10 Clean Eating Smoothie Recipes

Toxic substances are all around us. The air we breathe is often polluted, the food we eat is frequently contaminated with heavy metals, and the water we drink has all kinds of chemicals, some of which have been added to make it “safe.” Viruses, harmful bacteria, and other invaders frequently make their way onto or into our bodies; we consume them in our food, we pick them up when we touch items others have touched, and we breathe them in while sharing personal space.

Amazing Antioxidants
YIELDS 3 CUPS

Antioxidants are nutrients that slow or completely prevent the damage that occurs as our cells naturally produce free radicals after using oxygen. These metabolic by-products can lead to such problems as macular degeneration, diabetes, cancer, and heart disease. Antioxidants can enhance the body’s immune response and reduce the risk that these problems, and similar ones, will occur.

1 CUP PURE POMEGRANATE JUICE
1 CUP SEEDLESS PURPLE GRAPES
1 CUP MIXED FROZEN BERRIES
1 CUP CHOPPED KALE, LOOSELY PACKED

Mix all ingredients together, pour in a cup, and enjoy. If the tart, tangy taste of this green smoothie is too strong for you, add a few drops of natural stevia extract for a bit of sweetness.

Carrot Cleanse
YIELDS 3 CUPS

Carrots are naturally sweet, crunchy, and delicious. There are several different types grown around the world, including some in interesting colors such as purple, yellow, and red. Rich in antioxidants, vitamin A, and betacarotene, they also contain flavonoid compounds that may aid in preventing lung, skin, and oral cavity cancers.

1 CUP FRESH CARROT JUICE
1 CUP FROZEN MANGO CHUNKS
1 CUP FROZEN PINEAPPLE CHUNKS
¼ CUP FRESH PARSLEY

Mix all ingredients together, pour in a cup, and enjoy. If you’d like to add even more succulent fruit flavor while increasing this smoothie’s detoxifying effect, add the juice of half a lemon

Green Apple
YIELDS 2 CUPS

There are several varieties of collard greens grown throughout the world. These robust greens are low in calories, yet they contain high amounts of essential nutrients such as folate, vitamin K, and vitamin A.

1 CUP GREEN TEA, CHILLED
1 GRANNY SMITH APPLE, CORED AND CUT INTO CHUNKS
1 BANANA, PEELED AND CUT INTO 1-INCH CHUNKS
1 CUP CHOPPED COLLARD GREENS, LOOSELY PACKED
¼ CUP FRESH PARSLEY

Blend all ingredients together, pour into your favorite glass, and enjoy. This beautiful, bright-green smoothie is also delicious when made with frozen banana chunks and four to six ice cubes.

Tropical Splendor
YIELDS 3 CUPS

Herbal detox tea, also known as herbal cleansing tea, is available in a variety of appealing flavors. Look for it at health food stores and at some supermarkets, as well as from online retailers. Brew a large pot of the tea and store it in the refrigerator to use in smoothies. You can also make ice cubes with it to enhance your smoothie’s texture while imparting additional cleansing power.

1 CUP HERBAL DETOX TEA, CHILLED
1 MANGO, PEELED, SEEDED, AND CUT INTO 1-INCH CHUNKS
1 CUP PAPAYA, PEELED, SEEDED AND CUT INTO CHUNKS
2 TABLESPOONS FRESH LIME JUICE
½ CUP CHOPPED COLLARD GREENS, LOOSELY PACKED
PINCH OF CAYENNE PEPPER

Blend all ingredients together, adding more tea if the mixture is too thick. Pour into a glass and enjoy. If you prefer a frosty treat, freeze the mango and papaya chunks. For a less intense taste and even more detoxifying power, make ice cubes with herbal detox tea; add four to six of them to your smoothie.

Berry-Citrus Parfait
YIELDS 2 CUPS

Rich in vitamins, minerals, and important phytonutrients, cabbage is inexpensive and widely abundant. This humble plant also contains powerful antioxidants that are known to help protect against prostate, colon, and breast cancer while aiding in the reduction of LDL (bad) cholesterol. Fresh cabbage offers abundant vitamin C, along with B vitamins, minerals, and vitamin K.

1 CUP FRESH ORANGE JUICE
½ CUP FROZEN RASPBERRIES
½ CUP FROZEN BLUEBERRIES
1 TANGERINE, PEELED AND SEEDED
½ CUP CHOPPED CABBAGE, LOOSELY PACKED

Blend all ingredients together, adding more juice or some water if you’d like a thinner consistency. Pour into a glass and drink immediately. If cruciferous vegetables disagree with you, replace the cabbage in this recipe with any of your favorite greens. Kale, spinach, bok choy, and lettuce work very well in this recipe.

Pear Pleasure
YIELDS 3 CUPS

Among the world’s most popular fruits, pears provide plenty of vitamin C and 6 grams of fiber per serving, along with numerous other minerals, vitamins, and antioxidants. A medium pear contains an average of 100 calories.

