Juice Feast Basics + Ultra Juice Recipe

Juice FeastJuice Feast

I’m nearing the end of my high-raw month and I thought I’d go out with a bang and indulge in a juice feast.  I have to say this is much easier than any juice “fast” I’ve ever done, probably because I’m more prepared this round and my diet this last month has been especially clean. There are lots of reasons people choose to do a juice feast, including weight loss, cancer or other serious health issues. Sometimes some people simply do the juice feast because they want a reset. I know there’s a lot of debate about smoothies vs. juicing vs. neither, but I’ve found both green smoothies and juicing both have their place in my lifestyle.

Daily LineupDaily Line Up: Cashew Horchata, Ultra Green Juice and Carrot-Apple-Celery Juice

Here’s some things I’ve gleaned from reading about and then doing juice feasts over the years:

1- I’m more likely to stay on track if I get my juice supply ready for the day first thing in the morning. I have a masticating juicer instead of a centrifugal juicer, so my juice stays fresh longer and has more nutrients, so even though it’s best (in any case) to drink juice fresh right when you press it, there are ways you can minimize nutrient loss: (2&3 below). I use as much organic produce as possible when juicing so I don’t overload on pesticide residue.

2- Store your freshly pressed juice in lidded glass jars (think MASON), filled as closely to the top as possible to prevent oxidation.

3- Add lemons or limes to your juice to help preserve them and keep them fresher longer. Sometimes I leave the peel on, sometimes I don’t.

Champion Logo (2)My 15 year old Champion Juicer, still running like a brand new machine.

4- Drink as much juice as you’d like, I’ve found a schedule works for me, I typically consume 5-6 juices (16-18 oz each) a day and consume them 2 hours apart (9am, 11am, 1pm, 3pm, 5pm, 7pm) so I don’t get overly hungry or have energy loss. I strain my juices through a wire mesh strainer, but that’s personal preference.

5- I include a nut milk in the above total, I’ve found it really takes the edge off and makes doing a juice feast just that much more doable, obviously nut milk isn’t juice, but it works well in conjunction with this type of reset for me. I usually drink the nut milk in the evening, when I’m craving things the most.

6- Stick with as many veggies as you can, too many fruits while juicing isn’t as beneficial and can mess with your body’s alkalinity.

Little HandsLittle hands love to get involved

7- Make sure to have as much purified water and unsweetened herbal tea as much as you like throughout the day.

8- Get plenty of rest during your reset, you might find you need a bit more sleep than you normally get.

9- You can do a 1 day, 3 day or 7 day reset. If you have a lot of weight to lose, you can go as long as you need. Joe Cross from Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead proved more than 60 days of juicing didn’t harm him in the least, in fact it put his autoimmune disease into remission and helped him lose all the excess weight he was carrying.

10- It’s okay if you fall off the juice wagon, you can always climb back on til you reach your desired goal. Also, if for any reason you start to feel ill (more than just mild cleanse associated headaches), stop the juice fast so you don’t make yourself sick.

VeggiesLots of veggies, minimal fruit

Now lets get to the juice. This juice recipe I’m sharing with you today is courtesy of my brother Curtis, he’s an Ultra Runner and has taught me more than a thing or two about nutrition.

Ultra Green Juice

Ultra Green Juice

  • 4 C. spinach (I used a whole head of kale in the photographed batch, beware, it was powerful! I’ve been doing a mix of half kale, half spinach since)
  • 2 cucumbers
  • 1 head celery
  • fist sized piece of broccoli
  • 1 bunch parsley
  • 3 apples
  • 1 lime (peeled)
  • 1/2 lemon (peeled)
  • chunk of fresh ginger

Curtis said he got about 50 oz out of his juice, I got closer to 60 oz, but this could have been because of a difference in produce sizing. I’ve been using this juice as the base for my juice feast, I like it even more with a bunch of carrots thrown in, and it turns the juice an awesome army green. I typically do this juice plus a carrot, apple and celery juice or a more savory juice (coming Wednesday) plus the nut milk to round out my day.

Juice Feast 3

Want more juicy goodness? Check out Shira’s Fennel Apple Juice with Greens and Fresh Lemon  and Cadry’s Afternoon Pick Me Up Juice. Loads more Juice recipes can be found here.

This recipe was shared at Raw Foods Thursdays Healthy Vegan Fridays

What are your favorite juice recipes? I’d love to try them!

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30 responses to “Juice Feast Basics + Ultra Juice Recipe

  1. Oh my gosh. Talk about hard core! I’m in awe, girl.

  2. elilta

    Do you have any suggestions for recipes for someone who has never juiced before? I have breville juicer but I haven’t used it. I am not sure exactly where to start. Thank you.

