Having a fresh fruit smoothie for breakfast is a great way to kick start things first thing in the morning! With a good blender it can be a quick and easy process and if you use prepared or frozen fruit you can make one in minutes.
Making a smoothie is a process whereby you try to extract all the beneficial fibre and nutrients from fruits and vegetables turning them into a smooth liquid form, smoothies are generally made using a blender or juicer and tend to be thicker in consistency. The key to making the best smoothie is making sure you get the right ingredient / water ratio, you could also add milk or fruit juice to change the texture and flavour.
People sometimes make smoothies for a meal replacements or as a way to get their 5 a day. Some fitness fanatics also make smoothies and add scoops of powdered protein to give them a boost after a workout.
You can use smoothies to detox your body after the indulgent Christmas period or after a holiday as they can encourage easy weight loss and help to detoxify your liver and your digestive system which we sometimes need after a boozy few weeks!
Benefits of Detoxification
- Helps you lose weight quickly improves nutrient absorption
- Feeds good bacteria in your gut
- Helps lower cholesterol
- Helps detox your liver
- Lowers blood sugar levels
- Improves your skin
- Broadens the range of vegetables you eat
- Can improves athletic performance
How To Make a Detox Juice
This general guide will adapt with every ingredient you use, as certain fruits and vegetables will need preparing in different ways. It would be beneficial if you purchased an electric juicer as it will speeds up the process.
Step 1 – Wash all ingredients and pat dry
Step 2 – Cut fruit and vegetables into approximately 2 inch chunks removing any peels (or use prepared fruit)
Step 3 – Place all ingredients in a juicer / blender and switch on, blend to desired texture
Step 4 – Shake up the cup and enjoy
The Best Detox Smoothie Recipes
5 – Red Zinger Breakfast Juice
This juice is widely popular due to its unique nutritional profile and its zesty lemon taste.
Red Zinger Breakfast Juice Ingredients:
The vitamins and anitoxidants of this powerful combination are mainly sourced from the beetroot, which provide vital minerals such as folate, potassium, magnesium, iron and vitamin C.
4 – Orange Dreamsicle Detox Smoothie
This detox smoothie has a lovely sweet and creamy taste, it has fantastic nutritional values due to the various ingredients that it contains. We recommend pouring the juice mixture into a mould and freezing for home made ice lollies! You will feel as though you are having a treat during your detox. The Orange Dreamsicle Smoothie contains lots of minerals such as vitamin K, vitamin C, copper and potassium.
Orange Dreamsicle Detox Smoothie Ingredients:
- 2 medium apples
- 3 stalks celery
- 1 orange (peeled)
- 2 medium pears
- 1 sweet potato
We would advise that the sweet potato is at least 5’’ long to make a perfect ratio against other ingredients enabling you to make the most tasty drink.
3 – Green Ginger Ale
This is a go to recipe if you have various types of nausea, sea sickness, tummy pains or morning sickness, this juice can really relieve symptoms. Here is how to make it:
Green Ginger Ale Ingredients:
- 3 medium apples
- 2 stalks celery
- 1 cup spinach
- 1 cucumber
- 1 piece ginger root
- 1 lime
Ginger is the main ingredient in this juice that can help to calm nausea, even small amounts like 1 -1.5g can have an effect. Its often found in detox juices and tea’s and is considered a ‘super food’.
2 – Weight Loss Detox Smoothie
The fresh mint in this recipe is key and goes really well with the powerful grapefruit and oranges, and the romaine lettuce adds a bit of green goodness without affecting the flavours.
Weight Loss Detox Smoothie Ingredients:
- 1 Pink grapefruit
- 2 Oranges
- 1 Bunch of fresh mint
- 1 Head romaine lettuce
This energising juice recipe has an amazingly refreshing taste that is loaded with fruit and vegetables that help burn fat, this juice will give your metabolism a huge boost. Enjoy!
1 – Turmeric Ginger Carrot Juice
This recipe is a very unique and tasty juice recipe that contains both turmeric and ginger, mixed with apples and carrots.
Turmeric Ginger Carrot Juice Ingredients:
- 5 Medium-sized carrots (peeled)
- 2 Apples (halved and cores removed)
- 1 Small piece of fresh ginger (1 inch)
- 1/8 Teaspoon turmeric
One of the best spices is turmeric, not just because of its rich flavours, but more so because of its amazing health benefits.
Beware of the Downsides to Detoxing
Although detoxification has amazing positive aspects it can also harm your body if you do the process for to long, 2-3 days is the best duration for this we would advise detoxing for long periods of time.