How to Financially Survive a Juice Cleanse – 7 Vegetable Juice Recipes

by Pamela

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Did you hear the sound of plates and glasses shattering as the clock turned to 12:01 a.m. on January 1st? Did you think that your neighbors were throwing a blowout New Year’s Eve party, and didn’t invite you? (If you live in LA, you know that’s not the case, because it’s the sounds of celebratory gunfire that ring in the new year.) No, that’s the collective sound of everyone who made a resolution to eat healthier in the new year chucking their plates full of cheese and charcuterie (along with their cocktails) out the window. God forbid there would be a plate or glass in front of them one second longer, lest they break that resolution before their head even hits the pillow on that first night of the New Year. Everyone knows you have to keep that resolution for at least 24 hours before you can call it quits. It’s time for the juice cleanse!


The following day is spent on the internet trying to find the perfect diet: Neanderthal, Gwyneth Paltrow’s air diet, the only orange food diet, the tube through the nose diet, vegan, no white food or the ever popular juice cleanse. Oh the choices are many…which will it be?

Sweet Potatoe Vegetable Juice for Detox Spicy Sweet Potato

I can’t say that I subscribe to any of these, but I did notice that this year (more so than in years past) there seems to be an incredibly high number of people interested in doing some sort of multi-day juice cleanse. Which means you consume nothing but air and bottled juices or the occasional nut milk. While I do love me some vegetable juice (and nut milks), there is no way I’m subsisting on nothing but liquids for even ONE day. Aside from the sustenance problem…who can afford to do a juice cleanse (as it’s being written about)?

Fresh Ginger Vegetable Juice Recipes Lemon Ginger Zing

I noticed a number of juice companies touting their cleanses through “promotional pricing.” If $199 is a promotional price for 3 days of vegetable juice, I wonder what I could charge for my ________. Oh, did I mention the regular price of said cleanse is $275? For that kind of pricing, those juices better be hand massaged from pristine veggies and fruit by a bronzed Adonis clothed only in a white loincloth and performing this function in my own kitchen. Oh, and he better be seductively feeding me those juices too and licking the dribble from my chin.

Beet Juice Recipes for Detox ABC 123

For grins, I visited a couple of the popular juice bar sites here in LA. I found that for $9 – $12 per bottle, I could enjoy one of their elixirs…if I could only forget that I paid $9 – $12 for a damn bottle of vegetable juice! If it was half full of vodka, I might be able to forget the price by the time I finished it. But alas, the ingredient list contained no such verbiage. It also didn’t mention anything about containing Xanax, Valium or weed. So the odds of me forgetting what I just spent on that bottle are slim to none.

Turmeric Fresh Veggies Juice for Detox Golden Tonic

I have several vegetable juice recipes that I make and enjoy year round. I like the way they taste and the way some of them make me feel after drinking them. Plus, when I drink a vegetable juice made from beets, it freaks out the neighbor kids that I’m drinking a big glass of blood. Yes, the neighbor kids think I’m a vampire…instant cool factor. 😉

Cabbage Juicing Recipes for Detox Purple Pleaser

So what’s a poor wanna be juicer to do? Do you put a second mortgage on your house to buy that promotional juice cleanse package or do you just go to the store and buy a few bottles of vegetable juice and pour them into a recycled bottle and take them into work and make your co-workers think you’re into the coolest juice cleanse fad?

Green Juice Recipes Goodness Green Machine

Here’s an idea….Hop onto Craig’s List and look for a juicer. Juicers are like the new bread machines. Remember when everybody had to have a bread machine a few years ago? How many times did they get used? Maybe twice, then they ended up in the basement or in a garage sale. Juicers are the same thing. I bought a $200 juicer for $50 on Craig’s List. I know a few other people who did that too. Trust me, after the holidays there’s going to be a bunch of them.

Fresh Beet Juice Recipes for Detox Beet Street

Then there’s the vegetables, for the vegetable juice recipes (remember…that’s what we’re talking about here). Well, I went to the grocery store yesterday and spent $14.20 on enough produce to make more than12 juices plus enough left over for making sides for dinner. Take that juice bar pimp.

The seven vegetable juice recipes that I’m posting here are mostly my rip off versions from popular juice cleanse programs that have been promoted online. I am changing the names of the drinks, but most of them have been made with the same ingredients listed on the respective company’s website. I used a juicer to make these, but if you haven’t found your Craig’s List deal yet, and still want to make them you can do it with your blender. You’ll need to peel everything first (except for maybe the carrots and apples) and then strain it, if you don’t want pieces in your juice.

Got any favorite vegetable juice recipes or combinations? Please share them in the comments section.

