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This Detox Smoothie is like drinking a liquid vitamin! The ingredients in this particular smoothie are carefully chosen to flood your body with nutrients, without using any specialty powders or expensive supplements. Instead, you just need a few fruits and vegetables that you may already have in your fridge!

detox smoothie with cucumbers and cilantro on top

What Makes This a “Detox” Smoothie?

As you may know, I don’t believe in drastic detox diets and cleanses. I think the only real way to detox your body is to consistently enjoy more whole foods and eat less processed ones that contain artificial coloring, flavors, and ingredients. This smoothie will help you do just that!

green detox smothie in a blender

Detox Smoothie Ingredients

The ingredients in this smoothie are loaded with nutrients, and in turn, should help to support your body’s natural detox organs, including the kidneys, liver, and skin.

Here are some of the potential health benefits:

  • Green Apple: This particular apple is lower in sugar than the red variety, and apples, in general, may help in weight loss by making you feel fuller longer. One study has shown that eating an apple a day may be almost as effective as taking a statin drug at reducing the risk for heart disease. The pectin that apples contain acts as a prebiotic and may promote the growth of good bacteria in your gut, too!
  • Pineapple: Rich in antioxidants, this tropical fruit also contains bromelaine, a protein digesting enzyme. It helps break protein down into into amino acids, and as a result may boost digestion. This digestive enzyme may also help to boost immunity and lower inflammation in the body. (source)
  • Banana: Bananas are a great source of potassium, and potassium-rich diets may help to lower blood pressure and reduce the risk of heart disease. According to Healthline, one 13-year study showed that women who eat bananas 2 to 3 times a week may have a 33% lower risk of developing kidney disease.
  • Ginger: Ginger is considered to have anti-inflammatory effects in the body and may help to lower fasting blood sugar levels. (source) It has also been shown to speed up digestion, causing the stomach to empty faster.
  • Spinach: This leafy green is neutral in flavor when you add it to a smoothie, and this study has shown that it may help to prevent oxidative damage in the body. Spinach also contains powerful plant compounds and antioxidants, like lutein and kaempferol, that are thought to promote eye health and decrease the risk of cancer.
  • Cilantro: This fresh herb contains a compound called dodecanal that has been shown to have antibacterial effects against salmonella. It is also thought to combat against heavy metal toxicity, which is why it so commonly added to detox drinks and recipes. (source)
  • Lime: Limes are loaded with antioxidants and are a great source of vitamin C, which may help to boost your immune system! Vitamin C has been shown to increase the production of white blood cells in test tube studies, which may help to protect against infections and disease.

With all of these ingredients, this smoothie is loaded with fiber that will help keep you feeling full and satisfied, without a lethargic or sluggish feeling that can come from eating something less nutritious. I find that when I start my day with a smoothie, I tend to eat better for the rest of the day, too. (And that’s the goal, right?)

green detox smoothie with limes cilantro and cucumber

Will This Smoothie Help You Lose Weight?

Since this detox smoothie is loaded with nutrient-dense, low-calorie foods, I think it’s a good choice if you’re trying to lose weight. The pectin found in apples and the fiber in all of these ingredients will help keep you full, and if you use it as a meal replacement you may end up eating fewer calories than you normally would, which may also contribute to weight loss.

More Vegan Smoothies You’ll Love

If you love this smoothie, I think you’ll love the following recipes, too.

I hope you’ll enjoy this recipe any time you feel like a nutrient boost. It makes a light breakfast or snack, and for food combining purposes, this falls into the fresh fruit category, so it will digest quickly.

How to make the Easy Detox Smoothie ( 1- Minute Video):

detox smoothie with cucumbers and cilantro on top

Easy Detox Smoothie (with NO weird ingredients!)

4.97 from 76 votes
This Detox Smoothie is loaded with nutrient-dense fruits and vegetables. It tastes great and will leave you feeling full and satisfied!
prep5 mins cook0 mins total5 mins
Servings:1

Ingredients
 
 

  • 1/2 cup water (or orange juice)
  • 1 green apple
  • 1/2 cup frozen pineapple chunks
  • 1/2 frozen banana
  • 1/2 inch fresh ginger , peeled and minced
  • 1 cup fresh spinach
  • small handful fresh cilantro
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lime juice

Instructions

  • Combine all of the ingredients in a blender, and blend until smooth. Pour into a glass and serve right away.
  • If you don't have have a high-speed blender, I recommend blending the spinach, cilantro, and ginger with the water first, to help break them down completely. Then add in the fruit and lime juice, and blend again.

