Juice or Bust: How to lose that holiday weight with juice

posted on January 11, 2013 by  |  posted under Beverages, Recipes  |  36 Comments

healthy juice ideas

Every holiday season I tell myself I am not going to over-eat.  But then, the delicious sweets and treats start arriving on my door step and I can’t resist.  Now that the holidays are officially over–I’m paying the price.  I amhttp://www.howdoesshe.com/wp-admin/post.php?post=35624&action=edit bloated, zitty, sick to my stomach, grumpy and, worst of all, my jeans are so tight that I just want to stay in my lounge wear all day.  HELP!!!!!!

healthy juice ideas


Enough is enough! I am ready for a juice detox to get all of those unhealthy sweets out of my system and then I can hopefully feel more comfortable in my jeans again.  Luckily my sister introduced me to her Breville Juice fountain last year and I fell in love with it.  Here are some other juicers that received high ratings: Jack Lalanne’s Ultimate power juicer at Costco is only $99.99 and my friend loves hers. The Cuisinart Juice Extractor got 4 stars on Amazon and is $119.99.  And if you want a juicer that excels at juicing leafy greens, the Omega 8006 is ideal.  Check them all out and you can decide which is best for you.

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Here are some ways juicing may change your life

1. Your face can gain a natural glow and a clear complexion that everyone will notice.

2. It’s a healthy meal on the go for busy families.

3. You can get all the fruits and veggies you need in one serving.

4. It can help keep you regular (natural diuretic).

5. It can cut back on water weight gain and puffiness.

I decided to do more research on juice detoxing and found you don’t have to go extreme in order to benefit from  juicing fasts.  You can replace just one meal a day.  I love this idea because sometimes I need something quick and healthy when I am on the go with my kiddos.  However, a true juice detox is replacing breakfast lunch and dinner with juice for a few days to cleanse and purify your system and nourish your body.  Your body and mind will thank you for it.

Juicing tips

1. If you can, buy organic.  It makes your juice beverage taste sweeter and comes without pesticides.

2. Cut the rinds off citrus fruit so it is not too bitter.

3. If you don’t want a mess, don’t forget the lid.  Sounds crazy but it has happened.

4. Drink plenty of water, up to a gallon a day, so you don’t get dehydrated during a 24 hour juice detox.

5. Make sure you talk to your doctor before you start any kind of juice detox (after all, I am a mom- not a health professional)

6. Don’t make juicing a chore.  Make enough juice for a 24 hour detox and put it in mason jars to store in the refrigerator  for 3-4 days.  This way you won’t be making a mess everyday.

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Juice or Bust: Delicious Juice Recipes

Juice or Bust: Delicious Juice Recipes


  • Melon Detox
  • 1/2 of any melon.
  • Cantaloupe is a cancer fighting drink and tastes amazing
  • Stomach Soother Detox
  • 5 carrots
  • 2 apples
  • 12 spinach leaves
  • Dr. Oz Green Drink
  • 1 lemon
  • 1/2 cup of parsley
  • chopped 1 rib of celery
  • 1 pinch of peeled ginger
  • 2 big handfuls of spinach
  • 1 cucumber
  • 2 apples

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In all honesty the best part about juicing is how much my kids love it.  They love creating their own drinks and I love helping them make a healthy choice.  And, if you run out of mason jars for storing your juice, you can put the left overs in ice cube trays and freeze them for a slushy snack later.

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healthy juice ideas

healthy juice ideas

healthy juice ideas

Dr. Oz says “Drinking natural juice is the greatest method to boost your energy and nutrition intake for people of ALL ages”.

Have you been juicing lately?  If so what is your favorite recipe and juicer?

