Hacking the BluePrint Cleanse: How to Get the Same Results But at Half the Cost

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.

 

Blueprint Cleanse

 

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:

  1. Renovation Cleanse – Generally this is where the beginner may want to start.
  2. Foundation Cleanse – Ready to for a more challenging method? This is it.
  3. 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.

GREEN JUICE

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!

P.A.M.

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.

Spicy Lemonade

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.

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)

CASHEW MILK

Oh, nuts!

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.


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282 comments
The juice man
The juice man

Thank you so much for this!! 

I see that BPC added a drink "Lime, ginger, lemon and agave" any hacking insights on the amounts?

Thank you in advance.

Christie8255
Christie8255

Thanks so much for posting! I'm so excited to try it all out. Do you have any alternatives for the beets? That's the one vegetable I just can't stomach.

Peter
Peter

Thank you so much for these recipes! For a five day cleanse for my wife and me (i.e. 60 sixteen ounce servings), I was able to get the cost down to about $1.85 per drink using your recipes! My local Costco had many of the more expensive ingredients (cashews, pineapples, etc), and I was able to get the rest at the grocery store. 


We bought an Omega VRT350 juicer, so with the price of the juicer and the ingredients we were still a few hundred dollars under the BluePrint cost! As far as juicers go, the Omega is super easy and will serve us well for years to come. Also there are a ton of YouTube video out there on getting the most out of the Omega.

califrangis
califrangis

Starting this for the second time tomorrow - I'm addicted. It's not a weight loss thing is a waste loss thing - I love giving my digestive system a break.  And I got everything for 3 days for $66 at Trader Joe's. Thanks!

Courtenay
Courtenay

I am super interested in this but i am allergic to pineapple :( any substitutes?

jenbeach
jenbeach

Thanks for posting the recipes. I just wanted to mention that I have a Vitamix pro 750, and wasn't interested in buying another kitchen appliance such as juicer. When I made the Green Juice this morning - it had a foamy appearance. I just attempted to make the CAR, same thing foamy texture. I am going to buy a metal strainer tonight to see if that helps. I really like PAM and I've had made cashew milk before.  Honestly, I think that these recipes might work better with good juicer. Like everyone else, I was trying to avoid paying all that $$ on pre-made juices, but I think I am learning that I don't really like the foamy/frothy texture which may be a result of using a higher powered blender. Honestly, I think that CAR must be an acquired taste, but I would be curious to try to Blueprint Cleanse CAR. I'm guessing theirs taste much better than mine. I'm disappointed that it didn't work out quite like I hoped.

Kymkai
Kymkai

Question, I'm going to try this for five days. Can you blend enough for two days at a time or do you just recommend one day, bc I'd like to do it all in the A.m.before starting my day.

califrangis
califrangis

One more question - have you done this since using a juicer for it? Did you have to adjust your amounts? I ask only because I just made these for tomorrow and I came out with almost double the juice I needed for the green juice. Thanks :)

califrangis
califrangis

What's the schedule for drinking the juices (time between each etc)

Tammy9333
Tammy9333

I followed the recipe for the green juice and it tastes great! I think the lemon takes away a lot of the leafy taste and makes it a lot more drinkable which makes the time on the cleanse a lot easier.

Tatii
Tatii

Hey Mitch! I wanted to post about this BPC hack on my blog! I will make sure to give your site full credit and all, I was just wondering if that was ok with you? Awesome job and I enjoyed the cleanse!!

H Gill
H Gill

Great Article! I want to start this cleanse and stick with it for at least 3 days, if not longer. And i have a VitaMix so i'm looking forward to this. I have a few questions and would greatly appreciate your response. 

1. There are 5 different juices, so should I have 1 glass of each for 3 days? Is there some sort of guideline to how much of each juice you should have each day. I'm looking to cleanse my liver, colon and kidneys, and rejuvenate the body. Also, this cleanse should help me get rid of fungus, toxins, bacteria built up in the body. 

