10 Green Smoothie Recipes for a Spring Detox ...

Spring is all about a clean start when our bodies naturally crave raw cleansing foods, which makes these green smoothie recipes the perfect way to enjoy all types of fresh spring produce. Many people start a cleanse in March to detox themselves from heavier foods in the winter, or to simply reboot their bodies as the season begins to change. With the air becoming lighter, the sun being just a bit brighter, and when foods are fresher than ever, what better time to start loving green smoothies than springtime? Each of these green smoothie recipes have unique nourishing and cleansing properties. Cleansing isn’t synonymous with dieting, and this isn’t a prescription for weight loss. Cleansing is about giving our bodies a needed rest from heavier digestion during the winter months and treating them to raw, energizing foods. These green smoothies are delicious and if you are new to green smoothie recipes, this is the perfect time to try them! I hope you enjoy!

1. The Ultimate Super Smoothie

Perhaps this one might just be the king of all green smoothie recipes. Featuring beautifying, cleansing ingredients such as spinach, avocado, romaine lettuce, lemon and chia seeds, this smoothie will have you glowing from the inside out. It is sweetened only with 2 dates, which are known as nature’s candy, and is completely raw. It makes a perfect breakfast that tastes like a thick milkshake and will keep you full through lunchtime.

Ingredients:
2 cups filtered water
1 avocado ( pitted and peeled from the flesh)
1 head romaine lettuce
3 cups organic spinach
2 medjool dates ( or you may sub in ¼ tp. pure stevia for lower sugar) - honey would also work here ( about 2 tsp.)
Juice from one lemon
Dash of cinnamon (optional)
2 tbsp. chia seeds

Directions:
In a large blender, such as a Vitamix , Blendtec, Nutribullet or Magic Bullet, place all the ingredients in the order listed. A normal household blender will also work but may take a little longer.

Blend on low for 10 seconds and increase to high speed for 10 more seconds until a thick, shake-like consistency is reached.

Consume immediately or place in the fridge for later use. This smoothie will keep one day in the fridge. You may also freeze and thaw if you wish.

2. The Immunity Builder

If winter left you with a few illnesses or nasty allergies, detox your body and rebuild your immune system with this powerful green smoothie. The Immunity Builder is rich in antioxidants from acai, rich in Omega 3 fatty acids from chia seeds, and full of powerful antimicrobial agents from coconut oil, plus vitamin C from lemons, all of which aid immune function. Featuring cleansing greens such as kale and parsley, this smoothie is naturally a way to reboot your body and give you natural, sustaining energy.

Ingredients:
2 cups of filtered water
1 pack of frozen acai fruit puree, such as Sambazon or you may use 1 tbsp. of Navita Naturals raw acai powder. If you do not have acai or access to any, use ½ cup blueberries instead
1 banana, peeled
3 cups of kale (you may sub in spinach for a milder taste)
1-2 tbsp. raw organic coconut oil, such as Bright Earth Foods Vanilla Coconut Oil see below for source
Juice from one lemon
Pinch of cinnamon
1 head of parsley, rinsed
¼ cup chia seeds

Directions:
In a large blender, such as a Vitamix , Blendtec, Nutribullet or Magic Bullet, place all the ingredients in the order listed. A normal household blender will also work but may take a little longer.

Blend on low for 10 seconds and increase to high speed for 10 more seconds until a thick, shake-like consistency is reached.

Consume immediately or place in the fridge for later use. This smoothie will keep one day in the fridge. You may also freeze and thaw if you wish.

3. Blushing Brilliance Smoothie

This green smoothie recipe is all about beauty. Not only is it an excellent cleansing smoothie, but it is also a powerful tonic for the skin. Featuring high levels of vitamin C from raspberries, peaches and strawberries, it is also rich in vitamin A in the form of beta-carotene from Swiss Chard and romaine lettuce. Both greens are naturally sweet and blend amazingly with the fruits used in this smoothie. This smoothie is also rich in ALA, which are fatty acids that nourish the skin from flax seeds. Enjoy this smoothie first thing in the morning or afternoon for a beautifying, cleansing snack or as a light meal.

