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Detox Smoothies

Detoxifying Smoothies

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Finding time to do anything in the morning can be extremely difficult and making a good nutritious breakfast for yourself is no exception. But what if I told you that there's a solution to that problem...DETOX SMOOTHIES. Not only are smoothies delicious, and easy to make, they are also packed with all the nutrients you need to get your day started on the right foot.

Detox smoothies are a delicious way to detox, and one of the best drinks to add to your daily routine. To detox the body you need to feed it foods that help it purge itself, while at the same time provide it with the vitamins and minerals it needs to function at its best.

Smoothies are easy to make, easy to clean up, and easy to take down at any time of the day. They not only accommodate your body's demands but your busy lifestyle as well.

Here are some of my favorite detox smoothies…

1. Antioxidant Berry, Berry Healthy Smoothie

Berries are your friend when it comes to detoxing because of all the antioxidants and fiber they contain. They’re just the thing your body needs to replenish itself and to help purge toxins from its various systems. Blueberries are packed with them, and raspberries and blackberries also have a lot, so we’ll use all three here to make sure it’s a detox winner.

What You Need

1 1/2 cups Berry Mix (Blueberries, Raspberries, Blackberries)
1/2 cup Coconut Milk
1 cup Purified Water
1/8 cup rolled oats

Instructions: Blend everything together until you reach a smoothie consistency. The beauty of berries is their easy prep. When detoxing organic produce is always recommended.

What’s the Deal with Antioxidants?

Antioxidants are consistently linked with health benefits ranging from cancer prevention to heart disease prevention, to anti-inflammatory properties. It’s basically a name given to something we already inherently know: healthy foods are good for us! In this smoothie you’re getting a boatload of them, plus some healthy fat from the coconut milk for a satisfying smoothie.

2. Kale for Within and for your Skin Smoothie

Kale has become super popular lately, and if you aren’t already eating it well then you definitely should. A smoothie makes a great vehicle for upping your kale intake, since the curly kind of kale can be a little bland.

What You Need

1 handful Kale
1/2 apple
1 cup Coconut Water

Instructions: If you use curly kale make sure you cut off the hard and stringy ribs that run down the middle of the leaf. Most blenders will have a tough time with these, and even if you use a professional grade blender it might still leave bits behind. We recommend baby kale, since you can just grab it and toss it in.

Kale: More Than a Trend

Kale is very high in nutrients and very low in calories, making it one of the most nutrient dense foods on the planet. It is one of the world’s best sources of vitamin C and boosts collagen production (aka it’s great for your skin). Also Kale is loaded with cancer fighting properties.

Spinach and Ginger Detox Smoothie

3. De-bloating Ginger Smoothie

Ginger root is great to keep around if you’re trying to detox, as we’ll see below. As far as flavor goes, ginger definitely wakes up the taste buds and provides a kick that can be quite refreshing. Combining it with cinnamon gives it additional anti-inflammatory benefits, and really kicks up the spiciness of this smoothie.

What You Need

1 nub Ginger Root
1 tsp Cinnamon
1 handful Spinach
1 cup Purified Water

Instructions: The more you mince the ginger before adding it in, the less bits you’ll have to crunch on once it’s all blended up.

Benefits of Ginger

Ginger has a cleansing effect on the digestive system, helping to ease bloating and gas, and breaking up congestion throughout the body. It’s been used throughout the ages as a treatment for different disorders, and makes a great addition to your detoxing efforts.

4. Cocoa Bliss Antioxidant Smoothie

You can use chocolate as part of your detox routine, as long as it’s the right kind. This smoothie tastes like chocolate covered strawberries, sweet and chocolatey with digestive enzymes from the honey, no refined sugar, and antioxidants from the chocolate and strawberries.

What You Need

1 tbsp Dark Cocoa Powder (unsweetened)
1/2 cup Coconut Milk
1/2 cup Strawberries
1 cup Ice (if during warmer months)

Instructions: Blend everything together until frothy and smooth.

Dark Cocoa Powder

Dark cocoa is going to contain antioxidants that regular cocoa doesn’t have. It’s also going to be sugar free if you go with a high quality option.

5. Vital Vitamins Green Smoothie

Open your fridge and pull out anything green, chances are it’s a healthy vegetable option. You can also pick these up from the store the next time you’re out if you want to follow along perfectly.

What You Need

1/4 Cucumber
1/2 handful Spinach or Other Leafy Green
1/2 Avocado
1 Celery stalk
2 sprigs Fresh Mint
1 Kiwifruit
1 cup Purified Water
1/2 of apple
Squirt of lemon

Instructions: Blend everything together in your blender. If you’re using organic cucumber (recommended) you can leave the peels on for added nutritional value.

Green Smoothie Craze

Green smoothies are all the rage and it’s easy to see the appeal. You get all of the fruit flavor of a smoothie, plus all of the vitamins and minerals from vegetables. Organic produce is the way to go when making a green smoothie, since you don’t want herbicides and pesticides to impede your detox progress.

6. Slim Down Detox Smoothie

Losing weight and detoxing go hand-in-hand, and this smoothie will make sure that you’re getting what you need.

The protein powder in this will help you develop lean muscle, and also help you make it through to lunch. The green tea provides antioxidants and a bit of caffeine to give you some energy when you’re running low.

What You Need

1 scoop Soy Protein Powder, vanilla flavor
1 cup Green Tea, brewed (preferably matcha)
1/2 Peach

Instructions: You can use frozen peaches here because they’re much easier to use and you don’t have to worry if they’re ripe or not. It’s best to let the green tea cool down completely before making your smoothie.

8. Extreme Detox Smoothie

This is basically a “kitchen sink” smoothie where you’re going to add in whatever you have on hand that is a detox food because most of them will contain vitamins and minerals that will support a healthy lifestyle.

What You Need

1/2 Carrot, peeled
1/2 Pear
1/2 cup Broccoli florets (steamed)
1 cup Purified Water

Instructions: Chop everything up into manageable pieces and place into the blender. Puree until nice and smooth.

Detoxing Can Be Delicious

If the idea of detoxing leaves a bad taste in your mouth, it’s time to try one of these shakes to try to prove to yourself that it doesn’t have to taste bad. Taking matters into your own hands and making your own smoothies from scratch gives you quality control and allows you to only use ingredients you think are delicious. Don’t add an ingredient if you don’t like it just because of its detoxifying properties, because you won’t stick with it. Feel free to mix and match and make a smoothie that works for you.