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Liver Detox Smoothie

Nutritious liver detox smoothie with apples, spinach, banana, carrot, parsley, turmeric, lemon, walnuts, and hemp protein powder. This healthful, filling smoothie is packed with everything you need to help cleanse and revitalize your body.

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Liver Detox Smoothie with apple, spinach, parsley, turmeric, and more! This nutritious smoothie is a great tool for cleansing!

I mentioned in my Anti-Inflammatory Carrot Ginger Smoothie post, I always like to start the New Year with a smoothie recipe or two to help clear out any over-abundance we may have entertained during the holidays.

And also, who doesn’t love a great, nutritious smoothie?

You may have noticed, I like to give a theme to each of my smoothie recipes.

For instance, the Immunity Boosting Tropical Smoothie, Good Digestion Smoothie , Anti-Inflammatory Smoothie, and Aphrodisiac Smoothie recipes I’ve posted in the past do just what their titles suggest. 😉

And now? It’s time to detox our livers.

Why Liver Function is Important:

I know, not exactly the sexiest topic in the world, but bare with me here, because this stuff’s important.

We typically don’t think about each of our organs when we’re sitting down to a meal with family, are going out for a night on the town, or simply making day-to-day food choices. It’s easy to overlook the parts of our body that aren’t immediately obvious, but the liver serves some pretty important functions.

Storing vitamins, minerals and glycogen, removing toxins from your bloodstream, producing bile to digest fat and break down hormones, balancing protein, fat and sugar in the bloodstream, and eliminating old red blood cells are just a few of its many functions.

Signs Your Liver Needs Help:

Some tell tale signs that your liver isn’t working as well as it should is if you experience bloating or gas, constipation, heartburn or acid reflux, anxiety or depression, have a difficult time losing weight, experience chronic fatigue, excessive sweating, and more.

So basically, if your liver’s pissed, other systems in your body will react to let you know something’s up.

When we think of liver damage, we typically think of excessive alcohol consumption, but it’s entirely possible to have an improperly functioning liver without drinking.

Common causes of liver damage are eating processed foods (in particular, hydrogenated oils and refined sugar), alcohol consumption, having autoimmune disease, taking certain medications, not getting the proper nutrients from your food (malnutrition), and more.

Liver Detox Smoothie with apple, spinach, parsley, turmeric, ginger and more! This healthy smoothie is a great tool for cleansing!

In this sense you can see the importance of taking a load off your liver, throwing it a metaphorical bone to help it do its job more efficiently so that your overall health is in tip top shape.

How to Support Your Liver:

Step 1 in your liver detox journey is to remove processed foods from your diet, and add foods that support and detoxify your liver.

Foods like the ones you see in this smoothie recipe will help you get rid of toxins and will nourish your organs so that they aren’t overly taxed.

Your goal is to lower systemic inflammation by removing pro-inflammatory foods from your diet, and instead incorporating anti-inflammatory foods.

We’ll discuss the cleansing properties of this smoothie in a moment, but I want first to discuss the protein component.

I often add protein powder to my smoothies if I’m using them as a meal-replacement in order to ensure I get adequate protein for the day.

Protein Powder:

I used Hemp Protein Powder in this smoothie to give it a plant-based protein boost, making it a well-rounded meal-in-a-glass, or excellent pre or post-workout snack. If you look at the ingredient list on the back of the package, the only ingredient is hemp protein powder. No added anything, no sweeteners, artificial flavors, etc.

For me, this is key in choosing a protein powder, because I feel everything but the protein is unnecessary. The powder blends easily in smoothies and can also be incorporated baked goods, pancake batter, and/or oatmeal.

I’ve mentioned this is past posts, but I learned a few months ago that I wasn’t consuming enough protein, so I’ve been hyper-vigilant about my intake.

While I do eat animal protein, I like to derive some of my protein from plant-based sources as well.

Since I have a sensitive digestive system, many protein powders mess with me, but hemp protein works like a charm! Adding it to a smoothie or energy bars/bites is an effective, easy-to-process form of protein.

Liver Detox Smoothie with apple, spinach, parsley, turmeric, and more! This nutritious smoothie is a great tool for cleansing!

For those interested parties, we can geek out a little more on the liver detox front. I researched which foods help detoxify your liver and added my favorites to this smoothie.

I use apples, carrots, banana, walnuts, spinach, parsley, fresh lemon juice, fresh turmeric, a dash of cinnamon, and almond milk.

Ingredients for Liver Detox Smoothie:

Apples: Contain a good source of pectin, which is necessary for the body to cleanse and release toxins from the digestive tract. In this sense, apples help the liver handle the toxic load.

Carrots: high in plant-flavonoids and beta-carotene which can help stimulate and support overall liver function

Bananas: Potassium is essential to keeping your liver healthy and it’s also imperitive for cardiovascular health, lowering bad cholesterol, and lowering systolic blood pressure. Psst! Sweet potatoes are an even better source of potassium than bananas!

Walnuts: Walnuts help the liver in detoxify ammonia, and are also high in glutathione and omega-3 fatty acids, which help keep the liver clean. Walnuts are best consumed when liquified to make them easier for your body to digest, so adding them to a smoothie is quite brilliant!

Parsley: Contains a high concentration of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, enzymes, chlorophyll and volatile oils, all of which support healthy liver function. Parsley, along with other fresh herbs, is known for its awesome liver and kidney support.

