Spring Green Detox Smoothie

Dr. Erin Crossman, ND

Spring is one of the best times to detoxify the body, especially the liver and gallbladder. Nature supports cleansing in the spring season because it’s a time of physiological transformation; your sleep patterns, diet, mood, and energy are all coming into a new balance. During these shifts, your internal environment is in a more receptive place for other types of change, making it an ideal time to detoxify!

Top food qualities that support detoxification

  • Dark leafy greens
    • Rich in chlorophyll as well as vitamin and mineral powerhouses to support detox
    • g. Nettle leaves, kale, chard, collard greens, spinach
  • Bitter foods
    • Tasting bitterness stimulates digestive secretions from your mouth, stomach, pancreas, and liver which in turn supports digestion and elimination/detoxification
    • g. Dandelion greens, artichoke, chicory, endive, arugula, radicchio, citrus fruits like lemon
  • Sulphur-containing foods
    • A vital component in producing the liver’s primary antioxidant – glutathione
    • g. onions, garlic, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, kale, cabbage
  • Foods high in water soluble fiber
    • Combined with water, water soluble fiber forms a gel-like substance that can absorb toxins in the digestive tract and promote their elimination
    • g. pear, apple, plum, artichoke, chia, psyllium, ground flax, lentils, oatmeal

One great way to get these components into your diet is through a smoothie. This smoothie recipe is adapted from Ali Segersten’s great blog on the Nourishing Meals website:

Spring Green Detox Smoothie

1) Blend the below fruit mixture until smooth and creamy:

1 ripe pear, cored

1 apple, cored

1 ripe plum, pitted

1 large chunk of fresh ginger

1 lemon, juiced


2) Stuff as many greens as you can fit into the blender and blend again. After the greens have blended, add more greens and blend again. Use whatever greens please you (see above for ideas)!


Reference:  http://www.nourishingmeals.com/2009/04/spring-green-smoothie.html#more