Have you started your spring cleaning? We bet you've opened up a few windows to let some fresh air in, vacuumed underneath the couch, and maybe even did a big fridge clean. But have you thought about your own body?
Your body is made to detoxify itself–your liver and kidneys can do a fine job on their own when they're given the right support. Today, we tend to be a bit of a burden on these powerhouses. Overeating, fast food, and weekend drinks with friends can all slow down the detox process, leaving you a little more sluggish.
Luckily, with a few extra ingredients, you can make your smoothie into the a powerful detox tonic!
Here are four easy detoxifying ingredients you can add to your favourite smoothies this spring!
This is especially great for veggies or vegans, as it also contains protein, iron, and B-vitamins. As an algae, Spirulina acts as a detoxifier in water, and does similar work in our bodies–taking out the heavy metals that can build up in your body.
If you already have a go-to smoothie recipe, this is an easy addition that won't change the taste too much!
2. Swap your banana for an apple or berries
Many smoothies call for banana as the base. It's great because it adds creaminess, and sweetness. But try opting for apples, which can help to release toxins and cholesterol from your blood.
And, as you've probably heard, berries are high in antioxidants. Antioxidants are the things that ninja-kick free-radicals to the curb.
Our tip: Watching your carbohydrate intake? To not overdo the sugar, keep berries to about 1/4 cup, or 1/2 of an apple.
3. Add greens (especially the bitter ones)
Green food is good, always... well with the exception of food that just has green mold. Leafy greens will help to neutralize heavy metals or toxins that are in your body, while bitter greens can stimulate bile flow and production. Some of our favourites to add are:
- Spinach: it's the least noticeable when added to smoothies
- Kale: lightly steam it, or massage it before using as it can make it less gritty in the smoothie.
- Arugula: It adds a bit of a kick, but is barely noticeable if mixing with flavoured protein powders
4. Try including beets!
This one might seem weird, but beets are a great detoxifier as they can help to stimulate liver function. Boil the beets first to soften them and make them a little more digestible.
Our tip: boil, chop and freeze! This way you can have them on-hand whenever they're needed. Another easy add? Keep the water you used to boil them in in ice-cube trays. This also hold minerals that can be lost in cooking.
If you practice mindful eating, you may naturally crave less warming foods (goodbye, hearty soups and stews), and steer toward foods that help us to clean out our body (hello, summer salads!). Give yourself a leg up
- 1/4 cup blueberries
- 2 large handfuls of spinach
- 1 small handful of dandelion greens or arugula
- 1 scoop of the protein powder of your choice (preferably plant-based)
- Juice from 1 lemon
- 1/2 small avocado, or 1 tbsp. MCT oil
- 1 tsp. Spirulina (or chlorella works too!)
And if you're ready to add an extra boost, you can even try out the beets!
Want to find other ways to help your body give it the detox it needs? Check out our article on ways to spring clean your liver!