An Apple, Carrot, Parsley and Beet Detox Smoothie Recipe


Beet Detox Smoothie RecipeYour liver is the major detoxification organ of your body and has a hard job these days with all the various toxic compounds in processed foods and the polluted environment we live in.

This detox smoothie recipe with beet, parsley and other liver-healthy ingredients can give it a well-deserved break and help alleviate that sluggish, run-down feeling that so many people experience due to an overburdened liver.

Your toxin-filtering kidneys can also benefit from this apple, carrot and beet smoothie and having it regularly, along with plenty of water throughout your day, may even help prevent painful kidney stones.

How This Smoothie Detoxifies Your Liver and Kidneys

Beet

Beets, also known as beetroot, are potent source of phytonutrients like betanin, which stimulates various detoxification pathways in your liver. The similar sounding betaine compound in beets promotes the flow of bile for better digestion and reduced workload on the liver.

In fact, beetroot juice, or blended up beet as in this smoothie, is so powerful it is recommended to help regenerate liver cells and clear fatty deposits in the liver from years of alcohol consumption.

Carrot

Antioxidant-rich carrots are full of alpha and beta-carotene for protecting your body and liver from free radical damage and also contain many important vitamins, minerals and other nutrients.

A great general cleanser and alkalizer of your body, blended up carrot is also surprisingly sweet and tasty, though you will need a powerful blender, like this one I use, to really puree it up properly for maximum absorption.

Parsley

Parsley is a potent green herb with a rich array of antioxidants, minerals, vitamins, enzymes, chlorophyll and beneficial volatile oils.

This page on parsley juice health benefits has much more detail on why parsley is so good for liver detoxification and, provided you are not currently being treated for kidney disease, is also helpful for kidney cleansing as well.

Pregnant women though should replace the parsley in this recipe with another green like bok choy, kale or spinach as large amounts are not recommended when you are carrying a baby.

Apple

Apples taste great in smoothie recipes like this and they are an excellent general detoxifier. Their skin is full of powerful phytonutrients for better health so organic or well scrubbed apples are best with the skin left on.

Apples also contain a special type of fiber called pectin that naturally binds to toxins in your intestinal tract, allowing them to be safely excreted before your liver has to deal with them.

Ingredients List

  • 1 cup of organic coconut milk plus 1 cup of water or 2 cups of a good hemp milk or coconut water. Given that this is a detox smoothie, cow’s milk isn’t recommended unless it’s grass fed and organic, while soy milk is always best avoided.
  • Half an organic beet.
  • 1 organic carrot.
  • 1 small handful of organic parsley with the fibrous stems removed.
  • 1 organic apple.

Method

All four of these ingredients in this detoxifying smoothie are much better organic where possible.

With carrots, and to a lesser extent beets, this is particularly important as toxins in the ground they are grown in are absorbed into the vegetable itself so just washing them won’t help. Organic carrots are usually only a little more and well worth it if you value your health.

Non-organic apples can be soaked in hot water and a splash of apple cider vinegar for a few minutes and scrubbed well with a scrubbing brush to get rid of most of the sprays and waxes. Parsley should be washed in the same hot water/vinegar mix.

Once washed, chop up your carrot and beet for the smoothie with the strength of your blender in mind. Also remove the stalks of your parsley and just keep the leaves, unless you have a really good blender that pulverizes everything.

Add the chopped carrot and beet into your blender, the coconut water or milk, and last of all cut your apple into quarters around the core and throw it in. Apples oxidize quickly so always make them the last ingredient to prepare if you use them in a smoothie recipe.

Blend it all up for a bit longer than a regular smoothie until the consistency looks good to you. Drink straight away and enjoy, ideally first thing in the morning as a breakfast replacement for maximum detoxification.

Timing Recommendations

I hope you like this detox smoothie recipe with beet, carrot, apple and parsley. Despite its relatively sweet taste it can do your internal system a world of good if you make it up regularly.

Once a week would be good, every third day even better, though reduce the amount of parsley by half if you make it any more often than that due to the potency of this particular herb.

Most people tend to think of smoothies as just something sweet to drink. I hope this detoxification smoothie and the other superfood smoothies on this site show that they can play an important part in improving your health with the right ingredients.

Please share this recipe with your friends and let me know in the comments below any other detox ingredients you’d suggest adding to this smoothie.

Photo credit: Elizabeth

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Byron Hight

I’m on blood thinner (Warfarin) and have to watch my INR. Will any of these ingredients affect my INR ??

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    Jim Dillan

    Hi Byron.

    Parsley and beet greens should be limited on Warfarin. A small amount of beet juice is generally considered fine but it would be best to check with your doctor as there are some reports of people having negative effects with large amounts of beet juice.

    All the best,

    Jim

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Josh

Is this to be drank all in one sitting? I just made this and it filled up two glassfuls.

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    Jim Dillan

    Hi Josh,

    I make my smoothies as meal replacements so they are large. I also feel if you are going to the effort of making them it’s better to have a good size, especially when the ingredients are so healthy. If there’s too much the remainder can be frozen and had as a frozen dessert at another time.

    All the best,

    Jim

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MRS GRACE O

I thank you so much for your wonderful discovering it really helpful to me.i will apply it to body.

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judsjo

I did not make it quite how you have it because I couldn’t put my hand on all the ingredients, but your post inspired me to try a variation with coconut milk, beet half a banana for smoothness because my blender is not so great and some sesame seeds. I wish I had made more it was so delicious.

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    Jim Dillan

    Hi there and thanks for your reply.

    Glad you liked the detox smoothie. It’s fine to make up variations but I’d recommend trying the full version when you have the right ingredients.

    All the best,

    Jim

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