Reboot Shopping List and Menu Plan

Last Sunday about this time I was just starting my 5 day reboot. I compiled a list based an many many different juice recipes. It was an extensive list. You can my first reboot grocery list here. However, now it is a week later, I’ve come through my reboot with a nice bit of weight loss and some clarity.

I realized the process of doing my first juice reboot was very intimidating and overwhelming, even though I didn’t really feel it at the time. I have a tendency to “follow rules” and do things “exactly as I’m told”. So I followed the plan as outlined in days 6-10 in the reboot plan. However, a couple days in I realized I’d made a couple crucial mistakes.

1. I had no idea what I was going to like, or how these things are going to taste.

2. Some produce goes bad VERY quickly.

3. 5 days worth of produce in my fridge leaves little room for anything else.

So if you’re getting ready to start your first week on a veggie juice reboot here’s some suggestions for creating your menu plan and your reboot shopping list.

1. Don’t try to buy for all 5 days. I live in the middle of nowhere and felt pressured not to have to go back to town more than once. Ridiculous. Don’t do it. Buy a couple days at a time.

2. Have 1 mainstay recipe that you really like. Mean Green or Green Lemonade is a great one.

3. Make double batches… trying to juice 4 or 5 times a day is very stressful.

4. Try one or two new recipes over a couple days. This allows you to get a variety, see what you really like and then write those things down so you can have them again… if you don’t like them you don’t have all the ingredients going to waste in your fridge.

So… for the first few days I’d recommend you shopping list look a bit like this:

Juice Reboot Shopping List

For Green Lemonade 

Kale ~ 2 or 3 bunches (most recipes call for 6-8 leaves and you can get 2 or 3 time that from each bunch)
Cucumbers (4-5)
Green apples ~ get a whole bag if you can
Celery ~ at least 2 bunches of it
Lemons ~ you’ll use these a lot so get a whole bag if you want
spinach or swiss chard ~ they taste pretty similar and are both very nutritious

Then choose 1 or 2 other juice recipes you’d like to try over the first couple days and get the ingredients for those. My favorite is my own V9 and the Gazpacho Juice Recipe from JoinTheReboot.com. Both of these are tomato based… and I love V8 so I have really enjoyed them.

For V9
making 2 or 3 servings

Cabbage
Kale (1 or 2 bunches)
cucumber ~ 2
limes 4-6
cilantro 2 bunches
tomatoes 10 to 20
stalks of celery ~ 1 bunch
colorful peppers ~ 4 -6
red onion ~ 1

For Gazpacho Juice Recipe:
making 2 or 3 servings

tomatoes ~ 8 -12
cucumber ~ 2-3
celery 1/2 bunch
red pepper ~ 2 – 3
red onion ~ 1
parsley ~ 1 -2 bunches
lime ~ 2 – 3

Your Juice Reboot Menu might look something like this:

Day 1:

Green Lemonade for breakfast

Green lemonade for mid morning snack

Gazpacho Juice for lunch and dinner

Day 2:

Green Lemonade for breakfast

Green lemonade for mid morning snack

V9 for lunch and dinner

Day 3:

Green lemonade for breakfast

Green lemonade for mid morning snack

Gazpacho Juice for lunch and dinner

Then the next couple days you can experiment with some other recipes to replace the v9 and Gazpacho if you want, or stick with them if you really like them.

I usually managed to drink 4 large servings of juice during my reboot… I found it hard to fit in any more than that. But when you make double servings you only end up juicing twice a day… you could always triple the recipe and have enough for a later evening snack if you needed it.

I also realized making my breakfast juice the night before made it a lot easier to get the day started. It was much more enjoyable to be able to just shake and pour my juice than to have to make it all (without coffee) first thing in the morning. :)

Well I hope some of these tips help you get started and stick with your juice reboot. If you have any questions please feel free to connect with me on twitter, Facebook, Join the Reboot, or shoot me an email.

If you’re concerned about the price of all this produce take a look at this program where I get my groceries for free.

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13 Responses to Reboot Shopping List and Menu Plan

  1. juicer says:

    im planning to start my 15 day program tomorrow..salads and juice then juice alone and then back on salad and juices..your website is going to be really helpful since its so concise and structured starting with grocery list..thanks and wish me luck :D !

    • jackielee says:

      Good luck with your reboot. If you have any questions feel free to ask… I’ll do my best to answer them… :)

  2. Joanne Bliesner says:

    On the DVD FSND Jon cross only drank juice, is it possible to just find a juice you like and have that four times a day as I am not a big salad eater. Joanne

    • jackielee says:

      any juice you can buy will not have the natural elements in it… all juice has to be “pasteurized” which kills all the good stuff. You don’t have to be a salad eater to juice. :)

  3. Amanda says:

    I tried to login to the reboot website and it has been down lately, I wanted to do the one for beginers and I was wondering if you had any of the old information saved so you can send it to me, for example the grocery lists and the recipes, if not thats ok. I figured i would try anyway. Thanks!

    • jackielee says:

      Amanda,
      I did the green juice posted on this site almost exclusively for my reboot. You don’t have to do a ton of different recipes… the green juice will rock it well for you.

  4. Dj says:

    Thank you so much! As I venture my first reboot I came across this as I was making my “extensive grocery list for the week” wondering where to stop.

  5. kaytee says:

    Thanks for the help! Watched the movie and did the research and I am still nervous so this all helps so much! Gonna blog my experience on my tumblr!

  6. Cliff Brown says:

    Are ‘Mean Green’ and ‘Green Lemonade’ the same? I thought ‘Mean Green’ had ginger root in it?
    Just bought a Jack LaLanne Power Juicer, having seen “Fat Sick and Nearly Dead” and I’m ready to try a 10 day juice fast. However, I am a weight lifter (not much of one) being trained by a body builder. She says a fellow at the gym tried the fast & lost weight but that after doing a skin fold caliper test they concluded that nearly 28% of the weight lost was muscle mass. I dont want to loss muscle.
    Unless you advise me otherwise, I plan to do the juice fast but also drink protein shakes and maybe eat some eggs, or chicken breast or greek yogurt. Whats your advice?

    • jackielee says:

      Hi Cliff ~
      You can add ginger to your green juice ~ I leave it out because I don’t like it. :) There’s no right or wrong way to make your juice, I’m just providing information about some of the things I’ve done. With that said… I’m not a doctor nor a personal trainer ~ you’d definitely want to check with them about the questions you’re asking. What I do know is this… any additional raw food you get into your diet will do you right. :)

  7. Cliff Brown says:

    Thanks Jackielee for your reply. I’ve made mean green daily for the last 4 days, adding beets & carrots. I like it and I know its a healthy addition to my diet. However, I find it time consuming and I’ve only made 1 juice per day. How many juices should I consume daily (using your green lemonade recipe) and how long will they keep? Thanks!

    • Jackie says:

      Again Cliff,
      It totally depends on what your goals are. If you’re doing a reboot then you’d want to do all three meals as juice ~ but if you have different goals then fit in the juice to match your goals. Once a day is what I did to maintain for quite a while. Whatever fresh raw juice you can get will help.

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