2.  Can I use Sunwarrior Ormus Supergreens as a substitute for the veggies in the "Green Juice," will it work the same way? Because Ormus seems to have some great ingredients, and will be easier to blend and a lot less hassle than blending the raw veggies. Just wondering if it'll have the same effectiveness and benefits..

Thanks A Lot!

saraquse56
saraquse56

Thanks for the article! Having done BPC a few times, I want to try at home though I have not even purchased a juicer yet! I wanted to ask you if you have a recommendation of a starter juicer and also what is the total cost of ingredients you used, per all 5 juices (one day). Thank you!

WendyAlejo
WendyAlejo

 Hey Mitch first off thanks for the great article. I wanted to askif you tend to work out while doing these cleanses? And if so, is it not as intense as when you are not cleansing?



Thanks!

Raybrav
Raybrav

I don't own a juicer, but just so happen to own the Nutribullet extractor. Do you think I could use that instead? the juices would be a lot more...pulpy, but pretty much the same, right?

NicoleEmm
NicoleEmm

Is this the same amount of calories as the renovation cleanse? And the excavation is pretty much the same thing but with basically just the green juice, right?

jo_rane
jo_rane

Thanks for the Post! I'm so excited. My acupuncturist told me to look you up. I was wondering how I'd go about doing the BPC excavation cleanse? 

AnnieMyburgh
AnnieMyburgh

This may seem like a silly question, but when you are putting these ingredients into the blender, would you cut up the apple and take the core out, for example, or you just throw the whole fruit in there? Thank you!!

Nina
Nina

Is the Healthmaster that Montel Williams advertises an ideal juicer to use?

jessicadeanna_
jessicadeanna_

Great article, definitely bookmarking this.

I came across bpc via instagram and what got my attention is the brilliant, simplistic packaging. So I started to look into it; I still don't understand some parts of it, but get the general idea.

initially I thought it was just a health drink, a substitute for Arizona teas or generic apple juice.

I was wondering if you believe these recipes and juices could be used for that, as a beverage during the day, or as a morning breakfast boost. Or is it so important that these "cleanse" juices be consumed alone and without food ?

JohannaE
JohannaE

The BluePrint Cashew milk only has 300 calories, where as the homemade one here has 700-800, depending on how much almonds you use.  Any suggestions on making this cashew milk more similar in calorie content than the original BPC milk, and sill have it taste good?  

HomeFitnessManual
HomeFitnessManual moderator

@The juice man I haven't had the opportunity to taste their new drink dubbed Yellow 2. But I would love the chance at it. 

If I had to take an educated guess, I'd think the drink would be something similar to the Spicy Lemonade. My first attempt at replicating this drink would probably look like this: 2-3 juiced lemons, 1-2 juiced limes, up to a 1/4 inch slice of ginger (in place of the cayenne), and the same amount of agave (1 TBSP), also with just a little bit of water.

Like I said, without ever tasting the "Yellow 2" it's hard to say if this would be spot on or not. However, I think my version would still taste pretty good...even if it might have more pucker to it than the original.

-Mitch

HomeFitnessManual
HomeFitnessManual moderator

@Christie8255 Swapping out the beets would dramatically change the flavoring of the drink...but I'm certainly not opposed to that.

I always recommend trying out new ideas in the kitchen. So, if beets just aren't your thing you could always sub them out with carrots...or maybe chard. 

There's lots of options. Maybe pumpkin?

-Mitch

HomeFitnessManual
HomeFitnessManual moderator

@Peter Awesome tips about costco. Thanks for sharing!

Mitch

HomeFitnessManual
HomeFitnessManual moderator

@Courtenay I don't know of any good alternatives to pineapple. It's a hard one to substitute. Off the top of my head, if I were to switch things up, I'd try working in some oranges (which are both tart and sweet). Sorry I couldn't be more helpful.

