If you are looking for an epic detox smoothie that doesn’t taste like an epic detox smoothie, then this is the recipe for you!
The sweetness of fresh pineapple, orange, and banana help mask the bitterness of dandelion greens (or kale) and the “veggieness” of cucumber.
It’s actually quite refreshing and oh-so-cleansing!
I’ll go ahead and give you the recipe right now so you can make it.
Below the recipe, I break down the essential parts of a detox smoothie so that you can make your own cleansing blends with other ingredients.
The Ultimate Pineapple-Citrus Super Detox Green Smoothie Recipe
- 1/2 cucumber, with peel
- 1 banana, peeled (can be frozen)
- 1 cup pineapple, cubed
- 1 orange, peeled and deseeded
- 2 small handfuls of kale (or if you can find them, dandelion greens)
- 8 ounces homemade almond milk (coconut water or plain water is fine, too)
Directions: Start by adding the liquid to your blender (see my blender recommendations), followed by the soft fruit. Add the greens to your blender last. Blend on high for 30 seconds or until the smoothie is creamy.
Serving Size: One. (This recipe makes a large, 32-ounce smoothie. You can either drink it as a meal-replacement, or share it with a friend or partner. Or drink half now, and store the other half in the refrigerator for later.
What Makes The Perfect Detox Smoothie?
Pretty much any green smoothie recipe on our website is a cleansing recipe.
However, there are a few fruits and veggies that are particularly great at detox.
The ultimate cleansing fruits include citrus (orange, grapefruit, lemon, and lime).
They are water-rich, and full of fiber. They are high in antioxidants.
Kale & Dandelion Greens
While dark, leafy greens give you superpowers (okay, maybe not superpowers, but definitely a health boost), they play a critical role in supporting optimum health.
Leafy greens are rich in minerals, and contain antioxidant compounds that may protect against disease.
Leafy greens contain large amounts of chlorophyll, a plant compound that gives green vegetables their color. While the clinical evidence is limited, some natural health experts believe that chlorophyll helps support healthy blood and cleanses the body.
Most experts suggest that dandelion greens are the ultimate detox green, claiming that they are particularly useful for supporting kidney and liver function.
Garlic & Ginger
Garlic is a very popular food that is said to have cleansing properties. While it might be a bit weird for many of you to blend into a green smoothie, you can add it to freshly-made blender soups.
Fresh ginger stimulates your digestive tract and speeds up digestion. It can also help fight nausea. Fresh ginger can be grated into a green smoothie or added to fresh juices, and may help move things along in your digestive tract if you’re regretting what you ate.
As much as possible, choose organic fruits and vegetables when making your green smoothies.
Conventional produce may contain pesticide residues. Some of the fruits and vegetables highest in pesticide residues according to the Environmental Working Group’s annual “Dirty Dozen” list included strawberries, apples, stone fruit (peaches, nectarines, cherries), and grapes, as well as leafy greens like spinach and kale.
Also, many fruits are treated with fungicides to prevent mold and extend shelf life, too. While these chemical treatments are generally considered safe, many people prefer to buy fruit that hasn’t been treated, or coated in wax to enhance appearance.
How Often Should You Cleanse?
Instead of thinking about cleansing as a once-in-a-while event, look for ways to support your body’s natural cleansing abilities through what you eat day-to-day, and in your overall diet.
However, a periodic cleanse can help get you back on track with healthy eating.
It can help you break bad eating habits, while resetting your taste buds to enjoy healthy foods.
A cleanse can help you recover from acute illness by flooding your body with nutrients.
Basically, a cleanse can help you change the direction of your diet.
I recommend doing a 7-10-day green smoothie-focused cleanse (like my BLEND cleanse) when you feel like you need a boost.
But there is no point to doing a week-long cleanse, only to return to your old ways of eating when the cleanse is over. You’ll always end up back where you started – feeling like crap and looking for something else.
Instead, use a well-planned cleanse to jump start a permanent, sustainable change to your diet. While a short-term cleanse can get you on track, changing the way you eat after the cleanse will give you the most health benefit over the long term.
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