Detox Green Smoothie – So Fresh & Clean Tasting!

Detox green smoothie in mason jar with orange straw

At the beginning of the year, one of my New Year’s goals was to eat dark leafy greens everyday.  I’ve done a pretty good job, but needed to find a new green smoothie recipe to mix things up a bit.  This Detox Green Smoothie is my new favorite.  It tastes so fresh, and the ingredients are so very good for the body.  I’ve see a glow in my skin and my digestion is amazing {sheepish grin} when I drink this daily.

Trader Joe's frozen kale

Another new favorite of mine is Trader Joe’s Frozen Kale.  I love that if I have used all my fresh leafy greens up in salads or by making my favorite kale chips, that there is an option for my green smoothies sitting in my freezer.  Now I am never out of leafy greens so I have no excuse to not eat them everyday!

Other uses for frozen kale?

~Toss into soups (great in Minestrone)
~Put a bit into an omelet
~Use to add great nutrition to casseroles.

Detox Green Smoothie
1-1 1/2 cups frozen kale (can use fresh, too, just take stem off if fresh)
1/2 cup cucumber
1 cup frozen mango
1 green apple, cored
juice of 1 lime
1/2 inch piece peeled ginger
1-2 cups water (can use coconut water)
A high speed blender works best to get the most creamy smoothie.  Add all ingredients to the blender.  Start with one cup of water and blend.  Add more water until desired consistency.  You know the consistency is right when you see a vortex in the middle of blender.
A Little Bit About Blenders
Professional Grade High Speed Blender
Some of the best money I have ever spent!
Vitamix Professional Blender and accessories
This is the model I have.  I drooled over it for a couple of years!
It was a splurge, but worth EVERY penny.  I use it 2-3 times a day.
It makes crushed ice in seconds.  It takes almonds to almond butter in seconds.  It makes the best raspberry fruit purees for pancakes and ice cream–obliterates all those little seeds into smooth puree heaven! We are eating 3 times the amount of fruits and veggies since purchasing this amazing blender, which I know is keeping us out of the doctors’ office and away from those expensive co-pays, so in my mind it has paid itself off.
Ninja Mega Kitchen Blender and accessories.
I’ve never used one, but have heard good things about them.  They are not professional grade like the Vitamix, but the price is much easier to swallow and they are powerful.
Oster and New Vitamix blenders in kitchen.
{my old Oster on the left, my New Vitamix on the right}
I had one of these for years and it does the job.  You can’t beat the price, and for smoothies, it works, although you have to blend much longer. You will still have chia and raspberry seeds in your smoothies, but if you don’t mind the extra texture, this one will do.  If you have had a high speed blender, you will not be happy with this one.  If you are looking for something to get by until you can get a high speed blender, and to just get those smoothies in you, this will do just fine.

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  • Elaine @ Sunny Simple Life
    August 16, 2013 at 6:51 pm

    I am excited to try. I suffer from reflux though so citrus and ginger scare me. I know they are good for the gut but may leave them out. I have fresh kale in the garden right now.

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