Sleep Elixir Green Juice


July 14, 2013

This detox green juice with romaine, cilantro, celery, and apple from The Decadent Detox 3-Day Juice Cleanse flushes toxins and prepares the body for sleep.

Sleep Elixir Green Juice

This detox green juice with romaine, cilantro, celery, cucumber, apple, and lemon from The Decadent Detox 3-Day Juice Cleanse helps rebuild, rejuvenate, and re-mineralize your body. Chock-full of minerals from the celery and cucumber, cilantro to purify the blood, and the calming properties of romaine, this green beauty is a happy hydrator that prepares the body for sleep.

The Health Benefits of Romaine Juice

This flavorful lettuce was believed by the ancient Greeks to induce sleep, so it came into their banquet halls at the end of the meal. The Romans carried on the custom, and it’s from them that the green derives its name. Romaine does more than aid sleep and alleviate pain. It offers compounds that prevent macular degeneration and osteoporosis, iron-deficiency anemia, and cardiovascular disease. The leaves are an excellent source of vitamin A and beta-carotene, as well as vitamins K, B, C, and folate, xanthin and carotenes. Romaine reinforces all this with iron—and calcium, magnesium, potassium, manganese, and copper. And with a nice crunch, too, come to think of it.

We use romaine as a natural sedative in evening juices. It is cooling, but as it’s inexpensive and available year-round, we include it in cleanses for every season. Juice the core from which the leaves grow, along with the leaves themselves, for a mellow, slightly bitter, fresh “green” flavor. Pair romaine with any fruits and vegetables; it’s especially nice with lemons and limes. Too much romaine can yield a bitter juice. A pinch of Celtic sea salt helps balance flavor.

The Health Benefits of Cilantro Juice

This herb is a health enhancer in an era when heavy-metal toxicity is rampant. Cilantro’s vigorous store of antioxidants makes it one of the most effective foods at flushing that stuff out of our systems. The controversial herb also contains powerful anti-inflammatory agents that ease digestion, nausea, headaches and bloating, and help stabilize blood sugar levels. Cilantro easily gets overpowering in juices. A handful per serving usually does the trick. The entire plant—leaves, stems, and roots—is juice-friendly, the flavor pairing beautifully with pineapple, cucumber, lemon and lime. If you’re not a fan of cilantro, substitute flat-leaf parsley.

The Health Benefits of Celery Juice

Alkalizing, detoxifying, anti-inflammatory, and loaded with nutrients: essential amino acids, tryptophan, vitamins A, B complex, C, calcium, phosphorus, iron, magnesium, iodine and copper, celery is also effective against respiratory conditions like bronchitis and asthma, and helps lower blood pressure. The organic sodium and potassium in celery make this juice a great post-workout refresher that helps replace electrolytes. It’s also a natural laxative and diuretic, supporting bowel and kidney health. Celery is a cooling vegetable, and we work it into our juices to take advantage of the rich mineral content and natural calming and sedative properties. We like it just as much, though, for its great flavor.

The natural salts are more abundant in the leaves, so when juicing celery, push the entire stalk (leaves and all) through the machine. That will yield a tangier, more savory juice. Celery makes a nice addition to almost any mix, especially juices made with leafy greens and other vegetables. As it sits, celery juice tends to get more assertive flavor-wise, so it’s best enjoyed right after it’s made. If you’re not using immediately, chill it, sealed up, but for no more than a few hours.

The Health Benefits of Cucumber Juice

This vege-fruit truly is the ultimate cool-hydrate-cleanse food. It’s right in there regulating body temperature and easing inflammation. A relative of squashes and melons, the cuke is a natural diuretic (due to that abundant water), aiding in cell hydration, waste removal, and dissolving kidney stones. Cucumber’s high silica content is great for the skin, and helps alleviate eczema, psoriasis, hair loss, and strengthen nails. The silica in cucumber also reduces the concentration of uric acid, which causes inflammation in the joints, muscles and tendons. A natural blood-pressure regulator, cucumber is high in vitamin A (mostly in the peel), B complex, C and folic acid, amino acids (methionine and tryptophan), potassium, sulfur, and natural chlorine. To take advantage of the nutrients in the skins, we always use the less-bitter-skinned English/Dutch variety. Any cucumber, though, goes well in our recipes.

We add cucumber to many juice blends as a way of adding mineral-rich water that’s way more beneficial than the plain filtered stuff. Cucumber juice is chock-full of nutrients, yet barely alters flavor. Cucumbers are intensely alkalizing, and a half (or whole) cucumber worked into a batch of juice offsets the acidic effects of high-sugar fruits and aids detox. Cucumber is our go-to base for sugar-free, alkaline juice blends, too. Make sure your cucumber is organic and hasn’t been embalmed in a coating of wax.

The Health Benefits of Apple Juice

Tasty, able to break down toxins, lower cholesterol, and enhance digestion, this fruit is a popular, versatile, and cost-effective go-to for juices. With phytonutrients, powerful antioxidants like quercetin, vitamin A (in the peel), vitamin C, and significant potassium, apple is a prime detox food that’s available year ‘round. As an aid to cleansing, apples’ high pectin content provides a great bowel regulator, able to slow the colon down or speed it up, as the body needs.

