Key Ingredients to Add to Your Detox Smoothie!

Happy Monday everyone!

Summer is a great time for nourishing smoothies. But what you choose to include can make all the difference between a healthy, balanced meal replacement or snack, and a refined and sugary beverage.

Smoothies can be a great opportunity to get quality nutrition into your body in an easy and delicious way. But rather than just blending fruit and drinking that, a formula that can spike and crash your blood sugar for it’s lack of protein and quality fats, you want to make sure you include some key ingredients to provide a solid foundation that will allow you to feel satisfied for hours, balance your blood sugar and brain chemistry and help to also detoxify your body.

In today’s video I am going to share with you the must-have ingredients that I include in my detox smoothies. This recipe will allow you to feel satisfied and full for hours while detoxing your liver and lymphatic system and helping to improve the look and feel of your skin, your hair, improve your immune system and help clear your mind.

Once you have watched the video, I’d love to hear what key ingredients you include in your smoothie to help you cleanse your system and stay nourished. Let me know in the comments below.

As always, it is a great pleasure to be with you on Monday and I hope you all enjoy a wonderful week!
xo
B

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26 comments on “Key Ingredients to Add to Your Detox Smoothie!

  1. Sherry Maeser

    Hello Barbara, My question is about juicers. I have stage 4 breast cancer, I mainly eat maitakes, beets, spinach, onions, quinoa and salads (Brussels) . I hear I need a very expensive juicer. Norwalk juicer, could you please advise on this ,and maybe some cancer juices. Other than cancer, all of my test are great. Just doing everything I can!

    Thanks so much, Sherry Maeser in Ca.

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    1. Barbara Mendez, RPh, MS Post author

      Hi Sherry! Yes, the Norwalk is the very best juicer on the market because it you get a lot of the pulp in the juice but it comes out smooth. And there is very little waste with regard to produce. The Gerson plan recommends the Norwalk. As for what to juice, kale, broccoli (particularly the stems….steam and eat the florets) are excellent, as are any cruciferous vegetables, like cauliflower (again, juice the hard stems and steam and eat the tops). Add some organic lemon or lime, which contain powerful cancer fighters. Include the rind if you are juicing with the norwalk, but make sure you clean the rinds well. Continue to eat maitake’s which you can make into soups or add to salads. Also, get some exercise, if possible daily. I would recommend you check out Kris Carr’s website, if you haven’t already. She has been living with stage 4 cancer for 10 years and she has managed it through juicing and an organic, vegan lifestyle. I hope this helps. And I wish you much vitality, and health (and strength!) as you go through this! All the very best~B

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  2. detox

    Thanks for a great reading material, definitely something I myself would recommend! hope that there are some out there who make use of your tips

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  3. sukey pett

    Barbara – when juicing, how do you figure out how many servings of fruits/veg you’re getting? For example, I made a juice of: 1.5 cucumbers, 8 oz mixed greens, 3 small Granny Smith apples, 1 pear, 1 orange and two pints of blueberries. I got a pint of juice. How many servings, total would you say is in it?

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    1. Barbara M Mendez

      Well, you used about 3-4 servings of vegetables and 6-7 servings of fruit… The yield was 2 cups of juice. You got the much of the micronutrients of the whole produce you used, but none of the fiber. So you really can’t translate it exactly. Figure that you got the antioxidant potential of most the food you used…

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  4. Alyson Evans

    Good morning Barbara,
    As soon as I saw the berries in the farmers market I thought of this shake. We did your detox in the Fall and enjoyed it. I recommended it to my in laws but they want to know, because of their age, are there any supplements they should take? They are in their late 70’s and are relatively healthy.

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    1. Barbara Mendez, RPh, MS Post author

      So glad to hear it Alyson!

      With regards to your in-laws, in general, a senior multi can be useful, but there are certain supplements I like to use with people as they age, I would just need to know more about them…. like what meds they are on (if any) and any health concerns they may have. But as a general rule, I like to use Omega-3 oils and CoQ10. There are others but those are important….

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  5. Poppy

    Thanks so much…have made this and love it! I also have been using barley green powder – with kelp, chlorella and such. I love beetroot so add that as well some times if I can get organic and fresh – makes for a great looking drink! Thanks again Barbara – I so look forward to your Monday vids…!

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  6. stacey

    Hi Barbara,

    Great idea. I also freeze my banana (and all fruits) to make a creamier smoothie. I also use almond butter, flax seeds and wheat germ.

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    1. Jasmine Kanter

      I also freeze my bananas (peeled first and divided into pieces is best). I think they somehow taste sweeter when frozen.

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  7. sukey pett

    Hi Barbara,

    That smoothie looks great and I’m going to try it. I use parsley in my smoothies sometimes, and fresh turmeric root, which you can get at Whole Foods. Turmeric has many amazing benefits and a lot of anti-inflammatory properties. Ginger is nice, too.

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  8. Catherine Boyer

    Great smoothie recipe! I make one already that includes protein and healthy fats, but I’m going to tweak mine based on your suggestions. I use coconut oil sometimes instead of flaxseed oil, and I add a good green powder like Spirulina if I don’t have greens on hand. I do have a couple of questions:

    One is, I’d never heard of burdock root. Is it hard to find?

    My other question is about protein powder. I don’t like to use dairy-based protein powder but I’ve gotten worried about the reports of arsenic in rice. Do you think that’s a concern with using rice-based protein powder. And I’ll go looking for pea!

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    1. Barbara M Mendez

      Hi Catherine! Yes, the rice can be a problem if over consumed. The pea protein is by Olympian Labs. Also check out Raw Protein by garden of life that is all raw, vegan and comes from sprouted beans, seeds, etc….

      As for burdock, it is a root vegetable that looks like a long thick twig. You can get it in Asian markets.
      Hope all is well with you!
      B

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    1. Barbara M Mendez

      Hi Irene~ Yes, it’s fresh and can be found in most Asian markets. I have seen it in Whole Foods as well. It is a long, thick root that looks like a shrunken sugar cane.
      Stay well!
      B

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