Detoxing with various beverages is a great way to help give your body the nutrients it’s really craving, and can give your digestive system a break from having to break down and digest food. The liver is the most important detoxifying organ in the body, so it only makes sense to drink fruits and vegetables to help it function at its best. Here is a list of detox drink recipes that can be incorporated into any detox program you’re following, or just enjoyed for their health benefits.
Matcha Mango Pineapple Smoothie – The matcha in the title means that you’re getting the real deal green tea that is used in Japanese tea ceremonies. Talk about a big boost of antioxidants, this smoothie can’t help but be green because of the tea. The pineapple is a nice touch, and the mango really lends a hand with additional vitamins and nutrients that are tough to find in other fruit choices. You’re left with a tropical-tasting blast of antioxidants that will be of great help to your body.
Pomegranate Pineapple Lemon Juice – Pomegranate is surging and popularity recently, and it’s not surprising to see why. It’s a great detox food, containing more antioxidants than green tea. Green tea has pretty much set the benchmark as far as antioxidants go, so this is pretty impressive. There’s also pineapple in this, so you’re going to get some sweetness and the extra vitamins it contains. The lemon will help rev up your metabolism, and balance out the sweet flavors.
Rainbow Veggie Juice – OK, so it doesn’t really look like a rainbow once you’re finished making this, but the vegetable lineup before you juice them definitely reads like the colors of the rainbow. You’ve got red from tomatoes and peppers, orange from carrots, yellow from lemons, green from celery, parsley, romaine, and cilantro. All that’s missing is something blue, but not too many foods fit that bill. This is a fantastic way to group your daily allowance of veggies into one yummy juice.
Citrus & Green Tea Detox Smoothie – Most of the time smoothies don’t contain tea in them, but they’ve decided to use the granddaddy of all teas, green tea. This means you’re going to get plenty of detoxification going due to the antioxidants it contains, but you’ll also help speed up your metabolism because of the EGCG. The addition of citrus fruits only adds to the vitamins you’re getting, and makes it taste better. They’ve even snuck in a banana for potassium and fiber, and Greek yogurt for protein and a smooth texture.
Golden Detox Drink – Turmeric is not only a metabolism boosting spice, it also contains detoxifying power, helping the liver break down toxic chemicals. Ginger also adds cleansing qualities, and organic lemon juice with cayenne pepper is reminiscent of the detox lemonade diet. The overall effect is you’re getting a powerful blend of spices with just enough sweetness added to make it taste good and keep you drinking it. The boiling makes sure that all of the ingredients get equally dispersed.
Whole Food Spicy Green “Juice” – If you don’t like to eat spinach, but know you should because of all of its impressive health benefits, this is a pretty good compromise. You’re using a copious amount of it, and adding in other ingredients like cucumbers and ginger to make sure that you get a well-rounded experience. The spice comes from the ginger, so if you’re not a fan, you can take it out but then you’re missing out on its cleansing effect. Overall this is a refreshing beverage that you can use to detox, or just as a pick-me-up when you need it.
Grapefruit-Cado Sunrise Smoothie – Grapefruit juice all by itself makes for a good detoxifying drink, so when you start doctoring it up with other superfoods you know you’ve got a winner in the making. Here they’ve used avocado, so you’re getting the benefits it brings, like healthy fat and potassium. There’s also banana, strawberry, and orange juice, so you’ve got plenty of vitamins and minerals to help your body get clean. A bit of maple syrup is optional, if you find it needs a sweetener you may want to use honey or stevia to keep it totally healthy.
Detox Blueberry Fruit Smoothie – Blueberries do the heavy lifting on this detox smoothie, with all of their antioxidant power. Bananas lend their support, adding fiber and potassium to the mix, and there’s also cranberry juice which has a cleansing effect, and can even be used to treat a urinary tract infection. Overall this is a nice combination of flavors, as well as a mixture of three superfoods in their own right into one easy-to-drink smoothie. Good for a morning drink, or any time of the day if you’re trying to eat detoxifying foods.