Spring is the perfect time to rock a detox and get your beach body on. When we temporarily forgo solid food during a cleanse, we are freeing up digestive energy, allowing the body to shift its focus towards a more thorough cleanse. However, with every ‘toxin’ molecule that our body detoxifies, it also loses a ‘nutrient’ molecule which needs to be replenished. Juices and smoothies give a concentrated amount of nutrients back to the body to help support the cleansing process.
Here are three detox recipes that can be included into your next cleanse or just enjoyed anytime for their added health benefits.
It’s always best to keep things simple during a cleanse and this recipe does just that by using only 3 fresh ingredients. Green apple, beetroot and lemon. This combo creates the most vibrant pink color with the perfect balance of sweet and sour flavors. Try it, it’s epic.
Makes 1 serving
4 green apples, roughly chopped
½ lemon, peeled
⅛ inch slice of red beetroot
Run all ingredient through a juicer according to the manufacturer’s instructions. Enjoy.
ORANGE TURMERIC SMOOTHIE
This refreshing smoothie provides a solid hit of vitamin C, omega 3’s, and fiber to help your body cleanse. It goes down smooth and gives a big boom of citrus flavor right at the first sip. The added turmeric root delivers anti-inflammatory benefits and assists in elevating the body’s liver detoxification enzymes to help aid the cleansing process. This simple combination of fresh whole foods can help boost your immune system, hydrate you, and kickstart your cleanse.
Makes 1 serving
2 oranges, peeled
1 tbs hemp seeds
½ inch chunk fresh turmeric (or ¼ tsp ground)
½ cup filtered water
½ cup ice, optional
Pinch black pepper, optional (see note below)
Blend all ingredients in a high-speed blender until smooth (about 30-45 seconds). Pour into a tall glass and enjoy.
NOTE: Curcumin is the active component in turmeric that is responsible for decreasing inflammation and stimulating the body’s antioxidant mechanisms. However, the curcumin gets converted by enzymes (sulfotransferase, UGT, p450) that line the GI tract, making it bio-unavailable.
A flavonoid (quercetin), found in apples and oranges, inhibits sulfotransferase enzymes from inactivating the curcumin. The piperine found in black pepper inhibits the UGT and p450 enzymes from doing the same. So blend your turmeric with apples, citrus, or other foods high in quercetin and a pinch of black pepper.
BLACK CHERRY SMOOTHIE
If you love dark cherries, get ready to fall in love with this antioxidant-rich detox drink. This combination of cherry, apple, blueberry and chia mixed with coconut water, turns an ordinary smoothie into an indulgent masterpiece. The color is beautiful, the texture is amazing and the flavor is spot-on. We promise that it will leave you feeling energized and ready to conquer your cleanse.
Makes 1 serving
1.5 cups fresh pitted cherries or frozen
2 small red apples, cored
½ cup fresh blueberries
1 tbs chia seeds
½ cup coconut water (or filtered water)
1 cup ice, optional
Blend all ingredients in a high-speed blender until smooth (about 30-45 seconds). Pour into a large glass and enjoy.