I recently took to juicing in my Vitamix (mentioned here) now that I have a nut milk bag to drain some of the pulp.  I have heard so much about the BluePrintCleanse and have been curious to see what all the fuss is about.  $250 for three days worth of juice seems a little pricey when there are so many DIY recipes out there, so I thought I would give it a whirl!

I like to put my juices in cute glasses because deep down in my heart it makes me miss chips and salsa a little bit less. Some of these juices really are so good – like the pinapple-apple-mint juice and cashew milk.  I think I’ll keep making these even when not on the cleanse.

Did I follow this cleanse exactly like I should have….no.  I slipped a quinoa-spinach-avocado-egg dinner one day and maybe had a handful or two of yogurt covered raisons another day.  BUT I mostly drank the juice, and I just wanted a healthy eating head start.  I felt energized and awake each day and would definitely recommend this to anyone wanting to kick start a diet or change things up.

Let’s start with the overall grocery list of what you’ll need.  These ingredients cost me about $40 at a local community-owned grocery store.  I would recommend a farmer’s market or local supplier if you have one available!

The first juice is the green juice that you’ll drink first and third a day for three days.  I like to make all the juices for the day the evening before.  That way I have a full day’s worth and I can have a fresh batch everyday.  Do whatever is easier for you!  If you want to make one day’s worth of juice at a time, double this green juice recipe.

The second juice you will drink each day is pineapple, apple and mint.  Use more or less mint to your liking – whatever you prefer!  I love mint so added a small handful.  This is definitely my favorite juice.  I can picture adding a little rum and an umbrella straw and sitting on the beach…

The fourth drink you’ll have each day is the spicy lemonade.  This is similar to the master cleanse drink that I tried in college for about four hours.  This lemonade is by far my least favorite drink of the day.  Confession…day two and three I skipped the cayenne pepper.  Whoops!  Clearly I’m not a rule follower.

The fifth juice is carrots, apple and beets.  Be sure to wash your cutting board and blender/juicer immediately after making this as to avoid any beet stains!  And definitely don’t grab the pitcher with slippery fingers and shatter the pitcher on the floor, leaving a really fun beet juice murder scene.

The sixth and final juice of the day is the delicious cashew milk.  You can use raw almonds if you would like. Whichever you choose, be sure to soak the nuts in a bowl of water for at least three hours before blending.

 

And that’s a juice cleanse wrap!  Would you ever try this?  Do you have more willpower than me?

Talk to me.

Thanks for reading and good luck if you plan on trying the cleanse! XO –

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    1. Some drinks are tastier than others but I didn’t have a hard time drinking them! I tried to drink plenty of water with the cleanse and probably went between lightly hungry and content. BUT I did confess that I cheated occasionally…so I wasn’t perfect! Hope this helps!

      1. hey, I love blueprint juice, but the price tags are quite high. my favorite is definitely their pineapple apple mint and the recipe you have taste just the same if not better. I still have yet to try the others, but it looks hopeful. Thanks for doing this!

    2. I’m not going to lie, I am a fairly small person and I thought I could easily do this because I don’t have a huge appetite as is….boy was I wrong. I’m so dizzy and feel like I can’t think straight. Day 1 was fine but day 2 I feel like I need some sort of protein in my diet RIGHT NOW. This is not a cleanse This is a 3 day starve

  1. This is the greatest thing ever! I have wanted to try the BPC for so long now but haven’t been able to bring myself to pay so much for 3 days of juices! Thank you so much for posting this! My question is, what was your process for juicing with a blender? I see that you used your Vitamix, so did you just blend then strain? I do not have a juicer and would be using my blender as well, and have never used a nut milk bag before.
    Thanks!

    1. Giiirrrrlll – just make it yourself for $50 and a couple hours in the kitchen! I just blended in my Vitamix and then poured the blender mixture into my nut milk bag over a large bowl. I drained the juice, using the nut milk bag to remove the pulp. Then I just poured the juice from the bowl to a jar and voila! I would highly recommend a strainer or nut milk bag or your going to be seriously chewing your juice. It’s so easy to use too!

  2. I’m so happy you tried my DIY blueprint suggestion! I didn’t have great willpower either, but it’s definitely doable for a short duration. I feel like my skin looked brighter after cleansing.

  3. I’ve got to try this. I’m such a juicing wanna-be. I am LOVING the fancy glasses though- that could currently up my interest opposed to my usual solo cup or Tervis Tumbler. Thanks for sharing this!

