10 Green Detox Drinks You Have To Try
Take one look at a photo of a celebrity and you’ll see something many of them have in common (other than foreheads that can withstand gale-force winds): a green drink in hand. Green tea, green juice, green smoothies—if it's green and liquid, someone trendy's bound to be drinking it. And even if you couldn't possibly have less interest in being trendy, your health can benefit from these nutrition-packed concoctions. Check out these 10 recipes from leading nutritionists, chefs, and wellness spas.
Forget your typical calorie- and sugar-packed margarita—this sweet and tart drink is just as festive.
6 leaves romaine
¼ bunch cilantro
1½ c pineapple
PUTall ingredients through a juicer, alternating between the pineapple and romaine to help move everything through smoothly.
NUTRITION(per serving): 100 cal, 3 g pro, 32 g carb, 1 g fiber, 19 g sugars, 0.5 g fat, 0 g sat fat, 19 mg sodium
—Katrine van Wyk,
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Matcha is the powdered leaves of green tea. It will give you a kick of energy—minus the overload on caffeine. With more antioxidants than regular green tea, this latte helps improve immunity function and reduce inflammation.
1 c unsweetened vanilla almond milk
½ tsp matcha powder
1. HEATalmond milk in a saucepan to 165° (just under boiling).
2. PLACEmatcha powder in a mug; pour about ¼ cup almond milk into the mug.
3. WHISKvigorously until frothy; add in remainder of almond milk.
NUTRITION(per serving): 45 cal, 1 g pro, 3 g carb, 1 g fiber, 1 g sugars, 3 g fat, 0 g sat fat, 180 mg sodium
—Shira Lenchewski, RD, principal nutritionist at CLAY Health Club + Spa
Healthy fats from the avocado keep you full and stabilize blood sugar. Consider this smoothie your go-to "anti-crash" snack.
1 c unsweetened vanilla almond milk
1 handful kale
1 Tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
PULSEingredients in blender until desired thickness.
NUTRITION(per serving): 310 cal, 6 g pro, 37 g carb, 12 g fiber, 12 g sugars, 19 g fat, 2.5 g sat fat, 200 mg sodium
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The lime, apples, and spinach work together to boost the body’s natural ability to flush out toxins and reduce inflammation, while the antioxidants in kiwi and celery fight free radicals.
1 apple, diced
2 kiwi, peeled and diced
Juice from 1 lime
1 handful spinach
1 stalk celery
1 tsp honey
BLENDall ingredients together.
NUTRITION(per serving): 250 cal, 3 g pro, 63 g carb, 11 g fiber, 42 g sugars, 1.5 g fat, 0 g sat fat, 50 mg sodium
—Elysian Spa at the Waldorf Astoria Chicago
Drink to your health—and beauty. Parsley is a great diuretic to help you beat bloat, while spinach contains compounds called glycoglycerolipids that may have anti-cancer properties. The juice is also a rich source of vitamins A and C, which promote skin health.
10 spinach leaves
1 stalk celery
½ c parsley
PUTall ingredients through a juicer. Chill with ice if desired.
NUTRITION(per serving): 25 cal, 2 g pro, 7 g carb, 0 g fiber, 2 g sugars, 0.5 g fat, 0 g sat fat, 41 mg sodium
—The BodyHoliday spa resort in St. Lucia
This sip helps give your skin that healthy, dewy look. The cucumber is hydrating and contains silica, a mineral known for its skin-toning benefits.
1 c purslane (or another green, like spinach or kale)
Handful of cilantro
PUTall ingredients through a juicer, alternating between harder foods (cucumber, mango) and leafy vegetables (purslane, cilantro).
NUTRITION(per serving): 105 cal, 4 g pro, 29 g carb, 0.5 g fiber, 20 g sugars, 1 g fat, 0 g sat fat, 30 mg sodium
—Katrine van Wyk
Combining vitamin C–rich pineapple and lime with spinach helps enhance absorption of the iron found in the leafy greens. The cayenne pepper provides a kick thanks to the metabolism-revving compound capsaicin.
1 c frozen mango chunks
1 c frozen pineapple chunks
1½ c unsweetened coconut water
1 c leafy greens (baby spinach, kale, or collard greens)
¼ c lime juice
¼ tsp cayenne pepper (optional)
BLENDall ingredients for 30 to 60 seconds until smooth. Divide between two glasses.
NUTRITION(per serving): 140 cal, 3 g pro, 33 g carb, 5 g fiber, 24 g sugars, 1 g fat, 0 g sat fat, 200 mg sodium
—Julieanna Hever, MS, RD;recipe from
Almond butter and hemp seeds pack in healthy fats, including brain- and immunity-boosting omega-3 fatty acids. Leafy greens provide a hefty dose of calcium, iron, and disease-fighting phytochemicals.
4 c packed leafy greens
½ c almond butter
2 Tbsp hempseeds or ground flaxseeds
3-6 med pitted dates (optional)
1-2 med bananas, frozen and broken into pieces
1 c ice
2 c unsweetened chocolate plant-based milk
BLENDall ingredients for 60 seconds until smooth. Divide between 2 glasses.
NUTRITION(per serving): 590 cal, 21 g pro, 39 g carb, 11 g fiber, 17 g sugars, 43 g fat, 3 g sat fat, 210 mg sodium
Drink this post-workout: Not only do the tropical flavors of mango, bananas, and coconut provide a pick-me-up but the pea protein helps build lean muscle.
2 c mango chunks
2 bananas, frozen and broken into chunks
2 c spinach
2 Tbsp shredded coconut
1 c ice
2 ½ c unsweetened almond coconut milk blend
2 Tbsp pea protein powder (optional)
BLENDall ingredients until smooth.
NUTRITION(per serving): 300 cal, 10 g pro, 38 g carb, 6 g fiber, 24 g sugars, 14 g fat, 10 g sat fat, 120 mg sodium
—Candice Kumai, chef and author of
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This smoothie is positively bursting antioxidants. Sipping on this for breakfast provides sustaining energy, while the fat and protein from the almond butter and chia seeds help keep you full.
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