Skin Detoxifying Smoothie

Hi all!  Happy Thanksgiving weekend to my American friends!  Is anyone venturing out to the malls for deals this weekend? We’re actually heading to Spokane to see Pearl Jam (yes, I was a 90s grunge teen!) and I’m sure some shopping will occur 🙂

It’s been a while since I posted a smoothie recipe.  We just ended the Paleo Challenge (I’ll be posting a wrap up on the Challenge tomorrow so check back for that post!) The last 2 weeks though I had to ditch the eggs (and some meat) and go back to my green smoothies.  My skin was breaking out like crazy and I needed to cleanse!! This smoothie really helped –  I think it’s become my new favourite.  I was always a little hesitant to put fresh herbs in my smoothies (besides mint) because I wasn’t sure if I’d like the taste.  Boy, was I wrong! It wasn’t as overpowering as I had thought and this one tasted like lemon pie – yummm!!

Here is how these awesome ingredients will help you detox:

Bananas – improve digestion and boosts metabolism
Cucumber – flush toxins from your body and clear your skin
Avocado – rich in Vitamin E and potassium that support cellular hydration
Parsley – a nutritional powerhouse with vitamins A, B, C, and K and iron and potassium. Helps you lose water weight.
Basil – aids in digestion and detoxification. Basil supports the kidneys and acts as a diuretic to help the body expel unwanted toxins.
Coconut Water – full of electrolytes and will hydrate your skin
Blueberries – contains an abundant amount of cancer-fighting antioxidants that help with anti-aging
Lemon – detoxes the blood, but it also flushes toxins from the liver and kidneys and aids in digestion
Chia Seeds – also major detoxifiers, binding to excess water and flushing toxins that are in itdetox smoothiePrint Recipe

Makes 1 giant smoothie

1/2 cup coconut water
1 1/2 cups water
1/2 banana (50g)
3/4 cup blueberries (100g)
3-4 inch piece of cucumber (100g)
1/4 avocado (25g)
Juice of 1/2 lemon or a thick slice of lemon with peel if using Vitamix/Blendtec
1/4 cup flat leaf parsley
10 basil leaves
1 tsp chia seeds
2-3 ice cubes
1 packet stevia to taste (optional)
1 scoop vanilla protein powder (optional)

Combine all the ingredients together in a blender and blend until smooth. Add water as needed to obtain desired consistency.

Nutritional Info (with protein powder)
323 Calories, 47g Carbs, 8g Fat, 25g Protein, 446mg Sodium, 26g Sugar

Please Note: Nutritional info is gathered from MyFitnessPal and may not always be 100% accurate. It is meant to be used as a reference only.

2 Comments

  • Gede Prama November 30, 2013 at 8:43 am

    Thank you for writing which is quite good and best wishes always, and greetings

    Reply
  • Geraldine November 30, 2013 at 9:40 am

    this sounds really good! If I could only find organic coconut water where we are. ;(

    Reply

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