    1. Welcome Rebecca!! Depending on the consistency, sometimes I added some water. They don’t always need water but keep tasting the blended mixture to be sure it’s a consistency that tastes good to you. Hope this helps!! Let me know what you think if you try it! XO –

  4. Pineapple (one, whole), an inch or so of fresh ginger, and 1/4 to 1/3 of a cucumber is good, too. I copied an Evolution juice, and plan on trying the Ginger Limeade next. Also, 2 grapefruits, five carrots and one inch of fresh ginger – yummy. That one came from Whole Living.

  5. Can you sub the homemade cashew milk for for store bought almond milk? I know it seems like cheating but I know that the almond milk I use has a longer shelf life! Thanks for sharing this!

    1. Hhhmm…that’s a great question. I am not a nutritionist so I don’t feel like I’m best able to answer this question…but you can certainly try and see how it makes you feel!

    2. Store bought cashew and almond milks contain almost no protein, which I believe was the original intent of the nut milk in the cleanse.

  6. So I’m on day two, and I absolutely couldn’t get juice #5 down at all yesterday. Would it be the worst thing in the world if I used only one beet or even no beets?

    1. The beet juice can be a tough one – I don’t think that sounds like a bad alternative! I feel that a cleanse like this is just about putting nutritious ingredients into your body and making sure you feel content and hydrated. Try the one beet and let me know if it helps!

    1. Eeek! Unfortunately I don’t know! I plan to do it again soon and will try to measure.

  7. I want to thank you for sharing the Blue Print Cleanse. I had researched buying the cleanse but couldn’t stomach paying so much money. You saved me tons. I wanted to cleanse to jump start my New Year Resolution of eating good and dropping some weight. So I’m on my third day and I have to tell you it’s not all that bad. The good..I’ve lost six pounds so far and I know its probably all water but it’s better than gaining huh. I’ve also noticed that I have more energy especially after drinking juice # 5 the Beet juice. I don’t know why lol. I did have weird dreams about food my first night sleeping and my second night of sleeping was a little bit restless but not enough to stop me from getting up at 4am to hit the gym. I don’t own a blender so I couldn’t make the cashew juice so I bought unsweetened cashew juice and just added some blue agave. Other than that I stayed pretty true to the cleanse. Thanks gain

    1. Thank YOU so much for your kind words and for sharing your experience! I agree the price tag is hard to swallow – I’m so glad this worked as a home DIY alternative for you.

      Good for you for actually liking the beet juice!

  8. I followed all your receipes above and everything was perfect!!! I also want to thank you for sharing and costing me much less than buying the BPC. I believe that this will be something that I incorporate into my everyday living. I have decided to make the juices for at least breakfast, snack, and lunch.

  9. so so glad i found this! i have been wanting to try that cleanse but no way jose was i about to spend that kind of cash! i just ordered a juicer the other day so i am really looking forward to trying this!

    xo mk

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  11. I love it! I borrowed a picture and linked to you on my blog, hope you don’t mind 🙂 Cant wait to get back to a good printer to put this up, even though Christmas will be over by then. Thanks for making pretty things

  12. I was existing in a world of ache before I came to realize that green beverages existed. Presently, once I quit taking the item for a couple of days I instantly feel drop in my vigor levels and migraines set in. The second I get going on it once more, I feel myself returning into alignment with loads of energy.

  13. If anyone could tell me how to do the beets, lol. Do I put the whole potato part and the purple stems and leaves in the blender, our just the potato looking part??

    1. The recipe calls for just the potato looking part after you peel it. You can eat the stems and leaves also and I’m sure it would be fine to add all of it if you wanted to try it. I eat the stems like celery and put one or two of the leaves in the juice, sometimes their bitter.

  14. My story (so far!):
    I decided to do a modified versions of this (I suck at following recipes, I love adding what smells good at the time) and I’m on day 6 (decided to do 10 days).
    The biggest thing I changed was adding a veggie based protein powder because there is very little protein to sustain this. I don’t have a juicer so I’m just using the blender and adding water this way I get plenty of fiber. With the spicy lemonade I make a 1/2 gallon and drink that throughout the day. I calculate I’m drinking about 150 oz of liquid a day (normally I drink at least 100 so it really isn’t that much more). The last drink of the day I make hot and add some guar gum to thicken it up so it’s more like a dessert. I’ve added some other veggies (like bell pepper, cabbage) just because I had them in the house and didn’t want them to go bad. 4 apples a day is a lot so I cut it down to 3 and use a half a banana to spread out some nutrients.
    I know, adding things can take away some of the benefits of the cleanse but I’m very happy with this so far!
    Other people have reported an increase in energy and I am the opposite! Day 1 was normal (I just wanted to snack like crazy even though I knew I wasn’t hungry). Day 2 and 3 were the worst, I had a mild headache and was so tired I could barely get through my work day. Thank goodness I added protein or else who know what would have happened. Since Day 3 I increased the protein and am feeling much better.
    When I do get hungry I have carrots, celery, or cucumber that didn’t go into that days smoothies. I also had a handful of raw almonds on day 2 when I was so tired.
    Surprisingly I’ve had no digestional problems with the increase in fiber.
    Overall, I’m so happy with this. Thank you so much for sharing the recipe and the great pictures!

