The end of Summer is approaching, Fall is almost here, and back-to-school time is at hand for many families. After a long summer filled with indulgences, it’s to get “back on track”. With that in mind, I am declaring this week “Smoothie Week” on Simmer + Sauce. This week, I’ll be posting a new easy, healthy smoothie recipe everyday for 5 days, to get you motivated and ready to conquer anything that comes your way. My posts (not including this one), will be short and targeted, focusing more on some of the essential recipe ingredients and their nutritional value. With that intro, I kick off smoothie week with a green detox smoothie that I think you’ll love.
I won’t sugar coat this: this is not a milkshake alternative. It is exactly what it’s called: a green smoothie with detoxifying ingredients. Detox is a trendy word the last several years. It is short for detoxification, meaning a way to cleanse ones body from unwanted pollutants and chemical found in our food and environment. Some health gurus believe detoxing is an essential part of maintaining good health, and can also be a way to aid weight loss.
Extreme detoxing diets can be dangerous. I do advise eliminating chemicals by the way of sensible eating and lifestyle changes. Common sense tell us to engage in regular exercise (of any kind), drink plenty of water, eating organic (where possible), and generally practice moderation. This can also incorporate having a “detox” smoothie occasionally. Detox smoothies can be made many ways but are typically packed with natural ingredients that taste good and are thought to have cleansing properties like lemons, limes, kale, spinach, watercress, arugula, wheat germ, avocados, apples, pineapple, beet, yogurt, cranberries, cilantro, fennel, watermelon, ginger, dandelion greens and green tea.
Pineapple, (which I used in this smoothie) are a tropical fruit rich in vitamins, enzymes and antioxidants. They are also believed to help boost your immune system, build strong bones and aid in digestion, due to their dietary fiber. Despite their sweetness, a cup of raw pineapple has only about 85 calories.
Chia seeds are also a great go-to for any smoothie so I added some here as well. Don’t be fooled by their size: one ounce of chia seeds contains 11 grams of fiber, 4 grams of protein, 9 grams of fat and are loaded with magnesium, manganese, calcium, phosphorus and antioxidants.
I wanted to develop a detox smoothie that had great subtle flavor and was not gritty. I think I hit the nail on the head with this one.
Green Detox Smoothie
- 1 cup baby spinach, packed
- 1 banana, peeled
- 1/2 cup pineapple, diced
- 1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk
- 2 teaspoons almond butter
- 1/2 teaspoon chia seeds
- 1/2 cup ice
- Step 1 Place the spinach, banana, pineapple, almond milk, almond butter, chia seeds and ice in a blender and blend on high, stirring occasionally, until mixed and well incorporated.
- Step 2 Serve right away.