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Hello! I’m Anjali. I’m a board certified health coach, wife, mom and food lover from the SF Bay area (now living in Ann Arbor, MI!); with a passion for delicious food and a desire to make healthy eating easy, tasty and fun! Learn more about me here and stay for a while!

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A Healthier Way to Detox, and a Green Smoothie Recipe!

Can I just say that after last night’s stressful, nail-biter of a Superbowl, I could definitely use a mental and physical detox today!

I’m a Bay Area girl, so obviously I was sad that the Niners lost. It was such a great comeback – and they were so close! We were in SF watching the game with some friends and after it was over, the streets of SF were eerily quiet.

The superbowl party we went to was still fun – we had a TON of delicious food (made by our awesome friends who hosted) like Veggie Chili, a Schwarma Station, Homemade cookies, wine and beer, and so much more.

We ate and ate, cheered and yelled at the TV, and ate some more.

We went to bed late, and as I woke up this morning I thought, “I could use something refreshing today.” and “I need to detox my mind.”

So in honor of starting fresh, post-Superbowl party, here are a few of my quick detox tips and a green smoothie recipe to start off your week 🙂

10 Quick Tips to Detox: Mentally and Physically

  1. Eat mostly plants (as Michael Pollan would say) and try going vegetarian for the day or the week (or stick to smaller portions of lean meat)
  2. Eat organic foods (non-GMO, pesticide-free)
  3. Try my 7 Day Plan for Clean Eating
  4. Avoid packaged food products (which often contain toxic substances like artificial colors and preservatives)
  5. Avoid secondhand smoke, and (while this is a longer term effort, that requires significant commitment) try to quit smoking
  6. Drink plenty of water
  7. Exercise! The best way to detox/get rid of toxins in your body is to sweat them out
  8. Take deep breaths (inhale for 4 seconds, exhale for 6 seconds)
  9. Try sitting still, in a quiet room, with your eyes closed for 3-5 minutes before you go to bed: this is a light form of meditation that can make it easier for you to let go of everything that happened during the day before you go to sleep (and try to get 7 hours of sleep at least every night!)
  10. Drink this green smoothie recipe every morning as part of your breakfast: it will rejuvenate and energize you for the day. You can enjoy it for breakfast or with a green salad and some protein at lunch – make it a green meal!

Green Smoothie Recipe

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Total Time: 5 minutes

Yield: 3 servings

Calories per serving: 100

Fat per serving: 3.5g

Nutritional Info Per Serving: 100 Calories, 3.5g Fat, 18g Carbs, 4.6g Fiber, 1.9g Protein

Ingredients

  • 4 leaves of kale (1-2 cups chopped)
  • 1 small apple
  • 1 small pear
  • 1 Tbsp almond butter (all natural, nothing added)
  • Unsweetened almond milk (4 oz)
  • Water (enough to make the drink smooth)
  • Ice – optional, for serving

Instructions

  1. Put all of the ingredients in a blender – blend until smooth. Drink and enjoy.
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27 responses to “A Healthier Way to Detox, and a Green Smoothie Recipe!”

    • Thanks Maria! Haha it sounds like your superbowl experience was similar to mine – we had healthy veggie chili – but I had like 3 bowls 🙂 I definitely felt refreshed after drinking this smoothie yesterday & today! Enjoy!

    • Thanks Jill! I think extra will keep in the fridge for a day or two. The water might separate from the fruits/veggies, so you might have to shake it up before you drink it again. But I think definitely the next day should be fine. Let me know how you like it!

    • I would try unsweetened soy milk (instead of almond milk), and 1 Tbsp walnuts (instead of 1 Tbsp almond butter). Let me know how that turns out!

  1. I do my own version of a green smoothie which is possibly more sweet but is an amazing vitamin boost and anti inflammatory for runners.

    – 1 whole banana ( potassium good for muscle strength and healing)
    – 1/4 cup orange juice
    – 1/4 cup almond milk( rice or soy or coconut ‘milk’ for allergic folks)
    – Plain probiotic yogurt or kefir ( to keep away yeast infections and help digestion throughout the day)
    – Handful of kale
    – Handful of collard greens
    – Handful of spinach
    – 4 or 5 Blueberries/substitute with frozen grapes
    – 2 Strawberries
    – Tiny bit grated ginger

    Blend!

    • OMG I LOVE this recipe Kaya!!!! Thank you so much for sharing – I love that you put 3 types of greens in your smoothie. It seriously sounds delicious – I can’t wait to try it. Thanks again for the inspiration!

  2. Hi Anjali!! I love your blog and the recipes wow ! 🙂
    This green smoothie is almost how I make mineeee and I love kale!! I make it with kale, celery, cucumber and pear 😉
    This is how I start my every day, green smoothie power!! 😀

    • Hi Vessie!! Aww thank you so much!! I’m so glad you like my recipes! Aren’t green smoothies great?? They are really the perfect way to start the day! I’ll have to add cucumber to mine next time – that sounds delicious!!

    • Yes! I think sunflower butter can definitely work – as long as you like the flavor of it (because it is very distinct flavor wise). Definitely try it out and let me know how it tastes!

    • Awesome!! Yes I love green smoothies – it’s such an easy way to get a ton of healthy veggies and fruits into your diet 🙂 So glad you liked this recipe and my blog as well!

  3. Anjali,
    I love your blog! I just tried this recipe and it was awesome! I substituted a banana for the apple because that was what I had in the house. It tasted great.
    Thanks for all of the awesome recipes:)

    • Aw thanks so much Allison! I’m so glad you’ve been enjoying my blog and my recipes! 🙂 And substituting a banana for the apple is a great way to switch up this smoothie!

  4. I’ve been on detox for almost 3 days and I’m glad that I was able to read this recipe, I have another addition to my list of green smoothies. Thanks for sharing, by the way what type of blender are you using?

    • Glad you like this recipe! I use a Cuisinart blender for my smoothies, and sometimes I use the Ninja if I just want one serving. Hope that helps!

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