Friday, June 9, 2023

Time for a cleanse

Bailey Woodean
Bailey Woodean
I have been a freelance writer for more than 4 years, a mom for more than 2 years, and a wife for just under a year. I am currently a student in a cooking and catering program with the intention of expanding my knowledge of the culinary business. I then plan to take this knowledge to properly write about and critique restaurants and food. Writing to you from Niagara Falls, NY, thanks for joining me on the ride!
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There are several methods for cleansing the body and several reasons for doing it. Maybe you haven’t been feeling up to par lately, maybe you’ve been on a drinking binge or maybe you want to try to lose a little weight. While each person has their own reason for cleansing their bodies, each person will also have their own preference for how it’s done. Here are a few juices cleanse recipes to try!

The following recipes were found in the summer 2020 edition of Millie.Us magazine.

Time for a cleanse

Feeling coco-nuts smoothie

  • One 10-oz bag of frozen blueberries or other fruit
  • Three ripe bananas
  • One cup of plain yogurt
  • One cup of unsweetened coconut milk
  • Two tablespoons honey
  1. Puree the blueberries, bananas, yogurt, coconut milk, and honey until blended and smooth.
  2. Serve immediately or store in the refrigerator for a day or two.
  3. Enjoy!
Green (with envy) juice

Green (with envy) juice

  • One cucumber (unpeeled), cut into spears
  • Three stalks of celery, cut into two-inch lengths
  • Three leaves of kale, cut into two-inch wide strips
  • One apple (unpeeled), cored and cut into chunks
  • ⅓ cup of flat-leaf parsley sprigs
  • ½ a lemon, peel removed with a knife
  1. Feed the cucumber, celery, kale, Apple, parsley, and lemon into a juicer.
  2. Discard the solids.
  3. Serve immediately or store in the refrigerator for a day or so.
  4. Enjoy!
Just because it's pink

Just because it’s pink

  • One cup of pomegranate juice
  • ½ cup of whole milk Greek yogurt
  • Two small cooked beets
  • Two small to medium pink grapefruits, peeled, seeded and sectioned
  • Two tablespoons honey
  • One cup crushed ice
  1. Combine the pomegranate juice, yogurt, beets, grapefruits, honey, and ice into a clean blender.
  2. Blend until well combined and smooth.
  3. Serve immediately or store in the refrigerator for a day or two
  4. Enjoy!

Now, you may be wondering if there are any risks and benefits, that a juice cleanse may have.

The benefits

  1. From a very young age, most of us are taught about the vitamins and minerals that fruits and vegetables contain. So, it is obvious to mention that one of the benefits of a juice cleanse is that you would be boosting your fruit and vegetable intake.
  2. Fruits are loaded with antioxidants and can have an anti-inflammatory effect on the body. So, a juicing cleanse could offer possible benefits to those that suffer from inflammatory pain.
  3. One reason many people go on a juice cleanse is to flush out various toxins from the body. This would certainly seem to be one of the benefits.
  4. Many fruits and vegetables offer a probiotic and or fiber benefit as well. This means that juicing may help aid in smoother, healthier digestion as well as a more balanced gut.

The risks

  1. Juicing may cause kidney stones or other kidney issues particularly for those with kidney-related conditions.
  2. Weight loss is likely temporary
  3. May cause bacteria-related illnesses if the juice being consumed is not pasteurized.

Still interested in doing a cleanse but, on the fence about juicing? Consider cleansing with a meal such as this!

Chicken Detox Soup

Chicken Detox Soup

  • 1 1/2 pounds boneless skinless chicken breast
  • 2 quarts chicken broth
  • 1 large onion, peeled and chopped
  • 3 cups broccoli florets
  • 2 1/2 cups sliced carrots
  • 2 cups chopped celery
  • 1 1/2 cups frozen peas
  • 1/4 cup chopped parsley
  • 3 tablespoons fresh ginger, shredded or grated
  • 4 garlic cloves minced
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • 1/4 – 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground turmeric
  •  salt and pepper
  1. Set a large saucepot over medium heat. Add the olive oil, chopped onions, celery, ginger, and garlic. Saute for 5-6 minutes to soften. Then add the raw chicken breasts, broth, carrots, apple cider vinegar, crushed red pepper, turmeric, and 1 teaspoon sea salt.
  2. Bring to a boil, lower the heat, and simmer for 20+ minutes, until the chicken breasts are cooked through. Then remove the chicken with tongs and set them on a cutting board to cool.

Add the broccoli, peas, and parsley to the pot. Continue to simmer to soften the broccoli. Meanwhile, shred the chicken breasts with two forks, and stir it back into the soup. Once the broccoli is tender, taste, then

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