If you’re looking to forget about winter, the fruity taste of this detox smoothie will take your mind to a warmer place. And it’s totally waist line friendly, so start your day with a healthy beverage filled with fruits & veggies!
I’m so distracted by pretty things… whether it’s jewelry, place settings, or seasonal sprinkles in the baking isle – I have a hard time walking away. One of my new vices are those brightly colored juices you can get at Whole Foods and at a juice bar. They are all so pretty, loaded with fruits and veggies and usually come with fun names…. and when I get to the cash register, I swear to stop buying $8-10 juices. Until I’m there the next time. It’s a bad cycle for a healthy person.
One of the juice bars on my street (yes, we have competing juice bars!), has one of my favorite juice blends. It’s carrots, oranges, apples and ginger. And since I’ve come down with a cold, I’ve been trying to up my vitamin C. Instead of trenching through the snow to get my juice fix, I decided to make it myself in a Vitamix blender… so it comes out more like a smoothie instead of a juice but it’s still delicious.
This detox smoothie has 2 very detoxing foods – ginger and apples. Ginger spikes your metabolism and helps to curb your appetitie. Apples are nutrient-rich, plus they contain pectin, a soluble fibre that helps remove food additives and metals from your system. Pairing this with vitamin C foods like oranges and carrots, you’ve got a rockstar smoothie perfect for breakfast, a snack or for dessert!
I like to call this detox smoothie a Winter’s cure because every sip tastes like something you would drink while on vacation. It might be from my addition of coconut milk, but it’s pretty tasty! The recipe below will make about 2 cups, but since this smoothie holds very well in the fridge, it can be doubled so you’ll have a couple servings handy.
- 1 cup unsweetened coconut milk
- 1 orange, peeled & quartered (needs to be sweet & juicy!!)
- 1 Granny Smith apple, cored and quartered (make sure it's tart!)
- 3 carrots
- 1/4-1/2 tsp minced ginger (go heavy on ginger if you like the ginger bite!)
- Optional - add ice cubes if you don't store produce in the fridge.
- Combine all ingredients in the blender. Blend until smooth. Serve or store in airtight containers.