A Healthier Way to Detox, and a Green Smoothie Recipe!

by Anjali @ The Picky Eater on February 4, 2013

Can I just say that after last night’s stressful, nail-biter of a Superbowl, I could definitely use a mental and physical detox today!

I’m a Bay Area girl, so obviously I was sad that the Niners lost. It was such a great comeback – and they were so close! We were in SF watching the game with some friends and after it was over, the streets of SF were eerily quiet.

The superbowl party we went to was still fun – we had a TON of delicious food (made by our awesome friends who hosted) like Veggie Chili, a Schwarma Station, Homemade cookies, wine and beer, and so much more.

We ate and ate, cheered and yelled at the TV, and ate some more.

We went to bed late, and as I woke up this morning I thought, “I could use something refreshing today.” and “I need to detox my mind.”

So in honor of starting fresh, post-Superbowl party, here are a few of my quick detox tips and a green smoothie recipe to start off your week 🙂

10 Quick Tips to Detox: Mentally and Physically

  1. Eat mostly plants (as Michael Pollan would say) and try going vegetarian for the day or the week (or stick to smaller portions of lean meat)
  2. Eat organic foods (non-GMO, pesticide-free)
  3. Try my 7 Day Plan for Clean Eating
  4. Avoid packaged food products (which often contain toxic substances like artificial colors and preservatives)
  5. Avoid secondhand smoke, and (while this is a longer term effort, that requires significant commitment) try to quit smoking
  6. Drink plenty of water
  7. Exercise! The best way to detox/get rid of toxins in your body is to sweat them out
  8. Take deep breaths (inhale for 4 seconds, exhale for 6 seconds)
  9. Try sitting still, in a quiet room, with your eyes closed for 3-5 minutes before you go to bed: this is a light form of meditation that can make it easier for you to let go of everything that happened during the day before you go to sleep (and try to get 7 hours of sleep at least every night!)
  10. Drink this green smoothie recipe every morning as part of your breakfast: it will rejuvenate and energize you for the day. You can enjoy it for breakfast or with a green salad and some protein at lunch – make it a green meal!

Green Smoothie Recipe

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Total Time: 5 minutes

Yield: 3 servings

Calories per serving: 100

Fat per serving: 3.5g

Nutritional Info Per Serving: 100 Calories, 3.5g Fat, 18g Carbs, 4.6g Fiber, 1.9g Protein


  • 4 leaves of kale (1-2 cups chopped)
  • 1 small apple
  • 1 small pear
  • 1 Tbsp almond butter (all natural, nothing added)
  • Unsweetened almond milk (4 oz)
  • Water (enough to make the drink smooth)
  • Ice – optional, for serving


  1. Put all of the ingredients in a blender – blend until smooth. Drink and enjoy.

{ 26 comments… read them below or add one }

Maria Tadic February 4, 2013 at 10:34 am

Just reading this recipe sounds refreshing! Although we had vegan nachos last night during the game, I had one too many. This sounds nice and light! Can’t wait to try it!


Anjali @ The Picky Eater February 5, 2013 at 10:00 am

Thanks Maria! Haha it sounds like your superbowl experience was similar to mine – we had healthy veggie chili – but I had like 3 bowls 🙂 I definitely felt refreshed after drinking this smoothie yesterday & today! Enjoy!


Jill February 4, 2013 at 3:37 pm

This sounds delicious. Will the extra keep in the fridge or freezer?


Anjali @ The Picky Eater February 5, 2013 at 10:01 am

Thanks Jill! I think extra will keep in the fridge for a day or two. The water might separate from the fruits/veggies, so you might have to shake it up before you drink it again. But I think definitely the next day should be fine. Let me know how you like it!


alyssa February 16, 2013 at 10:42 pm

I’m allergic to almonds… any suggestions for substitutions?


Anjali @ The Picky Eater February 16, 2013 at 11:44 pm

I would try unsweetened soy milk (instead of almond milk), and 1 Tbsp walnuts (instead of 1 Tbsp almond butter). Let me know how that turns out!


Kaya February 26, 2013 at 2:31 pm

I do my own version of a green smoothie which is possibly more sweet but is an amazing vitamin boost and anti inflammatory for runners.

