How to Save Money on the Dr. Oz 48-Hour Cleanse Diet

by Nancy on March 4, 2012

Receipt for Dr. Oz Food Cleanse groceriesLast week I reported on my 2-day cleanse diet, created by Dr. Oz, and recently featured in Oprah magazine. Judging from all the comments, lots of people are trying it and many of the comments relate to the expense of the ingredients. As I mentioned in my first post, I used the shopping list from Dr. Oz’s site and ended up spending over $80.00. That turned out to be way more food than I needed for a two-day diet for two people.

Here’s the shopping list from the Dr. Oz site:

Dr Oz Cleanse Shopping List








The basic diet calls for eating the same breakfast (quinoa,) lunch (blueberry smoothie,) and dinner (vegetable soup, sauerkraut and apples.) You also have “snacks” whenever you want. There are three snack drink alternatives and a fresh veggies with lemon vinaigrette option. The grocery list includes the ingredients as though you were making everything but the reality is you will end up with way more fresh food than you can eat in several days. Likely you’ll be scrambling to use it all or you’ll be making some expensive compost.

For example, the radishes and green beans on the grocery list are for the fresh veggie alternative snack. If you like green beans a small handful would be plenty, not a pound. If you are going to have the juice snacks instead you don’t need them at all.

It’s a bit silly to call for rice milk and almond milk in a 2-day diet. The shopping list includes a pint of each. I have no idea where anyone can purchase a pint of these specialty milks. The smallest containers I found were in quart-size cartons. I suggest buying the almond milk. Use it for both the quinoa and the smoothie. Later in the week use up the rest of the almond milk making a batch of oatmeal.

Another error in the shopping  list I noted in a previous post is the shopping list calls for 1 pound of shitake mushrooms while the recipe calls for 1 cup of sliced mushrooms. A cup of sliced mushrooms is about 1/4 lb. Have you seen the price of shitake mushrooms in the store? Making this change alone will knock $8.00 off the total bill.

The Oz Cleanse Diet Money-Saving Roundup:

  • Read through all the recipes and decide which you’ll use.
  • Create your own shopping list from the recipes you pick.
  • Eliminate the rice milk.
By making those simple changes you should save 1/3 to 1/2 of what you’ll spend if you buy everything on the official shopping list.




{ 5 comments… read them below or add one }

Jana Brown May 24, 2012 at 8:37 am

Thanks for posting this information. I sort of looked through the list and knew I wouldn’t be making some things and marked them off. The advice about getting just the almond milk and reducing the quantity of vegetables was very helpful. Thanks again.

Nancy May 25, 2012 at 9:07 am

I’m glad it helped. Happy cleansing! :)

Christine June 1, 2012 at 6:20 am

Thank you so much for these helpful hints!!! I am starting the cleanse this weekend…can’t wait! ha.

Nancy June 1, 2012 at 7:24 am

Enjoy your cleanse. It’s probably easier when the weather is nicer and you can go out and do stuff instead of fixating on your next serving of vegetables :)

vix June 8, 2012 at 1:29 pm

How did you feel after the cleanse? Was it worth it?

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