spring detox green smoothie

It’s officially Spring cleaning time. Our body is ready to let go of the winter coat. In fact, it needs to release the winter fats stored up to free our body’s immune system to tackle the pollens and toxins in the spring air. Start your day off with this spring detox green smoothie recipe to kickstart your system to burn away that winter excess.

Spring is considered Kapha season so eating Kapha soothing foods (pungent, bitter, astringent) help reduce the mucus and inflammation in our body and give us a bright, clear energy to match these beautiful spring days. In Spring, nature is becoming abundant once again with these bitter and astringent tastes; such as sprouts, leafy greens, and berries that will help us naturally detox these excess fats and proteins from our system.

With a Spring detox green smoothie, you can use these early spring days to cleanse your body’s system so you won’t suffer as much from spring allergies and colds and experience better health this season overall.

Spring Detox Green Smoothie

I love this smoothie because there are so few ingredients and it tastes refreshing. This recipe originally came from Joyful Belly, one of favourite go-to sources to help navigate the seasonal changes.

  • 1 Apple
  • 1 Lemon
  • 1 large handful of Kale leaves (or other bitter green such as arugula, swiss chard or sprouts)
  • 1” Fresh Ginger (¼ tsp dried)
  • 1 cup Coconut Water

Put all ingredients into your blender. Blend well until smooth.

Serves 1

Smoothies are pretty personal. A combination you love may not be one that someone else does. If you try this Spring detox green smoothie recipe and some of the ingredients are not to your liking, here’s the formula to craft your own simple detox smoothie. Share in the comments below what your favorite combinations are that you find work well together – you never know who else will like that combination.

Spring Detox Green Smoothie – Make Your Own Combo Guide

Keep your smoothie to a max of 6 ingredients. Fewer ingredients make it easier for your body to process which leaves extra energy for burning away fat and toxins; plus gives us a boost for everything else we want to do.

Choose 1 – 2 Astringent Fruits:

  • Apples
  • Apricots
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  • Cherries
  • Cranberries
  • Figs
  • Grapes
  • Lemons
  • LImes
  • Mango
  • Peaches
  • Persimmon
  • Pomegranate
  • Prunes
  • Raisins
  • Strawberries

Chose 1 – 2 Bitter / Astringent or Pungent Vegetables

  • Arugula
  • Asparagus
  • Beet GreensSpring Detox Green Smoothie
  • Beets
  • Bell Peppers
  • Cabbage
  • Carrots
  • Celery
  • Leafy Greens
  • Peas
  • Spinach
  • Sprouts
  • Swiss Chard
  • Tomatoes

spring detox green smoothieAdd a Spice or Essential Oil

  • Anise
  • Basil
  • Black Pepper
  • Cayenne
  • Cilantro
  • Cinnamon
  • Cloves
  • Coriander
  • Fennel
  • Gingerspring detox green smoothie
  • Mint
  • Parsley
  • Turmeric
  • Vanilla
  • Wintergreen

Sweeteners (Optional)

  • Honeyspring detox green smoothie
  • Stevia
  • Pure Maple Syrup
  • Apple Juice
  • Pear Juice

Liquid (1 – ½ cups)

  • Coconut Water
  • Water
  • Nut or Dairy Milks – are not as favourable in a detox smoothie

Blend well, enjoy, share your favorite combo.

Print off this tip sheet for the recipe and the template to create your own: Spring Detox Green Smoothie Guide

Have trouble digesting green smoothies?

Try these tips to make them more digestible;

  1. Add warming spices such as ginger, cinnamon, turmeric
  2. Use fresh or thawed fruits and vegetables; don’t add ice. Cool foods and beverages are harder to digest.
  3. Add extra liquid to thin the mix.  

Detoxing in the Spring is important not only for our immune system and preventing disease but also for our mental clarity and getting in touch with our intuition. Notice how alive and vibrant you feel after your new morning mix.