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This detox smoothie is a tasty way to infuse fruits and veggies into your day! The sweet tart green puree is full of good-for-you ingredients.

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Looking to drink your daily fruits and veggies? Try this Detox Smoothie, full of all-natural, fresh ingredients! This green puree is 100% fruits and vegetables: no powders or supplements (and no detox diets). It’s ideal for when you want to infuse your body with good-for-you ingredients, and bonus: it tastes amazing too. The burst of tangy, sweet tart flavor made us instant fans. As smoothie experts of over 50 smoothies recipes, this one stands out.

What is a detox smoothie?

This detox smoothie is not related to a detox diet, nor do we recommend them. A detox is a short term period of fasting followed by a period of eating fruits and vegetables. But there’s no evidence that these types of cleanses provide any tangible benefits, and often they can cause harm (per Healthline).

Instead, we define a detox smoothie as a smoothie that’s made of 100% vegetables and fruits. This makes it easy for you to infuse good-for-you ingredients into your lifestyle (and it tastes great). There are no supplements, powders, or other substances required: just nourishing whole foods!

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Ingredients in this detox smoothie

What’s in this detox smoothie? This recipe quickly jumped to the top of our favorites list because of the burst of tangy, sweet tart flavor with simple ingredients. Here’s what you’ll need to whiz together in a blender:

  • Apple: Apple brings sweetness and body to the puree. We like a sweet-tart type like Pink Lady or Granny Smith, but any works here.
  • Banana: Bananas are key to the creamy texture of a good smoothie. If you don’t like or can’t eat bananas, add another apple.
  • Spinach: Baby spinach is easy for throwing in handfuls, or use washed chopped spinach. You can also substitute chopped kale or chard!
  • Frozen pineapple: Frozen pineapple adds sweetness and an icy texture. If you prefer, substitute frozen mango.
  • Fresh ginger: Ginger root is optional, but it adds a fresh, spicy flavor that’s extremely satisfying.
  • Chia seeds: Chia seeds add protein and fiber to this smoothie.
  • Lemon juice: Lemon juice brings out the fruity flavors (it accentuates a smoothie like salt does in savory food).
  • Water and ice: Blend it all up with water and ice!
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Tips for working with fresh ginger

Fresh ginger root might not always be in your refrigerator, but it adds a big punch of flavor to this detox smoothie! While it’s optional, we highly recommend using it here. Pick up some in the produce section of your grocery (then use the rest for these ginger recipes!). It can be tricky to peel, so we’ve got some tips for you:

  • Peel with a spoon! This works much better than a vegetable peeler! Use the edge of a spoon to peel off the skin of the ginger.
  • Grate it. Use a grater or microplane to grate the ginger into a pulp.
  • Or mince it. If you don’t have a grater, use a large chef’s knife to slice thin slices in one direction, then chop in the other direction until the ginger is minced into small pieces.

Chia seed nutrition

Another key ingredient in this detox smoothie is chia seeds! The smoothie doesn’t have any dairy or natural source of protein, so we decided to add a bit of chia seeds for a protein and fiber boost. Here’s what these little seeds have to offer (per Healthline):

  • Chia seeds are very high in fiber. 2 tablespoons of chia seeds have 11 grams of fiber, a whopping 44% of your daily need!
  • Chia seeds are high in protein. 2 tablespoons have 4 grams protein or about 8% of your daily need.
  • Chia seeds are high in antioxidants. Researchers agree that this can result in reducing the risk of chronic diseases, boosting the immune system, and improving mental health.
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Detox smoothie storage

Can you make this smoothie in advance? Yes! This detox smoothie is best after 1 day in the refrigerator, so you can blend it up and enjoy later. You can get by with a 2 day storage time. Just make sure to shake it before serving as it may separate naturally when refrigerated.

More green smoothie recipes

Some of our favorite detox smoothies are green smoothies that focus on natural, whole foods. Here are a few more similar smoothie recipes to try:

This detox smoothie recipe is…

Vegetarian, vegan, plant-based, dairy-free and gluten-free.

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Detox smoothie

Green Detox Smoothie (100% Natural!)


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  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 2 small smoothies or 1 large 1x

Description

This detox smoothie is a tasty way to infuse fruits and veggies into your day! The sweet tart green puree is full of good-for-you ingredients.


Ingredients

Scale
  • 1 small apple
  • 1 banana, room temperature
  • 2 cups spinach
  • ¾ cup water
  • 4 ice cubes
  • 1 ½ cups frozen pineapple
  • ½ teaspoon peeled and grated ginger (from fresh ginger root), optional
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons* chia seeds
  • 1 tablespoon fresh squeezed lemon juice

Instructions

  1. Chop the apple, leaving the skin on. Break the banana into pieces and place them both in the blender. Add the spinach and water and blend until smooth. Add the ice, frozen pineapple, ginger, chia seeds, and lemon juice. Blend again until smooth.
  2. Serve immediately or store in a covered jar in the refrigerator for 2 days, shaking if the smoothie separates.

Notes

*We like this recipe with 1 tablespoon chia seeds, but you can add up to 2 tablespoons chia seeds for more protein and fiber. 2 tablespoons of chia seeds have 11 grams of fiber (44% of your daily need) and 4 grams protein (8% of your daily need).

  • Category: Drink
  • Method: Blended
  • Cuisine: Drink
  • Diet: Vegetarian

About the authors

Sonja & Alex

Hi, we’re Alex and Sonja Overhiser, married cookbook authors, food bloggers, and recipe developers. We founded A Couple Cooks to share fresh, seasonal recipes and the joy of cooking! Our recipes are made by two real people and work every time.

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5 Comments

  1. Judy Bouley says:

    My hubby likes plain non fat plain yogurt in his smoothie. This looks yummy. Do you think that would be okay to add yogurt to this? Also, I can’t find the nutritional value. Wondering where to look.

    1. Alex Overhiser says:

      Just added the nutrition info to the recipe card. Many of our smoothies have yogurt, but we omitted here so that we didn’t need sugar to balance the tart flavor. However, a little should be fine.

  2. Bonnie D says:

    Sonja and Alex,

    You don’t mention if this smoothie needs to be made in a high power blender. I own a standard blender. Will that work?

    1. Sonja Overhiser says:

      Hi there! Yes this smoothie should work in a standard blender or high powered! You may need slightly more liquid so keep that in mind!

  3. Sky Nuckolls says:

    Love you guys! Great recipes!