If you have over indulged over Easter, then now is the time to do a mini detox to boost your digestive system, strengthen your immunity and re-energise for the late Spring and longer days. Cold bugs can still linger late into spring, especially with the weather changing from hot to cold . So, doing a detox diet with smoothies will be a speedy way for your body to absorb nutrients and help cleanse your colon and repopulate healthy bacteria, which help reduce a sluggish digestive system and boost your immune system.
Other important benefits of smoothies are it’s easier to eat up to 10+ fruit and vegetables, particularly strong tasting green vegetables, which are rich in stress busting nutrients magnesium and vitamin C. Overall, they have an alkalising effect, which is important to reduce the acid build up in the blood from diets high in protein, sugar and caffeine. Excess acid can result in excess inflammation in the body, which is a key contributory factor for many 21st century diseases, such as heart disease , diabetes and cancer.
You can have a complete meal in a smoothie-including protein, essential fats as well as a lot of vibrant coloured fruit and vegetables, bursting with flavour as well as nutrients.
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Ideally a 3-day smoothie detox can mainly be done over a weekend, as you may feel initially tired especially in the first 24hous. If not, you can equip yourself with a portable smoothie maker such as the nutribullet, which comes with 3 to 4 plastic cup attachments, so you can fill up with veg and fruit for lunch time at work.
To make sure your complete your 3 day cleanse stress free, it is beneficial to write a shopping list to get everything you need in one shop
Green leaves, watercress, broccoli, spinach, avocado, bag of apples, pears, celery, cucumber, fennel
Blueberries, strawberries, raspberries, mango, papaya, organic cocoa powder, bananas, cashew/almond nut butter, flaxseed oil, lecithin granules, coconut water.
Hempseed protein powder and flaxseed oil you will need to take a trip to your local health food shop.
Oat berry smoothie
Half a cup of oats, 1 cup of almond milk, 1 cup of yoghurt, half a cup of berries and half a banana.
1 handful of watercress, ¼ cucumber, 1 large stick of celery, half an avocado, 1 apple and 1 tsp of mint plus 300ml of water.
Snack as above
1 handful of kale, 2 large celery sticks 1 large pear, half a cup of tahini, 1 tbsp of lemon juice and a pinch of pepper plus 300ml of water.
Day 2 cleanse
Choco banana nut smoothie
1 tsp of cocoa, 250ml of almond milk, 1 banana, 1 tbsp on almond nut butter & 1 dap of lecithin granules.
Super greens energiser
1 handful Spinach & rocket with 1 apple 1 x small banana, 20g of Hempseed protein powder and juice of 1 lemon with 250ml of water.
Snack – 150g soya yogurt and 1 cup of blueberries
Half a fennel, with handful of spinach, 1 x apple, 2 tablespoon of flaxseed oil ,juice of 1 lemon, 20g hempseed protein powder with 250ml of water.
Strawberries and Cream
1 cupful of strawberries, 100ml of soya cream, 150g of soya yoghurt, ½ cup of soya milk
Mango & berrie delight
1 handful of kale, half a mango, 1 stick of celery 1 cup of raspberries, 20g hempseed protein powder and 250ml of coconut water
Snack – 150g soya yoghurt and half a mango
1 cup of fresh pineapple, half a cup of papaya with 25o ml of coconut water, 1 tbsp of cashew nut butter and 1 tsp of grated ginger.
Drink water in between, which helps with the cleansing process and helps reduce hunger.
After the 3 days detox, carry on with a smoothie for breakfast , soup for lunch and a salad with fish for dinner to get back into eating and digesting whole foods.
Ideally repeat once every 3 months or when feeling tired and run down.