This easy detox smoothie recipe is made with mixed berries, banana, apple, cucumber, lemon, spinach chia seeds, and almond milk. Only natural nutrient-dense ingredients that’ll clean out your system, boost your energy, and help you refocus on feeling your best.
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It is no secret that I love healthy smoothie recipes – my blog is full of them.
I try my best to drink one every day and can feel a difference right away if I don’t. My body has almost become dependent on them, and I think that’s a good thing.
Reasons you’ll love this recipe
- Super easy to make – All you need to do is throw everything into a high-speed blender, and within 3 minutes, you’ll have a healthy breakfast ready to drink.
- Increase the number of fruits and veggies you eat – Let’s be honest, if you were going to try to eat all these ingredients (without blending them into a smoothie), it would be pretty tricky. Smoothies, in my opinion, are the only way to get all this goodness into your body without needing to find five or more different recipes.
- You can find all of the ingredients in local grocery stores – There are no fancy powders or hard-to-find fruits and vegetables in this detox smoothie.
- It’s delicious – You don’t need to choke down this detox smoothie recipe. It’s full of bright and refreshing flavors that you’ll look forward to drinking.
- Increase nutrition with extra superfoods – one of the best things about smoothies is you can blend in any superfood without changing the flavor or texture of the smoothie.
- It will help you feel amazing – Adding this vegan and gluten-free detox smoothie into your daily routine can help with focus, energy, and weight management. Smoothies are also known to prevent bloating and can create beautiful glowing skin!
- Make-ahead – Keep a detox smoothie in the fridge or freeze the ingredients into kits. I’ll give more meal prep tips below.
Frozen mixed berry blend – I prefer to use frozen fruits when making smoothies, but if you like fresh, that will work. If you use fresh fruit then I recommend adding 1 cup of ice to get that slushie consistency.
A quick shopping note. You can purchase large bags of organic frozen mixed berries and other fruits and your local wholesale club at great prices. I can get a 3lb bag of frozen berries for under $12. If you plan to make smoothies all of the time, it will be worth it to check out your local wholesale store.
Cucumber – This adds fiber and hydration without many calories. I use a baby cucumber in this smoothie recipe, but you can also use a 3-4 inch chunk of a regular cucumber. Also, save time and leave the skin on – it blends in with the other ingredients and adds extra fiber to the smoothie.
Banana – I use half of a banana for the perfect amount of sweetness and creamy texture.
Baby spinach – Spinach is my green of choice with most of my smoothie recipes. Its mild flavor is barely detectable and packed with vitamin K for bone health, vitamin A and C for immune health, along with folate, iron, and fiber. It is a nutritional powerhouse.
Italian parsley – Parsley is packed with nutrition, can potentially help with weight loss by reducing water weight, and has an excellent detoxifying effect on our bodies.
Lemon juice – Lemon adds a bright citrusy flavor while also bringing all its digestive benefits.
Green apple – The tartness of a granny smith green apple is the perfect complement to the other smoothie flavors. Green apples are good for gut health and your entire digestive system.
Chia seeds – My favorite superfood to add is chia seeds. They provide a huge punch of fiber, protein, omega-3’s, and other antioxidants.
Almond milk – To experience the full benefits of a detox smoothie I prefer to use unsweetened almond milk to keep it dairy-free. I also use unsweetened coconut milk.
How to Make a Detox Smoothie
Okay, now don’t blink because this smoothie recipe is easy to make and comes together fast.
- Place all of the ingredients into a high-speed blender and blend until smooth.
- If you want a thicker smoothie, start with half the liquid and add more until you get the desired consistency. If you prefer a thinner smoothie, then use more liquid.
- 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.
This detox smoothie can be blended and store in an airtight jar for up to two days. I recommend using a mason jar. Give it a couple of shakes before drinking it. The consistency won’t be the same as when you initially blended it, but it will still be tasty.
You can also freeze smoothie ingredients into a kit. I like to make kits for 1-2 weeks’ worth of kits at a time. This way, you can assure you’ll have everything to make a delicious detox smoothie every morning. All you need to do is make sure to have almond or coconut milk.
I’ve been blending up breakfast smoothie recipes for years. So, I’ve learned a few tips and tricks to help you prepare a delicious smoothie.
Blend the spinach (or other greens first) – If chunks of spinach are a concern, I recommend adding the spinach and some of the liquid to the blender first. Pulse it a few times until all of the spinach is blended, then add in the other ingredients. This tip is most helpful if you don’t have a high-speed blender.
Freeze spinach to create a milder flavor – Spinach doesn’t have a strong flavor like kale and other greens. However, if you’re not used to spinach in smoothies, it could still have an earthy taste. In my experience, using fresh spinach that you have frozen beforehand has a milder flavor than fresh. You can freeze spinach by placing it into a freezer bag and just taking out what you need or freeze it into smoothie kits.
