Green Detox Smoothie

January 8, 2013 by Ali

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?

Detox Smoothie

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Total Time: 5 minutes

Yield: About 4-5 cups

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
  • juice from half a lime

Method

Combine all ingredients in a blender and pulse until smooth. Add a little water or juice if needed to help the blender blend.

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About Ali

Ali Ebright is a freelance recipe developer and food writer/photographer, and blogs at Gimme Some Oven and Gimme Some Life. She also loves all things music, traveling near and far, actually making things from Pinterest, cozying up with a good book and her sweet pup, Henry, and spending time with a wonderful group of friends. Come say hello and follow Ali on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Google+ & Instagram.

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60 thoughts on “Green Detox Smoothie

  1. 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!

    - Sara H.

  2. How many calories in 1 cup?

    - Melanie

  3. 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. ;)

    - Amneris Mendizabal

  4. Where did you get your tumblers?

    - Joyce Kim

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

    - Nichole

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

    - cata

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

      - Nichole

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

    - Liz

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

    - Roxanne

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

    - Veronica

  10. 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!

    - Shannon

  11. 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..

    - villa mad

  12. 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.

    - Morgan

  13. 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!

    - ovenhaven

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

    Thanks!!

    - meredith

  15. 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!

    - Stacy

  16. 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!

    - Janice Fehr`

  17. I always put some wheatgrass and maca powder in my smoothies

    - Sabrina

  18. YUM-O!

    - tammy

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

    - Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious

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

    - katrin

  21. 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!

    - Kelli @ The Corner Kitchen

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

    - Sarah

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

    - Jena

  24. 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).

    - Alley @ Alley's Recipe Book

  25. 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 ;-)

    - Ashley - baker by nature

  26. 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.

    - Sarah

  27. 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.

    - Jennifer @ Mother Thyme

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

    - Marta @ What should I eat for breakfast today

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

    - Cassie | Bake Your Day

  30. 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.

    - Sarah M.

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

    - kimt

  32. 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. =)

    - Stephanie

  33. I. Need. This. Pronto.

    - Bev @ Bev Cooks

  34. 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!

    - Lauren @ Climbing Grier Mountain

  35. Looks delicious!

    - kelley {mountain mama cooks}

  36. 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!

    - Stephanie @ Girl Versus Dough

  37. 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 :).

    - Mandie @ Oh So Decadent

  38. 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!

    - Abby @ The Frosted Vegan

  39. 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!

    - Kathryn