Any variety of fruit or vegetable smoothie is good for you. They provide a good amount of vitamins and nutrients no matter what kind of fruit or vegetables you use. However, there are ways in which you can ensure you’re getting the full benefits from drinking smoothies. The key to the ultimate detox smoothie is to incorporate plenty of water and to ensure it is high in antioxidants. Antioxidant fruits are good for us as they help protect our health by preventing and repairing any damage caused to our cells by excessive free radicals in the body.
Antioxidants are also said to be useful for the prevention of heart disease, cancer, Alzheimers and Parkinsons disease. Green smoothies – literally a smoothie which is green in colour – are high in antioxidants and therefore an effective detox smoothie. There are loads of different recipes for green smoothies using either fruit and/or veg. Brightly coloured fruits tend to be high in antioxidants as well as dark green leafy vegetables.
Fruits Rich in Antioxidants
Fruits which are considered very high in antioxidants include wild berries, cranberries, raspberries, strawberries and both red and green apples. Also anything that is considered a ‘super fruit’ would be a welcome ingredient to a detox smoothie. Super fruits are things such as kiwi fruits and blueberries.
Fruits are generally good for you as they are high in water content and also in vitamin C. They have high fibre content and are super easy to digest. This frees up your liver and kidneys and allows them to detox the body effectively. Citrus fruits rank highly for their cleansing properties; not only do they help clear the skin but the fact they are an extremely water rich fruit means that they help flush the body of toxins. These are all ‘must have’ qualities in food if you are trying to detox.
High Antioxidant Vegetables
The sort of vegetables you would be looking to include in the ultimate detox smoothie should be rich in colour: green, leafy vegetables such as kale, spinach, brussels sprouts and broccoli. This is because they all contain high amounts of chlorophyll which is said to purify the blood and cleanse the body. Red bell peppers, corn and eggplant also contain the high amounts of the nutrients we are looking for. So when you add the purifying power of greens and the cleansing power of fruit in a green smoothie, you have a recipe for detox that will effectively cleanse and nourish your body.
One a Day for Healthy Living
Just one of these smoothies a day is enough to leave you feeling noticeably more energised. The health benefits are: manageable weight loss, detoxification, increased consumption of fruit and vegetables, better digestion, antioxidants, increased energy, increased fibre intake, clearer skin and stronger bones.
One example of a green smoothie uses the following: 2 cups of green seedless grapes; 3 kiwi fruit; 1 orange; 2 tbsp of aloe vera juice; 5 romaine lettuce leaves and 2 cups of water. Mixed together in a blender you have the perfect antioxidant smoothie!