It is incredibly easy to fall off your diet, over-indulge or consume too much sugar, fat, carbs, and salt during the holiday season. Often you can feel the physical effects of overeating or imbibing immediately! Bloating, stomach pains, sore joints, sneezing, skin rashes, lethargy, and irritability are just some of the symptoms of celebrating the season just a little too hard.
To help cleanse your system and organs and kick-start any weight-loss or fitness goals for the New Year, try sipping on one of the following detox smoothies every morning or as a snack in the afternoon. The recipes are very simple and contain only naturally sourced salts, sugars, and fats.
Cucumber, Kale and Pineapple Detox Smoothie
The plain Greek yogurt and unsalted almonds in this smoothie supply your body with protein and the cubed fresh pineapple and cucumber are diuretics, helping to reduce bloat. The pineapple contains both digestive and anti-inflammatory enzymes that help reduce joint pain and cleanse the liver. The kale is a highly nutritious source of vitamins and minerals, helping to curb cravings and sustain your body through a workout.
Makes two 8 to 10-ounce servings.
A cup of ice
1 cup plain fat-free Greek yogurt
1 cup cubed fresh or frozen pineapple
1 small cubed cucumber
A handful of unsalted, fresh almonds
Combine all ingredients in a blender and blend until frosty and smooth. Pour into tall tumblers and serve.
Orange, Ginger and Turmeric Smoothie
This healthy, detoxifying smoothie also gives your immune system a big, boost, important because those big servings of fatty, dairy-laden sauces and sweet desserts can actually lower the immune systems. The high Vitamin A and C content help ward off winter colds and cases of flu and cleanse the liver. The turmeric and ginger in this smoothie have both anti-inflammatory benefits for the liver, vascular and circulatory systems; this also helps to reduce joint and muscle pain.
A cup of ice
1 cup of fresh, diced oranges, mandarins or tangerines
½ cup chopped carrots
1 small piece of finely chopped ginger
½ teaspoon ground turmeric
a squirt of fresh lime juice
honey or maple syrup to taste (optional)
Combine all ingredients in a blender and whirl together until smooth. Pour into tall tumblers and serve.
This particular cleansing smoothie is a little more filling than the others, but the strawberries ground, flax seed, and lemons in this drink help to cleanse and repair the liver and intestines. The nut milk, oatmeal, and yogurt in this recipe are good sources of protein and healthy gut bacteria. This smoothie can help you get rid of that foggy feeling that results from overloading your liver with too much fatty food over the holiday.
1 cup of ice
1 cup of unsweetened almond or coconut milk
1 cup of plain Greek yogurt
2 tablespoon of fresh lemon juice (the juice of one whole small lemon)
1 cup of hulled fresh strawberries
1 cup of diced banana
1/3 of a cup of organic, flaked oatmeal
2 tablespoons of ground flax meal
1 tablespoon of honey
Combine all of the above ingredients in a blender and mix until frosty and smooth. Pour into tall tumblers and serve.
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