Over the past few decades, the world has focused more on one’s individual health. While this primarily entails the major advancements in cancer treatments, surgeries, and other life-threatening difficulties, this awareness has also brought about food and drinks that support longevity, energy, and one’s overall health.
Among these new products are “detox drinks”; smoothie-like drinks that deliver the necessary vitamins and nutrients to support these life-extending benefits. They are certainly popular, and for good reason. Aside from its healthy qualities, these drinks are fairly simple to make, very easy to transport, and can be made to satisfy nearly anyone’s taste buds!
Here are the 8 best detox drink recipes that are currently being used, all of which can be used as homemade weight loss detox drinks.
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1) The Hawaiian
(Pineapple, Pomegranate and Lemon Juice)
Obviously the names are subject to change if you wish, but I’ve assigned names to the drinks based on the ingredients. The Hawaiian’s primary ingredient is pineapple, which provides a delicious tropical flavor to the drink – not to mention pineapple’s copious amounts of Vitamin B and potassium.
Pomegranates are known for their unrivaled amounts of antioxidants (yes, more than green tea), and the lemon juice adds metabolism with its citrusy kick.
2) Christmas Cocktail
(Kale, Pomegranate, Cranberry, Mint and Pear)
Kale is every health nut’s dream ingredient, because it provides a wide array of vitamins (primarily Vitamins B, E, and calcium) with virtually no taste, and it provides the “green” in the Christmas Cocktail!
Pomegranates, as we mentioned earlier, are rich in antioxidants, as are cranberries (which also provide the “red” in the cocktail). The pear and mint mostly add taste, although pears are also known for having fiber, Vitamins B, C and E, and potassium.
3) The Veggie Color Wheel
(Tomatoes, Peppers, Carrots, Lemons, Celery, Parsley, Romaine, Cilantro)
No, there aren’t any blue fruits or vegetables, but that may be the only main color not listed above. You will be able to get your required vegetable intake for the day through this smoothie, plus a refreshing touch from the Vitamins C and K rich tomatoes, and the citrus kick from the lemons.
4) The Sunrise Smoothie
(Grapefruit, Avocado, Strawberry, Banana, Orange Juice)
Grapefruit is well-known for its detoxifying abilities, and avocados are widely considered a superfood, and include Vitamins B, C, E, K, fiber and potassium. Bananas and strawberries are as widely known for their vitamins as they are their great, sweet taste.
Orange juice rounds out the drink, so try to get a brand with the highest Vitamin C content – oranges are also known for their high Vitamin A and calcium content.
5) The Killer ‘B’ Smoothie
(Blueberries, Bananas, Cranberry Juice)
If you haven’t guessed it yet, the potent 1-2 combination of blueberries and bananas contributed to the name of the smoothie. A special shout-out also goes to fans of the 2005 Houston Astros, who got the other meaning out of this drink name!
Blueberries have a very strong amount of Vitamins C and K, as well as manganese, fiber, and the antioxidant resveratrol. Bananas are obviously known for their potassium, but also have copious amounts of Vitamins B and C, as well as biotin and manganese. Cranberry juice provides somewhat of a “cleansing effect”, especially if you have a urinary tract infection.
6) The Green Goblin
(Spinach, Cucumbers, Ginger)
The drink’s name comes from the former two ingredients. Spinach is considered by some to be one of the healthiest foods on the planet, if not THE healthiest. And who would argue? With its stacked vitamin and mineral content including Vitamins A, B, C, E and K, as well as calcium, potassium, and basic protein (just to name a few), you are getting an entire drink’s worth of goodness out of one ingredient!
Cucumbers deliver strong Vitamin K as well, not to mention potassium, manganese, and Vitamin C. Ginger is somewhat of a “spicy” addition, hence the “goblin” reference in the name (kudos if you can draw the comparison), but is also well-known for its fiber and cleansing effects.
7) The Liver Lover
This is a very simple drink, but it helps your liver’s overall function capabilities immensely. Beets are considered a superfood – and if you’ve ever watched The Office, now you know why Dwight Schrute is so fond of them – and they are very high in vitamins B and C, folate, magnesium, potassium, iron, and copper.
We mentioned kale earlier as the average health nut’s dream ingredient, and its high content of Vitamins B and E, as well as calcium, round off a fantastic drink that is sure to show your liver how much you love it!
8) Green Lemonade
(Ginger, Kale, Lettuce, Apples)
We’ve heard about ginger and kale’s vitamin and nutrient content before, and they both provide key vitamins and minerals to the drink, as well as key phytonutrients for additional sustenance. Lettuce is known for its “watery” taste, but is also very high in fiber, manganese, potassium, biotin, calcium, and Vitamins B and C.
Apples are the traditional fruit in many senses, and aside from its crisp, clean taste resides strong fiber content and a large amount of Vitamin C. It should be noted that many of these nutrients reside in the skin of the apple, so if you plan on making this smoothie, make sure to add the apple skin so you won’t lose out on any of those key nutrients!
How Do I Use These Detox Drinks?
Whether your objective is to lose weight, maintain a specific weight area, or simply increase your vitamins and nutrients intake, these detox drinks will surely do the trick. Specifically, if you are losing weight, make sure to replace a meal (or multiple meals if you choose, preferably ones with the highest empty caloric intake) with the detox drink.
If you want to be very specific with the calories in each smoothie ingredient, they are always available online to check out – take solace in the fact that NONE of these drinks are high in calories! If you wish to add, subtract, or replace ingredients in any of the drinks, you are obviously more than welcome to do so, but just be careful on what you add to the drinks!
If you can, couple these homemade weight loss detox drinks with heavy water drinking and some cardio if possible, and you’ll be well on your way to obtaining – or maintaining – a very healthy lifestyle!