  15. I just started this cleansing today and its going good so far but I have a question I go to the gym everyday at least 2 hrs. can I still eat my protein bars during this cleansing?

  16. you forgot the PARSLEY in the green juice! its one of the main ingredients written on the BPC bottle!! 🙂

  17. Coming across this DIY cleanse has revolutionized my life (I live in Namibia, Africa so no chance of ordering pre-made juices unfortunately) Love this cleanse and have done it a few times, it truly makes you feel amazing. But lets face it the green juice is really hard to stomach 😉

  18. Pineapple (one, whole), an inch or so of fresh ginger, and 1/4 to 1/3 of a cucumber is good, too. I copied an Evolution juice, and plan on trying the Ginger Limeade next. Also, 2 grapefruits, five carrots and one inch of fresh ginger – yummy. That one came from Whole Living. – See more at: http://www.carriebradshawlied.com/2013/07/diy-blueprintcleanse.html#sthash.ZtZbU2R0.dpuf
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  19. This is great! I feel like the cashew milk has a little room much water but other than that it tastes just like the original! I have done blueprint many times. Actually there is a 25% off code on Gilt.com right now in case you want to compare 🙂
    Thank you for this!

  20. I am doing a cleanse right now and just purchased a premade creamy cashew one from a cleansing company where I live . I came online to find out if I could make it myself and found your site. I am making all the other juices at home as my husband and I are both doing the cleanse. For your cashew recipe do you just blend all the ingredients together?

  21. Can you tell us a bit about where you got everything? I’m have a hard time believing that all of those ingredients would only cost $40. I too own a vitamix and have done a few DIY cleanses. They are definitely less expensive than BPC but fresh produce in bulk is definitely not cheap. Cashews alone costs $10. I’d love to know your secret, I would think going to a farmers market would be even more expensive. Where can I find this magic?

    1. Hi Rebecca. I got everything at Growers Direct – it’s a local farmers co-op where I live which has fresh, local produce at a great price. I agree that if you live in a smaller town it could be more expensive.

  22. Hi! I am starting this on Monday with a friend of mine. I have an actual juicer I will be using, can I juice the nuts or do I need to blend them?

    THANK YOU!

    1. Excited for you!

      I’m not 100% sure as I don’t have a juicer, but I think you can juice them. I would google it and see what the majority of articles say! I’m sorry I’m not more helpful with the juicer, I just don’t want to give you the wrong information!

  23. Hi! I am writing this as I sip on my last Cashew Milk from the Blue Print Cleanse. I didn’t eat ONE thing while on this…soooo…I’m extremely hangry! Lol! It was so hard for me to buy this cleanse (4 day for $300) but I have heard great things about this cleanse so I had to try it! Seeing that you have all the recipes, I will definitely be doing this next time! P.S. This was soooo hard to do. Especially cooking dinner for my family every night but totally worth it! Thanks for the info!! ?

  24. I was just told about your DYI blueprint cleanse and i’m so anxious to try it. I have stupid question……the beets need to be raw? I’m assuming yes but I just want to make sure. I’ll be using my Blendtec. Also, I just ordered the milk nut bag, but would cheesecloth work in pinch until it gets here?? Thanks so much for posting this, I can’t wait to start.

  25. YOU are a lifesaver! I’m so happy you have posted this because I was desperate enough to drop some serious cash for the BPC. I am on day 2 and couldn’t be happier, I mean I probably could with pizza, but lets not go there. I don’t feel as if I’m starving myself which is definitely a plus. All the juices go down easy, especially that cashew milk…mmmmm, that’s gold right there! I’m down 4lbs of water weight! Planning on doing 2 more rounds totaling 9 days! Thank you again for having this info available for people like myself!

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