– 1 whole banana ( potassium good for muscle strength and healing)
– 1/4 cup orange juice
– 1/4 cup almond milk( rice or soy or coconut ‘milk’ for allergic folks)
– Plain probiotic yogurt or kefir ( to keep away yeast infections and help digestion throughout the day)
– Handful of kale
– Handful of collard greens
– Handful of spinach
– 4 or 5 Blueberries/substitute with frozen grapes
– 2 Strawberries
– Tiny bit grated ginger



Anjali @ The Picky Eater February 26, 2013 at 5:12 pm

OMG I LOVE this recipe Kaya!!!! Thank you so much for sharing – I love that you put 3 types of greens in your smoothie. It seriously sounds delicious – I can’t wait to try it. Thanks again for the inspiration!


Kaya February 26, 2013 at 6:20 pm

LOL you’re welcome! Your recipes look super yummy btw. Indian fistbump 🙂


Anjali @ The Picky Eater February 27, 2013 at 5:05 pm

Haha! Thanks so much – love the fistbump Kaya! 🙂


Vessie March 4, 2013 at 3:01 am

Hi Anjali!! I love your blog and the recipes wow ! 🙂
This green smoothie is almost how I make mineeee and I love kale!! I make it with kale, celery, cucumber and pear 😉
This is how I start my every day, green smoothie power!! 😀


Anjali @ The Picky Eater March 4, 2013 at 8:23 am

Hi Vessie!! Aww thank you so much!! I’m so glad you like my recipes! Aren’t green smoothies great?? They are really the perfect way to start the day! I’ll have to add cucumber to mine next time – that sounds delicious!!


Vessie March 4, 2013 at 3:11 pm

:)You are welcome! Yes try the cucumber Anjali it gives a light and refreshing taste to it mmmmm…:)


Anjali @ The Picky Eater March 4, 2013 at 10:36 pm

Yum! Light & refreshing is my kind of drink!


Lindsey April 11, 2013 at 3:10 pm

Would sunflower butter be an okay substitute for almond/walnut butter? I have a severe nut allergy.


Anjali @ The Picky Eater April 11, 2013 at 5:19 pm

Yes! I think sunflower butter can definitely work – as long as you like the flavor of it (because it is very distinct flavor wise). Definitely try it out and let me know how it tastes!


Jasmine April 23, 2013 at 4:46 pm

I think it’s time that I detox my body! Thanks for sharing your green smoothie recipe!


Anjali @ The Picky Eater April 24, 2013 at 12:26 am

No problem at all Jasmine!! I’m sure you will love it, and good luck with your detox! 🙂


jordan October 10, 2013 at 4:06 pm

I juice all the time and always looking for new recipes! sounds good! Im going to try it soon!


Anjali @ The Picky Eater October 10, 2013 at 4:48 pm

Oh great! Let me know how you like it Jordan!


Thay January 16, 2014 at 12:48 pm

Love this recipe! Quick and easy to do, and refreshing! Your recipes and blog are really inspiring!


Anjali @ The Picky Eater January 17, 2014 at 10:24 pm

Awesome!! Yes I love green smoothies – it’s such an easy way to get a ton of healthy veggies and fruits into your diet 🙂 So glad you liked this recipe and my blog as well!


Allison May 7, 2014 at 1:26 pm

I love your blog! I just tried this recipe and it was awesome! I substituted a banana for the apple because that was what I had in the house. It tasted great.
Thanks for all of the awesome recipes:)


Anjali @ The Picky Eater May 9, 2014 at 3:59 pm

Aw thanks so much Allison! I’m so glad you’ve been enjoying my blog and my recipes! 🙂 And substituting a banana for the apple is a great way to switch up this smoothie!


Jelly July 18, 2014 at 1:42 am

I’ve been on detox for almost 3 days and I’m glad that I was able to read this recipe, I have another addition to my list of green smoothies. Thanks for sharing, by the way what type of blender are you using?


Anjali @ The Picky Eater July 19, 2014 at 11:24 am

Glad you like this recipe! I use a Cuisinart blender for my smoothies, and sometimes I use the Ninja if I just want one serving. Hope that helps!


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