1 CUP FRESH CARROT JUICE
1 PEAR, CORED AND CUT INTO 1-INCH CHUNKS
1 BEET, PEELED AND CHOPPED INTO ½-INCH CHUNKS
1 APPLE, CORED AND CUT INTO 1-INCH CHUNKS
¼ TEASPOON GINGER
1 CUP BABY SPINACH, LOOSELY PACKED

Blend all ingredients together, pour into a favorite glass, and enjoy. If this blend isn’t quite sweet enough for you, add a few drops of natural stevia extract or a small amount of local honey.

Cucumber Contentment
YIELDS 3 CUPS

Offering a light taste that lends itself perfectly to chilling, honeydew melon has a pleasant, light-green color. It offers an abundance of vitamins and minerals, while the lime adds a little extra vitamin C and zesty flavor.

1 CUP GREEN TEA, CHILLED
½ CUCUMBER, UNPEELED, WELL WASHED, AND SLICED
2 CUPS HONEYDEW MELON, PARED, SEEDED, AND CUT INTO CHUNKS
JUICE FROM 1 LIME
2 TABLESPOONS FRESH MINT

Blend all ingredients together, pour into a glass, and savor the sweet, refreshing flavor of cucumber, fresh mint, and melon. Double or triple this recipe to share with friends. Its light green color is festive and attractive.

Kiwi Tangelo Tango
YIELDS 3 CUPS

Tangelos are bright orange citrus fruits that result from hybridizing tangerines and grapefruits. Very high in vitamin C, low in calories, and extremely juicy, they offer abundant B vitamins and folate, along with niacin, calcium, and magnesium. The kiwifruits increase the smoothie’s vitamin C content, while the grapefruit juice adds lycopene, betacarotene, lutein, and other essential nutrients.

1 CUP FRESH RUBY RED GRAPEFRUIT JUICE
2 KIWIS, PEELED AND HALVED
3 TANGELOS, PEELED AND SEEDED
2½ TABLESPOONS DRIED GOJI BERRIES
½ CUP CHOPPED KALE, LOOSELY PACKED

Blend all ingredients together, pour into a favorite glass, and enjoy. If tangelos are unavailable, replace with six tangerines or two navel oranges.

Basil-Melon Purifier
YIELDS 4 CUPS

Known as the “king of herbs,” basil contains high levels of phytonutrients known to have healthy and disease-fighting properties. Flavonoids, including the antioxidants vicenin and orientin, betacarotene, vitamin A, lutein, and vitamin K are just some
of the nutrients this fragrant, tasty herb contains. While this recipe calls for only a small amount, you can certainly add more if you do not find the flavor to be over-powering.

1 CUP GREEN TEA, CHILLED
2 CUPS HONEYDEW MELON, PARED, SEEDED, AND CUT INTO CHUNKS
3-INCH CUCUMBER SEGMENT, UNPEELED, WELL WASHED, AND SLICED
1 CUP CHOPPED KALE, LOOSELY PACKED
JUICE FROM 1 LIME
4 LEAVES FRESH BASIL
8 ICE CUBES

Blend all ingredients together, pour into a favorite glass, and enjoy. If you dislike the taste of basil, or if fresh basil isn’t available, replace it with 2 tablespoons of fresh parsley.

Lean and Green
YIELDS 3 CUPS

This delicious smoothie is heavy on the greens, but it contains three large servings of
fruit to provide balance. Some of its key nutrients include potassium, vitamin C, vitamin A, folate, lutein, and vitamin K. To increase the recipe’s antioxidant power, use chilled green tea in place of water.

1 CUP WATER
1 BANANA, PEELED AND CUT INTO 1-INCH CHUNKS
1 CUP FROZEN PINEAPPLE CHUNKS
1 CUP FROZEN MANGO CHUNKS
JUICE FROM ½ LEMON
½ CUP BABY SPINACH, LOOSELY PACKED
½ CUP CHOPPED CABBAGE, LOOSELY PACKED

Blend all ingredients together, pour into a favorite glass, and enjoy this smooth, delicious treat. If you prefer, you can transform this smoothie’s flavor by using either 2 cups of frozen pineapple chunks or 2 cups of frozen mango chunks. Both options are delightful.

Tropical Sensation
YIELDS 2 CUPS

Closely related to lemons, oranges, and other citrus fruits, the interesting flavor of lime is wonderfully refreshing. Limes are high in vitamin C, which is essential for connective tissue health and wound healing. Other nutrients in this smoothie include potassium, vitamin A, numerous amino acids, and an abundance of healthy fiber.

1 CUP COCONUT WATER
1 BANANA, PEELED AND CUT INTO 1-INCH CHUNKS
1 CUP HONEYDEW MELON, PARED, SEEDED, AND CUT INTO CHUNKS
½ CUP PINEAPPLE, CUT INTO CHUNKS
JUICE FROM ½ LIME
½ CUP CHOPPED BUTTER LETTUCE, LOOSELY PACKED
6 ICE CUBES

Blend all ingredients together, adding a little more coconut water if the finished product is too thick. Pour into a glass and enjoy. For an extra protein boost and a more intense coconut taste, add 2 tablespoons of unsweetened coconut meat to the blender along with the butter lettuce.