This Fruit-Free Vegetable Detox Juice is made by juicing vegetables and no fruit, making it a really healthy way to get micronutrients without the energy crash.
This is another recipe developed after returning home from nearly a month abroad and feeling the need to “detox” in the most casual sense of the word. My functional medicine doctor has actually planted the idea of doing a seasonal detox to support my health, but I’m still playing around with how that would work for me, especially balancing my history of disordered eating and working around my food sensitivities. Stay tuned; I hope to write more about this in the future.
Vegetables are great for supporting the body’s natural detoxification process, and even though juicing removes the beneficial fiber, it’s a great way to get a lot of micronutrients in at one sitting, or sipping, as the case may be. I certainly don’t juice every day, but I try to make juice maybe 1-2 times a week depending on how I’m feeling and how much time I have. We’ve been having a heat wave here in California, too, so a cold juice after a workout and before lunch hits the spot for me.
For this Vegetable Detox Juice, I left out the fruit except for a lime which is technically a fruit but is so low in fructose that it doesn’t affect my blood sugar. I love the parsley as the key ingredient in this juice, but beets have also been known to help with detoxification (see my beet juice recipe here).
I’ve had a few people ask me about which juicer I use. I use an Omega Masticating Juicer (affiliate link included) that is ideal for vegetable juicing because it extracts sooooo much of the juice. In other words, it’s the most efficient type of juicer without going really crazy and spending thousands of dollars for a cold-press type. The masticating one that I have runs about $300 but I think it’s worth every penny if you’re committed to juicing. You can certainly use a centrifuge-type that will only run you about $100, but it’s more suited to citrus juicing, like making orange juice.
I’ve had mine going on 7-8 years now and it hasn’t failed me. I lost the little cleaning brush that came with it, but I just use my kitchen sponge to give the filter a wipe before popping all the pieces in the top rack of the dishwasher.
The juice was like a green rainbow right out of the extractor:
Here’s my Fruit-Free Vegetable Detox Juice recipe that you can print out and take to a juicing establishment as well as for use in your own kitchen:Print
- 1 bunch carrots, tops removed
- 8 celery stalks, from about 1 head of celery
- 1 red bell pepper
- 1 1-inch knob of fresh ginger
- 1 lime or lemon, skin removed
- 1 bunch flat-leaf parsley
- Wash and chop vegetables so they will fit through the tube of a masticating juicer.
- Feed in the vegetables through the tube, alternating hard and soft-textured ones to help facilitate the juicing process.
- Enjoy immediately.
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