Ready for a reset? This Easy Detox Smoothie is filled with ingredients to boost your immunity (thanks, vitamin C!), promote healthy digestion, and keep you hydrated. It's also got pineapple and ginger for a bright flavor to put a smile on your face at first sip!
If you're a regular here you may know that I don't believe in any kind of regimented diet, cleanse, or detox-style diet. My health philosophy is built around eating nourishing foods and filling your plate with the ingredients your body is craving! Your body has an incredible natural ability to detox as needed (your liver, skin and kidneys all help in that department), and eating foods that support that process is a wonderful way to maintain lifelong health. That's where this Easy Detox Smoothie comes in. When I feel like I need a little reset and like my body is craving a super clean, green, nutritious moment, I turn to this smoothie! It is filled with ingredients that provides extra support for your body's natural detox process. I love it as a super nutritious breakfast or healthful snack!
Easy Detox Smoothie Ingredients
The thing I love most about smoothies is how easily you can customize them based on what your body needs and what you have in your refrigerator/freezer. This one is filled with ingredients that support digestion, hydration, and immunity!
- Pineapple - I use frozen pineapple...just make sure there's no sugar added! Pineapple is plenty sweet all by itself!
- Apple - I used a green apple in this recipe and left the skin on for maximum health benefits.
- Fresh baby spinach or kale - Pro tip: put an (unbleached!) paper towel in the container that your spinach or kale comes in. This helps absorb moisture and keeps your leafy greens fresh longer!
- Ginger - You can easily push ginger skin off by using a spoon, then slice it into chunks and store it in the freezer to have it on hand whenever needed.
- Lime - I use the zest and juice of a lime here. I love how much bright flavor lime zest adds!
- Coconut milk - This compliments the tropical flavor of the pineapple perfectly and makes the smoothie creamy. If desired you can skip coconut milk and use coconut water or even filtered water. I like to keep canned coconut milk in my pantry all the time because I use it frequently. I opted for light coconut milk for this smoothie!
Pineapple Detox Smoothie
I've found that pineapple really aids in digestion. It’s high in vitamin C (one serving provides 50% of your recommended daily amount!), so it's a great support to your immune system, and it naturally sweetens the drink and gives a perfect tropical flavor.
In addition to vitamin C, pineapple is rich in nutrients include calcium, potassium and vitamin A. It's also is rich in bromelain which may act as anti-inflammatory (source).
All About Apples
Apples are SUPER hydrating (they're made of 85% water!) while being low in calories and high in fiber. Like pineapple, apples are high in vitamin C, which helps your body grow and repair tissues, heal cuts and wounds, and keeps your teeth and gums super strong. Both apples and pineapple provide dietary fiber as well. For more information on the health benefits of apples, see this article I wrote for The Washington Post.
Ginger in Detox Smoothies
Ginger is totally underrated in smoothies and juices! I love the little bit of zing that it adds. It pairs so well with sweeter ingredients like apple and pineapple! Fresh ginger can be helpful for digestion and is wonderful and soothing if you have an upset stomach, so it's great for your stomach first thing in the morning. Ginger is a typical traditional remedy to relieve common health problems, including pain, nausea, and vomiting (source).
Spinach in Smoothies
Dark, leafy greens are so good for you! I usually include a huge handful of greens when I make a smoothie...in fact, I usually stuff my blender to the top with them! You really can’t taste spinach in a smoothie like this one. All of the other flavors cover it up and you can feel great knowing you got a bunch of greens in first thing in the morning. Spinach is high in vitamins C, K, and A. It also has folate, manganese, magnesium, and iron.
Health Benefits of Limes
I think limes get overlooked as a nutritious ingredient because they're so tiny and usually used for a burst of flavor...but these little green fruits are really good for you! Limes are high in vitamin C, which helps your body absorb iron. This makes it a great companion for the spinach in this smoothie!
I hope you make and love this Easy Detox Smoothie! I always feel amazing after I drink it. It's a raw, vegan, gluten-free, and refined sugar-free recipe created to help you feel your very best. Please tag me on Instagram so I can see your delicious smoothies, and drop a review below to help others find and enjoy this recipe as well! If you're hoping to put your blender to work and make more delicious smoothies, you'll love my cookbook Rock Your Blender. It's filled with exclusive recipes not published on the blog, and you can buy it on Amazon or download it as an e-cookbook!
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Ready for a reset? This Easy Detox Smoothie is filled with ingredients to boost immunity, promote healthy digestion, and keep you hydrated.
For the smoothie:
- 1 cup frozen pineapple (unsweetened)
- 1 green apple, cored and chopped
- 2 handfuls fresh baby spinach or fresh kale
- 2 inches fresh ginger root, peeled
- 1 large juicy lime, zested and juiced
- 1 cup light coconut milk (or sub coconut water or filtered water)
- 1 cup ice cubes
If you want a sweeter smoothie add 1 soft pitted Medjool date. I usually find that the sweetness of the apple and pineapple make it sweet enough for me. Plus the ginger flavor masks the spinach completely.
- Prep Time: 5
- Category: Smoothie
- Method: Blender
Keywords: detox smoothie