8 Cleansing Drink Recipes Designed to Detoxify Your Body
The holiday season is upon us, meaning we will soon be attending plenty of festive parties and partaking in bountiful feasts. It’s the perfect time of year to gather with your family and friends and indulge in delicious foods and decadent dishes. There’s just one problem: Those heavenly sweets and rich treats can often cause a food hangover the following day. Bon Appétit explains that a food hangover occurs when you overindulge in food that’s too fatty, salty, spicy, sugary, or caffeinated for your body to handle the following morning. The most common symptoms are an upset stomach, lethargy, and feeling bloated.
If you find yourself regularly battling food hangovers throughout the holiday season, it may be time to give your body a much-needed detox. One of the easiest ways to do this is by preparing drinks designed to cleanse and detoxify. These beverages are filled with nutrient-rich ingredients that will provide you with important vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. Ready to put an end to your food hangovers once and for all? Here are eight detoxifying drink recipes to help you do it.
1. Pink Power Detox Smoothie
Oh She Glows has created a sensational smoothie filled with superfoods designed to cleanse and detoxify. This drink features avocado, strawberries, celery, lemon, apples, and beets. Full Circle notes that beets are amazing detoxifiers that cleanse the liver, work as a purifier for the blood, and can prevent various forms of cancer.
- 1 cup water or coconut water
- ½ medium avocado, pitted
- 2 celery stalks, roughly chopped
- 1 cup strawberries (frozen preferred), hulled if necessary
- 1 small/medium beet, ends trimmed and roughly chopped
- 1 lemon, juiced (about 3 tablespoons or so)
- 1 tablespoon coconut oil
- 4 large ice cubes
- 1 apple (optional), cored and roughly chopped
Directions: Steam beet if necessary before starting. Add all ingredients into a high-speed blender and blend on high until smooth. Adjust sweetness if desired, adding an apple or liquid sweetener to taste if needed.
2. Lemon-Lime Detox Smoothie
Incredible Smoothies explains that its recipe includes citrus fruits, which are filled with cleansing properties. Lemons and limes are among the most water-rich fruits, meaning they help flush toxins out of the body. They’re also filled with fiber, which cleanses your intestines and supports colon function. In addition to being nutritious, this smoothie tastes wonderful — the sour lemon-lime flavors pair perfectly with the sweet taste of bananas and oranges.
- ½ medium lemon, peeled and deseeded
- ½ medium lime, peeled and deseeded
- 2 medium bananas, peeled
- Juice from 1 large orange
- 1 to 2 cups chopped dandelion greens, kale, or spinach (optional)
Directions: Start by adding the liquid to your blender, followed by the soft fruit. Add the greens to your blender last. Blend on high for 30 seconds or until the smoothie is creamy.
3. Matcha Green Tea Latte
Prevention’s recipe is chock-full of matcha, the powdered leaves of green tea. Not only will it give you a nice morning boost, but Nona Lim commends matcha for its cleansing and detoxification capabilities. It contains chlorophyll, which removes heavy metals and other harmful chemicals from our bodies, and its caffeine is alkalizing, meaning it’s gentle on the stomach and can help improve digestion. You won’t be able to stop slurping this warm, frothy drink.
- 1 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
- ½ teaspoon matcha powder
Directions: Heat almond milk in a sauce pan to 165 degrees Fahrenheit. Place matcha powder in a mug; pour about ¼ cup almond milk into the mug. Whisk vigorously until frothy; add in remainder of almond milk.
4. Beet Apple and Blackberry Juice
The Chalkboard presents a rejuvenating juice that’s filled with folate, potassium, iron, and vitamin C. The fresh ginger gives this aromatic drink even more depth, adding a welcome bite to the otherwise sweet beverage.
- 3 small beets
- 2 to 3 apples
- 8 ounces blackberries
- ½ inch fresh ginger
Directions: Add all ingredients into a high-speed blender and blend on high until smooth
5. Lemon Ginger Detox Drink
Skinny Ms. delivers a detox drink that’s packed with ginger, a detoxifier that helps rev up your metabolism. In addition, Livestrong says that ginger reduces inflammation, soothes pain, and helps regulate your blood sugar. You’ll love waking up to this zesty lemon-ginger drink.
- 1 (12-ounce) glass water, at room temperature
- Juice of ½ lemon
- ½-inch knob of ginger root
Directions: Add the lemon juice to the glass of water. Finely grate the ginger by using a zester and add to the glass of water. Enjoy.
Health’s recipe is bursting with high-fiber root vegetables, which help to keep things moving smoothly through your digestive tract. This drink can be refrigerated for up to two days, so feel free to make a batch in advance for easy morning sipping.
- 2 tablespoons peeled and chopped fresh ginger (½ ounce)
- 1 medium beet (8 ounces), scrubbed and coarsely chopped
- 4 medium carrots (8 ounces total), scrubbed and sliced
- 1 medium apple (8 ounces), cored and cubed
- 1 cup water
Directions: In a blender, combine ginger, beet, carrots, apple, and water; blend, scraping down sides occasionally, until smooth. Strain juice and, if desired, thin with additional water.
7. Ayurveda Detoxifying Tea
The Cooking Route’s recipe, which was adapted from Maharishi Ayurveda, uses warm water and antioxidant-packed spices to help cleanse the body. Mind Body Green notes that drinking hot water opens up the drainage in your gut, thus allowing toxins to flow out.
- 2 quarts of water
- ¼ teaspoon whole cumin
- ½ teaspoon whole coriander
- ½ teaspoon whole fennel
- Seeds of 5 cardamom pods
Directions: Boil water, add spices, steep for 10 minutes, strain, and put into a thermos. Sip throughout the day.
8. Super Hydration Juice
Filled with cucumbers, apples, beets, strawberries, and mint, Colourful Palate creates a refreshing drink that’s a true treat for your tastebuds. Livestrong explains that cucumbers are packed with water, which can help the liver eliminate toxins from the body. Furthermore, the Colourful Palate explains that cucumbers also contain erepsin, an enzyme that helps digest proteins and supports healthy kidneys.
- 2 to 3 organic cucumbers, large
- 2 organic apples
- ¼ organic beet or a handful of organic strawberries (optional)
- Organic mint, to taste
Directions: Juice everything together in your juicer. Pour into two glasses with ice. Add a couple of sprigs of mint for a garnish.