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Apple Ginger Detox Smoothie

Start your day and New Year with this apple, ginger and spinach detox smoothie. This vegan, detox smoothie recipe is loaded with fiber and anti-inflammatory superfoods. 

Detox SmoothiePreviously seen on Nourish Move Love — updated to make this post easier to read and more user-friendly!

The holidays happened. Between work parties and family gatherings, your veggie intake decreased while your sugar intake increased.

Totally expected, but now you’re ready to head into the New Year eating a little cleaner and greener. Me too!

Blend up this four-ingredient, post-holiday detox smoothie! 

Don’t let the simple ingredients fool you — this anti-inflammatory detox smoothie packs a powerful nutritional punch. It’s loaded with fruits and veggies {aka leafy greens and an apple} to provide your body with gut-healthy fiber. I specifically added green apples to this detox smoothie recipe because they are a blood-sugar regulating prebiotic.

Detox Smoothie FAQs

Prebiotic vs Probiotic?

Prebiotic, like a green apple, are forms of dietary fiber that act as a fertilizer for the good bacteria in your gut. Whereas, probiotics are live bacteria that can be found in fermented foods, like yogurt. {Medical News Today}

Spinach Apple Smoothie | Detox Smoothie

What is ginger good for?

I love adding fresh ginger to my teas and smoothies for its sweet, spicy flavor. But ginger has amazing health benefits as well.

Ginger is a powerful anti-inflammatory and is packed with antioxidants. It cam also help speed up digestion {helpful if you’re feeling a little meh after a week of non-regular eating} and can reduce nausea. {Women’s Health}

I swore by ginger tea during my first trimester of pregnancy to reduce nausea.

What are the health benefits of apples?

You’ve heard the phrase ‘an apple a day keeps the doctor away?’ Well turns out there’s some truth to it!

Apples contain vital vitamins and nutrients, such as fiber, vitamin C and potassium. Apples also contain pectin, which is a prebiotic {which I noted above as being good bacteria in your gut}. Additionally, new research indicates that consuming pectin can improve gut health overall {NCBI}.

ncGreen apples have more pectin than other varieties, which is why I specifically chose green apples for this detox smoothie recipe!

So you know the health benefits of this detox smoothie, but what about the flavor?

The half spicy and lemony ginger pairs magically with the slightly sweet green apple. It’s like green green smoothie version of Good Earth’s sweet and spicy tea. I also highly recommend my Lemon Turmeric Detox Tea {my most viewed post on the blog}!

How to boost your detox smoothie — add collagen and toppings!

Primal Kitchen Collagen Peptides | Collagen Smoothies

My personal favorite smoothie addition — Unflavored Collagen Peptides from Primal Kitchen. If you’ve been following me for any amount of time, you’ve heard me talk about my love for collagen before.

It’s one of the only supplements I consistently take, because I truly do feel like it’s made a difference in my health.

You can learn more about why I love collagen here, but it’s an additional source of protein that supports everything from my joints, tendons, and muscles to my skin, hair, and nails! BONUS: you can get 10% off your Primal Kitchen order using code: NML

Toppings are another great way to add nutrients and flavor! I’ve topped this detox smoothie with juicy pomegranate seeds to fit the holiday theme. But when making this detox smoothie at home I’ll add anything from chia seeds, flax seed, hemp hearts, shredded coconut, nuts, or whatever I have on hand.

You also can mix up what liquid base you want to use in the recipe — almond milk gives it a great creamy taste, and coconut water has natural electrolytes (affiliate) that can help you rehydrate and stay hydrated {Mayo Clinic}. You also can use cow’s milk {if you’re not vegan} or soy milk if you want an extra protein boost {or add in a scoop of protein powder!}.

Apple Ginger Detox Smoothie Recipe

Apple Ginger Detox Smoothie
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Start your day and New Year with this ginger, apple and spinach detox smoothie. This vegan, detox smoothie recipe is loaded with fiber and inflammatory superfoods.
Recipe type: Green Smoothie
Cuisine: Smoothie
Serves: 1
  • 1 c water or unsweetened nut milk
  • 1 c spinach {option to use fresh or frozen}
  • 1 green apple, chopped and seeds removed {I leave skin on}
  • 2, 1″ chunks of fresh ginger
  • ½-1 c ice
  • Optional: Add Collagen Protein or Healthy Fat {collagen peptides, ½ avocado}
  • Optional Toppings: pomegranate seeds, chia seeds, hemp hearts, goji berries, candied ginger, shredded coconut, nuts
  1. Blend all ingredients in a high speed blender until smooth. May need to add more water or ice to get preferred texture {more water for a juice-like texture and ice for a smoothie-like texture}.
  2. I like to stir in a dash or two of cinnamon and top with pomegranate seeds.
*As you may be able to see from the photos, the smoothie naturally separates after it rests. You can either stir, or I like to serve in a mason jar so I can re-cap and shake as needed
**Gluten-free, dairy-free, vegan.

Looking for more Detox Recipes? Check out this Slow Cooker Detox Vegetable Soup, or this fan-favorite Lemon Turmeric Detox Tea.

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    • Glad you loved it! Green apple is great for gut health and I just love adding ginger to everything {not to mention it’s loaded with health benefits too}! Cheers to drinking greens in 2016!

  1. Normally I’m not the biggest fan of ginger, but I have to say I tried this flavour combination and LOVED it. I think this will be a green smoothie staple of mine for 2016. Thanks for sharing!

    • Green smoothie machine in 2016 — I love it! And I do love my ginger so sometimes I go a bit overboard with it, but you can always cut back to 1/2″-1″ chunk too! Happy blending in 2016!

  2. This looks super delicious! I can’t wait to give it a try! Thanks Linds!