If you are looking to boost your energy and lose excess weight, you must eat pure, unrefined foods and increase your intake of fresh fruits and vegetables. However, if you are currently eating a diet that is high in processed foods, you may need to detoxify your body in order to give your digestive system a reboot so that it may process and utilize the healthy foods that you are about to consume more efficiently.
An easy way to do this is through the use of green smoothies. In order to rebuild the nutrient stores in a body that has been surviving off of nutrient poor foods, you must consume nutrient dense foods, such as kale. Most people cringe at the thought of having to include more leafy greens and vegetables in their diet. But, by blending these foods into a smoothie, you can create a tasty, healthful drink that can seem more like a treat than a diet food.

Many individuals consume smoothies for various reasons: to lose weight, as a meal replacement when they are too busy to cook, or as a post or pre-workout drink. The following is a list of popular smoothie recipes that can help you lose weight, feel energized, rebuild your nutrient stores and detoxify your body. 

Super Detox Smoothie
2 celery stalks
1 small cucumber
2 kale leaves 
1 handful of spinach
1 handful of fresh parsley
1 peeled lemon 
1 apple, seeded and cored
1 cup of water

The Super Green 
1 large handful of kale
1 cup of cubed mango
2 celery stalks
1 peeled orange, seeded
1/4 cup of fresh parsley
1/4 cup of fresh mint

Basic Meal Replacement Smoothie
1 small head of romaine lettuce
3 stalks of celery
1 handful of spinach
1 apple, seeded and cored
1 pear, seeded and cored
1 banana
1 peeled lemon
1 ½ cups of water 

Pre-Workout Smoothie
1 cup of spinach
1/2 of a banana
1/4 cup of strawberries
1/4 cup of ground oatmeal
1 scoop of protein powder (your choice of brand and flavor)
3/4 cup of unsweetened almond milk
1/4 cup of water

Post Workout Smoothie
2 cups of chopped kale
1 kiwi, peeled
1 scoop of protein powder
1 ½ cups of unsweetened almond milk

Hail to Kale
(weight loss)
1/2 of a pear
1/4 of an avocado
1/2 of a cucumber
2 handfuls of kale
1/2 cup of coconut water
1 scoop of protein powder 
1/2 cup of water

Fat Blaster
1 handful of fresh parsley
1 peeled lemon
2 apples, cored and seeded
1 handful of spinach
1 medium cucumber
3 celery stalks
1 cup of unsweetened almond milk

Benefits of the Ingredients
When making green smoothies, you want to tailor your ingredient list to suit your goals. When using smoothies as a pre-or post workout drink, you always want to include a good quality source of protein to help your muscles rebuild themselves. If you are using a smoothie as a meal replacement, try adding a few spoonfuls of ground oats.

Weight loss smoothies should include vegetables that have diuretic properties, such as celery, to help your body flush out excess water and reduce bloating. Parsley is also a potent diuretic and produces noticeable results quickly. Detox smoothies usually include kale, which is a nutrient powerhouse, to help your body rebuild depleted nutrient stores. Lemons work to aid the liver in the detoxification process. 

Sources: Dr. Joel Fuhrman's Eat for Health, Harvard University, Wellington Colonics and Nutrition




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