Detox your green smoothies with herbs

detox

Our bodies are in a constant battle of fighting processed foods that contain harmful toxins. We have systems set in place inside of us that filter out these toxins so we can stay clean and healthy. Though it is tough to avoid harmful toxins altogether, it is important not to ingest high amounts that can cause build-up and stress to the organs that work to keep us in good health. So, how can we help out our filtering friends? Detox with herbs— which is your challenge for the week.

Detoxifying herbs clean our bodies’ filters, and they are healthy foods with lots of nutrients. This also means we aren’t putting harmful toxins and gunk into our bodies in the first place. When we help our bodies’ filters and eliminate our harmful toxin input we set ourselves up for a clean and healthy life. To help you detox we have made a list of our favorite herbs, what each of them does for your body, and how you can use them in a simple green smoothie.

Health benefits of herbs:

basil
Basil
Basil specifically targets the kidneys when it comes to detoxification. Kidneys play a major part in removing waste product and toxins from our blood stream, and things like high-processed foods place a heavy work load on our never-resting kidneys. By eating basil, we are taking in nutrients that help to clear up any gunk that is stuck in our kidneys and also toning them to work well in the future. Basil is easy to grow at home, and has a warm flavor that will strengthen your green smoothies and kidneys.


cilantro

Cilantro
You may know cilantro from a variety of cultural dishes, but we encourage you to make it known to your green smoothies. This herb is known for a variety of nutrients, but its detoxifying affects are found in its ability to bind to heavy metals and remove them from our bodies. Toxic heavy metals usually enter our body in small amounts through food, water, and anything else we consume. It is near impossible to completely avoid ingesting toxic metals, so it is important to incorporate foods that eliminate them. Cilantro’s ability to remove toxic metals and its distinct flavor are a great addition to your tangy, citrus fruit smoothies.


mint

Mint
Toxin build-up can occur in the stomach and colon when improper digestion takes place, and that is why a healthy diet of mint leaves is a must when looking to detoxify. Mint leaves help to flush out those nasty toxins in a timely manner, and they do it in a way that prevents build-up from happening in the first place. Some have even believed mint leaves to have an ability to flush out toxins through the skin. This herb will add a cool kick to your smoothie, which makes it a must-have on mid-afternoons.


parsley

Parsley
There are three main filters in the body–bladder, kidneys, liver–and parsley is here to assist them all in the detoxification process. Kidneys help to filter out waste products and toxins from our bloodstream. The bladder filters fluids and flushes them out of the body. The liver is another blood stream purifier. It is important for all three of these filters to not build-up with gunk and toxins so they can work properly. Parsley specifically targets any build-up in these filters and helps to flush it out of the body. This is another herb with a distinct flavor that can liven up any green smoothie.

 

Detoxifying your body with herbs helps your bodies’ natural filters work better for you, as well as keeping you from ingesting harmful toxins. While doing this challenge, think about using water as your liquid base. Water naturally helps to flush out any gunk in our bodies, and at the same time doesn’t add any harmful toxins. It is important to keep your filters working properly, and to learn healthy eating habits that keep you clean and healthy. Feel free to experiment with all of these herbs. Find what works well for your body, and what tastes good. Doing a one-week detox is simple and easy!

 

Join the conversation!

What’s your favorite herb? Share your favorite green smoothie recipe with herbs in the comments below.

113 Responses to “Detox your green smoothies with herbs”

  1. Kelly 3.18.2015 at 11:13 am #

    Can I use all these basil, cilanto, mint, parsley to make a smoothie

    • SGS Rawkstar Jessie 3.18.2015 at 3:14 pm #

      We prefer one at a time, to enjoy the flavors of each, but if you would enjoy those, go for it. :)

  2. Caroline 3.14.2015 at 11:52 am #

    Hello,

    Thanks for your site!

    How about the dried versions of basil and parsley are they eqally healthy?

    • Chantal 3.15.2015 at 11:24 am #

      Thanks for your site ! i got my Vitamix in August and thanks to your fabulous recipes and the 30 day-challenge I am forever saved from boring breakfasts…( fifteen years of oatmeal…. mostly left to dry out on the countertop….could not swallow even a teaspoon anymore)
      As for smoothies with green herb , this is one of my new concoctions that i adore:
      3 handfuls spinach ( or any leafy green on hand )
      2 handfuls italian parsley ( i can’t stand cilantro )
      2 handfuls carrot tops
      3-4 of those slender carrots that come with tops
      1 large or 2 smaller celery ribs
      1 frozen banana
      1 pear
      1 apple
      ice cubes because the frozen banana is not enough to make it cold
      could of course add some lime but i did not and I thought it was divine and the colour amazing !

