What does detox actually mean? A lot of weight-loss gurus and products would have you believe that you can’t truly detox your body without their methodologies and products, which is, of course, the opposite of true. Detoxing shouldn’t be about emptying your body of “toxins” overnight, because there’s simply no way to do that (and “toxins” is such a slippery definition). It should be about gently infusing your body with clarifying foods, vegetables and antioxidants. These foods work with your organs and skin to safely repair damage, and flush out the things that should be flushed out, without you even knowing it. This week, our smoothie boxes include bright, purifying foods like beets, broccoleaf greens, wheatgrass and baobab powder, and recipes that are designed to refresh you inside and out.
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Baobab Beet Greens
Even if you’re familiar with preparing beets, you may not be as familiar with preparing beet greens, but this slightly bitter, kale-like green is actually full of vitamins C and A. Like the beet root itself, beet greens also contain betalains, and are one of the lowest calorie dark greens out there. Baobab powder, made from the African fruit that contains six times more vitamin C than oranges and double the amount of calcium in milk, is full of fiber. If your body needs a bit of help staying “regular,” this smoothie should get everything back on track.
Ginger Beet Detox with Wheatgrass
Why are beets so great? The actual red vegetable contains betalains, which are phytonutrients that provide strong support for both organ detoxification and anti-inflammatory responses. In some studies, betalains have even been shown to lessen the growth of tumor cells. Wheatgrass is another gentle detoxifier that is also one of the best forms of chlorophyll you can ingest. Chlorophyll acts as a natural antibacterial healer, and can help to purify your skin from the inside out.
Chocolate Coconut Cream Pie with Cacao
Cacao is chocolate in its purest form, which allows you to have all the benefits and flavor of chocolate without the fat and sugar. Cacao also has extremely high amounts of antioxidants and magnesium per serving, as well as a good amount of fiber. Most people know that coconut water is extra hydrating and full of healthy electrolytes, but a small amount of coconut flakes provide another workout boost: energy in the form of good fat. This smoothie is perfect for an all natural pre-workout drink.
Earl Grey Mint
Mint is one of the best stomach soothers out there, whether you suffer from regular indigestion or just temporary discomfort. It’s also high in antioxidants, making it a frequent addition in detox drinks. Earl grey tea is another great digestion aid and mood soother, and the light sweetness of honeydew and pear make this the perfect drink to calm your body and mind. Pro tip: for a stronger tea flavor, steep the tea in ¼ cup of hot water. After a minute or two (the longer you leave the leaves in hot water, the stronger it will get), add ¾ cold water and blend. Do not drain the tea leaves, blend them with the smoothie.