Detox Smoothies -
Drink yourself healthy

If you live in the modern world, then it is guaranteed you will be exposed to toxins.  In fact our environment has become the most toxic in history.

Normally your body is well equipped to deal with many of these toxins. The kidneys, liver, intestines, lymphatic system and the skin are very good at cleansing the body and keeping it functioning healthily.  But sometimes you need a helping hand, particularly if you’ve been overdoing the coffee, alcohol, sugar and rubbish foods.  

A new approach to detoxing is emerging which is based on sensible, evidence-based strategies, such as healthy eating .  This is where detox smoothies come in.  Whizzing up a healthy detox drink is an excellent way to get your wellness fix.

How to Detox

The easiest way to detox is to completely avoid those things which we know are toxic.   That’s not always possible of course.  But there are things we can control and one of those things is our diet.  Dietary changes such as eating more fruit and vegetables, will result in clearer skin, increased energy and a general feeling of well-being.

There really is no need to rush out and buy expensive powdery shakes or liquid cleanses.  Nature provides us with everything we need.  The ingredients are already in your kitchen.

A detox smoothie of raw fruit and vegetables, chock full of vitamins, minerals, fiber and antioxidants is just what the doctor ordered. 

Ingredients to include in your detox smoothies:

Leafy greens such as spinach, kale, cabbage, chard, romaine, arugula and collards

Vegetables such as beets, broccoli, cucumber and celery

Fruits such as berries, papaya, pineapple, apples, lemons, grapefruit

Healthy fats such as avocado, almonds, coconut, chia, flaxseeds, pumpkin and sunflower seeds.

Herbs such as basil, cilantro, parsley and mint

Other ingredients such as ginger, green tea


Strawberry Orange Detox Smoothie

strawberry orange detox smoothie with lemons

Ingredients

1 handful of baby spinach leaves
1 ½ cups frozen strawberries
1 orange peeled
1 banana
½ cup almond milk
Juice of ½ lemon

How to Make

Peel and segment the orange.  Place the spinach leaves, strawberries, orange segments, banana, almond milk and lemon juice into your blender.  Blend at high speed until your smoothie is smooth.

This makes 2 small glasses.


Berry Detox Smoothie

blueberry raspberry detox smoothie with pineapple

The apple juice adds the desired sweetness to this smoothie.

Ingredients

½ c frozen pineapple
1/3 c frozen blueberries
1/3 c frozen raspberries
2 – 4 inches cucumber (unpeeled)
1 c filtered water
¼ c apple juice

How to Make

Place the pineapple, blueberries, raspberries, cucumber, filtered water and apple juice in your blender and process on high until all the ingredients are smooth and creamy.

Then pour into two glasses and enjoy.


Goji Berry Detox Smoothie

Goji berries are a noted stress reliever and have been shown to enhance feelings of wellbeing.

mixed berry smoothie with Goji berries

Ingredients

Handful of baby spinach leaves
1 c frozen blueberries
½ c frozen blackberries
½ c frozen raspberries
¼ c Goji berries
1 c coconut milk
1 tablespoon flaxseed

How to Make

Soak the Goji berries for 10 – 15 minutes prior to making your smoothie.

Combine the blueberries, blackberries, raspberries, Goji berries, coconut milk, flaxseed and in your blender.   Blitz high until smooth and creamy. 

Blend again then pour into two glasses.


Minty Green Smoothie

minty green smoothie

Ingredients

Handful of baby spinach leaves
1 orange, peeled
1 c frozen pineapple
1 tablespoon chopped mint
Juice of ½ lime
1 teaspoon grated ginger
½ c purified water

How to Make

Put the spinach leaves into your blender first then add the orange, pineapple, mint, lime juice, grated ginger and water.  Give your blender a whizz until you have a wonderful green smoothie.

Makes two small glasses.

Kiwi Orange Detox

Ingredients

1 handful spinach leaves
1 kiwi fruit, peeled
1 pear, quartered and cored
1 whole orange, peeled
½ cup filtered water

How to Make

Peel and chop the kiwi and orange.  Chop the pear into quarters and remove the core.  Leave the skin intact.  Place the spinach leaves into your blender, then add the kiwi, pear, orange and filtered water.  Blitz it all together until everything is smooth and creamy.

Pour into two glasses.

Vitamin C Detox

Ingredients

1 cup chopped kale leaves
1 cup frozen mango pieces
1 orange
1 mandarin
¾ cup almond milk
Juice of ½ a lemon

How to Make

Peel the orange and mandarin and divide into segments.  Throw the kale leaves into your blender, then add the orange and mandarin segments, mango, almond milk and lemon juice.

Blend until smooth.  Then pour into 2 glasses.

Beetroot Cleanser

Ingredients

1 cup spinach leaves
1 small cooked beetroot
1 apple (core and seeds removed)
1 pear (cored and de-seeded)
1 tablespoon white chia seeds
½ cup water
½ cup pomegranate juice

How to Make

Soak the chia seeds for 10 – 15 minutes beforehand.  Then add the kale leaves, beetroot, apple, pear, chia seeds, water and pomegranate juice to your blender.  Whizz together until smooth.

Pour into 2 glasses.

Pineapple Green Cleanser

Ingredients

4 large romaine lettuce leaves
1 small frozen banana
2 slices of pineapple
½ cup strawberries
1 cup almond milk
½ inch grated ginger

How to Make

Add the lettuce leaves, banana, pineapple, strawberries, almond milk and grated ginger to your blender.    Blend until your smoothie is thick and creamy.

Makes 2 glasses.



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