Breakfast: It's a blessing and a curse. On leisurely weekend mornings, cooking up breakfast feels like a luxurious treat — but on the weekdays, finding something healthy to eat before work seems more like a punishment. Enter green smoothies. They're quick, they're tasty and they're also an amazing way to detox your body.
Green drinks are a whole food solution to getting more nutrient-dense vegetables (and fruit, depending on the green drink recipe) into your diet while helping you detoxify your system in the most natural way. Just be sure to tune up your diet and hydrate — green drinks won’t miraculously aid in weight loss or compensate for poor dietary choices.
The addition of banana gives this green smoothie sweet creaminess while the buttery avocado adds a generous dose of healthy fats.
A great way to start your day, this Dr. Oz inspired green drink features green veggies including spinach, celery, and cucumber, fruit, fresh herbs and the zing of ginger. As Oprah says, Dr. Oz's green drink is "a glass of fresh."
Kale is one of the most concentrated forms of nutrients, loaded with vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and fiber. Flax and coconut milk are rich in healthy fats. The frozen banana lends creaminess, natural sweetness, and a tasty amount of heart-healthy potassium.
The nutritional beauty of green drinks is that most of them are made with raw ingredients, making them a refreshing drink that is purely made with whole foods.
Originally published September 2015. Updated April 2017.
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