Spring detox – 3 delicious green smoothie recipes to get you up and running

Kiwi, Mango and Mint smoothie
After stuffing yourself full of chocolate and sweets on Woman’s Day, your body is in dire need of a trip down “spring detox” lane, for a boost of energy and nutritious goodness. If you tend to skip breakfast and veggies aren’t your cup of tea, these green smoothies are the perfect cure. Take a look below and choose from 3 delicious and healthy recipes!

Kiwi, Mango and Mint smoothie

You will need:

– 3 kiwifruit, peeled (you can keep the peel on if it’s organic)
– 3 cups fresh baby spinach
– 1 mango, pitted
– 5-6 fresh mint leaves
– 1 celery stalk
– 8 ounces water (you can use bottled or filtered water)


Add the water, followed by the fruit, and lastly, the greens into your blender and blend on high for 30 seconds, making sure you get a nice smooth consistency.

This recipe yields one delicious serving, loaded with vitamin A, vitamin C and iron, which can easily replace your breakfast bagel you usually grab on the go. Take your time drinking it and don’t eat anything for at least half an hour afterwards.

Spinach, Apple and Avocado smoothie

You will need:

– 1 ½ cups apple juice
– 2 cups chopped spinach
– 1 chopped apple (keep the peel on for extra antioxidants!)
– ½ avocado, sliced or chopped


Add the ingredients one by one in the blender, and mix them into a creamy puree. You can add a little bit of water if the consistency isn’t liquid enough.

You get plenty of iron and calcium from this recipe and it’s nutritious enough to keep you well-fed all morning. Also, the recipe yields 2 servings, so you can store the remainder in the fridge until you come home.

Green tea, Cilantro and Kale smoothie

You will need:

– 1 cup finely chopped cilantro
– 1 cup green tea (add 1-2 teaspoons green tea leaves to a cup of hot water and let it infuse for 3-5 minutes; remove the leaves and let it cool)
– 1 cup chopped baby kale
– Juice from a lemon
– 1 cup chopped cucumber
– 1 cup chopped pineapple
– ½ avocado, sliced or chopped
– 1 tablespoon finely grated ginger


Simply add all the ingredients into your blender, and blend until smooth. The recipe yields one serving, full of antioxidants, vitamin C, vitamin K, potassium and natural fibre.

Moreover, the bromelain in pineapple and the soothing qualities of ginger aid in digestion and help alleviate stomach problems.


– Always drink the smoothies while fresh; don’t store them for more than 24 h
– Add crushed ice cubes to the mix for a refreshing effect; you can also make fruity ice cubes, by placing fruit chunks in the ice tray and adding a little bit of water
– Dunk the rim of your glass in brown sugar and add a splash of cinnamon for extra flavour
– Get creative and create your own recipes, according to your taste and available supplies

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