The Ultimate Detox Smoothies

To recap our detox learning to date:

The more you poop, the more successful your detox plan is.  

But that alone maketh not the detox.  Otherwise, you'd get loads of people drinking crazy stuff like lemon-maple syrup-cayenne elixirs and only pooping by way of a colonic!

Oh wait.......that actually happens...... :(

To me, a good detox gives the liver and digestive system a rest and nourishes the body with an overdose of nutrients that it can use to repair and regenerate itself.

Smoothies are a great way to fulfill BOTH of these objectives.  Here are my top two detox smoothie recipes - one sweet, one savoury to fix you up at either end of the day.

RISE & SHINE DETOX SMOOTHIE

  • 1 cup spinach
  • 1/2 cup frozen blueberries
  • 1/2 small golden beet
  • 1/2 apple
  • 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 1 cup water
  • generous 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • small knob of fresh ginger
  • 1 tbsp coconut oil
  • 1 tbsp collagen powder (Great Lakes green label)

Put all ingredients in a high speed blender and whiz until smooth.

THE DETOX GAZPACHO

  • 1.5 cup flat leaf parsley
  • 1/2 ripe avocado
  • 1 cup chopped fresh tomato
  • small piece red onion (less than a 1/4 piece)
  • 1 garlic clove
  • juice of half lemon
  • 1 cup ice cubes
  • 1 cup water (or more depending on how thick you like it)
  • 1 tbsp collagen powder (Great Lakes green label)
  • salt, pepper, cayenne powder as you like
  • 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil

Put all ingredients in a high speed blender and whiz until smooth.

I want to draw your attention to TWO INGREDIENTS in these smoothies and why these are great to include in your detox programme.

  1. BEETROOT:    Traditionally, beets are valued for their support in detoxification and helping to purify the blood and the liver.
  • super high in GLUTAMINE that is very healing to the intestinal tract;
  • fibre rich and because you're having it in a smoothie and not in a juice, you are taking in all that fibre to help keep you regular;
  • the betalin pigments in beets support your body's detoxification process by binding to toxins so they can be excreted from your body.

2. PARSLEY:  The master herb for detoxifying your kidneys.

  • chock full of minerals that help revitalize kidney function by removing unwanted toxins and fats away from this organ;
  • super diuretic that helps the body eliminate fluids naturally;
  • 3x more vitamin C than oranges and twice the iron of spinach - making it a superfood for anyone wanting to get rid of unwanted inflammation and boost their energy;
  • super high in antioxidants that protect our heart from free radical damage.

Smoothies are a great detox tool and including these two ingredients will supercharge your elimination potential whilst nourishing and regenerating your body.

Happy detoxing!

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