Wouldn’t it be great if there was a magic potion you could drink to lose weight? Well, actually, there is. And, guess what? There’s more than just one. Detox drinks are a great way to cleanse the body of the toxins responsible for things like digestive issues, bloating, not to mention: constipation.
The best part? Most detox drinks can be homemade and offer a variety of benefits (in addition to detoxification). See some of our favorite recipes for weight loss, ahead.
1. Morning detox tea
Looking to detox your body and promote weight loss? Give an apple cider vinegar-infused detox drink a try. We love this recipe from Tasteaholics:
- 1 cup of warm water
- 2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar
- 2 tablespoons of lemon juice
- 1 tablespoon of honey
- 1 tablespoon of cinnamon
- 1 dash of cayenne
Combine all ingredients, stir, sip, and enjoy!
2. Detox ginger lemonade
Think your detox drink can’t be delicious? Think again! The Live Fit Girls created a yummy ginger lemonade mixture that not only tastes great, but promotes detoxification, too. Here’s how to make it:
- 2 cups of filtered water
- Juice from ½ lemon
- 2-3 tablespoons of unfiltered apple cider vinegar
- 2-3 tablespoons of raw honey
- 1 inch knob of garlic, sliced
Add the ingredients to a mason jar and shake. Sip throughout the day.
3. Detox green smoothie with chia seeds
If detox drinks aren’t your thing, try a detox smoothie. We love this one from Ally’s Cooking because it contains delicious ingredients that naturally detox. Here’s how to make it:
- 1 cup of spinach
- 1 cup of unsweetened almond milk
- 1 cup of frozen pineapple chunks
- 1 banana
- 1 tablespoon of chia seeds
Add all ingredients to a blender and blend until smooth. If the mixture is too thick, add more almond milk.
4. Cleansing cucumber lemonade
Put a new spin on lemonade with the cucumber infused recipe from SkinnyMs. We love this detox drink because it tastes delicious and the cucumber adds a refreshing aftertaste.
- 1 pound of cucumbers, peeled if waxy, unpeeled if organic and not waxy, chopped (reserve ½ cup of sliced cucumbers for garnish)
- 2 cups of fresh squeezed lemon juice
- 8 cups of water, divided
- ⅔ cup of raw honey
- 12 ice cubes
Add chopped cucumber to the blender with 1-2 cups of water. Once blended, strain the cucumbers through a fine mesh sieve into the pitcher. Discard the pulp and add ice. Then, heat 1 ½ cups of water on the stover over high heat until it starts to steam. Once steaming, add the honey and whisk until it’s melted. Pour the honey, lemon, and water over the ice and cucumber water. Stir and enjoy!
5. Green detox drink
Veggies are a great way to detox your body and with this green drink recipe from Gaiam, you can reap their benefits in liquid form. Here’s what you’ll need:
- 3 carrots
- 3 kale leaves
- 2 celery stalks
- 2 beets
- 1 turnip
- ½ bunch of spinach
- ½ cabbage
- ½ bunch of parsley
- ½ onion
- 2 cloves of garlic
Add the ingredients to a blender, along with water, and blend.
6. Cranberry juice detox
Another excellent detox drink from Gaiam? A cranberry juice detox. High in antioxidants, vitamin C, and manganese, cranberry juice can help promote detoxification and protect your body. Here’s how to make a delicious detox drink from cranberry juice:
- Cranberry juice
- Apple pectin
- Psyllium fiber
Combine one part cranberry juice with four parts water, and 1 tablespoon each of the psyllium fiber and apple pectin. Mix and enjoy!
7. Green tea
If making your own detox drink isn’t your thing, you can also find a perfectly great detox drink in your kitchen cabinets. Rich in detoxifying antioxidants, vitamins and minerals, green tea can help promote detoxification in the body.