I hope this helps you Juice back into your favorite jeans for a happy and healthy New Year.



healthy juice ideas

    1. January 11th, 2013 at 6:46 am
      Brittany says:
      I did my first juice cleanse this spast summer and it was amazing! Mixing up new juices is always fun. The tips I learned were celery has a super strong flavor (start with only one stalk, seriously). And while it is easier to make ahead the juice it does still take down quite a few nutrients so if you have time it's best to make them all fresh and drink right away. :)
      • January 11th, 2013 at 11:52 am
        ashley says:
        Thanks so much for the advice!
    2. January 11th, 2013 at 8:09 am
      Shelley says:
      I love juicing!! I go in spurts and this post has inspired me to get back in the groove. :) Thanks!
    3. January 11th, 2013 at 8:23 am
      Bobbi says:
      I have never juiced, but you have me convinced! Now, to find me one of those fab juicers you mentioned!
    4. January 11th, 2013 at 10:34 am
      Rachel says:
      I've been wanting to try juicing!! Thanks for the tips!
    5. January 11th, 2013 at 11:04 am
      Leah Stallings says:
      I received the Breville for Christmas and LOVE it! It has been great to get hidden veggies into my little people without having a huge fight!

      • January 11th, 2013 at 11:55 am
        Ashley says:
        Great idea Leah! Thanks for the tip.
    6. January 11th, 2013 at 11:05 am
      Lindsey says:
      Okay, sold. I'm buying a juicer. THANK YOU for the recipes.
    7. January 11th, 2013 at 12:42 pm
      Natalee says:
      I want to juice when I am done nursing! Cute girls in the photos! :)
    8. January 11th, 2013 at 1:18 pm
      Leigh Anne says:
      My favorite juice is 3-4 carrots, 1 large or 2 small apples, and 1 pear. The carrots and pear sweeten up the apple, so you can even use tart ones. You can add a squeeze of lemon or lime juice so the apple won't turn brown. I drink it out of a fancy stemmed glass, so I start my day feeling sassy!
    9. January 11th, 2013 at 1:42 pm
      Mikey says:
      I'll do anything Dr. Oz says. He can do no wrong.
    10. January 11th, 2013 at 2:22 pm
      Darling Darleen says:
      I really like making fruit smoothies with leafy greens and fruit and ice. Good way to lose the pounds. I don't have a juicier but maybe I'll have to pick one up.
    11. January 11th, 2013 at 2:23 pm
      Susie says:
      Great article on juicing. The final product looks a little...interesting. I might try a mini version in my Magic Bullet first. It does sound refreshing though. Thanks for the tips.
    12. January 11th, 2013 at 3:02 pm
      Morgan says:
      Yummy, thanks for the advice!
    13. January 11th, 2013 at 5:24 pm
      Missy says:
      I have been wanting to try this! My kids would love it.
    14. January 11th, 2013 at 8:03 pm
      Stephanie says:
      Yay ~ So happy to see a post on juicing with printable recipes. Can't get enough juicing recipes in my collection! Thanks Ashley!
    15. January 11th, 2013 at 10:23 pm
      Audra says:
      Ashley, I LOVE these ideas. I have juiced in the past but cant wait to try out these recipes. It seems like such a great idea for new motivation for the year! Thanks!
    16. January 11th, 2013 at 11:06 pm
      Whitney says:
      I love my juicer! I am so excited to try these new recipes. Thanks for the reminder to get it out. It's the perfect time of year!
    17. January 11th, 2013 at 11:13 pm
      Tiffany m. says:
      We just the next step up grevillea and love it! Weve been juicing once each evening along with dinner. I love the mason jar idea....I would juice more if it wasn't for the cleanup!
      • January 11th, 2013 at 11:17 pm
        Tiffany m. says:
        Sorry for the horrible mis-spelling....auto correct is not my friend. I meant the Breville juicer.
    18. January 11th, 2013 at 11:49 pm
      Natalie says:
      From everything I have read, you should make your juice fresh each time. It starts losing the nutrients/benefits after 7-15 minutes (depending on which articles you read).
    19. January 12th, 2013 at 11:19 pm
      Brianna says:
      Great ideas - sounds yummy too! Looking forward to trying the stomach soother detox!
    20. January 16th, 2013 at 9:40 am
      Cyndi says:
      Can juicing be done without a juicer? I don't have the budget for a juicer right now but would love to try it.
    21. January 16th, 2013 at 9:43 am
      Alyssa says:
      I love our Breville juicer :) My hubby is awesome at creating delicious recipes and one of my faves is
      Juice one medium beet and three medium apples, then in a blender add the juice with one small banana and 1 cup of frozen mixed berries. Yes, it adds a bit of an extra step but it is so delicious and very healthy :)
      • January 16th, 2013 at 7:12 pm
        Ashley says:
        Love this idea. I'm already making a mess in my kitchen so adding the blender is no big deal. Thanks.
    22. January 16th, 2013 at 10:07 am
      Robyn says:
      I have the vitamix and love it.
      One of my favorites is:
      handful of spinich, leaf or 2 of kale, carrot, apple, frozen blueberries and a dash of cranberry juice, oh and ice. Gets both fruit and veggies, it is very dark but tastes really good.