      • SGS Rawkstar Jessie 3.15.2015 at 5:37 pm #

        Cheers, Chantal.

    • SGS Rawkstar Jessie 3.15.2015 at 5:33 pm #

      Hey Caroline.

      Feel free to use them. But we like to say fresh is best, but it might leave chunks in your smoothie.

  3. John Chandler 2.16.2015 at 10:19 am #

    I just started the green smoothies. I make enough for breakfast, about a pint, and a pint to replace another meal. I am using the following: hand full of walnuts, 1/2 frozen banana, 1/4 avocado,1/2 green apple, hand full, or more, of spinach,1/3 large cumber and 2 sticks of bok-choy.
    Is this a good recipe? How much parsley should I use in the mix?

    Thank you,
    John Chandler

    • SGS Rawkstar Jessie 2.17.2015 at 9:33 am #

      Hi John.

      Thanks for reaching out. We like 2 cups of leafy greens, 2 cups of liquid and 3 cups fruit or veggies. If you want to add herbs we suggest 1/2 cups herb in place of some of your leafy greens. (1.5 cups of leafy green + 1/2 cup of herbs) Hope that helps. You recipes looks great!

  4. Eileen 2.16.2015 at 12:08 am #

    Dose anyone know how to Detox your Lungs for someone with COPD ?

    • Theresa 2.26.2015 at 4:36 pm #

      Mint effective in relieving seasonal allergy symptoms also helps break phlegm and mucus

    • sc 3.5.2015 at 8:03 am #

      There is no such thing as detoxing your lungs. I’m a biology PhD. Best friend (MD specializing in COPD) concurs. Look to “Wellness Letters” (e.g., from UC Berkeley and Harvard Schools of Public Health) or PubMed (pubmed.org) if you want medically relevant nutritional information.

      • SGS Rawkstar Jessie 3.6.2015 at 9:55 am #

        Thanks, SC. :)

    • SGS Rawkstar Jessie 3.6.2015 at 9:54 am #

      Hey Eileen,

      We would suggest speaking to your doctor, for what is best for you. :)

    • Huckle 4.4.2015 at 5:32 am #

      There is research that juicing carrots can help with memory when you have COPD. I started juicing carrots with a fruit for my mother in law and she thinks it has helped.

      • SGS Rawkstar 4.6.2015 at 7:24 pm #

        Thanks for the information, Huckle!

  5. Jasmine 2.11.2015 at 4:26 pm #

    What is the best green drink for weightloss

    • SGS Rawkstar Jessie 2.11.2015 at 6:25 pm #

      Hi Jasmine.

      Thanks for reaching out. Berries are naturally sweet immunity boosters, low-calorie, and full of antioxidants. Kiwi is packed with vitamin C and an amazing fat-burning citrus fruit. We always keep several bags of frozen berries in the freezer— which is perfect for this recipe. http://simplegreensmoothies.com/Recipes/kiwi-berry-punch

  6. Linda 1.30.2015 at 5:23 pm #

    Hi there how many smoothies do you drink in one day?. I have lost my large intestine can’t really eat my fruit and vegetables they go right though me doctor told me to try green smoothies which I have and love them but they are also making me go more often and lots of gas too which makes me to more. I have been drinking 2 a day should I go down to one or stay on 2 maybe my body will adjust

    • SGS Rawkstar Jessie 1.30.2015 at 8:05 pm #

      Hey Linda.

      Thanks for the comment. Since we are not doctors or nutritionist, please keep in touch with you doctor, they will know whats best for you.

  7. Kim 1.26.2015 at 9:01 pm #

    When using the herbs in smoothies, do you use just the leaves or can the stems go in as well?

    • SGS Rawkstar Jessie 1.27.2015 at 6:11 am #

      Hey Kim. Feel free to remove any large stems, but thin parts of the stem should blend well.

      • Kim 1.27.2015 at 12:01 pm #

        Thank you!!!

  8. jlo 1.2.2015 at 12:22 pm #

    Just one herb per smoothie?

    • SGS Rawkstar Jessie 1.2.2015 at 8:06 pm #

      I like to do half herb + half spinach. :)

  9. jlo 1.2.2015 at 12:16 pm #

    Can these herbs also be frozen and then added to my smoothie?