Mitch

HomeFitnessManual
HomeFitnessManual moderator

@jenbeach, I haven't come across the "foamy/frothy" texture as being an issue. With that being said, I'm sorry to hear you're tests with the Vitamix didn't produce the results you were after. The blender option had worked for me in the past, which is why I offered it up to start with. I definitely understand not wanting to add another appliance into your kitchen. I added a juicer into the equation when juicing became a larger part of my daily diet plan.

-Mitch

HomeFitnessManual
HomeFitnessManual moderator

@Kymkai, two days done at once should be okay. I like doing one day at a time though. From a nutritional standpoint it's best to enjoy each one as quick as possible. Going through the task of juicing each recipe can seem daunting the first time out, but once you experience the process it actually pretty simple.

All the best,

Mitch

HomeFitnessManual
HomeFitnessManual moderator

@califrangis I've found that you might get more from using a juicer, since it's specifically designed to extract as much juice from the ingredients as possible. So while the amounts for each drink might be spot on when using the blender method, you'll most likely wind up with more juice when you use a juicing machine.

How much each recipe yields does depend on the quality of your juicer...but it shouldn't be by a whole lot.

HomeFitnessManual
HomeFitnessManual moderator

@califrangis I aim for a couple hours in between each drink. Since there's six drinks in total this should keep you busy, and feeling fuller pretty much all day.

H Gill
H Gill

One more questions, sorry..

Why strain the pulp out? Isn't that fiber good to ingest as well, or is it that, for the cleansing purposes we are juicing it only? Will there be more or less benefits without straining out the pulp?

HomeFitnessManual
HomeFitnessManual moderator

@saraquse56 If you're just testing out juicing at home, I still recommend using the blender method first. I love my juicer, but it's only because I know I'm using it. I'm partial to the Breville brand, but there are some really great makers on the market these days.


For the cost of ingredients, there have been times when I've gotten the cost much lower than half the price of the blueprint cleanse...but this does factor in whether some of the ingredients are in season or not. It's hard to list an exact dollar amount since produce does change in price.

HomeFitnessManual
HomeFitnessManual moderator

@WendyAlejo  I'm glad you found the article helpful. I do workout during a juice fast. I've never noticed a change in my effort. It's normal to hold back on wanting to go all out. But, when you get comfortable with knowing you can exercise at an high-intensity, you should be fine.

-Mitch

allison
allison

@Raybrav  

Hi, I haven't tried the cleanse yet, I am excited to get started, thank you Ray for the info as I don't have $65 a day as a stay at home mom!!    I purchased the cheapest juicer I could find last Fall, a Hamilton Beach for about $50 on Amazon, and I have juiced just fine with it.  You just HAVE to clean it right away, or the strainer is very hard to clean.  I just do a quick rinse.  

HomeFitnessManual
HomeFitnessManual moderator

@Raybrav You can drain the juice using either a paint strainer bag, or cheesecloth, if aren't using a juicing machine.  I prefer the strainer method. It seems to much much better when I've tested them out. 

HomeFitnessManual
HomeFitnessManual moderator

@NicoleEmm The renovation cleanse will have the most calories, since you're drinking less of the green juice during the day. The deeper the cleanse, the fewer calories you'll be putting into your body.

HomeFitnessManual
HomeFitnessManual moderator

@jo_rane I love the enthusiasm! The Excavation cleanse is a much deeper cleanse than the one I featured in the post (Renovation). To do the Excavation properly, you'll want to have the green drink as the first three drinks of the day, have a spicy lemonade, another green drink, and then finish it off with a cashew milk.

Best of luck!

Mitch

HomeFitnessManual
HomeFitnessManual moderator

@AnnieMyburgh It really depends on the strength of your blender, but I'd cut the apples in half regardless. You can leave the core intake if you want. Since we're straining the pulp there's no need to worry about swallowing that stray apple seed. ;)

Mitch

HomeFitnessManual
HomeFitnessManual moderator

@Nina Having not seen the Healthmaster up close, I personally can't say how well it performs. But, IMHO, it seems kind of pricey for a blender...which is different than a juicer. The basic Healthmaster model costs about $150. For this price, or even lower, you can get an excellent juicer that'll make your juicing experience less of a hassle. With a blender, you'll need to catch the pulp and strain it out. When following the BPC recipes I recommend using paint strainer pouches or nut-milk bags.