Ingredients:
1 organic peach, pitted and peeled
8 organic strawberries ( frozen make the drink more slushy which is nice)
½ cup organic raspberries ( frozen works nice here too)
2 large stalks of organic Swiss Chard or you may use kale
1 head of organic romaine lettuce
2 tbsp. organic raw flaxseeds
1 tbsp. raw coconut oil, such as Bright Earth Foods Vanilla Coconut Oil see below for source
Dash of ginger powder to enhance digestion

Directions:
In a large blender, such as a Vitamix , Blendtec, Nutribullet or Magic Bullet, place all the ingredients in the order listed. A normal household blender will also work but may take a little longer.

Blend on low for 10 seconds and increase to high speed for 10 more seconds until a thick, shake-like consistency is reached.

Consume immediately or place in the fridge for later use. This smoothie will keep one day in the fridge. You may also freeze and thaw if you wish.

4. Cacao Mint Superfood Smoothie

Perhaps one of the most powerful foods on the planet is raw cacao. It is the number one source of antioxidants, magnesium and iron per ounce of all raw foods. When adding mint, this smoothie is delightfully refreshing, energizing and calming. It also features natural diuretics and sources of potassium from cucumber and zucchini, which naturally slim you and hydrate you. All the ingredients in this smoothie are easy to digest, making it the perfect breakfast or snack during your spring detox. It is perfect as an afternoon treat when those sweet cravings hit.

Ingredients:
1 avocado ( pitted and scooped out of the flesh)
2 tbsp. raw cacao superfood powder, such as Bright Earth Foods Rainbow Superfood Smoothie Mix see below for source

4 fresh mint leaves ( or you may open up a peppermint tea bag and pour in the dried leaves)
1 cup raw almond milk (or store bought)
1 cucumber, peeled if not organic, and chopped
1 zucchini squash, chopped
1 cup filtered water

Directions:
In a large blender, such as a Vitamix , Blendtec, Nutribullet or Magic Bullet, place all the ingredients in the order listed. A normal household blender will also work but may take a little longer.

Blend on low for 10 seconds and increase to high speed for 10 more seconds until a thick, shake-like consistency is reached.

Consume immediately or place in the fridge for later use. This smoothie will keep one day in the fridge. You may also freeze and thaw if you wish.

5. Superwoman’s Green Smoothie

Who ever said your smoothie couldn’t be as powerful as Superwoman? This smoothie is rich in energizing nutrients that feed your muscles and your brain. It is also naturally cleansing and beautifying. Featuring kiwi for your daily amounts of vitamin C, hemp seeds for protein and healthy fats, potassium from the banana, coconut oil for immunity, and romaine lettuce for additional Omega 3 fatty acids and vitamin K, this smoothie is perhaps one of my favorite. The secret ingredient is maca powder, a powerful energizing adaptogen, which helps the body adjust and cope with stress. It balances your hormones, gives you strength and energy, and adds a nice caramel flavor to smoothies.

Ingredients:
1 banana ( peeled and pre-frozen for best results)
1 kiwi, peeled
4 tbsp. raw hemp seeds
1 tbsp. raw coconut oil, such as Bright Earth Foods coconut oil see below for source
1 head of romaine lettuce

1. 5 Cups Filtered Water

(optional- cinnamon for digestion and warmth)
1 tsp. raw maca powder, such as Navitas Naturals brand

Directions:
In a large blender, such as a Vitamix , Blendtec, Nutribullet or Magic Bullet, place all the ingredients in the order listed. A normal household blender will also work but may take a little longer.

Blend on low for 10 seconds and increase to high speed for 10 more seconds until a thick, shake-like consistency is reached.

Consume immediately or place in the fridge for later use. This smoothie will keep one day in the fridge. You may also freeze and thaw if you wish.