Use less spinach at first – Adding spinach (and other greens) into a smoothie is a great way to increase the number of vegetables you’re eating. But, again, if you’re not used to it, then it can be a little off-putting. My recommendation is to start slow by adding greens in small amounts at a time. As you become accustomed to the spinach, then add more.
Purchase organic – To experience the full benefits of a detox smoothie; it’s essential to use all organic fruits and vegetables. Conventional fruits and veggies are treated with pesticides and other chemicals which are harmful to our bodies.
Add in other superfoods – Again, chia seeds are my superfood of choice. But there are others.
Other superfoods to add to smoothie recipes are:
- Hemp – This adds protein, omega-3’s, and fiber.
- Matcha powder – This superfood is a concentrated form of green tea known for its anti-infective properties. It’s also known to boost metabolism.
- Cacao powder has been shown to help you feel more energized while also providing an anti-inflammatory effect.
- Collagen – This is another favorite I often add to detox smoothies. Collagen helps with skin, hair, and nails. It also promotes good digestive health.
- Turmeric – This superfood is great for achy joints.
- Goji berries – If you’re looking to add a little sweetness to your smoothie, goji berries will work. They also provide antioxidants that help with eye health.
All of these superfoods can be blended right into your green smoothie.
Where to get superfoods?
You can purchase all of these superfoods in the nature section of your local grocery store. Our other favorite place to purchase superfoods is online at Thrive Market. They offer great prices, and everything gets delivered straight to your door. Join here and get 40% off your first purchase. Need more information? Check out my Thrive Market Review.
Change up the liquid – You can swap in coconut water or green tea for coconut milk. However, this will change the consistency, and watch out for added sugars.
Switch up the flavors – You can add fresh ginger, use a different apple variety, or swap in other fruits like pineapple or kiwi for extra citrusy flavors.
Keep the yogurt out – I know a lot of people like to use yogurt in their smoothies but, personally, I do not want to use dairy in detox smoothie recipes. Dairy can hinder digestion, potentially cause inflammation, and has been known to cause a breakout or two.
Use nut butter, collagen, or non-dairy yogurt to add extra protein to the smoothie.
Detox smoothies will have a cleansing and detoxifying effect because they are filled with fiber-rich fruits, vegetables, and superfoods.
They are designed to cleanse your body of toxins by hydrating your body, reducing inflammation, and getting your digestive system moving – basically, to help you poop.
This allows you to feel focused, energized and can help with weight loss.
Yes! Drinking one smoothie a day is a great way to get most (if not all) of your fruit and veggie servings in one drink. I typically like to start my day having one of my smoothies, so I know I can start the day off right and full of energy.
This detox smoothie will set you up for weight loss success! It’s filled with fiber and protein to keep you full and the digestive system moving. And if you start the day making a good choice with a detox smoothie, you’re likely to keep those good choices going throughout the day.
However, weight loss is all about burning more calories than you consume. So, as long as you stay under your daily calories, then yes, a detox smoothie will help you lose weight.
Frozen fruits and vegetables put a lot of strain on a blender’s motor, so If you plan to make detox smoothies a part of your daily diet, I strongly suggest you invest in a high-speed blender.
I have the Classic Vitamix blender 5200 Getting Started Blender- that’s what you see in all my smoothie recipes.
This specific blender is a bit on the expensive side, but let me just say this; I’ve had this blender for over nine years and use it 4-7 times a week AND never had one malfunction. I can honestly say that my Vitamix blender creates a perfectly smooth, healthy smoothie every time.
Prior to getting a Vitamix, I went through about 3 cheap blenders. Not only did they last a measly three months, but they didn’t even come close to creating a perfectly blended smoothie – I was always left with chunks of fruits and leftover spinach.
For more information on blenders, check out the review I did on the best blenders for smoothies.
- High-speed Blender
- 2 cups frozen mixed berries
- 1/2 of a ripe medium banana
- 1/2 medium green apple
- 1 baby cucumber or 3-4 inch chunk of cucumber
- 1/2 cup italian flat leaf parsley
- 1 cup baby spinach or super greens
- juice of 1/2 of a lemon
- 1 tablespoon chia seeds
- 1 cup unsweetened almond milk or coconut milk
- extra water if needed
- Place all the ingredients into a high-speed blender. Blend on high for 1-2 minutes or until all the ingredients are smooth and blended. Add water, if needed, until you get the desired consistency.
Other Healthy Smoothie Recipes
- Blueberry Smoothie
- Spinach Smoothie
- Super Green Smoothie
- Mango Smoothie
- Strawberry Mango Smoothie
- Strawberry Pineapple Smoothie
Have you tried this Detox Smoothie recipe? If so, I’d love for you to rate this recipe and leave a comment below. We all learn from each other’s experiences. Also, it would be awesome if you could share a picture on Instagram and tag it #organizeyourselfskinny. I can’t wait to see it!