How do you overcome the guilt of indulgences, parties, eat outs and way too many sweets? Do you go on a fasting spree? Hydro therapy? Stop stepping out of your home? What if I told you there is an easy way out! You don’t need difficult cleansing ideas or fads to cleanse your body from the inside out. There are simpler and delicious ideas (customizable) to reboot your system naturally with cleansing ingredients readily available in your fridge (or with the sabziwala). Get going to wash away your indulgences and your guilt with this simple but the best detox smoothie recipe that is not only palatable but delicious!
Honestly speaking, the idea of a thick smoothie doesn’t go down very well with me, I make it because hubby insists; I just can’t bring myself to sip on it. So I devised my way of having the smoothie goodness- I divide my glass of smoothie into four equal parts and dilute it with water and sip it through the day (that makes it four glasses, spaced out through the day).
Fruits, they say, are the best antioxidants and detoxing agents and when suitably combined with vegetables, it works wonders. And if you are like me, you would want your smoothie a little tangy, a little sweet, a little savoury.
So, what is the recipe for the all-time-detox smoothie, here is a broad list of the ingredients that I use; mostly it depends on the availability of the seasonal fruits and vegetables. I use the following ratio for my detox smoothie – 4:2:1 – Where 4 represents biggest measure of citrus fruits, 2 represents raw vegetables which are half the measure of citrus fruits and 1 represents a mix of herbs or flavouring foods and edible flowers.
- The biggest portion- citrus fruits of my choice – any one type or a combination of fruits
- Second biggest portion- assorted raw vegetables like- spinach, capsicum, cucumber, carrots, beet, gourd, tomatoes
- The third portion is just a hint of flavouring herbs/agents- ginger, lemon grass, coriander, mint, lemon, jalapeno, edible flowers
- sugar/jaggery/salt to taste (yes, I do add that to my smoothies, I have to make it palatable).
Ingredients for my detox smoothie:
2 cupful of mix fruits – (one cupful of chopped strawberries, one cupful of an orange and some cape gooseberries) + 1 cup of chopped mixed vegetables- (a bit of all capsicums-yellow, green and red- since I had all that in my fridge), two tomatoes) + a handful of coriander sprigs + juice of one lemon + one red jalapeño.
This time I added some edible flowers to my smoothie since my garden was in full bloom (just a few flowers- nasturtiums and pansies).
Chop everything and put them in your blender along with salt and sugar/jaggery. Puree until nice and smooth. And what you get is a fruity flavored smoothie combined with all the goodness of the vitamins and minerals from the vegetables. As I mentioned earlier, I don’t like to sip the thick consistency of a smoothie hence I store my glass of smoothie in the fridge (as I like to have it diluted with water) and keep having it through the day. Although Hubby gulps it down in one go!
So, what’s your detoxing regime?
Here are a few more great ideas for detox smoothies.