpriced. Using fresh products in your own juice would be much more beneficial. Don’t let anyone tell you that you must have some big fancy powerhouse of a juicer You don’t. Most of the people pushing those $200 juicers get a kickback of some kind so of course they are going to tell you it’s the holy grail of juicers.
I’m not going to tell you that. I have a food processor I purchased from the thrift store a few years ago. I blend a lot with that and my $20 Kmart Oyster blender. We just recently picked up an old school juicer from the thrift store and it works just fine.
Now that I am trying to lose weight again, I and trying to eat less meat, eat more vegetables and get some exercise in. If I am looking to do some sort of detox or flush rather than a fast, I pull out my recipe and make this juice myself.
Once, I sold the recipe on Ebay with great success (folks I am talking the early 2000s. I wouldn’t dare try to do it now, especially since its made its way around the interwebs.) Lots of people have emailed me with lots of thanks. Then, everyone else started to sell it too. Some were an exact copy, others had some variations. Shame on them! Ok. Maybe not. I understand the whole “inspired by” and “adapted from” only us early recipe posters didn’t get a single credit from anyone sharing/selling our recipes.
My local juice bar is now making something similar to this and it is delish. I’m really happy to see the trend towards smoothies and juices.
Create Your Own Juice Detox
- 1 CUP Papaya Juice
- 1 banana
- 1/2 cup green tea / strongly brewed
- 1 scoop protein powder
- 1/2 cup blueberries / can be frozen
- 1/4 cup carrot juice
- 1/4 cup apricot juice
- 1/2 cup non-fat plain yogurt
- Blend all of the above together till smooth. Serve over ice.
- Drink every 3 hours or less ( up to 6 times per day ).
- If you are not using your own fresh made juice, try to use juices with no added sugar or corn syrups, this is the key to losing.
- Supplement with 1/2 cup of the following raw veggies between shakes:
- Celery sticks baby carrots
- Green pepper slices mushroom slices
- Cherry tomatoes shredded lettuce
- Yellow squash slices
- Do this for no more then 3 days. This is meant to jump start your weight loss , cleanse, flush, detox, etc.
- It is not meant to be continued after 3 days.
- It can, however, be repeated every 2 weeks or so. As always, check with your Doctor for his or her advice on weight loss and diets.
If you are interested in more of my smoothie , juice and protein powder recipes please check out my recipe book “Do Anything With Protein Powder.”
Enjoy and good luck!
A detoxifying juice is very welcome now when we prepare for the warm season.
After a pretty cold winter, I will try this fresh and nutritious drink.
Robin (Masshole Mommy) says
I would love to try this. I have been saying to my hubby that I wanted to do a cleanse the past few weeks.
Stacie @ Divine Lifestyle says
Thanks so much for sharing this recipe! I’ve always heard that a detox was good for the body, but the commercial ones charge so much to play on that word.
I do a lot of differrent detoxes. I love making my own concoctions. Need to try your recipe out.
I’ve been recently testing out different detoxs. I’m currently doing one with essential oils.
I’ve always been curious about juice detoxing. If I ever do one I will use this recipe.
Liz Mays says
I didn’t know detoxes could sound so delicious. This might be a nice thing to try out!
Sounds great! I need to try this at some point. I want to try a juice detox and have for some time! So, why not!
Amy Desrosiers says
I can honestly say that I do not think I have ever tried papaya fruit! I better add it to my shopping list though!
I have ulcerative colitis and juice doesn’t sit well with me, but it really does sound amazing! I bet it’s something my husband would like to try at some point in the future!
YUM, I could totally inhale this drink. I love love love papaya!
Danielle @ We Have It All says
Detox is so good for the body. I have done it many times.
Chrysa Duran says
Wow look at all the good stuff in that juice detox drink. Thanks for sharing. I love finding new recipes that taste good.
Marcie W. says
I love protein smoothies and have one at least once a week for lunch. I always make sure the kids are in school since they try and hijack my delicious treat.
Katy Rawson says
Thank you for the juice detox information. I don’t buy them for myself because they are way too expensive. I have just added your recipe to my own recipe book. Thank you for sharing this.
We definitely need to try this! What a great recipe!
Veronica - Casa Vilora Interiors says
I do make my own juices. I have done the detox juices as well
Debbie Denny says
We juice just for this reason. Makes a healthy alternative.
Ann Bacciaglia says
I will have to tr this juice detox. It sounds like it tastes delicious. I have been wanting to do a detox for a while.
Well making your own is even better than buying if you know what you’re doing. I’m always amazed that I don’t think of such cool things until someone else mentions them. 🙂
I’ve been thinking of doing this. I will have to try your recipe!
My body could use a good juice detox. This recipe actually looks really tasty!
I have never done a detox. But I bet it would be beneficial to try one.
Tracy @ Ascending Butterfly says
Do you know if it’s as effective without the green tea? I’m just not a tea person.
I do my own juicing, but detoxing is not for me. I have to eat (chew). I’ve been great at keeping track of every calorie I put into my mouth and exercising and have lost as of this past Sunday, 27 pounds since Dec. 26th. I have about 8 pounds to go to reach my goal. I will add that if I were to detox, making my own juices would be the only way I could do it. 🙂
I didnt know detox juice could be so expensive $20-30 bucks??! Nope i must try yours gotta get this body right for the summer lol!
Debbie L. says
Pinned your post to my Healthy Living Board. I will give this a try. Thanks
Shannon Gurnee says
I’ve heard about Juice Detox, but I’ve honestly been way too afraid to ever try one. Thanks for this great post.