This Detox Green Smoothie has been my go-to for a reset after holidays and special occasions when I’ve indulged! I find myself craving the freshness of fruits and veggies, and this smoothie is just the trick. It’s gluten free, dairy free, and vegan and packs a punch of vitamins and nutrients. Having this smoothie as a light ‘meal’ in between bigger meals is a great way to get your appetite back! It also nourishes your body and gives it a break from heavier foods.
What’s your secret? I hear this question a lot during the holidays from people wanting to know how I can indulge without gaining lots of weight, or feel bad from eating way too much rich food.
So… I’m going let you in on the secret! I eat light meals in between the heavier ones. It’s so simple that it’s not really qualified to be a secret, but there you have it! Often I find myself having this Detox Green Smoothie after a indulgent meal. It’s fresh and light and gets me right back on track.
This might sound crazy, but after a full scale holiday meal, I drink green smoothies for breakfast or lunch the next day. It helps me regain my balance, (and my appetite). Smoothies also give me a boost of nutrition from fresh fruits and vegetables.
I love to indulge, and I absolutely refuse to feel guilty about it. However, after too many heavy meals, I usually don’t feel as good and I’m low on energy.
My way of coping with indulgences and staying healthy, is to keep the indulgences spaced out. By eating lots of fresh raw produce, I feel great and I still enjoy all the occasions.
Ingredients & Substitutions
- Apples – any apple you love works perfectly here. My favorites are Honeycrisp, Pink Lady, and Granny Smith. Or sub in cucumber to keep this smoothie lower in sugar.
- Oranges – add a boost of Vitamin C and tasty flavor. You can also use Mandarins or Tangerines as well.
- Spinach – or kale both work here, but I prefer the lighter flavor of spinach in this smoothie.
- Kombucha – adds both flavor and naturally occurring probiotics. I also love to use fresh orange juice here for a sweeter version and an extra boost of Vitamin C. Coconut water also is super tasty and perfect for electrolytes.
- Smoothie add-on’s – try some of my Superfood Smoothie Boosters. My favorite thing to add to this smoothie is 1/4 of an avocado. It’s the perfect healthy fat to add to this smoothie. You can also add Greek yogurt for calcium or unsweetened almond milk to make this creamier. Protein powder is also another option that makes this more of a meal. Finally add some extra fiber with a bit of ground flax or chia seeds.
How to make this recipe step by step
Step 1: Add the ingredients in the order listed to a high speed blender.
Step 2: Blend until smooth and enjoy right away for the best flavor.
Ways to serve this
- Make it a fuller ‘meal’ by adding a bit of avocado as mentioned above.
- Serve it as part of a breakfast/brunch menu with something like my Sausage Hash Brown Breakfast Casserole.
The fruits and veggies are the perfect way to give your body a break and support your body to detox itself. There’s no ‘detoxing’ ingredients here just the detoxing nature of fresh fruits and veggies.
They can simply by increasing your intake of fresh fruits and veggies which are high in fiber they fill you up and nourish your body with vitamins and minerals.
- To store – green smoothies are best right away, but you can refrigerate this up to 4 hours. It will separate, just stir or shake it back together.
- To freeze – I don’t recommend freezing blended green smoothies. Try making my Freezer Smoothie Packs instead. This takes out the prep work and you’re always minutes from a smoothie.
Tips & Tricks
- Mix it up by subbing in pineapple for the apple for a more tropical flavor. Pineapple also gives you an extra boost of enzymes like bromelain.
- Add a superfood like barely grass juicy powder or Hawaiian spirulina. Or try fresh herbs like parsley or cilantro, (my favorite) but go light because they can be intense with flavor.
- Make it sweeter to taste by adding a banana in place of the apple.
More Green Smoothie Recipes
- Superfood Tropical Green Smoothie
- Strawberry Banana Green Smoothie
- Ginger Peach Green Smoothie
- Mango Lime Green Smoothie
- Pink Grapefruit Green Smoothie
I really hope you enjoy this Detox Green Smoothie! If you do get a chance to make this recipe, I’d love to hear from you in the comments.Print
This Detox Green Smoothie has been my go-to for a reset after holidays and special occasions when I’ve indulged! I find myself craving the freshness of fruits and veggies, and this smoothie is just the trick. It’s gluten free, dairy free, and vegan and packs a punch of vitamins and nutrients. Having this smoothie as a light ‘meal’ in between bigger meals is a great way to get your appetite back and load up on your fruits and veggies too!
2 large oranges, peeled and quartered
1 large Honey Crisp apple, quartered and cored
1 – 16 ounce bottle of Kombucha, (ginger is my favorite flavor), see notes
3 ounces (3 cups) fresh spinach, washed
Place the oranges, apple, and kombucha in the blender. Blend on low until the fruit is broken down, this makes room for the spinach.
Add the spinach to the blended fruit and blend, increasing your speed to high and blend until smooth and creamy in texture.
Serve immediately or refrigerate up to 1 day.
You can use apple or orange juice juice in place of the kombucha if you can’t find it. I like to use kombucha because it contains probiotics which is a great extra boost!
Also you can use half the kombucha for a thicker smoothie.
- Prep Time: 10 mins
- Category: Smoothie
- Method: Blender
- Cuisine: American
Keywords: Spinach Detox Smoothie, Detox Smoothie Green, Detox Smoothie Recipe, Easy Detox Smoothie