Apple is a cooling food, and we include it in juices to balance the bitterness of leafy greens and other vegetables. The sweet tang of apple blends with almost all fruits and vegetables; our preferred variety is Granny Smith, which has a tarter flavor and lower sugar content than common reds like Fuji, Delicious, and Honeycrisp. That said, this fruit is versatile, and our recipes work with any apple you have on hand.

We recommend coring apples before juicing, as the jury is still out as to whether the bit of cyanide occurring naturally in the seeds is detrimental to health.

The Health Benefits of Lemon Juice

This alkalizing tart tamer is a potent detoxifier and natural antibiotic that improves liver function, relieves constipation, and can help dissolve kidney and gall stones. High levels of vitamin C help boost immunity and alleviate symptoms of osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis, as well as combat heart disease. Lemons provide calcium and magnesium for strong bones and teeth, along with unique compounds that have powerful antioxidant properties. The flavonoids in lemons have even been shown to halt abnormal cell division.

While lemons are cooling, this superstar can be balanced with warming foods like cayenne and fennel. We use lemons in lots of juice blends to lift the earthy and pungent quality of leafy greens and vegetables, add zip and tang, and balance the acidifying impacts of high-sugar fruits. You may want to remove the rinds of these fruits before juicing, as in substantial quantities they’re slightly toxic, or you may enjoy the zesty punch it adds—a good compromise is a bit of the peel along with the flesh.

Other Green Juice Recipes For You

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Sleep Elixir Green Juice

This detox green juice with romaine, cilantro, celery, and apple from The Decadent Detox 3-Day Juice Cleanse flushes toxins and prepares the body for sleep.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 1 16-ounce glass
Author Tess Masters

Ingredients

  • 2 stalks chard
  • 1 handful fresh basil (or flat-leaf parsley)
  • 1 green apple, cored
  • 2 ribs celery
  • 1/2 English cucumber
  • 1/2 cup filtered water
  • Pinch of Celtic sea salt

Instructions

  1. Push the chard, basil, apple, celery, cucumber, and water through your juicer. Strain any pulp, and stir in the salt.

Recipe Notes

Recipe from The Decadent Detox 3-Day Juice Cleanse.
Photo by Trent Lanz; styling by Alicia Buszczak

Comments

Comments 16

  1. Looks yummy yet healthy! Ahh, I love this website so much! Hi, my name is Margret and I have a question. I don’t have much money which is what this question is all about. I’m going on a liquid life diet for my Crohn’s disease and was wondering should I get a juicer or blender? Thanks. 🙂

    1. Hey Margaret,
      Great to be connected. I am sorry to hear about your health issues. If you only have the budget to buy one machine, DEFINITELY a blender. You can make smoothies as well as make juice by blending the items with water and either drinking whole pulped juice or straining.

      1. Thank you so much for your response sorry I couldn’t get back to you sooner, I’ve just been so busy. It’s great to actually get a response after a comment made on a blog. Usually the owner never responses back which is just another reason why I love this website so much more than all the other ones. It’s on a more personal level which is just great!

    2. Thanks Margret. I have just sorted out all of my technical issues. So, my responses will be much quicker now. Thankyou for your kind words.

  2. If we were just turned on to your blog recently, is there a place where we could go and PRINT OUT ALL OF THE JUICE FAST RECIPES AT ONCE? Instead of having to go back through the previous days and print out each recipe?

    Thanks,
    ka

  3. hello, just found your page on f/book, and lovin it already, just wondering if you can help, my father i law just found out he has stage 2 lung cancer, i ordered him some apricot seeds to help shrink the tumor,is their any smoothy that may help with this condition, thank you

    1. Michael. I am SO sorry I haven’t responded to this sooner. I have had technical issues with my site for months and am only now making my way through all of the comments. I am emailing you directly. I am thinking about your father-in-law. My partner has cancer too, and I feel for you.

  4. Hi! My name is Nicole. So here is my question/concern – I am looking into going on a cleanse. However, I also weight train 5 days a week and do cardio 3 times a week. So my question is do I still continue my workout routine if I’m doing this 3 day juice cleanse?

    1. Sorry it’s taken me a while to respond to this. I’ve been travelling. I do not recommend working out while fasting. It’s just three days, and I recommend rebounding, a bit of light yoga, and gentle walking. Fasting and detoxing takes a lot of energy and it’s time to rest and recharge.

  5. Hello! I just found your blog and am loving the look of all these recipes. Fresh and yummy! I love green juices and veggie juice in general, but wanted to ask you a question. A lot of your “salad style” green drinks feature cucumber. I am allergic to cucumber! Is there something you recommend as a substitution? I do love lettuce juice, but think that adding enough to replace the cucumber would be overpowering.

    1. Sorry to hear that Auriel. Zucchini makes a great substitute for cucumber. Just start with half the amount and add to taste. You need the alkalizing component to balance these juices. So, replace the cuke with this.

    1. These recipes are designed for a juicer. However, you can juice in a blender. Just add water to the ingredients, blend, and then tweak the quantities to taste. Then strain.

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