6. Pretty Woman Smoothie

Papayas are the superstar of this smoothie. If you’re new to papaya, then meet your skin and stomach’s new best friend. Papayas are extremely alkaline, meaning they lower acidity and inflammation in the skin and body. They contain natural enzymes that aid digestion and relieve stomach pains such as constipation, gas and bloating. They also have your 100% of your daily values of vitamin A in the form of beta-carotene. This smoothie will leave your skin glowing and help slim you down naturally. It also is very filling due to the avocado used, which also makes this extremely nourishing. The fats in avocados help your body absorb the nutrients in the papaya. With minimal ingredients, this smoothie requires little effort to make a noticeable difference in your appearance and health.

Ingredients:
1 large papaya, halved and seeded, with the flesh scooped out
1 whole avocado, pitted with the flesh scooped out
1 tsp. vanilla extract
2 medjool dates or you may use ¼ tsp. pure stevia extract
2 cups raw spinach greens
2 cups filtered water

Directions:
In a large blender, such as a Vitamix , Blendtec, Nutribullet or Magic Bullet, place all the ingredients in the order listed. A normal household blender will also work but may take a little longer.

Blend on low for 10 seconds and increase to high speed for 10 more seconds until a thick, shake-like consistency is reached.

Consume immediately or place in the fridge for later use. This smoothie will keep one day in the fridge. You may also freeze and thaw if you wish.

7. Hearty Smarty Breakfast Smoothie

If you have a tough day or busy morning ahead of you, power up with this hearty smoothie that is rich in brain nourishing ingredients. It is also loaded with fiber, which keeps you full longer. Featuring flax seeds, chia seeds, shredded coconut, organic blueberries and organic spinach, you’ll be full and sustained well through lunch time.

Ingredients:
1 cup frozen organic blueberries
2 tbsp. organic raw flaxseeds
2 tbsp. organic raw chia seeds
¼ cup raw shredded coconut
1 scoop hemp protein powder ( or you may use your favorite raw protein powder)
1 banana, peeled ( or you may sub in an avocado for creaminess)

1. 5 Cups Raw Almond Milk

Dash of cinnamon and ginger
3 cups raw baby spinach

Direction:
In a large blender, such as a Vitamix , Blendtec, Nutribullet or Magic Bullet, place all the ingredients in the order listed. A normal household blender will also work but may take a little longer.

Blend on low for 10 seconds and increase to high speed for 10 more seconds until a thick, shake-like consistency is reached.

Consume immediately or place in the fridge for later use. This smoothie will keep one day in the fridge. You may also freeze and thaw if you wish.

8. Green Tea Goddess Shake

If you’re looking for antioxidants, look no further than this smoothie featuring unheated matcha green tea powder. If you don’t have access to matcha, which is higher in antioxidants than regular processed green tea, you may open up one regular green tea bag and use the inside contents as a replacement. This smoothie is such a beautiful green color, you will automatically feel beautiful and cleansed when drinking it. The energizing properties of matcha green tea and chia seeds sustain you naturally for longer, while also providing calming properties that fight stress, which is essential to a detox and good skin.

Ingredients:
3 cups kale, chopped
¼ tsp. matcha green tea ( I used Tao of Tea Matcha Green Tea)
1 cup frozen strawberries
1 medjool date ( rich in potassium and B vitamins)- you may also use ¼ pure stevia for less sugar

2 cups raw almond milk ( you may also use unsweetened store-bought almond milk or filtered water)
¼ cup raw chia seeds

Directions:
In a large blender, such as a Vitamix , Blendtec, Nutribullet or Magic Bullet, place all the ingredients in the order listed. A normal household blender will also work but may take a little longer.

Blend on low for 10 seconds and increase to high speed for 10 more seconds until a thick, shake-like consistency is reached.

Consume immediately or place in the fridge for later use. This smoothie will keep one day in the fridge. You may also freeze and thaw if you wish.

