DIY Blueprint Cleanse – Homemade Juice & Smoothie Cleanse
March 11, 2014
I had the absolute pleasure of having my wisdom teeth surgically removed on Friday night. Since I wouldn’t be able to eat solid foods and I was in enough pain as it is, I figured, why not inflict even more torture on myself by going on a juice cleanse! All joking aside, being forced to go on an all liquid diet does have its benefits. While I could have easily subsisted on ice cream and pudding for 3 days, I figured I may as well use having my teeth pulled out as as an opportunity to kick start some healthy habits, rid some toxins, and potentially shed a few pounds.
While there are countless cleanses in the market, Blueprint Cleanse is probably one of the most well-known, and I’ve heard many good things from friends. I decided that rather than shelling out a couple hundred bucks or so for the Blueprint Cleanse, I’d do a DIY Blueprint Cleanse and recreate it as more filling smoothies, giving me an opportunity to up my domestic goddess points, get more use out of my blender and mason jars, and more importantly, save some ca$hmoney (though if you do own a juicer
or a Vitamix or Ninja-style blender, you could easily make juices). Plus, by buying the ingredients myself, I could easily create more smoothies throughout the day if I got too hungry (which spoiler alert, I somehow didn’t).
The introductory Blueprint Cleanse called “Renovation” is designed for beginners and contains the “grassier” green juices cleanses are known for, but adds sweeter fruit juices and nut milks to make the process a bit more bearable. It features 6 juices that you drink in a specific order: A Green Juice, followed by P.A.M. Juice (Pineapple, Apple, Mint), then another Green Juice, Spicy Lemonade (similar to what is consumed in the even more tortuous Master Cleanse), C.A.B. Juice (Carrot, Apple, Beet), and finally Cashew Milk, which ends your day with as close as you’ll get to a dessert. Blueprint Cleanse includes every ingredient used in the juices right on the label, so I used this as my grocery shopping list and spent a total of $60 at Trader Joe’s and my local grocery store, incredibly thrifty compared to the $200 price tag of a Blueprint Cleanse.
While I would normally provide exact recipes, there was a bit of guesswork on my part in terms of measurements. I’ve included every ingredient that went into each of the smoothies with a rough estimate of how much of each went into the blender, but you may need to adjust by adding more/less liquid to get the consistency you prefer or more/less of a specific ingredient to suit your tastes. I ended up making double of each recipe, drinking the first 16 oz. of it and then splitting the rest into the 8 oz. mason jars pictured to drink the next day.
All in all, the juices ended up being pretty tasty, particularly the P.A.M. Juice and Cashew Milk as you would expect. If you like beets (like I do) then the C.A.B. juice is also something to look forward to toward the end of the day. Given that I start my day with a green juice from the office cafeteria quite often, I already have an acquired taste for green juices, but the taste may be off-putting if you’re a newbie. I recommend mixing in fresh squeezed orange juice instead of water or mixing in some pineapple if you need to make the taste more bearable.
1. Green Juice/Smoothie
To make the Green juice, throw the following ingredients into your juicer or blender (makes about 32 oz. as pictured above since you will drink this as your 1st and 3rd juices of the day):
- Large handful of chopped organic kale
- Large handful of organic baby spinach
- Large handful of chopped romaine lettuce
- Handful of chopped organic celery (if you are making this as a smoothie, I recommend leaving this ingredient out as the celery as it does not blend well)
- 1 large organic cucumber, chopped
- 2 organic green apples, stem and seeds removed, roughly chopped
- 2 stems of fresh organic parsley (if making this as a smoothie, removed the stems as they do not blend well)
- Juice from 1 organic lemon or Meyer lemon
- 1 oz. fresh ginger
- Filtered water as needed to achieve desired consistency (I used about 8 oz.)
2. P.A.M. Juice/Smoothie (Pineapple, Apple, Mint)
To make the P.A.M. juice, throw the following ingredients into your juicer or blender (makes about 16 oz., enough to fill 2 of the 8 oz. mason jars pictured above):
- 8 oz. organic pineapple (you can use frozen if you are making this as smoothies like I did)
- 2 organic green apples, stems and seeds removed, roughly chopped
- 6 organic mint leaves
- Filtered water as needed to achieve desired consistency
3. Green Juice/Smoothie – See Juice 1
4. Spicy Lemonade
To make the Spicy Lemonade, stir to combine the following ingredients together (makes about 16 oz., enough to fill 2 of the 8 oz. mason jars pictured above)
- 14 oz. of filtered water
- Juice from 2 medium organic lemons or 3 Meyer lemons (I used Meyer lemons since they are sweeter)
- 1 tbsp. organic raw agave
- Dash of cayenne pepper
5. C.A.B. Juice/Smoothie (Carrot, Apple, Beet)
To make the C.A.B. juice, throw the following ingredients into your juicer or blender (makes about 16 oz., enough to fill 2 of the 8 oz. mason jars pictured above):
- 8-12 oz. of organic carrot juice (if using a juicer, substitute for 5 whole large carrots)
- 1 organic red apple, stem and seeds removed, roughly chopped (can substitute with a green apple for easier grocery shopping)
- 2 organic beets
6. Cashew Milk
To make the Cashew Milk, throw the following ingredients into your juicer or blender (makes about 16 oz., enough to fill 2 of the 8 oz. mason jars pictured above):
- 5 oz. of unsalted raw cashews, soaked in filtered water at least 4 hours (I used Trader Joe’s Ground Raw Cashew Meal as pictured above instead)
- 15 oz. of filtered water
- 1 tbsp. organic raw agave
- 1 tsp. vanilla extract (the scrapings from 1 vanilla bean is ideal!)
- Dash of cinnamon
I was able to do the full juice cleanse without consuming anything else for the first 2 days, but by the final day, I was dying of something more savory so I made a raw tortilla soup for lunch to satisfy my taste buds. That said, this DIY Blueprint cleanse is actually quite doable, especially if you make it as smoothies. Since I was on painkillers from my wisdom tooth surgery, I unfortunately didn’t get to reap the benefits of feeling more energized since I was ready to fall asleep at any given moment, but the process really did make me feel good in general and is a starting point for continuing healthy habits as I progress into more of my marathon training. The great thing here is that you don’t necessarily need to do the entire cleanse – even just incorporating a couple of these juices into your diet every so often can still be a big step toward a healthier lifestyle. Happy juicing!