Winter Detox Smoothie Recipe
Fresh fruit, a good blender, and a little know-how are all you need!
Smoothies are everywhere: in the mall, at fast-food restaurants, in coffee shops. But for the most part, those smoothies might be better termed fruit milkshakes. Stuffed with sugar, frozen yogurt, even ice cream, they do more harm than good. But made properly, smoothies condense large amounts of fruits and vegetables into one compact and very tasty drink. Just one go-to smoothie recipe won’t do, though. Plants are most nutrient-dense at peak season. So when putting together a smoothie, try to use the freshest organic ingredients from the garden or farmers’ market. When something is in season, it packs the healthiest punch.
First, Our Top Tips
1. Invest in a blender with at least an 800-watt motor. (Vitamix is the gold standard.)
2. Prepare frozen fruit ahead to save time. Cut and freeze on a baking sheet, then transfer to a freezer bag or container.
3. Frozen bananas go a long way. Peel, slice, and freeze them. This go-to smoothie ingredient adds thickness without taking over other flavors.
4. Add ingredients like milk, yogurt, water, or juice first to get the blender moving. Then, add lighter, drier ingredients, like leafy greens, followed by heavy ingredients like ice and fruit pieces.
Winter Greens Smoothie
- 1/4 cup carrot juice
- 1/2 cup orange juice
- 1 cup spinach
- 1 cup roughly chopped kale, ribs removed
- 4 small broccoli florets, sliced and frozen
- 1 banana, peeled, sliced, and frozen
- 1 appled, cored and roughly chopped
Combine ingredients in blender and blend until smooth.
Makes 3 cups