Spring Detox Smoothie Recipe

Spring Detox Smoothie | Henry HappenedSpring is almost here! The extra sunshine always gets me energized to spring clean the house and get organized. The change in seasons also gets me thinking about cleaning up my diet. Our bodies have their own build-in detoxifying organs – the liver especially. But as often happens, our not-so-great eating habits get the best of us. There are all sort of things that can leave us feeling a bit sluggish and in need of a recharge. I drink a green smoothie for breakfast every morning, and it’s a great way to give my body a boost for the day. Here’s a detox version of my daily smoothie to give your system a boost.

spring detox smoothie ingredientsThis detox smoothie is FULL of healthy, naturally detoxifying ingredients. Let’s take a look at each ingredient.

Cilantro contains phytonutrients, flavonoids and active phenolic compounds. It helps your body get rid of heavy metals by binding to them. Eating a diet rich in cilantro can also have great anti-inflammatory and digestive benefits. If you’re one of the thousands of people who can’t stand cilantro, try adding it in small amounts to pesto or smoothies to reap the benefits without being overwhelmed by the flavor.

Green tea is high in flavonoids (antioxidants) and is the best source of catchins. Catechins are a group of antioxidants that stop cell damage and fight disease and are even more powerful than vitamins C and E. Green tea appears to also help lower the risk of certain kinds of cancer and help prevent heart disease. (source)

Cucumbers don’t get as much attention as they should – they are great sources of vitamin C, K, beta-carotene and molybdenum. They are full of phytonutrients that provide antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and anti-cancer benefits. (source)

Pineapple is one of the best sources of vitamin C around. Just one 8-ounce serving provides 131% daily value of vitamin C. It is also an excellent source of bromelain, an enzyme which aids in digestion, as well as several b vitamins. Pineapple is an excellent source of manganese.

Ginger has long been known to help with digestive troubles, but more recently studies have shown that it also has many anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. Ginger contains gingerol which can help reduce the symptoms of arthritis. It also helps with circulation and gives your metabolism a big boost. (source)

Avocados are an excellent source of numerous vitamins and minerals including high amounts of potassium, vitamin E and B vitamins, as well as other antioxidants. It can also help replenish liver cells, making it a great detox food. The high (healthy) fat content makes it a great companion to other foods containing vitamin A, as it helps the body absorb the other vitamin. Adding in some avocado each day will also help add fiber to your diet, which in turn helps with digestion.

Lemon juice is a natural diuretic with great cleansing and detox properties. It’s high in vitamin C, citric acid, magnesiun and calcium, all of which give the immune system a boost. Starting the day with lemon juice will help improve digestion. It works with the liver to cleanse the body and can help balance pH levels and clear the skin. (source)

Raw honey contains phytonutrients with antibacterial and antiviral properties that can help the boost the body’s immune system and fight illness. It also contains trace minerals, enzymes and antioxidants. Pasteurizing can destroy the benefits of honey, so it’s best to consume it in its raw state. (Don’t give to babies under one though. That’s true for raw or pasteurized honey.) Raw honey is a source of the enzyme amylase which helps with digesting carbohydrates properly. (source) Another benefit of honey, particularly local honey, is that it can help combat spring allergies.

Spring Detox Smoothie
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Recipe type: Beverage
Serves: 1
 
A healthy smoothie full of naturally detoxifying veggies and fruit to help you feel great this spring.
Ingredients
  • 1 cup green tea, chilled
  • 1 cup loosely packed cilantro
  • 1 cup loosely packed organic baby kale (or another baby green)
  • 1 cup cucumber
  • 1 cup pineapple
  • juice of 1 lemon
  • 1 tablespoon fresh ginger, grated
  • ½ avocado
Instructions
  1. Place ingredients into a blender and puree until smooth.

Spring Detox Smoothie | Henry Happened

Lindsey

is the blogger behind Cafe Johnsonia and a Contributing Editor


Comments

  1. says

    This looks amazing! Love that punchy green color. Do you think it would still taste good and/or “work” with chamomile tea instead of green? I can’t have caffeine even in small amounts (migraines, grr).

  2. says

    I just made and drank this smoothie. SO delicious!
    I have tried “green” smoothies before and found most of them bland and/or in edible. It felt like a chore to drink them.
    I had to omit the cilantro because I didn’t have any (sadly. I LOVE cilantro) and added a TBS of black chia seeds after the blending process just for the added health benefit. The ginger adds the perfect amount of kick too. Yum!

    The whole recipe ended up being 3 1/2 cups. I added 1 TBS of raw honey to the whole thing and I felt like that added the right amount of sweetness without being overpowering.
    I don’t know how much others can drink, but this recipe is 2 servings to me. I can’t drink 3 1/2 cups of smoothie in one sitting!

  3. Julie says

    I am one of those people that does not like cilantro, I instantly grimaced when I saw it in the list. Can you really not taste it in smoothies? I’m skeptical! I found this yummy spring recipe with cherries – green drink with kale and cherries – I might mix and match ingredients from both and see how it turns out. Thanks!

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