The Best Detox Smoothie Recipes

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Despite what is seemingly hype, detoxification is a process that every single one of your bodies facilitates and undergoes on an ongoing basis. This is how your body rids itself of contaminants and unwanted substances found in the food you eat and in what you absorb from the environment.

Without proper nutrition that's complete with lots of raw vegetables and fruit, your body is unable to keep up with its daily "housework". It's pertinent that you supply your physique the fuel it needs to help itself thrive.

Though this process isn't unique to each individual, your body's ability to naturally detoxify can become hindered by extended exposure to processed foods that are rife with preservatives, chemicals, pesticides, etc. These harsh agents are foreign to the body and can slowly but surely impede your overall health.

Luckily, your health is in your hands. With a little knowledge and a little inspiration, you can utilize one or more of these detox smoothie recipes for an overall healthier you.

How Can Detox Smoothies Benefit Your Health?

Detox smoothies are a quick, easy, affordable way to aid your body in this process. They act as a healthy, more filling and satisfying alternative to juicing.

When made right, these detox smoothies can truly taste delicious, and they will leave you feeling rejuvenated and revitalized. Keep in mind, there's no need to feel intimidated by this new, fresh way of eating (or in this case, drinking) your way to health. These drinks need not make up your entire food intake.

While a detox smoothie diet could perhaps be ideal in a perfectionist's world, you will still see major strides in your overall health and vitality simply by replacing your worst meal of the day with one of these nourishing drinks.

Drink Water While Detoxing

An important component of your detoxifying routine not to overlook is your water consumption. You can be implementing a wide range of nutrient-packed vegetables and fruit on a regular basis, but, without adequate hydration, your body's ability to digest and process food will not be optimized.

Don't handicap yourself by simply neglecting to drink water. It's a simple, doable, easy task that will expedite all good things within the body. If you're not keen on plain, filtered water, try squeezing some fresh lemon or lime juice to freshen it up and make it more palatable.

A neat accommodation of a diet plentiful with detox smoothies is that these drinks can be worked into a diet free of dairy, gluten, soy and animal products. Thus, food sensitive folks can jump right into these recipes, worry-free.

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Potent Liver Detox Smoothie

This potent smoothie is for someone really looking to fast track themselves to a more detoxified body. The ingredients in this smoothie truly target your body's prime detoxifier: the liver.

Ingredients

  • 1 red beet
  • 1 handful of kale
  • 1 tablespoon chia seeds (could substitute hemp or flax)
  • 1 lemon (zested, but keep the white pith intact)
  • 1/4 large cucumber
  • 1/2 of an orange
  • 1 cup almond or coconut milk
  • About 2 cups of filtered water (adjust to your liking)

Instructions

  • Add ice if desired.
  • Blend on high & enjoy in a large glass.

Dynamic Detox

Sometimes the best detox smoothie is the one that you'll actually commit to drinking over and over again. If a smoothie recipe has no ingredients in it that appeal to you, then replace some of them with veggies and fruit that you do like and enjoy consuming.

This dynamic detox smoothie gives you some room to add your own favorites and still get the nutritional benefits you desire.

Ingredients

  • 1 green apple (cored) or 1 orange (zested, but keep the white pith intact)
  • 1 handful of spinach, chard, kale or collard greens
  • 1 celery stalk or 1/4 of a large cucumber
  • 1 tablespoon chia seeds (could substitute hemp or flax)
  • 1 lime or lemon (zested, but keep the white pith intact)
  • 1 cup almond or coconut milk
  • About 1 cup of filtered water (adjust to your liking)

Instructions

  • Add ice if desired.
  • Blend on high & enjoy in a large glass.

Green Routine 

This smoothie is loaded with healthy, detoxifying greens that will cleanse you from the inside out.

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cucumber
  • 2 celery stalks
  • 1 green apple
  • 10 leaves of fresh mint (could substitute parsley)
  • 1 tablespoon chia seeds (could substitute hemp or flax)
  • 1 cup almond or coconut milk
  • About 1 cup of filtered water (adjust to your liking)

Instructions

  • Add ice if desired.
  • Blend on high & enjoy in a large glass.

Keep in mind that there are no "quick fixes" for your body. Though your body can make major strides in a short amount of time when supplied with high quality food, do not get transfixed on a short term solution. A green smoothie detox (consuming only green smoothies) can help kickstart some healthy habits, but be sure to keep your focus on making this a lifestyle and developing habits that you can realistically do on a daily basis.

A Smoothie Detox Can Help With Weight Loss


Detox smoothie recipes for weight loss are truly designed to improve your health and livelihood. The weight loss aspect of it all is truly just icing on the cake. More often than not, it is helpful to ditch the scale and simply pay your attention to how your body feels, how you're sleeping, how you're waking, and how energetic you become. Improvement in those areas are signs of better health.

It's very achievable to develop healthy habits through a short period of experiencing the power of eating real food. You're likely to feel so much better in your skin; lighter, brighter & healthier, that you'll become motivated to keep it up. That's how healthy habits are formed.

There is no "one size fits all" and no best detox smoothie that suits every last person perfectly. I encourage you to try out these recipes and feel free to tweak them, but keep the vegetable to fruit ratio high. Remember: more veggies and less fruit means more detoxification.

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About the author

Jesica Slayer

Jesica Salyer is a health activist, organic lifestyle enthusiast, volleyball coach, freelance writer, creator of RunOnOrganic.com, as well as a wife & mother. She’s also a marathoner, health nut and fitness guru whose lives by her mantra: “Make Good Use of Your Pulse.”