Smoothies are all the rage; even celebrities like Jennifer Aniston and Gwyneth Paltrow credit their daily smoothies for their vibrant healthy glow. So this spring, along with cleaning out your closets, why not jump on the health bandwagon and clean out your body too with detox smoothies? Detox smoothie drinks encourage elimination processes in the body while fortifying it with nutrients. Some of the many health benefits of detox smoothies are aiding weight loss, flushing out toxins, and strengthening immunity. Depending on what ingredients you choose to blend, they can deliver your daily dose of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, fiber and proteins while also tasting great. These scrumptious and easy recipes will help you to look and feel your best.
Berry Detox Smoothie
Berries are high in antioxidants and fiber and can be used individually or combined with other fruits, veggies and/or superfoods. Using fresh, seasonal fruits and veggies is recommended but keep some berries, mangos, bananas, etc. handy in your freezer for those times when you can’t run to the market or for when they are out of season. Bursting with vibrant color, berry smoothies always look appetizing to me.
Detox Green Cleanse
Leafy greens are rich in chlorophyll and nutrients; they’re purifying, healing and high in fiber. If you don’t like eating spinach, chard and kale, using them in a smoothie is a great way to get greens into your diet. When using kale, stick to baby kale as it is easier for your blender to chop. If a green drink doesn’t entice you, toss in some fruit to sweeten it a little and think of all the health benefits you are getting in just one drink.
Detox Smoothies with Herbs and Spices
Common herbs and spices like turmeric, cinnamon, cayenne pepper, ginger and green tea have long been used in folk medicine as health remedies. Ginger has a cleansing effect on the digestive system and, in combination with cinnamon or turmeric, it has anti-inflammatory benefits as well. It’s amazing what just a pinch of a spice can do.
Detox Smoothies for Weight Loss
With warm weather coming, many of us want to drop a few pounds. Substituting a low-calorie detox smoothie for a meal is an excellent tool for weight loss. These smoothies are delicious, nutritious and filling, and their detox ingredients stimulate fat metabolism and elimination. The ultimate result is that you beautify and energize yourself while losing weight. That sounds like a winning combination to me!
You Are What You Drink
For the most beneficial and delicious smoothies, don’t skimp on the ingredients. Use only quality, clean foods and organic pesticide-free fruits and vegetables. There are zillions of recipes and guides to get you started and we have pinned a few to our Pinterest board. And no matter what you toss into your blender, there really is no wrong way to make a smoothie.
If you already have a favorite detox smoothie, please share in the comments.