9. Sweet and Spicy Smoothie

Featuring raw, chopped sweet potato, which is high in vitamin A, vitamin C, fiber, magnesium and B vitamins, along with raw medjool dates, this smoothie is perfectly sweet and yet spicy when ginger and cinnamon are added. It makes a wonderful filling breakfast or lunch. Your skin will glow and energy will soar with this smoothie. The fiber from sweet potatoes and dates are naturally slimming and cleansing. They also help to keep you full longer without bloating you. This tastes like a cold creamy dessert instead of a green smoothie and is one of the best to try if you’re new to green smoothies.

Ingredients:
1 small sweet potato, peeled and chopped
2 medjool dates ( or you may sub in ¼ tsp. pure stevia for a lower sugar smoothie
1 head of romaine lettuce
Small knob or ginger or ¼ tsp. powdered ginger
1 tsp. cinnamon
1 tbsp. organic flaxseeds
2 tbsp. organic chia seeds
1 tsp. raw coconut oil, such as Bright Earth Foods Vanilla Coconut Oil see below for source

1. 5 Cups Raw Almond Milk (or Store Bought Will Work)

Directions:
In a large blender, such as a Vitamix , Blendtec, Nutribullet or Magic Bullet, place all the ingredients in the order listed. A normal household blender will also work but may take a little longer.

Blend on low for 10 seconds and increase to high speed for 10 more seconds until a thick, shake-like consistency is reached.

Consume immediately or place in the fridge for later use. This smoothie will keep one day in the fridge. You may also freeze and thaw if you wish.

10. Super Detox Green Smoothie

This smoothie is one of the best for a pure, raw detox. It is high in enzymes from pineapple that not only aid digestion, but also slim and energize you. A good digestion is optimal for a good detox. Your body’s ability to take in nutrients during this time is critical to nourish your cells on a deep level. Enjoy this smoothie first thing in the day for a dose of enzymes to get you started off on the best food possible. This smoothie’s star detox ingredient is cilantro, which gives this smoothie an incredible taste that can’t be beat, and detoxes your body from heavy metals and environmental toxins. Raw coconut oil is used to fight bacteria in the body, and detox your liver. Enjoy this smoothie and your body will thank you!

Ingredients:
2 whole bunches of organic cilantro, rinsed
2 cups raw baby spinach
2 cups frozen pineapple ( or use fresh)
1 tbsp. raw coconut oil, such as Bright Earth Foods Vanilla Coconut Oil**see below for source**
2 cups filtered water

Directions:
In a large blender, such as a Vitamix , Blendtec, Nutribullet or Magic Bullet, place all the ingredients in the order listed. A normal household blender will also work but may take a little longer.

Blend on low for 10 seconds and increase to high speed for 10 more seconds until a thick, shake-like consistency is reached.

Consume immediately or place in the fridge for later use. This smoothie will keep one day in the fridge. You may also freeze and thaw if you wish.

I always like to do a good spring detox not focused on weight loss, but more on raw foods. I always feel better when eating mostly raw foods during my day and incorporating green smoothies like these. If you’re new to green smoothies, or detoxing, remember, this is not about losing weight, though if that is a goal of yours, these smoothies will support that goal. Detoxing is about cleansing your body of stress, feeding it on a deep level, and about eating nutritious, deliciously clean foods. This is not a time to starve yourself or sacrifice taste. Choosing these raw, pure foods will ensure you nourish yourself in the best way possible from nature. I would suggest using romaine, Swiss Chard and spinach in your smoothies if you prefer a sweeter smoothie. Those who are used to green smoothies may use more stout greens such as kale, collards and beet greens. I personally like to keep a variety of all of them to mix and match. Feel free to adjust the greens to your taste preference. They will make all the difference in how you feel and look. What are your favorite ingredients for green smoothie recipes? Share them with me! I love getting new recipe ideas!

Sources:
Bright Earth Foods Superfoods: brightearthfoods.com