The holidays are a time for family, friends, love, and of course… lots of food. It always leaves me craving something really fresh and healthy to cleanse my system, and this smoothie does just that. It’s quick and easy and perfect for the day after a big holiday meal or party. The ingredients in this smoothie all have their own slew of health benefits, too. Carrots are rich in antioxidants and beta-carotene, which is transformed into vitamin A in the liver. Vitamin A helps the liver flush toxins from the body, which is hugely beneficial during the holidays. The sweetness of carrots can also help curb sugar cravings :). In addition to these great benefits, carrots are known to improve skin, vision, and teeth and gum health! Apples are a great source of antioxidants and vitamin C, which gives your immune system a boost. They are also good at satisfying hunger with a small amount of calories, so their inclusion in the smoothie makes it even more satisfying. Lastly, ginger is the perfect final addition with its ability to help ease the stomach and treat migraines, colds, and the flu.Here’s the recipe for my holiday detox smoothie – if you have your own recipe please share it in the comments, I’d love to try it!
Holiday Detox Smoothie
Makes 2 servings
1 1/2 carrots, peeled and chopped – if your carrots are larger, just use one. Mine were on the smaller side so I used one and a half.
1/2 an apple – you can use any type of apple you want, I chose a red gala.
1 tbsp ginger, freshly chopped.
1/2 cup pure apple juice
In addition to these ingredients I added a 1/2 cup of water, just to thin the smoothie out a bit.
Chop and peel the ingredients and add all into blender.
Blend until smooth, pour in a glass and enjoy! I had this for lunch today and it was delicious :).
If you have a yummy smoothie recipe that’s great for cleansing during and after the holidays, let us know in the comments!
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Photos by Julia.