Cleanse & Detox Smoothie

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It’s that time of year again. Every winter, me and all my friends seem to be reevaluating our healthy living and weight loss goals. No surprise there, considering it’s natural to crave comfort foods during the cold winter months. And once the holidays arrive, there are even more temptations around. While it’s totally possible to eat healthy comfort food, I always make poor choices. You know, the ones that pack on a few extra pounds! Maybe the cold-weather timing isn’t coincidental and my body is just craving those fresh foods it had all summer long. No matter the reason, we can help you get back on track with this simple but effective Cleanse & Detox Smoothie.

This recipe is a great addition to a Three Day Cleanse & Detox if you’re wanting to go that far, or you can just drink it once a week to flush out the toxins. I’ve definitely enjoyed this smoothie as a grab-and-go option on my way into work. I love how easy it is to throw together, and it really does taste delicious, too (more on that in a moment). You might even lose a pound or two along the way, especially if you couple this drink with other healthy eating choices and a new workout routine!

A Delicious Tasting Cleanse & Detox Smoothie

You might be wondering how something called a Cleanse & Detox Smoothie could taste good. Some might say that the things that tasted too delicious may have lead you to need a detox in the first place! But, we don’t believe in forcing our taste buds to endure terrible things. If you have to plug your nose to choke it down, we probably didn’t do our job right in developing the recipe!

Healthy food can taste great, too, and that includes cleansing smoothies. That’s why we added sweet apple, tart lemon, and pungent cinnamon to the drink. These ingredients work really hard to balance out all the greens. Because I think we’d all agree there’s nothing particularly tasty about blended kale and celery!

I wouldn’t quite call it a sweet drink, but it does taste really good. The cinnamon has a funny way of tricking your brain into thinking this drink is sweeter than it is, thanks to all those pastries that combine cinnamon and sugar. We didn’t add any extra sugar, because we wanted to keep this as a sugar-free drink. If you have a hard time with that, you could add a natural sweetener like honey or pure maple syrup – as long as you’re not on a detox or diet plan that cuts out sugar.

You could also make some changes to the greens if you’re really having a hard time with the kale. The celery is pretty essential because it provides your body with a ton of water, fiber, and potassium. But if kale isn’t in your wheelhouse, feel free to swap in the more mild-tasting spinach. In the meantime, try some of our favorite kale dishes (like this Crunchy Kale and Brussels Sprouts Salad and Squash and Kale Gratin, for starters) to acquire a taste for this delicious green!

We can’t wait to hear how this Cleanse & Detox Smoothie worked out for you! Drop us a line in the comments and let us know how it worked out for you. If you have any specific questions, we’d be happy to answer them, too!

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137 Comments

        1. Caroline, That’s right…our cleanse doesn’t have caffeine. If you’re not doing the cleanse feel free to add green tea.

  1. Anyone tried this yet? How is the taste because I see nothing in there that would make me think it will taste good.

    1. hey I thought the same thing but the lemon and apple with cinnamon definitely balances out all the greens which makes it easier to drink

  2. Just tried it! Although there is no sweet aspect, it was very good. Not something I would drink everyday. It's def a once a weeker:)

  3. Can you substitute spinach for the kale? I had a smoothie with kale once, and I could barely make myself drink it. I love the way spinach tastes in a smoothie!

  4. I don't think it's meant to taste good. It's one of those cleansing smoothies that you have to plug your nose and chug…at least that's what I'll be doing! Might have to do this at home on a day off, I have a sneaking feeling with that much greens my IBS will be all "oh hells no. You gonna pay for that"

    1. I have IBS and started taking a probiotic thinking that would help my problem. All it did was make my symptoms worse. I so can relate to your concerns here.

    2. LOL Yeah, that's what my IBS says to chia seeds and flax seeds, too. I cut the amount in half in recipes and am usually OK if I do that.

  5. If u make it in a juicer instead of a blender the alternative for green tea is a cucumber also add parsley and a small puece of ginger for even more nutrition…

  6. Too much fiber? Wow. Really? You should eat 7-10 servings of gresh veggies every day!! I make this all the time. I will throw in a handful of blueberries as well. Jsut an handful. And kale is RAW. I have done this too after I read it on 365 days of kale dot com. Kale is amazing. Grows well…Enjoy.

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  8. @Sarah, the parsley can decrease your milk production. You may want to skip that ingredient while breastfeeding. Everything else should be fine!

    1. When you go to put it in the juicer, wrap the leaves up tightly in a ball first. A higher powered blender such as a Vitamix or Blendtec work well for shredding greens.

    2. If you use a blender ad just the liquid and the kale first. Blend that till smooth, then ad everything else and blend again.

