8 Detox Smoothie Recipes for a Fast Weight Loss Cleanse

3 Day Smoothie Cleanse

A 3 day smoothie cleanse is easier than it sounds. Simply enjoy 2 green detox smoothies per day and a healthy meal, drink a gallon of water (yes you can include the water in the smoothies as part of your gallon) and stay away from processed foods and white flour.

To make your 3 day smoothie cleanse easier, you should replace the two meals you typically eat the least at to replace with smoothies. So if you often skip breakfast, then have a heavy lunch and a light dinner, you should have one breakfast smoothie and one for dinner, and a healthy meal for lunch.

Your healthy meal should consist of 70 percent veggies and a lean protein. So a chicken salad or a steak with a baked potato and some grilled veggies are good examples… Just skip the white carbs (white rice, white bread, white pasta) and if you are craving carbs opt for brown rice, whole wheat bread and whole wheat or veggie pasta.

Oh, and P.S. while you are on this 3 day smoothie cleanse you can eat all the raw fruits and veggies you like, just make sure they are an even mix. So if you have a bowl of berries for a snack also have some sliced cucumber, etc.

Pineapple Banana Detox Smoothie

  • ½ cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 1 tablespoon almond butter
  • 1 banana
  • 2 cups mixed greens (I like kale, chard and spinach)
  • 1 kiwi
  • 1 banana
  • ¼ cup pineapple
  • 2 celery stalks
  • 2 cups spinach
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup mixed berries (like raspberries, strawberries, and blueberries)
  • 1 large apple
  • 2 cups spinach
  • 1 cup water (or unsweetened almond milk)
  • 1 cup pineapple
  • 1 banana
  • 1 apple
  • 2 cups spinach
  • 1 cup water

For more information about my green smoothie cleanse and green smoothie recipes, check out my Green Smoothie Recipes article.

  • ⅔ cup almond milk (unsweetened)
  • ¾ cup ice
  • 1 ½ cups kale (chopped)
  • 1 stalk celery (chopped)
  • ½ red or green apple (cored and chopped)
  • 1 tbsp ground flax seed
  • 1 teaspoon honey (optional)
  • 1 banana
  • 1 cup yogurt (plain)
  • 1 cup strawberries (fresh or frozen)
  • 1 cup Kale (chopped)
  • 1 cup ice

Kale Detox Smoothie Recipes

Kale is what some would call a “superfood”, which means it packed with large amounts of vitamins, minerals, and other essential nutrients. In fact, it’s considered to be one of the most nutritious plants in existence. (2)

Kale doesn’t always taste the best because it can be rather strong for some, but if you combine it with the right ingredients it can be a delicious and healthy addition to any green detox smoothie recipe.

For more delicious Kale Smoothie recipes, be sure to check out my other post: 11 Kale Smoothie Recipes for Fast Weight Loss.

When it comes to healthy foods, avocados are among the top “super foods”. Avocados are full of healthy nutrients, including Vitamins B, C, K. folate, potassium, and more. (3)

Studies have shown that avocados can help improve cardiovascular health, relieve joint inflammation, promote eye health, strengthen bones, and even help with weight loss. (4, 5, 6)

An avocado smoothie provides the health benefits of avocados while hiding the taste of the avocado a little.

Here is the recipe for my Avocado Detox Smoothie:

  • 1 1/2 cups apple juice
  • 2 cups spinach or kale (stemmed and chopped)
  • 1 apple (unpeeled, cored, and chopped)
  • 1/2 avocado (chopped)

Combine the apple juice, spinach, apple, and avocado in a blender and puree until smooth, about 1 minute, adding water to reach the desired consistency.

Befriend Fiber

The biggest downside of getting food in liquid form is that you could be missing out on necessary fiber you would normally be getting from the whole-food version, says Devaux. The research on the topic is minimal, but one small study published the The Preventive Nutrition and Food Science Journal showed that phytochemical content, antioxidant content, and fiber content were all lessened when blended.

Fiber is essential to include in your diet because it helps keep your bathroom habits regular, feeling satisfied, and the good bacteria levels in the gut happy, explains Delbridge.

The solution: Upping the fiber in your smoothie is tricky given that the blender could be messing with the nutrient, but Valdez suggest sprinkling in fiber sources such as oat bran, chia seeds, wheat germ, or wheat bran after your drink has already been blended.

For more healthy recipes that flatten your belly, check out Slim Chicken!

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“I love this smoothie for when I need to walk out the door in a hurry. My kids love it too! It’s got everything you need to start your day and fill you up until lunch—carbs, fats, and fiber,” says Sara Haley, fitness expert in Santa Monica, California.

  • 1 cup ice
  • 1 cup almond milk (or milk of choice)
  • 1/2 cup oats
  • 1 banana
  • 1 tablespoon of peanut butter
  • 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon

Blend all ingredients until smooth.

