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Green Detox Smoothie

This Green Detox Smoothie is packed with vitamins and nutrients from fresh fruit, greens and chia seeds for a healthy and delicious breakfast or snack!
Is anyone else feeling it? That heavy, run-down, “we-survived-the-holidays-but-barely” feeling?

I am.

Too many late nights, sweets in my tummy and servings of German Pancakes, Crab Cakes and Hot Fudge Sauce…but, that’s why I love that a New Year follows the holiday season. It’s a time to restart, whether it’s a mental, physical or spiritual change, each new year brings motivation and determination to try harder and be better. Exercise more, change your career, eat healthier, spend more time with old friends…whatever it is, GO AND GET IT!

We always spend New Year’s Eve at my parents’ cabin with a bunch of our family friends. We’ve had this tradition as long as I can remember, and it’s something I always look forward to. We’ve had balloon drops, dance parties (complete with a live band), limbo competitions, who-can-stand-outside-barefoot-in-the-snow-the-longest competitions…you name it, we’ve done it. This year was especially fun because my cute sister Katie got proposed to!

Magical Proposal
But, as fun as the cabin is, it’s always my “last straw.” I come home feeling SO done with the parties, rich food and late nights. I’m always ready for a fresh start on things, and the perfect way to do it is with this Green Detox Smoothie!

This Green Detox Smoothie is packed with vitamins and nutrients from fresh fruit, greens and chia seeds for a healthy and delicious breakfast or snack!
This recipe is great because it’s simple and you can mix it up according to what you have in your fridge. The optional ginger has that distinctively strong ginger taste, but it definitely helps to detoxify your gut after all the rich food and sweets. The lime brightens it up, so this smoothie turns into a fruity, fresh and flavorful treat. This Green Detox Smoothie is a bright, healthy and delicious breakfast or snack to start the New Year off right!

Green Detox Smoothie

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Total Time: 5 minutes

Yield: Serves 2 (about 24 oz.)


  • 1 cup sliced fresh pineapple
  • 1 frozen banana
  • 1 cup apple, cubed (approximately 1 small apple)
  • 1 cup packed kale or spinach
  • 2 Tbsps. chia seeds
  • 2 tsp. lime
  • Freshly grated ginger, to taste (optional) *see notes
  • 1 cup unsweetened vanilla or original almond milk


  1. Add everything in a powerful blender and blend on high until mixed completely. Add additional liquid if needed.
  2. Serve immediately for best results.


*Ginger is very strong, so start with just a tiny bit and add to taste.

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  • Reply Missy January 4, 2016 at 8:43 am

    Perfect timing! After the holidays a detox is much needed! I am not much for green smoothies but this looks really good! I will be trying it tomorrow!

    • Reply Sarah January 4, 2016 at 8:59 am


      At first I wasn’t a huge fan of green smoothies either. The trick is to slowly add the greens. So maybe start with less greens than the recipe calls for, and then over time, you can slowly add more, which gives your palate time to adjust to it. Eventually, you won’t even notice the green!

  • Reply Sara - The Organic Dietitian January 4, 2016 at 9:23 am

    I love green smoothies and will be adding lots of ginger for the health benefits. I just got a vitamix for christmas so thanks for the smoothie recipe!

    • Reply Sarah January 4, 2016 at 1:03 pm

      Sara! You are one lucky girl…that’s a great Christmas present. I personally have a Blendtec, but I’ve used Vitamix and loved it! Smoothies for dayzzz. 🙂

  • Reply Angela Tolsma January 4, 2016 at 10:11 am

    Do you think it would taste okay without the chia seeds?

    • Reply Sarah January 4, 2016 at 1:01 pm


      Yes! It definitely would. Chia seeds really don’t add much taste to this recipe anyway. They’re more about the nutritional value, but go ahead and try it without them!

  • Reply Diane January 4, 2016 at 12:09 pm

    Love that this recipe is so flexible! Makes me want more veggies in my life o_O

    • Reply Sarah January 4, 2016 at 1:00 pm

      Thanks Diane! It’s always nice to get rid of your leftovers in a smoothie, right?

  • Reply Cori January 4, 2016 at 12:38 pm

    I way I’m feeling right now, and with as nasty as I find Kale, I’m willing to try this.

    • Reply Sarah January 4, 2016 at 12:59 pm

      That’s why we mix the kale with amazing things like pineapple and fresh apples! (Hide that kale!) Also, if you prefer spinach or another leafy green, it’s a great substitution.

  • Reply Ariel @ Keys to My Life January 4, 2016 at 12:40 pm

    Congrats to your sister! I love me some smoothies <3

    • Reply Sarah January 4, 2016 at 12:58 pm

      Thanks Ariel! I’m so excited for her! I’m also so excited about smoothies. 😉

  • Reply Heather @ Simply Save January 4, 2016 at 4:38 pm

    Great timing for a detox after the holidays! Thanks for sharing!

    • Reply Sarah January 4, 2016 at 6:07 pm

      Right? We all need some detoxifying right now…

  • Reply Victoria January 4, 2016 at 6:41 pm

    This is much needed for me right now 😛

    • Reply Sarah January 4, 2016 at 7:30 pm

      You and me both! 😉

  • Reply Maya January 4, 2016 at 10:18 pm

    I was just looking for a great detox smoothie to try, I’ll definitely give this a go!

    • Reply Sarah January 4, 2016 at 11:05 pm

      Maya, I’m glad we could help with your hunt for a smoothie! Hope you enjoy it 🙂

  • Reply Ali January 5, 2016 at 3:31 am

    Yum! I bought myself a Ninja blender for Christmas this year and have been using it since. I love these smoothies. Thanks for the great recipe! I might just try it this morning.

    • Reply Sarah January 5, 2016 at 10:34 am

      Ali, Yippee for smoothies! Blenders are such a great investment. Hope you enjoy the recipe!

  • Reply Becki S January 5, 2016 at 6:39 am

    I love green smoothies! I’ve never tried Ginger in one so I will have to add that sometime this week. Thanks for sharing.

    • Reply Sarah January 5, 2016 at 10:35 am


      Ginger is incredible in smoothies! You just have to be careful to not add too much because it’s so strong. Start with just a tiny bit and add to taste. Cheers!

  • Reply Kate January 5, 2016 at 6:53 pm

    I always want to make smoothies – this one looks awesome! Thanks for sharing!

    • Reply Sarah January 5, 2016 at 8:05 pm

      Kate, You should give it a try and let us know how you like it!

  • Reply Lucy May 12, 2016 at 5:42 pm

    Congrats to your sister! This smoothie looks like the perfect way to detox after too much eating and drinking. Love all the fruits and veggies!

    • Reply Sarah May 12, 2016 at 11:20 pm

      Thanks Lucy! It’s always good to detox once in awhile, right?

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