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How to Financially Survive a Juice Cleanse - 7 Vegetable Juice Recipes
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These 7 vegetable juice recipes will get you on your way to feeling healthier or making your own juice cleanse without breaking the bank.
Recipe type: Drinks
Cuisine: American
Serves: 1
  • Spicy Sweet Potato
  • ½ Sweet Potato
  • 2 Carrots
  • 2 Apples (red apple of some type i.e. Fuji, Braeburn, etc)
  • 1½ Inch Piece Fresh Ginger
  • Cinnamon (sprinkle on top of juice and stir)
  • ABC 123
  • 2 Apples (red - see above notes)
  • 1 Large Red Beet
  • 2 Carrots
  • ½ Meyer Lemon (could also use another type of lemon)
  • Golden Tonic
  • 1 2 Inch Piece of Fresh Turmeric
  • 2 Apples (red - see above notes)
  • Purple Pleaser
  • ¼ Head Purple Cabbage
  • 2 Apples (red- see above notes)
  • 1 Handful Flat Leaf Parsley
  • ½ Meyer Lemon (or other type of lemon)
  • 1 2 Inch Piece Fresh Ginger
  • Goodness Green Machine
  • ½ Heart of Romain
  • 2 Handfuls Fresh Pea Sprouts
  • ½ Large Cucumber
  • ½ Meyer Lemon (or other type of lemon)
  • Beet Street
  • 1 Large Red Beet
  • ½ Large Cucumber
  • ½ Lime
  • Lemon Ginger Zing
  • 1 2 Inch Piece Fresh Ginger
  • 2 Green Apples
  • ½ Myer Lemon (or other type of lemon)
  1. The instructions for making these juices are all pretty much the same, except for the Spicy Sweet Potato that has the cinnamon added to it.
  2. Make sure you have all of your fruits and vegetables cut to a size that will fit through your juicers feed tube and juice away.
  3. I highly recommend wearing an apron when juicing beets. They've got a lot of water in them and that beautiful red color stains everything it touches (and it stains instantly).
  4. Drink freshly juiced produce within 3 days for maximum nutrients.
  5. if you're making up a large batch of vegetable juice, portion it out and freeze it. This will prolong the life of the nutrients.
Each recipe makes 1 - 1½ cups of fresh vegetable juice.
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Serving size: 1


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Gina April 24, 2013 at 6:56 pm

I can’t wait to try your recipes they all sound so great! My mother is 83 and we started her on juice about 2 months ago. She’s gotten off her fluid pills and diabetes pills completely and has lost almost 20 lbs. She’s also able to walk some again which she hasn’t been able to do in years. So yeah Juicing is a miracle.. You said we could post our favorite recipes so this is the one my mother credits with changing her life.. I tweaked one I found online so the basic recipe is someone else s but I added some of my own touches to it.

3 carrots
1/2 cucumber
1/2 yellow onion
1 stick celery
2 garlic cloves
2 apples
1/4 pineapple
1 lime peeled
1/2 lemon peeled if it’s waxed
1/2 avacado
handful spinach
handful romaine
large chunk brocholi stem
large slice red cabbage
three shakes lousiana hot sauce
2 shakes worchester sauce
1 tsp spirulina
1 tsp wheatgrass
Juice all the veggies and fruits then add them to the avocado and the rest of the stuff in a blender with ice and let it run until it’s well mixed.


Pamela April 25, 2013 at 8:38 am

Thanks for sharing your recipe Gina.

I’m happy to hear about your mom and that she’s doing so well now with the juices. 🙂

Nella April 22, 2013 at 4:06 pm

Nice recipes, I’m partial to ones with beet in them myself. It’s funny because I thought they’d be gross before I tried them!

Pamela April 22, 2013 at 5:58 pm

Hi Nella,

Thanks. 🙂 I’m right there with you. I thought for sure the raw beets would be kinda gross, but I love ’em.

Heather March 12, 2013 at 10:50 am

great thank you! I’m new to juicing so any tips are great! I’ve spent the morning reading anything i can about it. My juicer JUST arrived in the mail this very minute and i can’t wait to try it out. Thank you!

Pamela March 12, 2013 at 2:51 pm

Congrats Heather, you’re going to have fun making up new concoctions. 😉 If you’re stuck on flavor combos, try Googling juice bars. You’ll see what they’re serving and use that as a guidemap for making up your own. Let me know when you come up with some that you like. I’m always looking for new flavors!

Heather March 12, 2013 at 7:44 am

how do you drink these? three times a day? Snacks? Are certain juices better in the morning or evening?

Pamela March 12, 2013 at 9:36 am

Hi Heather,

I typically drink one of these as a snack. There are some, who drink these juices exclusively for several days in a row as a cleanse.

I’m no juicing expert, but juices with more fruit in them release a good amount of sugar into your system right away (because there’s no fiber to slow down the rate of absorption). Those you would probably want to drink earlier in the day. The fresher the fruits and vegetables you use in these, the better. If you make them ahead of time, you can store them for 24 – 72 hours (depending on the type of juicer you use) and retain almost all of the nutrients in the juice. Cold pressed juices, or those juiced in a masticating juicer retain nutrients longer. Your standard juicer, with a grating plate and spinning motion (which is what I have) hold their nutrients for 24 hours.

I hope you enjoy these juices as much as I have. Let me know which one is your favorite. ENJOY!