    • SGS Rawkstar Jessie 1.15.2015 at 7:56 pm #

      If you would like, go for it. :) I enjoy fresh mint in my, almost daily. :)

  10. Dio 12.11.2014 at 7:00 pm #

    Hey Ladies super stoked about the challenge January 1st, I’d like to know how to use the green smoothies as a meal replacement. Do they have the nutritional values to replace a meal as is, or do I need to add ingredients?

    • SGS Rawkstar Jessie 12.12.2014 at 7:18 am #

      Hi Dio.

      If you drink green smoothies as meal replacements, make sure to add a protein boost (plant-based protein powder, nut milk, nut butter), or snack on some nuts or a hard-boiled egg 30-60 minutes after you drink your green smoothie.

      http://simplegreensmoothies.com/tips/protein

  11. BonnieB 11.16.2014 at 12:07 pm #

    @Jan Bull – A banana thickens/binds…& sweetens.. Try part (?1/4) of an avocado to thicken/bind; doesn’t taste much; or protein powder. Keep remaining avocado in crisper & don’t worry about browning/drying, just slice off. I don’t use lemon or anything, it often hardly browns at all. Cut avocado in half, leave pit in the one half. Or…mash remaining avocado with 1, 2 or 3 dashes of cayenne pepper & eat – yum!

  12. Rose 9.16.2014 at 12:03 am #

    Hi, I am a newbe from UK, what is a weight equivalent to a cup measure?

    • SGS Rawkstar Jessie 9.23.2014 at 2:42 pm #

      Hey Rose.

      Thanks for the question. Here is a link that helps in more details: http://nutritiondata.self.com/facts/vegetables-and-vegetable-products/2626/2
      You can pick what you want to convert; for example spinach: 1 cup = 30g

      Liquid: 8oz = 1 cup. :) Hope that helps.

    • mb64970 9.29.2014 at 12:59 pm #

      Hi Rose,

      Unfortunately, the response from the SGS team is wrong. 8 fluid oz equals one cup, but weight will depend on the type of ingredient you use. A good measurement for a cup would be a very big handful.

      Also, just search online for how much different ingredients weigh if you are concerned with precise measurements. In my experience, exact measurement isn’t necessary when making smoothies.

      Hope this helps!!

    • sarah 10.3.2014 at 12:55 pm #

      Hi rose,

      If you actually read and click on the link provided by the SGS staff you will see that in the upper/mid right corner you can search your ingredients and as the SGS staff mentioned you can Pick what you want to convert.

      It’s really easy: her example was spinach but you can see the variety when I searched Avocado: http://nutritiondata.self.com/facts/fruits-and-fruit-juices/1844/2 which was 230g in a cup.

      However, as mb64970 replied you probably don’t have to be this exact unless there’s other motivation or your healthcare provider says different.

      Have a great day :)

  13. Viana 8.1.2014 at 10:04 pm #

    How much of these herbs do I use? Do I use it in addition to the two cups of greens I use? Or is it as a substitute for the greens which would mean that I would use two cups?

  14. jon 7.31.2014 at 11:38 pm #

    Hi guys. I started the 30 day challenge late & am only half way through, although I already feel fantastic:-) I received your email a couple days ago with fantastic recipes for weeks one to five & saved them but now I am unable to open them as it says error 404…page unavailable or been moved!! I really love using your recipes as they all taste delicious. Please could you send me the email again & am I able to purchase a book of all your recipes:-)

  15. Shanna from Louisiana 7.22.2014 at 5:22 am #

    I”m growing basil, parsley, mint (several types), sage, cinnamon basil and pineapple sage and I’ve used all in my smoothies at various times. All yummy! This am – spinach, wild blueberries, almond milk, basil, a small bit of local honey, and a spoonful of green tea matcha – absolutely yummy!

    • SGS Rawkstar Jessie 7.22.2014 at 5:40 am #

      Hey Shanna!

      Wow! Sounds like you have a great herb garden growing in Louisiana! How wonderful! Keep blending those leafy greens! :)

    • sara 1.27.2015 at 12:41 pm #

      This sounds like a yummy to my tummy @ Shanna; I’m reading through all the ideas as I want to start FEB. 1! I can’t wait to join the ban wagon drinking green smoothies

      • SGS Rawkstar Jessie 1.27.2015 at 5:19 pm #

        We are always blendin’! Join us any time. :)

  16. Sandy 7.16.2014 at 8:52 am #

    I hit “submit” before I checked the boxes below…notifications of follow-up comments by email, YES. Notify me of new posts by email, YES! Thanks!!

