Support your body with this plant-based liver detox smoothie! It’s full of nutrient-dense ingredients like spinach, broccoli, and mango. It has a bright green hue and plenty of antioxidants.
This liver detox smoothie is refreshing, naturally sweet, and packed with antioxidants. Even my three year old devoured it quickly!
What is a Liver Detox?
The liver is an essential organ that creates proteins and hormones your body needs. It has a ton of jobs to do, but one of them is to detoxify your body by cleaning harmful substances out of your blood.
It’s important to take care of your liver so it can do its job. One way to do that is through a healthy diet. While a liver cleanse smoothie isn’t a cure-all, it’s a great way to support your body’s natural detoxification system.
Healthy Foods for your Liver:
Diet plays a crucial role in managing liver health. Certain foods help improve liver enzymes, decrease inflammation, and protect against fat buildup.
- Cruciferous vegetables – Veggies provide your liver with micronutrients, fiber, and beneficial plant compounds! Broccoli, kale, cabbage, and cauliflower are good options for smoothies.
- Nuts – A good source of heart-healthy fats, antioxidants, vitamin E, and beneficial plant compounds! Try walnuts, almonds, or cashews.
- Leafy greens – Greens are loaded with antioxidants and fiber. Try baby spinach, kale, mustard greens, microgreens, collards, or even fresh herbs like Parsley.
- Berries – Blueberries, raspberries, and cranberries contain polyphenols, antioxidants that may protect the liver from damage.
- Fruit – Fruits are high in antioxidants that can boost your liver health. Try grapes, apples, grapefruit, mango, pineapple, and citrus.
Avoid drinking too much alcohol and junk food with little nutritional value. Foods that are high in saturated fat are hard on your liver and can lead to inflammation!
This liver cleanse smoothie is made up of plant-based whole foods. It’s naturally gluten-free, dairy-free, and vegan!
Baby spinach – Leafy greens are a great way to boost the nutritional value of a smoothie! Spinach contains antioxidants that decrease oxidative stress and prevent cell damage. It’s mild in flavor with delicate leaves, so it blends easily and doesn’t overpower the flavor of the smoothie.
Banana – Naturally sweetens the smoothie AND makes it creamy! Use a yellow, ripe banana for the sweetest results.
Frozen broccoli – Frozen broccoli pulverizes easier than fresh, especially if you don’t have a Vitamix. Broccoli is a good source of bioactive compounds that reduce inflammation. It’s also rich in Vitamins C and K!
Mango & pineapple – Mango and pineapple naturally sweeten this smoothie without the need for added sugar. They’re also rich in vitamin C and micronutrients like folate, magnesium, and potassium.
Almond milk – Avoid added sugar and opt for unsweetened. One cup of almond milk is only 40 calories with no saturated fat!
Orange juice – For added sweetness and vitamin C!
Lime – For an extra boost of antioxidants and a slight zip! A squeeze of lime balances out all the flavors.
How to Make a Liver Cleanse Smoothie:
This liver detox drink is super simple!
Combine ingredients: In the pitcher of your blender, combine the baby spinach, banana, frozen broccoli, frozen mango, frozen pineapple, almond milk, orange juice, and lime juice.
TIP: Placing the soft ingredients closest to the blades helps the blades catch the ingredients. The liquid sinks to the bottom no matter what, so you can add that last.
Blend & adjust: Blend until smooth and creamy. The smoothie should be thick at this point. Add more liquid if you prefer a thinner consistency. I like mine on the thicker side.
Serve: Pour into glasses and enjoy immediately. Green smoothies are best enjoyed fresh!
- If possible, use a high-speed blender. When it comes to green smoothies, a high-speed blender like a Vitamix will give you the best results. It has a powerful motor that pulverizes the greens (and broccoli) until it’s completely smooth!
- Adjust the consistency to your liking. I don’t like watery smoothies, so I make mine on the thicker side. It’s very easy to adjust the consistency. Just add more liquid, a little bit at a time, until you reach the thickness you like.
- If your using a regular blender and the ingredients aren’t moving, stop the blender and add a splash more liquid.
I highly recommend enjoying green smoothies right away. However, you can store the smoothie in the refrigerator for up to 4 hours. Pour it into an insulated cup or thermos and refrigerate until ready to drink.
Or make it into smoothie pops! Pour it into popsicle molds, add popsicle sticks, and freeze overnight. My kiddos love smoothie pops, even green ones!
Add-ins & Substitutions:
- Ginger root – Add ginger paste for a spicy kick and powerful plant compounds!
- Chia seeds – Add a tablespoon of chia seeds for plant-based protein and omega 3 fatty acids.
- Plant-based protein powder – Add a scoop of pea protein for a boost of filling protein.
- Greens – Swap the baby spinach with baby kale, collards, or Swiss chard.
More Green Smoothies:
- Detox Island Green Copycat Recipe
- Alkaline Smoothie
- Frozen Spinach Smoothie with Pineapple
- Tropical Spinach Cucumber Smoothie
Liver Detox Smoothie
- high-speed blender
- 1 cup baby spinach or baby kale
- 1 banana peeled
- 1 cup frozen broccoli
- 1 cup frozen mango chunks
- ½ cup frozen pineapple chunks
- ½ lime, juiced
- ¾ cup unsweetened almond milk
- ½ cup orange juice
- In the pitcher of a high-speed blender, combine the baby spinach, banana, frozen broccoli, frozen mango, frozen pineapple, lime juice, almond milk, and orange juice.
- Make sure to put the spinach and banana closest to the blades. Blend until smooth and creamy! The smoothie should be thick at this point. If you want it thinner, add a splash more almond milk and blend.
- Pour into glasses and enjoy immediately!