    Elilta B. Williams!

    • Elilta, one of the easiest recipes to start with is 4 carrots, 1 apple and 3-4 celery stalks, it’s an easy and delicious way to get your feet wet :)

  3. I was planning to do a spring juice cleanse – this is a great reminder! Thank you! Will try the recipe :)

  4. This all sounds delicious! I’ve never done a juice cleanse, but I do enjoy adding fresh juices to my day-to-day life. Thanks for including my Afternoon Pick Me Up! :)

  5. Thanks Cadry! I love your afternoon pick me up! It’s divine! :)

  6. Fantastic tips Somer, I think you covered it all extremely well! Your brothers recipe looks perfect – I think I will give it a go this week – I will let you know how it goes! Thanks for the shout out too :) From the sounds of your diet of late it you must be feeling dynamite!! xx

  7. biggsis

    I am in awe as well. We have been juicing as well – but only once a day – mostly vegetables. I have noticed my color is much better since we’ve begun! Looking forward to your savory juices!

  8. Good luck girl! Juice cleansing is so rewarding!!

  9. I love this post. So much information and experience for us. And those juices look so delicious ;p
    I’m trying a juice fast till the end of the month and hope all these tips will get me through it……….thanks so much for your hard work Somer :)

  10. My husband and I watched Fat Sick and Nearly Dead recently and we’re looking for a juicer. I think the garden will produce more than enough to try some green juice out this summer.

  11. This is an awesome post for juicing start up! I would probably die of hunger or something:) i havent lived on juices. my tummy doesnt like any. :) or maybe i dont like the not usual feelings in the tummy and body. my senses are hypersensitive.

  12. Wow this is fabulous! I’m thinking of going on a juice thing for a few days to cleanse and get rid of all the bad stuff I should not have eaten over Easter since I’m intolerant to a bunch of stuff. I like the idea of making a whole lot and storing it glass jars..I think it’s the only way since the whole juicing thing is such a far!

  13. What perfect timing! I just received a Breville juicer as a birthday gift this week and I’m super excited to start using it. The ultra green juice looks like a great place to start.

  14. I’ve never done a juice fast per say, but just last week I did a veggie smoothie almost just like you subscribed…I did carrots, apples, celery, cucumber and some cinnamon…it was not yummy like a traditional smoothie, but tolerable, ha. Question-why would this make anyone sick if it’s such incredibly good food? I’m always confused by that…

    • Some people get migraines when they juice fast because juice fasting releases all the nasty toxins in the body. Also if you’ve been eating quite poorly before juicing, you can experience insatiable hunger, diarrhea or other rotten issues. Usually you can get through that period by just sticking to it, but I don’t want to send anyone to the hospital.

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  16. afracooking

    It looks like it is time for me to get myself a juicer! I have been drinking more and more smoothies and this just seems like a fabulous next step!

  17. Thanks for sharing this Somer. We’ve finally gotten a juicer and I’m eager to really dig (or swig – harr, hard) in.

  18. You are so amazing Somer! I love all the tips you shared- both juicing and smoothies have a place in my life too, it is my favorite part of the day- starting off with carrot and apple juice with some kale thrown in for good measure- amazing! I am going to have to try your ultra green juice!

  19. What if you only liked three different drinks and just drank those three would that be just fine while doing it or do you need to drink different kinds for it to be effective?

    • A variety is good because of the different nutrients that fruits and vegetables provide, however, if you are doing the juice feast for less then 2 weeks you would probably be fine drinking the 3 juices you enjoy most.

  20. Savannah

    I’ve been trying to do my first 10 day juice fast. I am having a hard time being creative with my juices on such a busy schedule. I want to use less fruit but still have palatable juices… also fewer carrots! Carrots are in almost every recipe I have seen. Have any ideas or resources?

    • I love carrots and fruit in juices, if you’re looking to reduce them however, the Fat Sick and Nearly Dead website should have some recipes, also a good resource would be to look for a juicing book on Amazon. I’m sure they’ll have on on Kindle so you can get the recipes immediately.

  21. Amalie

    I was wondering how your juicer is for cleanup. I have a centrifugal juicer that I know is not optimal but the cleanup is fairly easy. Unfortunately though I would say about 1/4 of my produce is left unjuiced and ends up tossed into the compost (plus it doesn’t juice soft fruit or veg). I want to upgrade but I don’t want to get so frustrated with the cleanup that I stop using it. BTW, I’m drinking your Green Juice this morning and Yum!

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