We’ve all had moments of going overboard on indulgent eats and treats during the holidays, on vacation, or for celebrations, and need something to get back on track, right? That’s where my Green Detox Smoothie comes in handy!
This gluten free, dairy free, and banana free smoothie recipe is packed with good for you, detoxifying ingredients including baby spinach, orange, carrot, ginger, chia seeds, and pineapple – which I used instead of a banana to thicken and sweeten the smoothie. Throughout the years of posting smoothie recipes with bananas here on IGE I’ve learned that many people are either allergic or can’t stand the taste of bananas. Who knew?
Well, banana haters, this smoothie’s for you!
Including ingredients with benefits ranging from boosting metabolism to removing toxins, reducing inflammation and aiding in digestion, this smoothie will make you feel fantastic after a little too much indulging. Most importantly, it tastes great!
My Green Detox Smoothie recipe is actually based on one of my all-time favorite juice recipes, which I tend to make at a feverish pace after the holidays. It includes spinach, carrot, orange, and ginger. Since a juicer isn’t a common find in most people’s homes though, I thought I’d adapt it for the blender. The result is a smoothie that’s so healthy I can hardly even stand it and, although it’s packed with vitamins and minerals, it tastes like a drink you’d get at a tropical resort on vacation!
How to Make This Recipe:
Start by adding almond milk to your blender followed by baby spinach, chopped pineapple, chopped carrot, and peeled orange, followed by chia seeds, and fresh ginger. Blend the smoothie until VERY smooth, adding more almond milk if needed. Finally, add a cup of ice cubes then blend again until smooth.
Tips for cutting a pineapple:
I wanted to show you real quick how easy it is to chop an entire pineapple at home vs buying it pre-cut from the grocery store which sells it at a PREMIUM. Look for a pineapple that’s more yellow than green, which indicates it’s ripe and sweet, then slice the top and bottom off.
Next, cut the rind off in strips, going deeper than you think you should to get all the tough eyes off. That said, you can go back around after you’re done to clean it up a bit.
Slice the pineapple into quarters then place each quarter cut-side down and slice the core out on an angle. Slice into strips then chop. That’s it!
Another note, I used chia seeds in this smoothie not only because they help thicken it up without having to use a banana but also because they are nutritional POWERHOUSES full of fiber, protein, calcium, and iron. I love adding them to Lincoln’s smoothies especially because he can’t eat dairy and I’m always looking for good calcium sources for him. Chia seeds are usually in the health market section of the grocery store.
Pour this vibrant Green Detox Smoothie into a glass then immediately reap the rewards!
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Green Detox Smoothie (Gluten, Dairy & Banana Free!)
Back on Track Green Detox Smoothie is gluten, dairy, and banana free. Perfect for resetting after over indulging!
- 1/4 - 1/2 cup plain almond milk
- 2 cups lightly packed fresh baby spinach leaves
- 1 cup chopped fresh or frozen pineapple
- 1 medium-sized carrot, peeled then chopped
- 1 clementine or 1/2 orange
- 1 teaspoon chia seeds
- 1/2 teaspoon fresh microplaned or minced ginger (optional)
- 6 ice cubes
- Add 1/4 cup almond milk to the blender then add spinach, pineapple, carrot, clementine, chia seeds, and fresh ginger if using. Blend until very very smooth, adding up to 1/4 cup more almond milk to reach desired consistency (I used 5 Tablespoons total.) Add ice cubes then blend again until smooth.
This recipe is courtesy of Iowa Girl Eats, http://iowagirleats.com.