Video

Nutrition

Calories: 198kcal | Carbohydrates: 51g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 34mg | Potassium: 663mg | Fiber: 8g | Sugar: 34g | Vitamin A: 2910IU | Vitamin C: 61.4mg | Calcium: 51mg | Iron: 1.3mg
Course: Drinks
Cuisine: gluten-free, vegan
Keyword: detox smoothie
Detox Smoothie Nutrition (for the whole batch): Calories: 198, Fat: 1g, Carbohydrates: 51, Fiber: 8g, Protein: 2g

Recipe Notes:

  • Feel free to make any substitutions that you’d like to in this recipe. Parsley is a good alternative for the cilantro, and frozen mango works as a good swap for pineapple. If you don’t care for bananas in a smoothie, try using 1/4 of an avocado instead to add creaminess.

If you try this recipe, please let me know how you like it in the comments below! And if you try a substitution, I’d love to hear about it, too. We can all learn from your experience!

Reader Feedback: What’s your favorite smoothie combination?

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Hi, I’m Megan. A former fast food junkie turned best-selling cookbook author. I create healthy recipes made with simple ingredients to make your life easier.

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  1. This is incredibly good and the combo sounded so strange. I love cilantro, but in a smoothie? This is the second smoothie I have had from this site and both are refreshing and satisfying. I am transitioning from 20-22 hours of fasting a day to eating every three hourse to help stop binge eating and found your site as part of the research int this journey. I am so grateful to you for your honesty and these recipes. Makes taking these steps much easier. I also hadn’t had a smoothie in years because I read that breaking down fruits and veggies in a blender defeats the purpose, but now I see the joy in smoothies again.

  2. Tastes really good. There’s a good combination of flavours and it’s doesn’t taste leafy at all. I find the lime juice makes it a little acidic, but I have a pretty acid sensitive stomach, so for most people it probably isn’t acidic at all. Over all really good and I’m excited to try some of your other smoothie recipes 😁

  3. Absolutely love it! Best way to start a day and very true, it keeps me fuller for longer! My apples are finished 😩, i have grapes left (green), do you think i could sub the grapes for the apple? Thanks so much, Tanja

  4. I love this smoothie, although I have made a couple of adjustments.

    I use lemon instead of lime(as I have a lemon tree in my garden) and I add 100ml of aloe vera juice.

    It’s extremely tasty, very filling and certainly keeps me fuler for longer than my usual breakfast.

    I have started to buy more of the ingredients and now I prepare the apple, half a banana, cut spinach, pineapple into little freezer bags for emergencies or if I’m in a hurry too.

  5. Hi
    Its going to be my first time. Love the fact that it takes banana as well as easy ingredients.
    How many times a day should I drink it and your personal opinion as to how many days, 3 days, 5 days?

  6. I made this and fell in love with the taste. It was so sweet! I did not have lime juice, so I substituted lemon juice. I also used Minute Maid Zero Sugar Mango Passion for the liquid. It was like having a dessert. I loved it and will be adding it to my personal recipe book I keep for my quick reference.

    1. Using a sugar substitute like aspartame… Zero sugar… Is very bad for you. Our bodies don’t know how to get rid of the aspartame. Studies have shown that aspartame is linked to cancer. Also studies have shown that aspartame leads to a larger waist size. So really drinking the diet drinks makes you gain weight. A good way to lower your blood sugar levels is to incorporate cinnamon in some of your foods. Please I beg everyone not to drink zero sugar products it should be illegal. Most of Europe has already banned it along with Gatorade and Sunny d. Big pharma doesn’t want you knowing that

      1. This is SO TRUE! Having a child with allergies and being the label police, it’s amazing what the US allows that other countries don’t. In the UK food dye banned in foods bc they’re shown to be carcinogenic. Yet, kid friendly foods and vitamins contain food dyes here in the US. Everyone should be reading labels. PS…can’t wait to try this smoothie, my kids have a smoothie every morning with Maine blueberries (higher in antioxidants), banana and cilantro. They love it! Thanks for your commitment to health!

      2. I really like the sound of this recipe and will be trying it tomorrow. Just one thing about aspartame. Yes, it has been connected to cancer and is seriously unhealthy but it is unfortunately not yet banned in Europe. I believe it’s a TikTok rumour. I live in Germany, where aspartame ist still in a whole range of products. As is the case in the other European countries I have been to. The World Health Organisation still believes a small amount is OK 🙁

  7. I love smoothie and I wish to know how to mix and which ingredients..you receipt is easier please share

  8. Today is my first day and I absolutely love it. It taste good and I feel full. Thank you for your recipes.

  9. Thanks for helping change up our smoothie options! We forgot the banana and still tasted yummy! Added frozen kale stems bc that’s what we had.