  17. Sandy 7.16.2014 at 8:51 am #

    I’m just now reading thru all this material, and WOW, I’m impressed! I’ll be off to the store pretty soon here….I assume that organic fruits/veggies are best? I can’t wait to get started! I’ve been wanting to do this for a long time, but didn’t know how to get started; then I came-upon this website last night! I need to lose a LOT of weight, and want so much to be healthy and energetic again!! Thanks for being here!!!

    • SGS Rawkstar Jessie 7.16.2014 at 9:32 am #

      Hey Sandy! Thanks for joining our community of green smoothie consumers! Let us know if we can answers any questions on your journey to loving lots of leafy greens! :)

    • sara 1.27.2015 at 1:02 pm #

      Sandy,
      I’m like you! I’m at working in a call center and it’s slow. I came across this website and I can’t stop reading all the great marterial that it is providing me with! I can’t wait to start and going to give myself on Feb. 2nd to start (want to eat bad stuff on Superbowl Sunday)
      I wait to begin my journey on a healthy eating and weight loss. A question, I have for everyone, is there any different types of veggie or fruits I shoud include in my green smoothie if I’m trying to lose weight? My friend puts giner root in hers, has anyone tried that and does that help with losing weight? The last question is, does anyone know if there is something to put in your smoothie to help with tummy fatness?
      Thanks for reading and I look forward in reading what everyone has to offer and brings to the table!

      Sara

      • SGS Rawkstar Jessie 1.27.2015 at 5:20 pm #

        Hey Sara!

        Thanks for blendin’ with us + joining us for the Fresh Start Cleanse. :) Our co-founder Jadah lost 20+ lbs by drink 1 green smoothie a day (16oz) + her normal lunch and dinner. Results may vary, depending on how active you are. But the leafy greens and fresh fruit are awesome fuel for your body.

        Best wishes.

  18. Glates Strong 5.30.2014 at 3:24 pm #

    I am not referring to the cleanse. I want to know how to use the detox with regular smoothies for healthy living daily, weekly and monthly. Thank You for the timely response…

    • SGS Rawkstar Dan 6.2.2014 at 12:13 pm #

      Hi Glates!
      Feel free to use herbs however often you’d like! We don’t have a detox program with green smoothies at this time, but herbs are such a great thing to help cleanse your body and keep you healthy.

  19. Glates 5.30.2014 at 12:01 pm #

    This is a followup to activiate subscription to detox herbs.

  20. Glates 5.30.2014 at 10:39 am #

    I love the regular green smoothies but I want to try the detox receipes. I am unsure of how to use. How often do you detox and how do you use in conjunction with regular green smoothies?

  21. Rachel Linn 5.21.2014 at 9:03 am #

    I have been wanting to get on the Green Smoothie Bandwagon for some time now and then I finally found your website that really helped to educate me on how to get started and what I need and just the overall encouragement I needed! I have been doing this for 3 days now and already feeling great!!! I really appreciate this website and all your excellent information, now I am eating and drinking plenty of veggies and further on my way to living a whole food lifestyle!

    • SGS Rawkstar Dan 5.21.2014 at 1:01 pm #

      So great to hear from you, Rachel! Let us know if you have any questions, and keep rawkin’ those green smoothies.

      • Jan Bull 5.21.2014 at 10:09 pm #

        Hello, I’m new to the green smoothie scene also and I have a couple of questions I’m hoping you can answer for me. I’m not supposed to eat bananas and citrus fruit and I notice quite a number of recipes add one or two bananas, I suspect for bulk? Can you tell me what I can use instead of the banana in those recipes please? I’ve found this site so very helpful, thank you very much. :)

    • SGS Rawkstar Dan 5.23.2014 at 12:29 pm #

      So glad you’ve joined the green smoothie bandwagon, Rachel! Let us know if there’s anything we can help you with.

  22. Mina 5.11.2014 at 5:18 am #

    This is amazing. I love fresh herbs as I’m cooking, but still new to trying in my smoothies. Btw, I don’t have such a good blender, but I do own a kickass juicer, can I use all the recipies as juices too? Maybe It’s a waste on some of the good “fruity-flesh”…. Anything else one can do with the leftovers?
    I will experiment some and trying to replace my sons holiday sugary snacks to delicious and nutricious drinks instead… he loves smoothies, so think we can rock this green-lifestyle. :)

    • SGS Rawkstar Dan 5.12.2014 at 12:07 pm #

      Hi Mina!
      If the recipes work for juicing then go for it! We’ve got no problems against that.

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