Welcome to Day 3 of the Juice Cleanse Challenge! Today's goal was to up our vegetable intake while sticking to our juice cleanse. Kadi, one of my cleansing gal pals, absolutely adores tomatoes (as do I!) so we used tomatoes as our juice foundation and created this V8-inspired, vegetable-heavy, super nutritious drink. Kazam!
So what's the difference between store bought V8 and our fully raw concoction, you ask? First and foremost, it's fresh. It's alive. And it's 100% raw. Okay guys, listen up. This is a question I am asked quite frequently: Can I go on a juice cleanse using store-bought juices?
The thing about commercial store-bought juices (excluding specialty juice bars) is that even if they say 100% juice, not from concentrate, and even if they are organic, they are most likely going to be processed and pasteurized. Pasteurization is the process of heating something to a high temperature for long enough to kill off bacteria and microorganisms that could potentially cause disease or illness. Sounds logical enough, right?
However, the pasteurization process also kills off or seriously damages the healthy enzymes and bacteria in the juice, essentially taking the "life" out of the juice.
So the short answer is: No. I don't recommend going on a juice cleanse with store-bought juice. I do realize that juicers are expensive. There are a few great options on the market that are significantly more affordable than other, such as the first juicer I ever bought, the Breville JE98XL. This is a fantastic beginner juicer because it is affordable, easy to use, quick to clean, and it does a good job. Even investing in a great citrus-squeezer so you can swap out your store-bought OJ in the morning would do wonders for your health, and your tastebuds. Trust me.
Alright, back to the juice. This fully raw V8 juice is truly like a meal in a glass. It's packed full of vibrantly coloured vegetables and is absolutely delicious.
Fully Raw V8 Juice
- 8-10 tomatoes
- 3-4 celery stalks
- 1 small beet
- 1 large handful of spinach
- 5-8 carrots
- 1/2 head of romaine lettuce
- 1 small handful of parsley
This recipe yields quite a lot of juice, so feel free to cut down on the amounts listed if you would like less. Also, the ratios are not exact—When I'm in the kitchen I tend to cook with somewhat reckless abandon and every day my recipes change slightly. Find out what works best for you and run with it. A little more spinach? Less tomato? There's no right or wrong when it comes to juicing fully raw fruits and vegetables, just a whole lot of YUM.
Peace & Love,