With an incredibly user-friendly cleanse program and delicious juice, it’s no wonder BluePrint juice cleanses are loved by stars like Blake Lively and us normal people as well. For $65 a day, you get six juices and a convenient way to cleanse. If you balk at the price tag, you definitely aren’t alone. Juicing can be messy and time-consuming, but I wanted to find out if I could make my own BluePrint-style juice cleanse at home for a fraction of the cost.
I actually worked in an adorable juice shop for a little while, and was lucky to learn a lot about the benefits of juicing. To give you a little backgroud, there are two main polarizing issues in the juicing world: blending vs. juicing and treated vs. untreated.
Juicing vs. Blending
Some people prefer blending produce because you drink the fiber (pulp). This is not a juice, however – it’s a smoothie. Smoothies are great, but they don’t give you the same digestive rest as juice. For a true cleanse, smoothies won’t cut it. If you aren’t ready to purchase your own juicer, many people blend juice ingredients and then use a fine mesh strainer or nut milk bag to remove the pulp.
Treated vs. Untreated
Most juice you can buy in a grocery store has been treated in some way. This makes the juice safer for consumers (like pregnant women and the elderly) and gives it a longer shelf life. Many people believe this treatment causes a loss of nutrients and eliminates good bacteria – you know, the very reasons you drink a juice in the first place. BluePrint uses HPP as a treatment method, and has been involved in a lawsuit concerning nutritional claims for the treated juice.
At nearly $200 for three days, the BluePrint juice cleanse isn’t cheap. While BluePrint offers a great, convenient product, the price point isn’t accessible (or desirable) for many people. I purchased my Breville Compact juicer at a department store sale for $40 prior to this cleanse. It’s a fairly efficient model that allows you to add whole fruits and vegetables. I’ve seen decent juicers for less than $50 on Amazon, and I have also heard you can pick up great juicers on craigslist! As I mentioned, some people like to blend the juice ingredients and then strain out the pulp. Find the method that works best for you, but removing the pulp is crucial.
The Shopping List
For a three day cleanse, you definitely need to stock up on fresh, organic produce! At my local grocery store, I purchased the necessary fruits and vegetables for $50-60. I already had the seasonings (cinnamon, agave, etc.) at home.
On this cleanse, you will get six juices every day. While cleansing, it is important to drink a lot of water and time your juices well to avoid feeling depleted. Try to space the six juices out evenly so that you don’t find yourself starving and reaching for a bagel! You also want to drink each juice slowly and “chew” it a little. Ready? Let’s get to the fun part!
Juice #1 and #3: Green Juice
This is basically a liquid salad. The greens pack in tons of nutrients, and the apple adds a little sweetness. The recipe makes one juice, so be sure to double it if you are making an entire day’s worth of juice at once.
Juice #2: Pineapple-Apple-Mint Juice
If juice #1 was a challenge for your palate, this one should be no problem. Pineapple and mint are two pretty tasty ingredients. This is definitely the highlight of my day on the juice cleanse!
Juice #4: Spicy Lemonade
People seem to either love or hate this juice. My boyfriend could drink spicy lemonade all the time (and often does), but I find it pretty intolerable. The cayenne is a great metabolism booster though, so I make myself suffer through. If this sounds like the (in)famous Master Cleanse lemonade, you are correct. It makes me grateful for green juice.
Juice #5: Carrot-Apple-Beet Juice
As your “dinner” juice, this one is earthy and filling. Beets are notoriously messy, but great for your blood and endurance levels. Ginger is an intense flavor, so test out a small amount until you know how much you like in your juice, It’s amazing for digestion and a great anti-inflammatory, so I tend to add quite a bit.
On one day of the cleanse, I also added orange to this juice. I had a more intense day of running and yoga planned, so I wanted the extra energy. Ideally, you should taper your activity level during a juice cleanse. I held off on weightlifting and long runs, but the extra bit of natural sugar from the oranges gave me the boost I needed to get through some mild workouts on the first day.
Juice #6: Cashew Milk
Dessert time! This drink provides some protein and is a nice way to end your day. I find raw unsalted cashews in the bulk section of my grocery store, but they are also easy to order online. If you have a cashew allergy, you can substitute raw almonds. To soak the nuts, place them in a bowl and cover with water for 3-8 hours. I usually pop mine into the fridge first thing in the morning, and they are done by the evening. This is the one part of the juice cleanse that I choose to blend rather than juice, though you can also just toss the drained cashews into the chute of your juicer and stir in the seasonings after.
There you have it – your menu for a well-balanced three day juice cleanse! I always feel refreshed and energized after a juice cleanse, and I hope this guide makes it easy for you to try one, too. Feel free to ask any questions! I’m always happy to share tips I’ve picked up.