Lemon: High in vitamin C, which helps the body break down toxic materials into substances that can be absorbed by water.

Turmeric: Turmeric assists enzymes that actively flush out dietary toxins, making it a powerful anti-inflammatory and antioxidant.

Spinach: Extremely high in chlorophyll, leafy greens soak up environmental toxins from the bloodstream. They neutralize heavy metals, chemicals, and pesticides and also help protect the liver.

Cinnamon:  I love adding cinnamon to my coffee and smoothies both for flavor and for improved blood circulation. While cinnamon isn’t known for its liver-cleanse properties, I adore its circulatory benefits.

Foods That Detoxify Your Liver:

More liver cleanse foods that I didn’t include in this smoothie are  papaya, beets, artichoke, asparagus, kale, and Brussels sprouts, cabbage, lime, avocados, green tea, grapefruit, and garlic. Feel free to play with your smoothie ingredients and perhaps consider adding papaya, beets, avocado, kale, and/or grapefruit.

What else can you do to help detox your liver? Drink raw vegetable juice (think leafy greens and beet juice), make sure you get plenty of B vitamins, Vitamin C and iron in your diet, take a milk thistle supplement and/or a dandelion supplement, and/or consume beef liver or take a liver supplement.

Recipe Adaptations:

If you’re intolerant to bananas, consider adding 1/2 cup papaya or ¼ to ½ a cooked (and cooled) sweet potato in lieu of the banana – as it turns out, sweet potatoes are an even better source of potassium than bananas, so you can’t go wrong by making the switch!

Whether you went off-the-charts bonkers with alcohol and food during the holidays or not, being mindful of your operating system is a sure way to maintain health long-term.

So there we have it! A smoothie that fills, nourishes, detoxes, and revitalizes! Pour it in a pretty glass, sip it out of a fancy straw and feel your liver (and the rest of your body) thanking you for the vacation.

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Liver Detox Smoothie with apple, spinach, parsley, turmeric, and more! This nutritious smoothie is a great tool for cleansing!

Liver Detox Smoothie

Yield: 1 smoothie
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes

Liver Detox Smoothie with apples, parsley, hemp protein, lemon, turmeric, and more!

Ingredients

  • 1 ripe banana, peeled*
  • 1/2 green apple, cored and chopped
  • 1 medium-sized carrot, peeled and chopped
  • 1 handful baby spinach
  • 1 (1/4-inch) nub turmeric root, peeled
  • 1 Tbsp fresh parsley, chopped
  • 3 walnut halves
  • 2 Tbsp Hemp Protein Powder
  • 1/2 lemon, juiced
  • 1 pinch cinnamon, optional
  • 3/4 cup unsweetened almond milk, see note**

Instructions

  1. Add all ingredients for the smoothie to a blender and blend until completely smooth. Taste smoothie for flavor and add more cinnamon and/or some honey to taste.

Notes

*Replace banana with 1/2 cup chopped papaya if intolerant to banana. Papaya is a powerful antiparasitic and also aids the liver.

**for a sweeter, tropical-tasting smoothie, use orange juice

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 1 Serving Size: 1 smoothie
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 217Total Fat: 3gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCarbohydrates: 48gFiber: 9gSugar: 26gProtein: 5g

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Jean

Sunday 25th of April 2021

I have a difficult time with the “slimes” texture spinach gives smoothies. Any suggestions? Spinach salad, yum, spinach in smoothie not as much.

Julia

Monday 3rd of May 2021

Hi Jean!

You can omit the spinach if you don't like the texture :) Save it for salad! xo

Sue

Tuesday 30th of March 2021

Can you use powdered tumeric. I can't find fresh in my area

Sue

Sunday 4th of April 2021

@Julia, thanks for the info. I did find tumeric on amazon, but when that's used I can switch.

Julia

Tuesday 30th of March 2021

Hi Sue! Yes, absolutely. You can add 1/4 teaspoon to 1 teaspoon of ground turmeric to the smoothie, depending on your taste for turmeric. If you're new to it, I would start light and work your way up :D xoxo

Paula

Tuesday 26th of January 2021

Thank you for sharing the recipe. I've been drinking it daily with a few modifications. I replaced the spinach with dandelion greens and use unsweetened coconut milk (or water) instead of almond milk. I'm using the papaya instead of banana-- great suggestion. I'm working on liver repair and hope this will help my healing over time. Thank you!

Julia

Wednesday 27th of January 2021

I'm so happy you enjoy it, Paula! Thrilled you like it with the papaya!:D Cheers to great health xoxo

Gayle Smith

Tuesday 26th of January 2021

I left out the honey, used a whole apple. It's totally delicious. I can't believe I haven't tried this sooner. I' going to work my way through all of her recipes.

Julia

Tuesday 26th of January 2021

I'm so happy you like it, Gayle! Thank you for the sweet note :D xoxo

Brandon Dan

Thursday 7th of January 2021

Six years ago I was found HBsAg positive and by taking Worldherbsclinic HBV herbal medicine, now I am negative. abdominal pain gone. All this happened between 2 months.Am very happy to share my victory over HBV. I always knew i will beat this deadly disease, i never stopped researching for solution. Don’t ever give up, you will surely be free on day.

Julia

Friday 8th of January 2021

Thanks so much for sharing your experience, Brandon! My warmest wishes go out to you...stay healthy and happy!! xoxo

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