It is no secret that I love green smoothies. I drink one every day and can feel a difference right away if I don’t. My body has become dependent on them and – personally – I think that’s a good thing. It beats being dependent on chocolate. Not that I don’t want chocolate but I certainly don’t crave it like I used too. Well sometimes..but you get my point.
Smoothies are great because you can increase your vegetables or consumption of other super foods without even noticing. All you have to do is throw them into a blender, blend for a couple minutes and – poof – you have a nutrient dense powerhouse of a drink.
This week I decided to work on a new detox smoothie recipe. Most smoothies will have a cleansing and detoxifying effect because they are filled with fiber rich fruits and vegetables. However, there are so many super foods and herbs you can add to give it even more of a cleansing boost.
For my detox smoothie recipe I decided to add parsley in with my greens. Parsley is packed with nutrition, can potentially help with weight loss by reducing water weight, and has a wonderful detoxifying effect on our bodies. Personally, I had no idea about the benefits of parsley – I just thought it was a garnish. Nope, it is so much more than that.
I also wanted to add lemon. Who knew drinking raw lemon juice could have so many health benefits – but it does. I only had to do a little research to find that lemons can potentially help with everything from indigestion and constipation to kidney stones and glowing skin. It is like a citrus powerhouse.
For the rest of the green smoothie I wanted to be very intentional with the ingredients, making sure they were high in fiber and water to help flush toxins out of my body. I decided to use frozen mixed berries (blueberries, rasberries, and blackberries), an apple, banana, chia seeds, cucumber and kale. All of these ingredients have tons of fiber and nutrition.
Typically, I use Silk Coconutmilk in my green smoothie recipes but for this detox recipe I decided to use 1 cup of Silk Almondmilk and water. Silk Almondmilk is low in calories and fat but still provides a delicious creaminess that I love with my smoothies.
I know a lot of people like to use yogurt in their smoothies. Personally, I do not like to use dairy in my green smoothies, especially detox recipes. Dairy can hinder digestion, potentially cause inflammation, and has been know to cause a break out or too. So basically everything I am trying to get out of my body I would only be putting back in by using dairy in my detox smoothie. However, Silk has a new non-dairy yogurt alternative that I am pretty excited about. There are a variety of flavors that would taste great and add a nice creaminess to the smoothie without the addition of dairy. Each flavor has 6 grams of plant-based protein. Free of cholesterol, dairy, lactose, carrageenan or casein. No artificial colors or flavors. And no high fruit corn syrup. You can check their store locator to see if they have these new Silk Non-dairy Yogurt Alternatives near you.
Okay, back to my detox smoothie. Let’s be honest if you were going to try to eat all these ingredients – without blending them into a smoothie – it would be impossible. Smoothies – in my opinion – are the only way to get all this goodness in without needing to find 5 or more different recipes.
For me, I like easy so I just throw everything into my blender.
This dark pink kind of purple “green” smoothie concoction is the result of all the ingredients becoming one. I think it is puurrrty.
Okay it looks pretty but…how does it taste? Because let’s be honest if it taste horrible then what’s the point. The last thing I want to do every morning is force down a drink I hate – that would not last a day.
Well…this detox green smoothie is delicious! I could slightly taste the parsley but the flavors of the berries, apple, banana, and lemon more than made up for it. I didn’t even taste the cucumber and I used a big chunk with the skin on. I am actually shocked with how tasty this detox smoothie is. I mean you never know what your gonna get when mixing parsley, cucumber, kale, and a bunch of fruit. But it was super good.
Truly, this might be my favorite green smoothie recipe. If you are new to green smoothies then start small with the kale and parsley. Lets say ¼ cup each. But if you drink a lot of green smoothies then 1 cup kale and ½ cup parsley will be fine for you.
This detox smoothie recipe makes about 2 (3-cup servings). Each serving is 222 calories, 3 grams of fat, 13 grams of fiber, and 5 grams of protein. I felt very full after drinking this and stayed full for quite a while.
Here’s a quick video I put together to show you how I make these ahead of time into green smoothie freezer kits.
I drank this smoothie all week and felt amazing! I had a ton of energy, so much clarity, and just felt refreshed. I am going to continue drinking this detox smoothie for the next month so I can continue to reap the benefits of all these nutrient dense and cleansing foods. Give it a try and let me know what you think.
- 2 cups frozen mixed berries
- 1 medium banana
- 1 large apple, cored
- juice of 1 lemon
- 3-4 inch chunk cucumber
- ½ cup italian flat leaf parsley
- 1 cup kale
- 1 tablespoon chia seeds
- 1 cup Silk Unsweetened Almondmilk
- 1 cup water, more if needed
- Place all the ingredients into a blender. Blend on high for 1-2 minutes or until all the ingredients are smooth and blended. Add more water till you get the desired consistency.
This smoothie can be made 1-2 days ahead of time and store in the refrigerator or you can freeze for up to 3 months.
This conversation is sponsored by Silk. The opinions and text are all mine.
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