      We do apple and carrots all the time too.
    23. January 16th, 2013 at 10:12 am
      Rebeckah says:
      We have! And we have the same juicer as you. My hubby bought it for us for christmas. We don'y have a fave yet as he is making up the juices as we go. Though he has com up with some tasty ones :)
    24. January 16th, 2013 at 10:48 am
      Jennifer says:
      My fave right now (which I discovered at the Oasis Juice Bar in Galveston) is carrot, beet, orange, jalepeno, and lime. Its called the Solar Flare. So good!!
    25. January 16th, 2013 at 1:09 pm
      Talitha says:
      My husband and I got the Omega 8006 for Christmas and love it. So far one of my favorites to juice is orange carrot juice. I used to buy it at Jamba Juice, but now I can make it at home for much less. I also juiced some tangerines all by themselves, and they were amazing. I've tried some other combinations like beet, apple, spinach and kiwi as well as beet, blackberry and apple. The combinations are endless!
    26. January 16th, 2013 at 3:38 pm
      Nancy says:
      What's wrong with wearing lounge pants all day??
    27. January 17th, 2013 at 12:35 am
      Marci says:
      Great Post Ashley! Thanks for the great tips. I am so excited to try some of these recipes!
    28. January 17th, 2013 at 12:36 am
      Marci says:
      Great Post Ashley! Thanks for the great tips. I am so excited to try some of these recipes!
    29. January 19th, 2013 at 11:37 am
      Deanne Sharp says:
      I am glad I read this article! I was so impressed that I asked for my birthday to get a Breville juicer!! I woud like to collect as many recipes that I can!!! I just LOVE this blog!!!
    30. January 22nd, 2013 at 10:41 pm
      Janie says:
      Love these recipes! Juice cleanses are awesome. Thanks for sharing!
    31. January 17th, 2014 at 1:47 pm
      Patti Brown says:
      I started juicing in mid October after watching "Fat, Sick and almost Dead".... My husband will not eat fruits or vegetables...he has also had asthma and been sick for as long as I can remember...he was on about 6 different meds, inhalers, nebuluzer.....he has not had to take a single med since we started juicing...he drinks about a quart per day and eats regular meals. I was using a juicer until Dr. Oz said don't throw away all that good fiber so now I use a Ninja Blender. Using the Ninja makes it cheaper because keeping the fiber makes a larger amount. I always use spinach, carrots, kiwi and pineapple ( read that those last two are good for lung function) and anything else I have....also love to put a whole lemon in.....it's so nice hearing his normal breathing after years of wondering if he was going to suffocate....GOD is good!
    32. January 27th, 2014 at 5:11 pm
      Jessica says:
      Beautiful pictures! Definitely inspiring. I go through phases where I'll be making fruit smoothies everyday and then all of a sudden I will stop for awhile. Ready to get back on the juicing / smoothie bandwagon! I found a couple more recipes here that I'm going to try out this week along with your melon recipe - http://www.ivlproducts.com/all-day-energy-greens-drink/fitness-and-nutrition/Green-Supplement-Green-Smoothie-Recipes-to-Keep-You-Fueled-Throughout-Your-Day.aspx
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