Green Detox Smoothie

Oh my goodness, it feels so good to be home.

My time in Europe these past few weeks was such a gift, and filled to the brim with so many wonderful memories with friends.  But between the six-course meals each night on the Mediterranean cruise, paella in Spain, and pub food galore with friends all over England, I think it’s safe to say that I probably ate more carbs (and specifically, potatoes!) in the past month than ever before!

So upon returning home, my friend Sarah and I thought it would be fun to try going “raw” for a week.  Nothing cooked, no caffeine, no alcohol — just straight raw ingredients, which mostly includes fresh produce and nuts.  I will post a summary of how it went at the end of this week, and then I’m also planning to share some of the recipes next week.

However, the first “detox” smoothie that I made yesterday was too good not to share right away!  I love green smoothies, but this one may be one of my new favorites.  It is sweet and simple, but packed with all sorts of healthy goodness that I loved.  No arm-twisting necessary to enjoy this green smoothie for a meal!

And for you smoothie lovers, don’t forget to enter our Smoothie Giveaway happening right now, where we are giving away a Blendtec and more great smoothie goodies!

What are your favorite ingredients to add to a green smoothie?

Green Detox Smoothie

A delicious and healthy green "detox" smoothie.

Ingredients:

3 cups frozen diced pineapple
3 cups fresh baby spinach
1 cup frozen diced banana
1 celery rib (optional)
1 Tbsp. grated fresh ginger (start with less and add more if desired)
1 Tbsp. [chia seeds|http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0043DUZGE/ref=as_li_qf_sp_asin_tl?ie=UTF8&tag=gimsomove-20&linkCode=as2&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=B0043DUZGE]
juice from half a lime

Directions:

Combine all ingredients in a [blender|http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B003TPDKP0/ref=as_li_qf_sp_asin_tl?ie=UTF8&tag=gimsomove-20&linkCode=as2&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=B003TPDKP0] and pulse until smooth.  Add a little water or juice if needed to help the blender blend.

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  1. Kathryn — January 8, 2013 @ 7:36 am (#)

    Ha, we do love our potatoes over here! I love the idea of a raw week and look forward to hearing how you get on – this smoothie sounds like a really tasty way to start!

  2. Abby @ The Frosted Vegan — January 8, 2013 @ 7:55 am (#)

    I was so afraid of green smoothies, until I actually tried one and now I’m hooked! I like this variation on the usual recipe!

  3. Mandie @ Oh So Decadent — January 8, 2013 @ 8:15 am (#)

    I too have felt the effects of over-eating thanks to the holidays. I’ve thought about going on a raw diet for a week so I’m excited to see how you manage! Definitely will be trying this drink in the near future :).

  4. Stephanie @ Girl Versus Dough — January 8, 2013 @ 8:16 am (#)

    This looks scrumptious! I love my caffeine and glass of wine so it would be tough for me to go raw, even for a week… but this smoothie might convince me! Can’t wait to hear your results!

  5. kelley {mountain mama cooks} — January 8, 2013 @ 8:17 am (#)

    Looks delicious!

  6. Lauren @ Climbing Grier Mountain — January 8, 2013 @ 8:53 am (#)

    Dang girl, this smoothie looks so delish! I really need to do the detox for a week. The holiday stuffed feeling needs to go away ASAP!

    Glad you had a blast in Europe!

  7. Bev @ Bev Cooks — January 8, 2013 @ 9:07 am (#)

    I. Need. This. Pronto.

  8. Stephanie — January 8, 2013 @ 9:11 am (#)

    I made my first green smoothie this year, ha! I know it’s only been a week, and I loved it! I’ll have to give yours a try. =)

  9. kimt — January 8, 2013 @ 9:59 am (#)

    oh my goodness….just what i need…green smoothie and a blender to do it in.

  10. Sarah M. — January 8, 2013 @ 10:17 am (#)

    Yum. Trying a version with kiwi, spinach, banana and protein powder for lunch…I’ll let you know how it goes! Don’t forget to get your protein during our week ‘o raw fun (says the ever vigilant vegan)! If you want to borrow some Vega powder, lemme know.

  11. Cassie | Bake Your Day — January 8, 2013 @ 10:59 am (#)

    I love lime in my green smoothies! This looks perfect!

  12. Marta @ What should I eat for breakfast today — January 8, 2013 @ 11:15 am (#)

    I love avocado in my smoothie. But I like spinach as well :)

  13. Jennifer @ Mother Thyme — January 8, 2013 @ 11:52 am (#)

    I LOVE smoothies! I drink them daily. This is a great recipe. I usually add in my green smoothies spinach, peaches with coconut milk and agave. I have never tried this variation before so I am anxious to try it.

  14. Sarah — January 8, 2013 @ 1:22 pm (#)

    I love it when I have vanilla Sunwarrior powder to add. That+ pb, banana, spinach, and unsweetened almond milk is one of my favorite smoothies.

