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smoothies that help with weight loss

Smoothies that help with weight loss are a great way to eat more fruits and vegetables while keeping your calorie intake low. They also make it easy to get in some extra nutrients like protein and fiber.
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This green detox smoothie is made with superfood ingredients that provide vitamins, minerals, and natural electrolytes. It’s a green smoothie made to support metabolism and liver detox.

A green detox smoothie in a glass jar on a white countertop.

The back-to-school season for me is a fresh start. After a summer of taking care of the kids and neglecting my own health, I’m so happy to get back on track with a schedule and wellness routine. My day almost always starts with a workout that’s followed by a nourishing smoothie. The smoothie I’m sharing today is made with super clean ingredients for those of us needing a kick start. If you’re a green smoothie beginner, I’d suggest starting with this Peanut Butter Green Smoothie or this Green & Glowing Smoothie. If you’re here for weight loss recipes, head to this Weight Loss Smoothie. Read all about how I quit sugar in this Sugar Detox article.

I’ve complained about juice bar smoothies in the past. The ones that look healthy at first, but are actually mostly ice cream. Recently I’ve noticed healthier smoothie options popping up at juice bars like Whole Foods and even our local shop, Blenders.

After sharing my favorite Beet Detox Juice, Apple Cider Vinegar Drink or Hot Apple Cider Vinegar Drink, and Lemon Detox Water Recipes, some readers were asking for a detox smoothie recipe. You can find our 10 Best Detox Drinks here! There are many ways one could make a “detox smoothie” but this version is essentially a copycat of one I like at Blenders, The Cleanse, which was developed by local Registered Dietitian Jennifer Tasca.

The ingredients for a detox smoothie include coconut water, spinach, ginger, apple, lemon, cucumber, and frozen peaches and banana.

Detox Smoothie Ingredients

While I always hesitate to name recipes with health benefits in the title, I truly believe in Hippocrates’ quote, “let food be thy medicine.” I never make any health promises or claims here (read my full disclaimer here), but I love to share when I learn about the different ways in which specific foods can promote better physical and mental health. For example, I also LOVE this Chocolate Maca Smoothie for promoting hormone balance.

I know how much better I feel when I’m moving my body often and good about a clean whole foods diet, and I love sharing that with others. We are all exposed to so many pollutants and chemicals through the environment, processed foods, and even cosmetics that adding more liver-supporting foods is a good idea. Okay, here’s what we’ve got going on in this smoothie.

  • Coconut water: Full of natural electrolytes (skip the florescent sports drinks, guys).
  • Parsley: Supports the body’s detoxification process.
  • Lemon: Citrus fruits can help the liver produce detoxifying enzymes.
  • Apple: Contains pectin, which helps the body cleanse.
  • Ginger: Anti-inflammatory.
  • Cucumber: Cucurbitacins (compounds found in cucumbers) can support the digestive tract and liver.
  • Spinach: Leafy greens are high in chlorophyll, which can neutralize heavy metals.
  • Protein powder: Choose a clean pea protein sweetened with stevia. Garden of Life Raw Organic Vanilla protein is my go-to and linked in the recipe).
  • Cinnamon: regulates blood sugar, which is why I always add it to my coffee.

Cucumber, spinach, coconut water, and frozen peaches and banana in a Vitamix blender.

How to Make Your Detox Smoothie

Making your smoothie is easy. Simply add liquid to the bottom to get started. I like to use the minimum amount of liquid needed to turn the blade, as you can always add more. Top with the remaining ingredients and blend!

A Vitamix blender filled with a green detox smoothie.

Enjoy your smoothie right away in a glass or as a smoothie bowl like this Matcha Smoothie topped with strawberries, or freeze for later. For more healthy smoothie recipes, don’t miss these super tasty Superfood Smoothie Recipes and this round-up of Healthy Green Smoothies.

A glass jar filled with a green detox smoothie topped with raspberries and chia seeds. This detox smoothie recipe with spinach is great for weight loss and liver detox.

Sources: Jennifer Tasca, MSRD for Blenders, FISHER-TITUS, Dr. Axe

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