Detox With This Green Smoothie Loaded With Good Fat

A detox expert shares one of his favorite smoothie recipes to give you super-human health.

March 10, 2015
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Avocado has gotten an undeserved bad rap for its fat, but it's all good—literally. In fact, avocados lower cholesterol and lipids and have been studied for their anticancer potency. The D-glucaric acid, beta-carotene, and sulfur in the spinach and the toxin-binding citrus pectin contribute to the detoxifying activity of this recipe. Interestingly, one study found that spinach-supplemented diets reversed age-related declines in brain cells, cognition, motor skills, and behavior in rats. Like Popeye, you'll be saying, "I'm strong to the finish, 'cause I eats my spinach!"

Green Goodness Smoothie

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Ingredients:
3 cups loosely packed baby spinach leaves
1 large cucumber, peeled and seeds removed
1 avocado
½ lime, peel and white pith removed
12 to 16 ounces cold water

Directions:
1. Combine the spinach, cucumber, avocado, lime, and water in a blender.

2. Blend on high speed for 1 to 2 minutes, or until mixture is smooth. Turn off the blender and check consistency. Add water as needed.

3. Pour into a chilled glass, stir, and serve.

Can be refrigerated in a blender jar, shaker cup, or mason jar for up to 12 hours. Blend briefly or shake well before serving.

Per serving: 51 calories, 0 grams total fat, 0 milligrams cholesterol, 53 milligrams sodium, 422 milligrams potassium, 12 grams total carbohydrates (8 grams sugar), 2 grams fiber, 2 grams protein

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TIP: Buy avocados in three stages of ripeness: ripe, almost ripe, and unripe, and you'll have avocados at just the right stage of ripeness all week. If the lime's too strong for you in this recipe, next time blend all ingredients and just finish off with ½ lime squeezed with a citrus squeezer (no pulp or pith gets in this way). Also, if you're feeling adventurous, try a variation with a little muddled mint for the mojito lover in you!

Adapted from The Detox Prescription