Cheers!

-Mitch

HomeFitnessManual
HomeFitnessManual moderator

@jessicadeanna_ Each drink can work as a standalone throughout the day. A green drink can be a great way to get that morning "breakfast boost" just as it can be a great replacement for lunch or dinner. Much tastier than popping back a multi-vitamin.

A juice detox is meant to give the digestive tract a break and aid in resetting our internal systems. You can add in a meal at the end of a day of juicing, but for the most benefits I would skip the meal. I routinely add intermittent fasting into my weight loss plans, so I'm used to going longer periods without food. It can be tough if you're used to eating a lot of little meals each day, yet it's pretty easy to conquer any hunger pains if you simply keep busy.

-Mitch

HomeFitnessManual
HomeFitnessManual moderator

@JohannaE The majority of the calories are coming straight from the cashews. One ounce equals out to about 155 calories. The average tablespoon of agave nectar is about 60 calories, depending on the brand. The easiest way to tweak this drink is to simply cut back on the cashews. An example would be to go from 4 oz to 2 oz of cashews instead. This  would leave you at 310 calories just from the nuts. It's much closer to the calorie mark, but I'm not sure you're getting the same kind of taste.

-Mitch

HomeFitnessManual
HomeFitnessManual moderator

@H Gill Each drink is meant to be enjoyed only once per day. The reason why you'd want to strain the pulp out is to give your digestive track a rest...since fiber doesn't get digested it can take a toll on your system. This gives you a break.

I do like the Supergreens, but I would still work in as much juice from the veggies as possible. There are other brands (i.e. Athletic Greens). Yet, I'm partial to the Sunwarrior brand. They're a quality product.

I hope this answers some of your questions. :)

-Mitch

downhomegirl3
downhomegirl3

@HomeFitnessManual @JohannaE I also added up the calories in all the drinks and they are crazy higher than what BPJ is offering. Im suppose to start this cleanse in the a.m. but I am worried I will gain instead of lose! Im wondering if I should just dilute each recipe with 1/2 juice 1/2 filtered water...Or am I just being too analytical. Please advise!! Thank you!!

HomeFitnessManual
HomeFitnessManual moderator

@The juice man I have a hard time discerning whether the benefits of alkaline water are legit, or namely a sales gimmick to sell more water products. With that being said, the taste your juices shouldn't be affected all that much, or barely noticeable at all.

I prefer simple meals after a cleanse (i.e. salads). I hate the idea of giving the digestive system a break only to immediately throw it into full throttle with big, heavy meals. Start light, and ease back into eating whole foods.

The juice man
The juice man

Yellow 2 is good!! Cant compare but still really good...btw looking to get the Norwalk 275 :) 280 upgrades seem not best. The 275 looks promising.

The juice man
The juice man

Whats your thoughts on mixing with alkeline water? Would it change the taste of any of the drinks? Also whats best to eat after the cleanse?

HomeFitnessManual
HomeFitnessManual moderator

@downhomegirl3,

Sorry about the long delay in responding back. (Summer vacation ;) )

The one that I feel most people misconstrue about a juicing fast is that it's really only meant for weight loss. Actually, it's about helping the body detox, and give your system a much needed reset.

Weight loss is just one benefit. If you're worried about gaining the best method--I suggest--would be to look hard at your current diet and tighten things up from there.

Instead of only working off body weight a better plan is: fat loss

...and that is about eating with a caloric deficit as a goal. 

The amount of calories that are used in these recipes can actually be put into action as a  healthy weight loss strategy.

Hoping you all the best,

Mitch

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