If you want to boost your immune system or are just looking to clean up your diet, make this Blueberry Smoothie to help detox your body and start the week right! The best thing about this healthy smoothie recipe is that it has 17 grams of fiber and is packed with antioxidants, healthy fats, and vitamins.
When I’m feeling bloated and sluggish from a weekend (or week) of getting off track with my meal plan, I always immediately turn to a smoothie. I’ve found that the best way to fit in a cleanse and pack in a ton of nutrients all at once is to make a smoothie, especially green smoothies. Most of the time I use fruits that I have on hand but there are a few favorites I tend to turn towards, and this detox blueberry smoothie is one of them.
There are so many added benefits to drinking a detox smoothie such as:
- Less belly bloating
- Hormonal regulation
- Healthier weight loss or maintenance
- Easy way to pack in nutrient-dense foods
PLUS, as an added bonus, all of the ingredients can be created into a frozen smoothie pack. This is a great way to make sure you have smoothies ready for the week – or month!
There are many things you could use for the base of the smoothie. It honestly just depends on the consistency and you are looking for as well as the ingredients you intend to use.
The basic four bases for a smoothie are:
Milk (dairy or non-dairy)
For this blueberry smoothie recipe, I went ahead and used coconut milk. It has a ton of nutrients and leaves smoothies extra creamy. Plus, coconut milk is packed full of protein, potassium and good fats called medium-chain fatty acids.
If you are wanting to go the extra mile, matcha is amazing when you are trying for natural detoxification. With one scoop, it can help increase your metabolism and is also a good source of fiber. It has been shown to help stabilize moods and keep mental focus.
Bananas are an excellent addition to your detox smoothies. If you have found yourself with too many fresh bananas, you can always freeze them to use later for smoothies or baked goods. The question is when to do so.
The best time to freeze bananas is when they are ripe, with brown spots all over the peel. They are typically sweeter at this point and are perfect to save for smoothies! You can freeze them whole if you have a powerful blender like a Vitamix, or slice up in a freezer-safe plastic bag or container.
If you decided to leave them whole, make sure to peel them before you freeze since it will be harder to remove the peel later on. Check out my tutorial on how to freeze bananas for more tips.
Some of the best benefits I have ever gotten from this smoothie is how much this drink has helped me stay hydrated, focused, and energized. With just a few simple ingredients, I was able to give my body exactly what it needed.
Here are the ingredients to make this blueberry smoothie recipe with blueberries:
- Blueberries – packed full of antioxidants and helps protect cholesterol
- Fuji apples – rich in vitamin C and fibers to help maintain low cholesterol
- Spinach – contains iron and calcium to help strengthen and support bones
- Chia seeds – provide antioxidants, fiber, iron, and calcium
- Banana – can help with digestion and energy
- Coconut Milk – contains MCTs (medium-chain triglycerides)
- Cinnamon – lowers blood sugar and works as an anti-inflammatory
- Water – cleanses the body of impurities and promotes healthy skin
If I had to choose my favorite go-to ingredient from this list, it would have to be the chia seeds! I always use them in my green smoothies because it adds a huge punch of fiber, protein, and omega 3 fatty acids.
Healthy tip: I highly recommend purchasing all organic ingredients. By purchasing organic, you don’t need to worry about any chemicals or weird ingredients seeping into your foods. It may be a smidge more expensive but definitely worth it, in my opinion!
How to Make This Blueberry Smoothie:
- Place all the ingredients into a high-speed blender, starting with your fruit on the bottom, then adding greens and liquid to the top.
- Blend until smooth.
- If needed, add small amounts of water until you get the desired consistency.
Tips and Substitutions
- If you are not the biggest fan of coconut milk, you can substitute it for almond or oat milk. You can substitute it for regular cow milk but I would recommend keeping it dairy-free if your intentions are to detox. Dairy tends to slow down the detoxification effects!
- I know I mentioned using frozen bananas, but for the blueberries, you can use frozen or fresh ones. Whatever you have on hand or is easier/quicker for you is the way to go in my opinion! I will mention that if you are using all fresh ingredients, then you’ll need to add some crushed ice to get that slushy smoothie consistency.
- In most green smoothies, I do prefer baby spinach over kale because I find it has a much milder flavor and doesn’t overpower the rest of the ingredients.
- As for apples, you can use any kind you like! Some of my favorites to use in smoothie recipes are fuji, gala, or granny smith. I keep the skin on, but you can add them either way.
Supplies to Prepare a Smoothie
- High-speed blender – I’ve owned this Vitamix for close to 10 years, and it’s still going strong. If you plan to make smoothies regularly, I recommend investing in a high-quality blender. If a Vitamix is too pricey, then check out my recommendation for the best blenders for smoothies.
- Glass tumbler – I often use a 32-ounce mason jar for drinking smoothies. I also have this 18-ounce Ello glass tumbler.
- Reusable straws – These Ello reusable straws work fantastic for smoothies.
- Straw cleaner – Definitely grab a straw cleaner to keep those straws clean.
- 20-ounce Yeti tumbler – I love using my Yeti tumbler to keep smoothies cold on the go.
- Reusable silicone bags – These bags come in handy when putting together freezer smoothie kits.
More Healthy Smoothies To Try:
- Triple Berry Smoothie
- Detox Smoothie
- Strawberry Banana Smoothie
- Strawberry Mango Smoothie
- Strawberry Pineapple Smoothie
If you are looking for some new healthy smoothie recipes, then this blueberry smoothie should be the next one to try on your smoothie list. Share a picture and tag me on Instagram or Facebook if you decide to try it!
- High-speed Blender
- 1 cup frozen blueberries
- 1 small Fuji apple
- 3 teaspoons Chia seeds
- 1/2 of a banana
- 1 cup unsweetened coconut milk
- 1 cup baby spinach frozen or fresh
- 1/4 teaspoon Cinnamon
- Filtered water as needed
- Place all the ingredients into a blender in the order above, and blend until smooth. If your smoothie is a bit too thick, add small amounts of water until you get the desired consistency.