A healthy diet is the essential foundation on which our bodies build their ability to work properly and detoxify effectively. Even when you’re eating a good clean diet that’s appropriate for your body and its needs, though, you can still find yourself fighting off colds (or “the crud” as they call it in my husband’s office). When that happens, I like to fall back on two old standbys to give my immune system a power boost: bone broth and detox smoothies.
Digesting full meals takes a surprising amount of energy. Consuming easy-to-digest, nutrient-dense alternatives like bone broth and smoothies can temporarily reduce your digestive system’s demands on the body’s energy supply and free up resources to be channeled into your immune battle. Today I’m going to share with you my favorite detox shake recipe. I picked it up ages ago and, although I’d like to give credit to the original author, I scribbled it down in a hurry and can’t recall where I first sourced it from.
1/3 of a pineapple (peeled, cored and cubed)
1/3 of a bell pepper (preferably red, orange, or yellow)
2 leaves of kale
1/2 can full fat coconut milk
1/4 bag coconut flakes
Orange juice (As needed to adjust consistency)
Combine all in a blender and run until smooth. Start with just a splash of orange juice, and add more as needed to adjust the consistency until it is smooth and easy to drink. Enjoy!
- If at all possible, use organic bell peppers; non-organic peppers consistently fall in the Dirty Dozen.
- If you’re not using a large-leaf kale, just throw in a couple handfuls. Exact amounts aren’t as important as being generous with this nutritional powerhouse!
- If you’re not a fan of coconut (as I’m not) you can leave the coconut flakes out and substitute an alternative clean milk of your choice.
- You can also substitute cranberry juice for the orange juice, if desired. Either way, make sure you’re using 100% real juice with no added junk – you want to boost your immune system, not give it one more thing to filter or fight!
- You can pre-portion the ingredients for this smoothie (minus the coconut milk and juice) into ziplock bags and stash them in your freezer for quick, easy access.
Do you have a favorite detox smoothie?