Lemons, limes and other citrus fruits rank highly for their cleansing properties. They are among the most water rich fruits which help flush toxins out of your body. The fiber in lemon, lime, orange and grapefruit “scrubs” your intestines and supports colon function (one of your body’s most important detox organs).
This green smoothie combines the sour flavor of lemon-lime with the sweetness of banana and orange for a delicious blend. Added to the mix are dandelion greens, believed to be one of the top cleansing greens you can eat. If you don’t have access to dandelion greens, simply use a different leafy green such as kale, chard, collards or even spinach.
Since this is a detox smoothie recipe, I recommend that you use only organic ingredients since conventional produce may have pesticide residues.
Lemon-Lime Detox Smoothie Recipe
- 1/2 medium lemon, peeled and deseeded
- 1/2 medium lime, peeled and deseeded
- 2 medium bananas, peeled
- juice from 1 large orange
- 1-2 cups chopped dandelion greens, kale or spinach (optional)*
Start by adding the liquid to your blender (I use a Vitamix), followed by the soft fruit. Add the greens to your blender last. Blend on high for 30 seconds or until the smoothie is creamy.
* With 2 cups chopped dandelion greens.
Calcium: 25% RDA (Recommended Daily Allowance)
Iron: 4.6mg (milligrams)
Vitamin A: 384% RDA
Vitamin C: 141% RDA
This smoothie is also a rich source of B vitamins, vitamin K and E as well as copper, magnesium, manganese, phosphorus and potassium.
Serving Size: One. (This recipe makes a large, 32-ounce smoothie. It is a meal-replacement smoothie and not a snack. I recommend drinking half right away and the other half about 30 minutes later. If it is too much for you, store leftovers in a sealed container in the refrigerator for up to 24 hours.)
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Tracy Russell is the creator of RESET 28: A 28-Day Program For Energy, Weight Loss & A Healthy Glow, and founder of Incredible Smoothies. She has been helping people take control of their health and well being with green smoothies, a whole foods diet, and fitness since 2009.