A Juice for Spring Detox

By Travis Metzger /

A Juice for Spring Detox

The recipes on The Way are intended as an East meets West look at food and its relationship to health and nutrition. Food is powerful, and every bite can either greatly benefit your system or effectively work against it. In Traditional Chinese Medicine, nutrition is tremendously healing in nature and remarkably adaptable to individual needs. Based on 3,000 years of study, TCM seeks to treat the whole person rather than just the symptom to support and strengthen your body and your energy, or Qi.

Just as we take time to give our homes a thorough cleaning each spring, it’s important to give our bodies that same detoxifying cleanse, enabling them to operate at peak efficiency.
A detox can range from simple adjustments in your diet to complex master cleanses. Either way, the goal is always to rid your body of toxins that pollution, processed foods, and alcohol leave behind. Your body is already equipped to cleansing itself, and it’s important when detoxing not to impede the natural processes.

Taking the time to breathe, do a little more exercise, stocking your fridge with healthy, whole foods and letting go of negative emotions will set your mind and body in the right directions. Little things like adding a fresh juice to your diet a few times a week will cleanse your pallet and have you craving healthy foods.

I love how potassium rich celery combines with fruit, its natural saltiness compliments and balances the sharp and bitter flavors of the grapefruit. Grapefruit is incredibly refreshing and the sweetness increases as the fruit darkens. Packed with vitamin C, grapefruit is an antioxidant that can cleanse your system by aiding with digestion and easing constipation. Spinach is one of the most nutritious greens, filled with iron, beta-carotene and vitamin C, it provides a nice depth to the juice and rids your blood of toxins.

Chinese Medicine Benefit
Grapefruit - Supports stomach, spleen and lung, counteracts heat, resolves phlegm and promotes Qi circulation.
Spinach - Supports large intestine, stomach and liver, tonifies blood and yin, and counteracts heat.
Celery - Supports liver, stomach, kidney and bladder, counteracts damp and heat, drains water.


Grapefruit, Spinach and Celery Juice

Serving Size

Prep/Cooking Time
Prep time: 5 minutes / Cooking time: 5 minutes

2 Grapefruit
4 Large handfuls spinach
5-8 Stalks celery depending on size


Juice all ingredients and enjoy!


Dining with Culinary Artist Travis Metzger is an unforgettable experience. You can taste the passion, creativity and culinary expertise in each of Travis’s one-of-kind recipes. Most would agree that Traditional Chinese Medicine herbs in their original form taste less than delectable, but Travis has proven that TCM for today can taste great with DAO Labs. Travis develops unique flavors for each DAO formula to complement the proprietary blend of herbs and their health benefits. After extensive training at the New England Culinary Institute, Travis ran some of the finest restaurants across the country before starting his own in Minneapolis. To survive the stresses and physical challenges of the kitchen heat, Travis focused on combining natural ingredients for healthy AND delicious eating and juicing.

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