      1. "Helen Anne DiMeglio · 21 weeks ago
        is there an alternative to the green tea?"
        and
        "Michele johnston · 21 weeks ago
        If u make it in a juicer instead of a blender the alternative for green tea is a cucumber also add parsley and a small puece of ginger for even more nutrition…"
        comments above…

          1. That still doesn't tell us where people were getting the 'tea' from as an ingredient. I too am curious…

            You tell us to use water instead, but as we don't even see tea listed we don't know how much water to substitute…

          2. Never mind, I see the water on the recipe 🙂

            Still curious as to where they were plucking tea from though, LOL

          3. Lori, I’m not sure what you mean…there is no mention of tea in this recipe. Use the amount of water in the recipe and no tea.

  9. i made this for breakfast this morning but wasn't a big fan….I think it was due to the whole chia seeds I put in it..Kinda chunky…Oops! I re-made it for my breakfast tomorrow morning so we will see how it goes!

    1. try soaking your chia seeds in the chilled water. The seeds plump up and I find them less "chunky" then the flax. I switched to ground flax in other recipes for the same reason.

  10. I am going to make this and the Super Detox Green Smoothie in a blender. Should I peel the apple and cucumber first? I'm not sure how the skin will break down in a blender. Please advise.

    1. Jessica, If the apple and cucumber are organic, I’d leave on the peeling. They blend find in the blender.

    2. It really depends on the blender, but for most blenders I would peel it first, unless you are pouring it through a fine mesh strainer. If you have a high powered blender like Vitamix or Blendtec, you will be able to blend it with the peel.

    3. I've used budget blenders my whole life and never had one that couldn't handle the peel.
      You don't need to spend all the hundreds of dollars for a Vitamax, you can buy a 29.99 dollars blender at Target or Walmart, with the option for ice crushing.
      I usually prefer glass before plastic – glass is heavier, but is so much easier to clean + if you make soups and add hot water to your blender the chemicals from plastic will end up in your soup.
      Smoothies are time savers. Just use your imagination and common sense and you'll get far with your smoothies.

      1. no you do not grind chia seeds….they are hard like a poppy seed but soon as they are put in liquid, they begin to swell and absorb liquid like gel. Great for runners as the extra water will reabsorb back into your body thru the day.

  11. I just tried this smoothie. It's really delicious. Clean, nutritious, refreshing. I was a little skeptical of the cinnamon/greens mix but it works. Superb. Give it a go.

  12. I am thinking of trying this cleanse, my question is since other cleanse I have tried we do not eat anything during the day. With this cleanse is this all we eat during the day or how often do we need to drink it? can anybody help me.

  13. I just made this, am drinking it now, and LOVE it!!! I try to avoid sugar, even from fruit, so I just used half a green apple. The sugar from the lemon juice and half a green apple gave it enough sweetness (for my palate) to be enjoyable!! It was very fibrous, even with my vitamix…but I LOVE the flavor! Will make again and again! I may make it without apple next time and use some ginger.

    I love how you can taste each and every ingredient, if you really think about them as you're drinking it. Try it! I think smoothies/juicing is super healthy, as long as folks don't get accustomed to using too much sugar, which can have very adverse affects to all the otherwise great nutrients. My rule of thumb is no more than 1-2 servings of fruit per smoothies.

    1. wow, I wish I had your palate Kristen! I just made this and couldn't drink it so I added 2 bananas and now it tastes wonderful! I really hope I can wean myself off of sugar through this. But why do you try to avoid sugar from fruit? I thought its healthy?

  14. Just made…no green tea added…didn't see it in the recipe…I could not get the consistency to a "smoothie" consistency…it's very chunky and looks identical to green salsa verde…I however like that I drink and then chew…it's filling…and to me the taste isn't that bad…I only used 1/2 lemon b/c I had done the lemon/ginger detox drink earlier this morning…it's kind of like eating a slushy…

  15. How often should this detox smoothie be had. Is it once a week or how does it go. I started it today. It taste ok. Wanted to know if it could be had every week . Please respond, thanks.

  16. This is my second morning drinking it. First day did not like. Not cold enough and way to much to drink!
    I actually added a table spoon of honey and skipped the lemon. I put it in two containers(2 servings) the night before and stuck it in the freezer. In the morning I put it in the blender with a small amount of coconut water.
    Much better cold and with a little more sweet. Not sure if it will have the same outcome but still healthy start to the day.

  17. I don't know what it is but the taste of the cinnamon in there makes me wanna gag… If I make it again I'm definitely not using cinnamon!!

    1. Lori, You could try straining it through a fine mesh strainer or using a high powered blender if the texture was the problem. Adding more lemon juice might also help as well as omitting the cinnamon if you are not a fan.

