It's twelve days into the New Year...How are those New Year's diets holding up? Need a cookie? Can't stand another salad? Already given up on the gym?
Never fear. We've got some sweet detox drink recipes to sip on that will make you feel glorious from the inside out. Drink a smoothie and tell yourself that cookie tastes like garbage. And in case you're a beverage fiend (like me), here's yet another to add to your list.
This is your ultimate Basic B*tch Green Juice. I should totally copyright that name. It's wicked easy to throw together and is a perfect little punch of vitamins when you're not feeling your best. Perfect timing for the start of flu season, #justsayin. I got a brand-new juicer for Christmas and came down with a sinus infection days later, so I've been juicing like a mad-woman and reaping the bens (benefits...I'll stop.).
Of course since I live in Hollywood, everyone is alllllll about the juice. Juice cleanses are like, so trendy. Now, I'm not one to give up food in the name of "Detox," but I think fresh juices have a time and a place.
My personal tips for those new to juicing:
1) Always pair juice with REAL food. Remember, you need protein to remove toxins from the body. Juice cannot provide you all the nutrients your body needs in day.
2) When juicing, avoid using fibrous or especially seedy fruits and veggies (bananas, avocados, strawberries, squash, to name a few)
3) Get creative! This is a super basic recipe. Switch out fruits/veggies for what you have on hand.
Clean and trim all ingredients. Don't worry about the amounts to use - just throw stuff in and juice away. It's totally foolproof. Save the scraps for smoothies later.
Don't like parsley? Swap out for cilantro or mint. In the summer, try with lime for a nice twist. Want a sweeter juice? Add green apple or fresh citrus (tangerines are excellent). Drank too much last night? Juice raw beets yo - they're great for liver detoxing.
For an extra kick, I always add a few dashes each of turmeric and cayenne into the finished juice for more added benefits. If you can track down fresh turmeric root, jooooce it. Go wild and crazy, kids.