  15. Ashley - baker by nature — January 8, 2013 @ 1:48 pm (#)

    Ooooo I can’t wait to hear how your detox week goes! I’m in need of one myself. This smoothie looks like a brilliant start to your week ;-)

  16. Alley @ Alley's Recipe Book — January 8, 2013 @ 9:27 pm (#)

    Good luck on your raw food detox! Can’t wait to hear about the meals you make. I have been making green/orange juices every day this year and they are delicious (spinach, carrots, oranges, and a lemon).

  17. Jena — January 9, 2013 @ 11:52 am (#)

    This recipe was great! It had a really refreshing taste. Please post more!

  18. Sarah — January 9, 2013 @ 2:59 pm (#)

    Looks yummy! Congrats on going raw for a week! I look forward to the recipes. x

  19. Kelli @ The Corner Kitchen — January 10, 2013 @ 8:47 am (#)

    I have a smoothie almost everyday..love adding kale to my green smoothies. Can’t wait to try this version and to hear about your experience eating raw!

  20. katrin — January 10, 2013 @ 10:10 am (#)

    i love making smoothies with kefir, chia seeds and a medley of fruits

  21. Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious — January 10, 2013 @ 1:53 pm (#)

    Welcome home! This detox smoothie looks absolutely perfect for this time of year when we’re all trying to scramble and practice clean eating!

  22. tammy — January 11, 2013 @ 7:47 pm (#)

    YUM-O!

  23. Sabrina — January 12, 2013 @ 8:33 am (#)

    I always put some wheatgrass and maca powder in my smoothies

  24. Janice Fehr` — January 12, 2013 @ 9:18 am (#)

    Yes, that detox smoothie looks like a good one! I love it that there’s raw ginger root in there… I just bought one…hopefulllllly my old blender will blend it up for me!

  25. Stacy — January 12, 2013 @ 11:04 am (#)

    I love my green smoothies with pineapple, mango, spinach or kale, a tablespoon of flax with a dollop of almond milk and a carton of Activia yogurt. Can’t wait to try yours!

  26. meredith — January 12, 2013 @ 4:45 pm (#)

    Hey there! Could you tell me how the cruise went?? I am looking to do one and would love your thoughts!!!!

    Thanks!!

  27. ovenhaven — January 15, 2013 @ 7:59 am (#)

    I love the addition of frozen pineapple in this! Sounds really refreshing :) I love adding organic rolled oats in my green smoothies to make them thick and keep me full!

  28. Morgan — January 15, 2013 @ 12:19 pm (#)

    I juice apples, cucumber, celery, lime, kale or spinach…then blend that with avocado…it’s my favorite and isn’t loaded with fruit like a lot of other smoothies.

    • Sjpap — May 26, 2014 @ 8:55 am (#)

      Sounds good…what amounts of each and how many servings?

  29. villa mad — January 30, 2013 @ 4:13 pm (#)

    hi. i dont have fancy stuff like what you have put. we have the normal apples.pears.carrots.cabbage.sprouts.sqush.parsnips.
    what sort of detox smoothie can i make from this please..

  30. Shannon — February 4, 2013 @ 2:51 pm (#)

    I just made this for lunch and it was so yummy. I added a handful of strawberries and apples instead of pineapple since we were out. I’ve pinned it to remember where I found it. Thanks for sharing!

  31. Veronica — February 6, 2013 @ 6:46 pm (#)

    I loved this smoothie!! I also tried it with peaches instead of the pineapple and it was still good!! Thanks for sharing!

  32. Roxanne — April 10, 2013 @ 7:58 am (#)

    Where did you get those cute straws? And how does the Blendtec compare to the VItamix?

  33. Liz — May 7, 2013 @ 6:41 pm (#)

    Is that 1 serving? I just made it, and it is delicious, but it does make
    a lot.

  34. cata — June 21, 2013 @ 11:44 pm (#)

    how is the detox process? am I supposed to eat only the smoothy for 3 days? how many times? please advise..thanks

    • Nichole — July 19, 2013 @ 6:41 pm (#)

      Check out Dr. Oz 3 day detox. You may want to do that one but change the lunch drink (its nasty) to this drink.

  35. Nichole — July 19, 2013 @ 6:41 pm (#)

    I do not want to buy chia seeds but Flax Seeds by Bobs red mill should work as well right?

  36. Joyce Kim — January 2, 2014 @ 11:20 pm (#)

    Where did you get your tumblers?

    • Ali — April 4, 2014 @ 10:01 pm (#)

      World Market :)

  37. Amneris Mendizabal — January 23, 2014 @ 2:27 pm (#)

    Love your smoothies, I am totally a smoothie person and I thrive on them, as well as my hubby and I get everyone I can hooked on smoothies. ;)

  38. Melanie — May 6, 2014 @ 6:15 pm (#)

    How many calories in 1 cup?

    • Ali — June 1, 2014 @ 6:01 pm (#)

      Hi Melanie,

      I don’t calculate calories on the site, but you can plug them in at myfitnesspal.com.

      ~Ali

  39. Sara H. — May 6, 2014 @ 9:14 pm (#)

    I LOVE a good green smoothie! I always put spinach in mine and I’m particularly fond of almond butter and almond milk in there too. This one sounds delicious! Thanks for sharing!

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