Conclusion

Integrating detox smoothies into your normal diet can have tremendous health benefits. You can enjoy smoothies for weight loss, as a natural cleanse, to keep you hydrated, keep your bowels regular, and many more benefits.

Please comment below and let me know how these detox smoothies do for you, and any new detox smoothie recipes you’d like to share.

Happy Cooking! XOXO Audrey

Considering a Smoothie Diet, Too? Keep These 8 Important Factors in Mind Before Going All In

Produce-packed juices and smoothies have a place in any healthy diet: They can help you get an extra serving of veggies, give you a protein boost, and score you vitamins that might be otherwise missing from your diet.

One a day is good, but subsisting solely on liquids can be downright dangerous, says Jaime Mass, R.D., president of Jaime Mass Nutritionals in Florida. Sucking through a straw for a couple days, weeks, or months in a row does not detox your body, improve your nutrition, or lead to long-term weight loss, she adds.

In fact, an all-liquid diet can wreck your long-term health (just look at the startling list of side effects below.) So stick to a smoothie for one meal or snack a day—and forgo an all-juice-and-smoothie diet plan.

  1. Nutritional Deficiencies. «Liquid diets are usually not going to provide you everything your body requires,» Mass says. The result: Poor energy levels, thinning hair, difficulty concentrating, dizziness, nausea, headaches, and a foul mood. «Even if a liquid diet claims to provide balanced nutrition, be very wary,» she says.
  2. Muscle Loss. The average juice or smoothie diet plan hinges on severe calorie restriction. And while that can lead to weight loss in the short term, most of that weight will be from muscle, not fat, she says. Losing muscle can compromise your physique, cardiovascular health, and sports performance, and raise your risk of injuries, Mass says. What’s more, many plans are lacking in the protein department, only exacerbating muscle deterioration.
  3. Rebound Weight Gain. «Liquid diets for weight loss usually leave the dieter feeling like a failure, when they were in fact not set up for success,» Mass says. «Consuming very low calorie diets can damage your metabolism and cause aggressive rebound weight gain.» (Related: How to Stop Yo-Yo Dieting Once and For All)
  4. Sugar Spikes. Juices and smoothies can be incredibly low in calories and sugars. But other times, they’re like sucking down a candy bar—only without the taste-bud tingles. Some juices on the market contain up to 72 grams of carbohydrates and 60 grams of sugar per serving. That’s comparable to about five slices of white bread—or a 20-ounce sugar-filled soda. Meanwhile, yogurt- or sherbet-heavy smoothie diet recipes are little more than 600-plus-calorie glasses with more carbs and sugar than you will find in not one but two candy bars. «Now imagine drinking that four to six times a day,» Mass says.
  5. Crazy Cravings. Even if smoothies fill you up, they probably won’t leave you satisfied, as the latter hinges on not only the nutrients, but also on the temperature, texture, consistency, and flavor of your foods, she says. Enter, cravings and eventual binge eating.
  6. Gallstones. When you get all of your meals in liquid form, your digestive tract doesn’t operate as designed, Mass says. For that reason, while on liquid diets some people can stop secreting bile, which is needed for proper digestion. This can lead to gallstones.
  7. Digestive Issues. «When you consume sugar in large quantities, the body will bring fluid into the gut to balance it out,» she says. «This can lead to stomach upset, bloating, pain, and diarrhea.»
  8. An Unhealthy Relationship with Food. «These juice and smoothie diets don’t teach us anything about healthy eating, portion control, meal timing, food shopping, how to eat healthfully at restaurants, or what healthy weight control is,» Mass says. «They foster disordered eating behaviors and lead us to believe that fast weight loss is good—and that could not be further from the truth.»

I feel like I’ve got this smoothie thing figured out now and almost enjoy it. I feel awake in the mornings without any caffeine and I almost don’t want to go back to drinking coffee when this ends. I definitely think my body is benefitting from this cleanse.

Day Eight

green smoothie cleanse

Photo by Emily Glamb

I’m liking my new strategy with the added food. The smoothies have more tropical flavors because the recipes call for pineapple and mango. I can’t complain about the taste, but drinking smoothies is beginning to get boring. I resort to making my smoothies into smoothies bowls for dinner to spice it up.

Day Five

I’ve reached the halfway point. Yay! Today’s smoothie, called romaine berry, is my favorite so far. The refreshing blend mixes spinach, peaches, and a variety of berries together. I make my way to the grocery store to pick up the next five days’ supplies and find myself looking at the sweets section – big mistake.

Day Four

green smoothie cleanse

Photo by Emily Glamb

I have a change of mood and feel strong. The wonders of sleep, I guess? I feel thinner and my weight is starting to drop. I’m more alert and focused today and generally happier. I reconsider that this cleanse was actually a good idea.

Note to self: Go easy on the sweetener. Some recipes call for vanilla extract or stevia, but adding too much makes the smoothies taste oddly sugary.

Day One

green smoothie cleanse

Photo by Emily Glamb

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