Green Detox Smoothie (That Tastes Good!)

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If you struggle to get your daily dose of goodness, this green detox smoothie is here to save the day. It’s loaded with good-for-you ingredients, and it tastes so dreamy you won’t believe it’s full of veggies!

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Why You’ll Love It

Feel like you could do with a health kick for breakfast?

Let me introduce you to my favorite pick-me-up. My go-to Green Detox Smoothie.

This green marvel isn’t just any ordinary smoothie. It’s brimming with nutrients and anti-inflammatory properties to help your body hit that much-needed refresh button. 

Plus, it’s so easy to whip up in a high-speed blender!

Trust me, keeping your New Year’s Resolutions has never tasted quite this good.

Detox Smoothie vs. Detox Juice

Why do I lean towards detox smoothies more than detox juices? 

Although detox juices have lots of benefits, I think that smoothies offer a more satisfying and balanced approach. 

The reason is quite simple: fiber.

With green smoothies, you get the whole package – the goodness of the fruits and veggies in their entirety. 

They’re a bit like the superhero of drinks, ensuring you reap the benefits of fiber, which helps you feel fuller longer but also helps to stabilize your blood sugar levels

Win-win!

Also check 25 Best Detox Smoothie Recipes!

Ingredients You’ll Need

  • Spinach: Leafy greens fill this smoothie with plenty of vitamins and iron.
  • Coconut water: You can also plain water or plant-based milk if you’d like something slightly creamier (almond milk is great!). I use coconut water for an extra dose of potassium (but make sure it’s 100% natural and unsweetened).
  • Frozen banana: To give the smoothie an amazingly thick, ice cream-like consistency.
  • Green apple: An easy way to get Vitamin A and Vitamin C into your day! Plus, green apples add a slight tangy sweetness to this healthy smoothie recipe that’s just delicious.
  • Cucumber: To add extra hydration and vitamins to your drink!
  • Lemon: For a hit of bright and zingy flavor and extra vitamin C.
  • Fresh ginger (optional): You don’t need to use this, but I love adding a hint of spice!
Ingredients laid on a table: green apple, cucumber, spinach, fresh ginger, lemon, coconut water.

How to Make the Best Green Detox Smoothie

Add the ingredients to your blender: Throw everything into your blender (photo 1). Blend on high until everything is smooth and creamy. If you don’t have an overly powerful blender, blend the spinach and ginger with the coconut water until it’s a smooth green liquid. You can then add the rest of the ingredients.

Blender with frozen banana, sliced cucumber, peeled lemon, cut green apple sliced ginger, and spinach.

Taste test and serve: Taste your smoothie and adjust the ingredients as necessary. You can add a bit of honey or agave nectar to sweeten things up or thin the smoothie by adding a touch more coconut milk or plant milk. Then pour your smoothie into a glass, serve, and enjoy (photo 2)!

Hand pouring green detox smoothie from a jar into a glass.

Variations

  • You can add virtually any nutrient-dense fruit to this recipe to give it an extra boost. I love using berries and peaches to mellow things out slightly. But tropical fruits like kiwi fruit, fresh pineapple chunks, and mangoes are all great for adding natural sweetness.
  • If you don’t feel like using spinach, just choose another leafy green vegetable like kale, chard, watercress, or collard greens! Even zucchini works well.
  • Want more healthy fats in your life? Add a spoonful of almond butter, peanut butter, hemp seeds, flax seeds, or chia seeds.

How to Meal Prep And Storage Tips

If you don’t have much time in the morning, it’s a great idea to meal prep this recipe by making smoothie packs.

You can simply add your fruits, veggies, and seeds into individual reusable freezer bags (or containers!) and freeze them.

When you fancy a smoothie, you can just dump the contents of each bag into the blender, add your liquid of choice, and blend!

Can I store leftovers?

You can keep any leftover detox smoothie in a sealed container in the refrigerator for up to a day.

Before drinking, give it a quick stir or blend, as the ingredients may settle over time, and the fiber tends to rise to the top.

Two tall glasses full of green detox smoothie top with mint leaves.

F.A.Q

What are the health benefits of green detox smoothies? 

Green detox smoothies are filled with nutrients such as vitamins, minerals, and fiber from fruits and vegetables. They are great for adding more veggies and fruit into your diet and help you include more good-for-you ingredients in your daily routine.

Can I drink a detox smoothie every day?

A daily smoothie is a great way to start your day. However, it’s essential to balance it with other meals throughout the day to make sure you’re getting all the nutrients you need.

What is the best time to drink a detox smoothie? 

Lots of people enjoy a detox smoothie as a morning ritual.

But truly, you can have them at any time of day when you feel you’d like a nutritious and refreshing drink.

Can a detox smoothie help me lose weight? 

Detox smoothies alone won’t trigger weight loss.

But if you combine them with a well-rounded, wholesome diet and some physical activity, they can definitely support your goals.

Can I replace a meal with a detox smoothie? 

Yes, as long as they contain a balanced mix of nutrients – carbohydrates, proteins, and healthy fats.

So, add a scoop of almond butter and hemp seeds or Greek yogurt to balance this smoothie if you want to use it as a meal.

A glass full of creamy green detox smoothie top with mint leaves.

If you try this green detox smoothie recipe, please leave a comment and a rating and let me know how much you liked it!

Glass filled with detox green smoothie.
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Green Detox Smoothie (That Tastes Good!)

If you struggle to get your daily dose of goodness, this green detox smoothie is here to save the day. It’s loaded with good-for-you ingredients, and it tastes so dreamy you won't believe it's full of veggies!
Prep Time5 minutes
Total Time5 minutes
Course: Drinks, Smoothie
Cuisine: Vegan, Vegetarian
Servings: 2 smoothies
Calories: 148kcal
Author: Sara Trezzi

Ingredients

  • 2 cups spinach - firmly packed
  • 1 cup coconut water - or plain water
  • 1 ripe frozen banana - (see note 1)
  • 1 green apple - cored
  • ½ cucumber
  • ½ lemon - peel removed (see note 2)
  • ½ inch piece of fresh ginger - optional for added spice and detox benefits

Instructions

  • Add the spinach, coconut water, banana, apple, cucumber, lemon, and ginger to your blender (see note 3). Blend on high until everything is smooth and creamy (see note 4).
  • Taste and adjust if necessary. If you need it sweeter, you could add a little honey, agave nectar, or another ripe banana. If it’s too thick, add a little more almond milk or water.
  • Pour into a glass and enjoy!

Notes

Note 1- Banana: Using frozen bananas will give your smoothie a thick, ice cream-like consistency. Just make sure to peel and slice your bananas before freezing them! I know it’s obvious, but you never know…
Note 2 – Lemon: When you peel your lemon, make sure you remove all the skin but also the white spongy part beneath it as it can taste quite bitter.
Note 3 – Variations: Feel free to play around with this recipe. You can add more fruits like berries, mangoes, or peaches for added flavors. Other vegetables like kale, celery, or zucchini can also be included.
Note 4 – Blender tips: If your blender isn’t very powerful, blend the spinach and ginger with the coconut water until it’s a smooth green liquid. This helps ensure you don’t have large pieces of leaf or ginger in your finished smoothie. Then add the rest of the ingredients.
Prep Ahead: If you’re short on time in the mornings, you can prepare smoothie packs in advance. Just portion out your fruits, veggies, and seeds into individual freezer bags or containers and freeze. In the morning, dump the contents into your blender, add your liquid, and blend!
*Nutrition information is a rough estimate per smoothie.

Nutrition

Calories: 148kcal | Carbohydrates: 36g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 1g | Sugar: 22g

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