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Detox Smoothies

School Of Nutrition Posted Jan 11, 2016 Future Fit Training


Come the beginning of January, we all feel bloated, sluggish and a little bit over indulged after eating too much food and drink over the festive period.

Detox Smoothies

To change this, I often recommend a gentle detox. Now, we’re not talking unrealistic “latest celebrity” detoxes that are everywhere in January, but increasing water and basing your diet predominantly around fruit and vegetables, essential fatty acids and some vegetable proteins for up to a month. Here are some simple smoothies that can be a substitute for either a meal or a snack. They’re all high in fibre, low in calories and, as they contain two portions of your five-a-day fruit and vegetables, and are packed full of micronutrients that help get us back on track and feeling ourselves again after the Christmas slog.

Green Goddess (Or God!) Smoothie

There’s a big buzz around green smoothies at the moment, and it’s for all the right reasons. The “Green Goddess” contains broccoli, spinach and celery, which are all full of sulphur compounds. These are known to speed up a process in our liver’s detoxification, making them really good at getting rid of excess toxins from the body – which may be ideal after the festive binge! They also help reduce that bloated feeling by supporting and cleansing the digestive system too.

Ingredients:

  • 25g broccoli
  • 25g mango
  • 25g pineapple
  • 25g banana
  • 25g spinach
  • 25g celery
  • 200ml apple juice or coconut water

Method:

  1. Blitz the broccoli, mango, pineapple, banana, spinach and celery in a blender or smoothie maker. These can be fresh or frozen.
  2. Once blended, add 200ml of apple juice or coconut water.

Tip: If using fresh fruit and vegetables, add a few ices cubes to your blender so your smoothie comes out chilled

Kale Kick Smoothie

Similarly to the Green Goddess,  the “Kale Kick” also contains those clever sulphur compounds that will help your liver’s detoxification. If you’re worried about your smoothie tasting (and looking) like pond water, adding some fruit will give the drink some sweetness without any added refined sugar –great if your new year’s resolution was to cut down on sugary snacks.

Ingredients:

  • 40g kale
  • 40g spinach
  • 40g mango
  • 40g apple
  • 200ml apple juice or coconut water

Method:

  1. Blitz the kale, spinach, mango and apple in a blender or smoothie maker. These can be fresh or frozen.
  2. Once blended, add 200ml of apple juice.

Tip: Use coconut water in place of apple juice if you want to reduce the natural sugar content of your smoothie and increase electrolytes, which are great for rehydrating after a workout.

Heart Beet Smoothie

Beetroot contains a nutrient called nitric oxide, which is very good for our blood. It helps to cleanse and support the red blood cells that carry oxygen around the body – boosting energy levels and encouraging circulation in the process.

Ingredients:

  • 40g beetroot
  • 40g carrot
  • 40g apple
  • 40g blueberries
  • 200ml apple juice or coconut water
  • 1cm fresh ginger (optional)

Method:

  1. Blitz the beetroot, carrot, apple and blueberries in a blender or smoothie maker. These can be fresh or frozen.
  2. Once blended, add 200ml of apple juice or coconut water.

Tip: Add a 1cm piece of fresh ginger to your recipe to zing up the flavour, support digestive cleansing and pack some additional anti-inflammatory benefits in to your smoothie.

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