5 Post-Holiday Juice Cleanses You Can Make at Home

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So you've made it through the piles of stuffing and gravy at Thanksgiving, the heaping plates of fried latkes and donuts at Hanukkah, and the 18 trays of Christmas cookies your aunt made. Now you have to fit into that now super-tight-fitting outfit on New Year's Eve. Shit.

Well, don't worry -- we're here to help. Why not jump-start that inevitable resolution diet you're going on with a post-holiday vitamin boost?

Here are five juices you can make at home:

1. Green Juice: Kale, Spinach, Kiwi, Apple & Banana

  • 1 large handful kale
  • 1 large handful spinach
  • 1 kiwi
  • 1 chopped granny smith apple
  • 1 banana

    Use a juicer to juice kale, spinach, kiwi and apple. Transfer to a blender and mix in 1 banana.

    Benefits
    Kale/Spinach: high in fiber, iron and vitamins A, C & K; anti-inflammatory benefits; help fight against arthritis, asthma and autoimmune disorders; great detoxifiers for liver, aid in digestion, curb overeating
    Kiwi: high in Vitamin C, Potassium, beta-carotene and fiber; helps prevent colon cancer
    Apples: good for the liver and intestines, inhibit inflammation, aid endurance
    Bananas: help prevent muscle cramps after exercise, help aid digestion, boost metabolism, good source of energy

    2. Pineapple, Apple & Cucumber Juice

  • ½ pineapple, skinned and chopped
  • 2 red apples
  • ½ large seedless cucumber, peeled

    Juice all ingredients.

    Benefits
    Pineapples: good for eyes and skin; help with allergies, arthritis, inflammation and edema
    Apples: good for the liver and intestines; inhibit inflammation; aid endurance
    Cucumbers: help hydrate and detoxify; aid digestion

    3. Beet, Apple & Carrot Juice

  • 1 medium beet, washed and peeled
  • 1 large carrot, peeled
  • 2 red apples

    Juice all ingredients.

    Benefits
    Beets: high in iron; help detoxify liver; purify blood; protect against heart disease and colon cancer; high source of energy
    Apples: good for the liver and intestines; inhibit inflammation; aid endurance
    Carrots: very high in pro-vitamin A or carotene; reduce bile and fat in liver; flush out toxins

    4. Berry-Ginger Lemonade

  • juice of two large lemons
  • 1 tsp honey (or agave nectar)
  • 1 tbsp chopped fresh ginger
  • 1 cup water
  • ¼ cup blackberries
  • ½ cup blueberries

    Blend ingredients until smooth, and pour through a strainer if desired. Serve over ice and garnish with a lemon wedge.

    Benefits
    Lemons: good for liver and gallbladder; help with allergies, asthma, cardiovascular disease and colds
    Blueberries: help strengthen immune system; lower fever
    Blackberries: reduce inflammation; promote healthy digestion
    Honey: energy booster
    Ginger: reduces pain and inflammation; remedies nausea; relieves heartburn and migraines; protects against ovarian and colon cancer

    5. Orange, Peach & Carrot Juice

  • 2 oranges, peeled
  • 4-6 carrots, peeled
  • 2 peaches, peeled and quartered, seeds removed
  • 1 lemon, juiced
  • ½ tbsp chopped fresh ginger

    Juice or blend all ingredients. Mix with 1-2 cups water. Strain and serve chilled.

    Benefits
    Oranges: strengthen immune and nervous systems; good for cardiovascular disease, obesity and varicose veins
    Peaches: improve skin health; help detoxify
    Carrots: very high in pro-vitamin A or carotene; reduce bile and fat in liver; flush out toxins
    Lemons: good for liver and gallbladder; help with allergies, asthma, cardiovascular disease and colds
    Ginger: reduces pain and inflammation; remedies nausea; relieves heartburn and migraines; protects against ovarian and colon cancer

    Note: These are not meant to be part of a juice fast, but if you plan to complete one, be sure to check out these tips for safe cleansing.

    Happy juicing!



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    Angela Ruiz
    Angela Ruiz

    Yes I will start tomorrow, more veggies and activity, lets do this

    Ryan Cope
    Ryan Cope

    Just sensible eating, right proportions, and lots of exercise!

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