The BluePrint Cleanse is a ultra-hip detox program celebrities often use to slim down and get red-carpet ready. It uses the power of juicing to reset the body and can be delivered right to your door. Just carry around the bottles and you’re good to go.
Sounds great, huh?
The price? Just $65 a day, for a round of six juices. Yikes! Exactly. That’s almost $11 per bottle. I believe it’s a good product, but there is a way to get the same results from this program without that massive expense.
We Think. You Drink. Written on every bottle. Didn’t Stalin say that in a speech once? I know I might like to be a bit more involved with my eating plan than most people, but this tagline irks me. Maybe it’s just my natural sarcastic side peeking out, but it reads like a slap in the face to me. Why put up with their abuse, psychologically and financially?
I’ve outlined recipes in this post to help you match the benefits of the regimen. And you don’t even need a juicing machine.
How to Make the BluePrint Cleanse at Home
One of the premises of the BPC is to help turn your body from acidic to alkaline with raw juices. Why is this so important? On their website, they state their line of drinks will help you remove the build up of toxins in your system because “disease cannot live in a alkaline body.” The BPC juices are designed to supply you with “vitamins, minerals and enzymes that are quickly absorbed and easy to assimilate.”
One thing I think the BPC has going for it is they deliver your daily supply right to your door every morning.
But I can’t help but feel a little awkward about letting the $65 just sit out on my doorstep.
With the BPC, the goal is to rest your system with six 16 ounce bottles a day, for however long you choose.
The three levels of dedication are:
- Renovation Cleanse – Generally this is where the beginner may want to start.
- Foundation Cleanse – Ready to for a more challenging method? This is it.
- Excavation Cleanse – This one, in my humble opinion, sounds terrifying.
Now, you don’t need to go spending a few hundred dollars on a juice machine to make your own juice at home. But you’d probably spend that much if you were to stick with the BluePrint Cleanse for a week. No kidding! For the basic package, Renovation, you’re looking at putting down $65 a day. Five days worth is $325. You can get away with a blender and a paint-strainer pouch in the beginning. Save yourself some money.
Update: Since writing this post, I finally broke down and purchased a juicer. Yes, it was time to simply give into convenience. However, I do recommend the beginner try out juicing with a blender first before going all-out and committing to a machine they will never use.
In case you’re interested, here’s the Breville Juicer I bought.
The one I’ll focus on in this post will be the Renovation Cleanse, which is a total of drinking six juices a day. The Green Juice is how you open the program, and repeated one more time during the day. The order of juices are: Green Juice, P.A.M., Green Juice, Spicy Lemonade, C.A.R. and Cashew Milk.
The first juice of the day is the Green Juice. This is six pounds of leafy wonder packed into this powerful selection of celery, cucumber, green apple, kale, lemon, parsley, romaine and spinach. This is easily replicated like the other juices as well.
For the same 16 ounces, gather organically-grown:
- 5 Ribs of Celery
- 1 Cucumber, Halved
- 2 Large Green Apples of Your Choice
- 3 Kale leafs
- 1 Ounce of Lemon juice
- 1 Handful of Parsley
- 3 Romaine leafs
- 1 Handful of Spinach (Don’t be shy. It doesn’t bite.)
Just blend the ingredients together with a bit of water. This is to aid in loosening everything together, but not to change the consistency. When draining the mixture, use the pouch to catch the fiber, as we are only interested in the juice part. Make sure you press out all the juice. Fill that glass!
The next juice in the series is P.A.M or Pineapple, Apple and Mint. This is a great combination of flavors: light and just the right amount of sweetness. This is one that is hard not to chug it down all at once.
With the simple list of ingredients, it’s just a matter or getting the right measure correct. I’ve found luck with using about:
- A Third of 1 Pineappple
- 2 Large Green Apples of Your Choice
- A few pinches of Mint, to taste
One thing to consider with mint is it’s a strong flavor, and can easily overpower the other two ingredients, so it’s important to start off with a little bit and then add in more depending on how much you want.
The Spicy Lemonade might at first seem like at bad flashback for anyone who’s tried to stick with the Master Cleanse diet, which really makes you drink lemonade all-day-long. But with the BluePrint Cleanse, this is everything you love about lemonade with a slight kick. They’ve paired cayenne pepper and agave nicely together for a great drink.
- 14 ounces of Filtered Water
- 3-4 juiced medium Lemons
- A few Dashes of Cayenne Pepper
- 1 Tablespoon of Agave Nectar
If you don’t have a jar of agave nectar in the cupboard, don’t fret it. You can substitute it with honey. The agave will yield a sweeter batch that the honey just can’t match.
C.A.R. is the acronym for apple, beet, carrot, ginger and lemon. To get this simply mix:
- 1 Green Apple of Your Choice
- 2 Beet, with the greens left on
- 3 Large Carrots
- 1 and 1/2 Tablespoon of Ginger
- A 1/2 ounce of Lemon Juice (to taste)
Crafting this excellent source of fat and protein takes a bit longer than the rest, and requires a bit of planning. You’ll want to soak them in water for about eight hours.
Here’s a great method for making your own cashew milk
- 4-5 ounces of Raw Cashews
- 16 ounces of Filtered water
- 1 Tablespoon of Agave Nectar
- 1 teaspoon of Cinnamon (ground)
- 1 two-inch piece of Vanilla Bean (or 1 teaspoon of extract)
Need help with how to prepare your cashews? Check out the video below to a nice primer into crafting a great tasting cashew milk that will rival the cost you pay for the Blueprint Cleanse.
Why Juice Your Way to Good Health Works
People generally start a detox program for two reasons: to give your internal organs (e.g. intestines, kidneys and liver) a rest from filtering out the evil-toxins; or when kicking off a diet routine.
One of the reasons a juice detox is so popular is because it offers a deeper cleanse than most of the other methods around, while still keeping to feeling full and nourished.
Don’t happen to have a whole garden of veggies at your disposal? There’s a few products on the market the will help you get the advantages of a juicing regimen when you’re short on grocery shopping time. This video illustrates how you can supplement a juice with Sun Warrior Ormius Supergreens for the same kind of benefits.
I’m tried a variety of eating plans and fasting techniques, and even what some might claim as an ideology rather than just eating. And one that I’ve always found the juice diet interesting.
But I don’t think I’ll ever get over the cost of the Blueprint Cleanse. I know they are a business, and respect that. But it’s fruit and vegetables. You can use the same ingredients to get the same kind of results at home. It just won’t be packaged in a trendy little bottle.