Adriana February 17, 2013 at 3:18 am

Let me tell you about my surprise this morning:)) I started the day with the Lemon Ginger Zing and the Beet Street juices. I knew the ginger one would have some heat, just didn’t expect this much. WOW!!! Next time I wake up lacking energy that’s the one I’m making:) It wakes every cell in the body. The beet one was lovely, but the ABC was better:)

Pamela February 17, 2013 at 11:09 am

Well Goooooood Morning Adriana! 🙂

I’m glad you like the juices. Yes, that Ginger Zing a sneaky little one isn’t it? You should try the sweet potato/ginger combo. It’s a bit mellower, but still has the heat. ENJOY!

Adriana February 14, 2013 at 5:16 am

I’ve just finished the ABC 123 juice, it was super delicious. I love beet juices and this is definitely one I’ll be making again. Thank you for the recipe:)

Adriana January 28, 2013 at 4:58 am

I made the Purple Pleaser this morning and it was so good! I have eaten cabbage salad all my life, so I wasn’t sure what to expect from the juice in terms of taste. All the flavours were balanced and loved that I was able to taste each one in the juice. I’d like to try it with green apples instead or red, for a less sweet taste. Next is the ABC 123 juice:) Thank you again for the recipes.

Adriana January 18, 2013 at 11:47 am

The green apple/lemon version was soooooo good, I’ve just finished 2 cups of juice. I used 2 medium Bramley apples and 1 medium lemon, and left out the cinnamon – so refreshing! Now that I’ve got a taste of raw sweet potato I’m definitely going to be juicing it again.

I’ve been trying to find turmeric root here in London, because I’ve heard and read about its fantastic health benefits and teeth whitening properties (dried powder works too, but not as well as the fresh). Now I have another reason to want it:) Until then, I can’t wait for the purple magic:) Will let you know how I like it.

Pamela January 21, 2013 at 9:09 pm

Adriana, I’m going to try it with green apples tomorrow. About the turmeric – I’m checking with some friends of mine in London to see if they have any recommendations on where to find fresh turmeric. So far, I’ve got nothing. But if I’m able to find a source I’ll email you. 🙂

Adriana January 17, 2013 at 4:34 pm

I was so eager to try the juices and this evening I finally made the Spicy Sweet Potato one. For long I had been curious how raw sweet potato would taste, now I know:) I loved everything about this juice, especially the ginger heat and the touch of cinnamon. And the sweet potato didn’t taste as sweet as I had expected, for a moment I thought the juice would be too sweet, with added carrots and apple, but it was just right. I have the other half of the potato kept for tomorrow and I’m thinking of trying the juice with green apples and a little bit of lemon as well, can’t wait to try the combination. Next on the list is the Purple Pleaser, it sounds absolutely delish and it’s a great motivation to try another veggie in liquid form:) I am so grateful for your generosity in sharing your recipes, thank you! I’ll be back;)

Pamela January 17, 2013 at 5:19 pm

Adriana I am so happy you liked the juice. I was as skeptical as you on that one. But I find myself making it all the time. Wait until you see the amazing purple color of that cabbage drink – it’s gorgeous! I hope you can find some fresh (or frozen) tumeric. If you like the spicy sweet potato, I think you’ll really enjoy the turmeric juice. I know it sounds weird too…but it tastes fantastic.

Please let me know how your juice tastes with the green apples. I’ve been meaning to try it, but haven’t gotten around to it yet. CHEERS!

SunRae January 15, 2013 at 7:42 pm

where did you find all your fruits and veggies for such a low cost?

Pamela January 15, 2013 at 8:39 pm

I got them from Sprouts market. But based on the prices at my local farmer’s market, the tab wouldn’t have been much higher. The key is to buy seasonal produce. CHEERS!

Adriana January 14, 2013 at 5:43 pm

All the 7 juices look and sound fantastic! I love the names you gave them, so catchy:) The Golden Tonic is very intriguing, I wonder how fresh turmeric tastes. Thank you so much for sharing the recipes, I’m planning to try them all.

Pamela January 14, 2013 at 8:42 pm

Thanks Adriana!

The spicy sweet potato is my favorite, but the Golden Tonic is right up there. Turmeric has a very subtle flavor, but when you taste the fresh root in this juice, you’ll def be able to taste it more in your food, and it won’t just be that seasoning you add for color. CHEERS!

Emily von Euw January 12, 2013 at 12:09 am

Wow your photos are GORGEOUS and I am diggin the vibe of the site. Yummy photo of “your man”.

Pamela January 12, 2013 at 3:58 pm

Thanks Emily! 🙂

Laura @ Family Spice January 11, 2013 at 1:17 pm

I love this post! The pictures are gorgeous and the juice blends sound amazing. I do not have the will power to do a juice cleanse, but I certainly can enjoy one of these bad boys every day!

Pamela January 12, 2013 at 3:58 pm

Thanks Laura,

That’s one of the things I like about juicing. You don’t have to live on them exclusively. I like to have one as a mid-afternoon snack.

sippitysup January 10, 2013 at 6:28 pm

I am trying to read the word, I really am but I just so distracted by your gorgeous stemware! Happy New Year. XOGREG

Pamela January 10, 2013 at 7:25 pm

Thanks Greg,

I have amassed quite the collection. I just don’t want to be anywhere near my storage area in the event of an earthquake! It’s been far too long…we need to get together. Besides, I have some Nocino to share with you. 😉

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