Your Guide to the Best Post-Holiday Detox Smoothie Recipes

As the holidays come to an end, we are so often faced with the consequences of overindulgence.  We often feel sluggish, bloated, tired, and depressed from all of the alcohol, sugars, stress, and late nights.

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Sometimes, all we need is to get back on the right track to help revitalize our energy levels and find mental clarity once again.

These super easy to make smoothies will kick-start your way back to health and wellness.  A morning smoothie is also a fantastic complement to a new fitness regime so many people begin in the new year.  Read on for customized smoothies to restore your energy and vitality, and bring a glow to your skin.

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For Morning Energy:

Citrus Wake-Up:

Pineapple, Grapefruit, Orange, Lemon

For Refueling Energy:

Chia Mango Peach:

Peach, Mango, Dates, Almond Milk, Chia Seeds

Chia Mango Peach Smoothie

For Your Green-Smoothie Fix:

Healthy Greens:

Spinach, ginger, apple, celery, parsley, water

For Finding Calm:

Root Down:

Red beets, Yellow beets, Carrot, Orange, Ginger

Root Down Smoothie

For Detoxifying Your Body:

Antioxidant Acai:

Blueberries, Raspberries, Strawberries, Dates, Acai, Coconut milk

For a Quick Pick-Me-Up:

Strawberry Banana Protein:

Almond milk, Strawberry, Banana, Shredded coconut, One scoop of Vegan protein

Strawberry Banana Protein Smoothie

For Post-Travel Jet-Lag:

Tropical Cleanse:

Orange, Pineapple, Mango, Lemon, Dash of cayenne

Orange Smoothie

For Balancing Out Your Blood Sugar Levels:

Cinnamon Almond Dessert Smoothie:

Almond milk, Cashew, Banana, Cinnamon, Espresso, Dates

Cinnamon Almond Dessert Smoothie

What are your favorite post-holiday cleanse tips?

Beauty Routine: 4 Things You Should Add To Your Morning Smoothie

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A while back, I did a post regarding a DIY Banana Date Smoothie, and want to let you lovely readers how to make your morning smoothie even healthier.  While I usually start my day with a Green Smoothie (i.e. spinach and/or kale/chard/various green base), I also add various energy supplements and superfood powders to enhance its optimum health power and start my day right.

1. Green Superfood Powder

Green Superfood Powder, $29.99 for 30 servings

Green Superfood Powder, $29.99 for 30 servings

Taking a green supplement, especially when ingested in it’s powder form, is a convenient way to include your daily intake of green vegetables in your daily diet.  Chlorophyll helps to aid in cell-repair, and helps to detox the damaging cells in your body.  It also helps to reduce inflammation, aid in restoring a healthy acid-alkaline balance in the body, and helps to neutralize free-radicals, among other benefits.  Altogether, this helps to keep your energy levels up and makes your skin appear brighter and healthier.

2. Chia Seeds

Nutiva Organic Chia Seeds, $10.99 for 12 oz.

Nutiva Organic Chia Seeds, $10.99 for 12 oz.

They aid in weight loss by reducing food cravings and provide hydration for your body.  They are the richest plant source in Omega-3, therefore reduce inflammation (ahem, bloating!), as well as protect against heart disease and arthritis.  Although they are about the size of a poppyseed, once they are ingested, they expand in your stomach to make you feel fuller longer!

3. Maca Powder

Maca Powder, $14.99 for 8 oz.

Maca Powder, $14.99 for 8 oz.

Maca powder is rich is Vitamins B, C, and E.  It is great for women, as it relieves mood swings, cramps, body pain, depression, menstrual issues, and menopause.  As a bonus, it totally increases sexual libido and increases endurance.  Not only so, it helps to balance your hormones and promote fertility.  Another bonus for your skin: it helps to clear acne and blemishes, and will help to reduce sensitivity, which causes redness.

4. Acai Juice

Zola Acai Juice, $29.99 for 12 servings

Zola Acai Juice, $29.99 for 12 servings

The Acai tree is a palm tree native to the Amazon rainforest.  Brazilian natives discovered the healing properties of Acai thousands of years ago when they found it boosted their energy levels.  It has extremely high antioxidant levels (more than blueberries, raspberries, or any other fruit), as well as contains the highest levels of anthocyanin, which is found in red and purple fruits (such as grapes and berries), than any other fruits.  Also, it helps to boost immune and metabolic function and removes free radicals from our bodies.  The Acai berry contains more protein than an egg, which helps to keep your hair shiny and skin glowing.

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Some other great boosts to add to your smoothies:

Cinnamon

Natural Vanilla

Cacao Powder

Coconut Oil

Note: All or most of these products can be found at your local natural foods store (i.e. Whole Foods, Vitamin Shoppe, etc.).

What are your favorite things that give you an energy boost?