Detox your green smoothies with herbs

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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.

83 Responses to “Detox your green smoothies with herbs”

  1. 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

  2. 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!

  3. 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 :)

  4. 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?

  5. 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:-)

  6. 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! :)

  7. 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!!

  8. 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! :)

  9. 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.

  10. Glates 5.30.2014 at 12:01 pm #

    This is a followup to activiate subscription to detox herbs.

  11. 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?

  12. 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.

  13. 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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