  18. Does it make you "go" alot? I wanna lose a few pounds by cleansing so i'd rather not waste my time on this recipe if it doesnt work…

    1. Jtacury, When you are on the 3-Day Cleanse and Detox it would be better to switch to green tea. Coffee is not a great part of a detox. If you are just having this smoothie, you can go ahead and have coffee during the day too.

  19. I add 1/4 Cup of Pineapple and it gives a great taste! You cannot taste the Kale – If I don't have Pineapple I add blueberries another antioxidant. I substitute 1/2 pear instead of Apple. I take it in the morning and evening very filling.

  20. just made the recipe! I found no problem putting the recipe in my blender, using the food prices see and pure modes poured over ice, I founf it delicious"
    I assume this is a oce a dat breakfast drink, for 3 days?

  21. If you have hypothyroidism, even a light case, the kale will make it way worse. Most cruciferous green vegetables keep the thyroid from running at it's peak. The only way you should eat these veggies is to cook them. You can substitute spinach for the kale and add half a cucumber. I use half water and half coconut water. Coconut helps the thyroid run more effectively.

    1. Cindy, This Cleanse & Detox smoothie does have detoxifying effects, yes. You can make it as often as you want in addition to your healthy meal plan for the day.

  22. Made this for breakfast this morning, I like the taste as it's very fresh but I couldn't get over the texture. It's quite chunky. I didn't want to strain it though because I was afraid I'd get rid of all the good stuff! I think I might try making it with an immersion blender next time.

    1. Deb,

      I would recommend every other day, however, the ingredients are healthy and can be consumed daily, if you like.

  23. I add coconut milk or coconut water, the greens, an orange, frozen ripe banana, chia seeds, chunk of fresh ginger, fresh lemon juice, coconut oil, turmeric, ground flax seed, almonds, cinnamon, and sometimes a piece of garlic, ice cubes, and a dash of olive oil. It’s breakfast and delicious!

    1. Adding ice cubes to the blender will thicken the smoothie, but it won’t harm anything. It’s just a matter of personal preference.

  24. Think of the ingredients as a concentrate. You are processing them with water to end up with reconstituted drink. I have a 1500 watt Ninja the works great for processing the pulp. If you are getting pulp with your blender, I would like to suggest processing a little longer. Perhaps straining and mashing the pulp in the strainer to get out more liquid. I like that you have included what each ingredient does for the body. If you prefer your drinks cold, simply add 7 ice cubes.
    For future reference: one trick I use is to slice ripe bananas in the skin and lay them on a large cutting board (I have the thin plastic ones that work well.)to transfer to freezer. Once frozen, put into freezer bag or container. Put the desired amount to equal a half or full banana in your drink. Banana halos thicken and frozen helps chill. Tip:put container back into freezer right away so the rest of the fruit doesn’t start to thaw. I am off to make myself the Green Detox dtink.

  25. Hi! I just made this and really liked it but the bigger surprise is 2 of my kids loved it too! Score! Thanks a lot!

  26. I believe the green tea comments are from the five fat flushing drinks that is to be drunk 10 minutes before each of the three meals for 10 days. This recipe is for breakfast and you would drink one of the fat flushing drinks 10 minutes before consuming this detox breakfast smoothie or juice. Skinnyms, if I am incorrect please correct me as I do want to try this for 10 days.

    1. Marilee, You can do that or just enjoy as a healthy breakfast smoothie without drinking a fat flushing drink prior.

  27. I love this just as it is.
    Why change something that’s so good for you?
    The reason it tastes bad is because you need a detox. I drink this and other very bitter green smoothies and it’s amazing how they start to taste amazing in your mouth. You get a zing from the smoothie.
    I was 22 going on 23 when I was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer in my jaw. After removing my whole lower half of my face I have learnt anything tastes better than cancer feels. U have had 28 surgeries over the past 13 years and fought for my life. I’m amazed how many people need a detox to appreciate the taste of green smoothies like this one. When your liver is clean you will taste how good this is. A healthy body is disease free.
    Watch What The Health On Netflix… it will jump start your healthy journey

  28. I read a comment on here that you should omit the kale if you have hypothyroidism. Is that true? Even if you take Synthroid? What is a good alternative to the raw kale in the smoothie?

  29. Love this smoothie but I need to figure out how to make it not so chunky? I’m using exactly what the recipe says but it’s still pretty thick in the blender. Any suggestions?

  30. Is it okay if I have the smoothie I make?
    1 frozen banana, 1 orange, 3 strawberries, 1 Spoon Greek Yoghurt and 1/4 cup of spinach.

  31. The smoothie is good but I was surprised by how many carbs it has for the ingredients. What gives it 39 grams of carbs?

    1. The ingredients are mostly carbs but all complex carbs which are a good thing. It’s the simple carbs to stay away from.

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