Fresh Lemon Ginger Detoxifying Smoothie

This delicious and easy Lemon Ginger Detoxifying Smoothie is dairy free, gluten free, and plant-based. It’s loaded with fresh lemon that naturally helps to boost the body’s detoxifying abilities and it tastes like lemon meringue  pie!

Fresh Lemon Ginger Detoxifying Smoothie - dairy free, gluten free, plant based, easy, delicious!

The Most Refreshing Lemon Ginger Smoothie

 

For many of you regular Nutrition in the Kitch readers this lemon ginger detoxifying smoothie is nothing new! It’s actually an older recipe I’ve decided to bring back into the spotlight because 1) it’s the perfect time for it (post-holidays!) and 2) everyone new to NITK the community absolutely needs to see it and of course, try it!

This smoothie has been one of my long time favourites and for good reason, it tastes like one of my favourite desserts…lemon meringue pie, but has none of the refined sugars, flour, or other not-so-healthy ingredients and instead is loaded with fresh lemon, frozen fruits, fresh ginger and creamy coconut milk. 

Fresh Lemon Ginger Detoxifying Smoothie - Creamy, dairy free, gluten free, plant based!

The Smoothie Detoxifiers 

 

In this delicious drink you’ll find a few key ingredients that happen to be particularly “detoxifying” or they have properties that help boost the body’s natural detoxification process. 

  • Lemon: Lovely lemons are loaded with Vitamin C which is great for health, but the kicker with lemons is that they naturally contain citric acid. This compound stimulates the saliva glands to produce more saliva. When we produce more saliva, we also produce more digestive enzymes. Those specific digestive enzymes help our bodies break down foods better which promotes improved digestion, and in-turn, helps to cleanse the body! There are also powerful antioxidants found in lemons including one antioxidant in particular called d-limonene. This powerful compound stimulates the liver to produce more enzymes that aid in the natural detoxification process of the liver.

 

  • Ginger: This second detoxifying ingredient  becomes the perfect compliment to lemon in this smoothie as it also promotes detoxification through natural compounds found in ginger called gingerols and shoals. These funny sounding compounds promote detoxification by speeding up the movement of food through the digestive system. Combine ginger and lemon and you’ve got a detoxification powerhouse! 

 

  • Chia Seeds: These little seeds help to detoxify the body by moving waste through the digestive system efficiently like a “chimney sweep”. By cleansing the digestive system they help to rid the body of toxins that can stick around too long if digestion is sluggish or constipation is a common symptom you experience. They key to consuming chia seeds is pairing them with ample amounts of liquid which helps them move through the digestive system smoothly. 

Fresh Lemon Ginger Detoxifying Smoothie perfect for mornings or a healthy snack!

Other Ingredients You’ll Need: 

 

To make the lemony deliciousness shine through in this smoothie, I decided not to use banana, a common smoothie fruit as it can overpower in flavour and instead I used the following complimentary ingredients:

  • Frozen Peach
  • Frozen Pineapple
  • Frozen Mango 
  • Coconut Milk (from the carton, not canned)
  • Raw Honey (you can also use coconut nectar for vegan) 
  • Collagen Peptides (optional, substitute for vanilla plant-based protein for vegan) – collagen adds a nice dose of gut-healthy proteins for blood sugar stabilization and to balance out the natural sugars in the smoothie from the fruits! I always make sure to add a protein source to my smoothies so either collagen or plant-based protein powder is a great option! 

 

Last week I shared a delicious Banana Almond Butter & Date Smoothie and this week this Lemon Ginger Detoxifying Smoothie is the contender! I’m definitely on the smoothie train right now and it’s been nice adding in different flavours into the mix. I’m not sure if you are on the smoothie train already but if you are you definitely need to give this simple, healthy, super detoxifying smoothie a try and give yourself just another tasty reason to enjoy a perfect, fresh start to the New Year!

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Fresh Lemon Ginger Detoxifying Smoothie - dairy free, gluten free, plant based, easy, delicious!

Fresh Lemon Ginger Detoxifying Smoothie

Yield: Makes 1 serving
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes

This delicious and easy Lemon Ginger Detoxifying Smoothie is dairy free, gluten free, and plant-based. It's loaded with fresh lemon that naturally helps to boost the body's detoxifying abilities and it tastes like lemon meringue pie!

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup frozen peaches
  • 1/2 cup frozen pineapple
  • 1/2 cup frozen mango
  • juice of 1 whole, large lemon
  • 1/2 tablespoon lemon zest
  • 3/4 cup unsweetened coconut milk (carton, not canned)
  • 1 tablespoon freshly grated ginger
  • 1/2 tablespoon raw honey
  • 2 tablespoons collagen peptides or vanilla plant-based protein powder of choice
  • 1 tablespoon chia seeds (optional)

Instructions

  1. Add all ingredients to a high speed blender and blend for 1 minute until completely smooth, adding more liquid if you would like a thinner consistency.
  2. Enjoy immediately.

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This healthy and detoxifying fresh lemon ginger smoothie recipe is so easy to make and is dairy free, gluten free, plant-based, and can easily be made vegan! It’s perfect for boosting digestive health, skin health, and is one of the best detox drinks you’ll ever have!

 

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Have a wonderful Sunday!

Christal // NITK

 

Author: Christal Sczebel

Christal is the creator of Nutrition in the Kitch. She's a Certified Nutritional Consultant, twice published author, gluten and dairy free recipe developer, food photographer, speaker, wife, and mama. Christal loves good food, all things wellness, and loves to travel. Her wellness philosophy is centred around balance and sustainable health, life's way too short for boring diets and restriction!

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  • This looks like just the kind of thing I need right now to boost my immune system! I imagine the peach/pineapple/mango adds a lovely sweetness to balance the lemon – I’ll have to give this a go this weekend 🙂

  • Oh yum…it’s summer here in Australia and the ingredients are only as far away as the greengrocers – and fresh so I’ll have to either freeze the fruit or add a little ice – no problems. Thank you for the recipe can’t wait to try it.

    Happy New Year – 2018!!!! Angela X

  • Thank you for this recipe. I made it and it is delicious!
    Could you tell me more about how to use this recipe? Do you drink this once a day, all day, use it so many times a week, etc.?

    • Hi Olivia! So glad you like it! Having this smoothie once a day in the morning would be a great health boost. Even a couple times a week will have benefits 🙂

  • I think I found this recipe early last year. It’s a regular in our smoothie rotation! Delicious and refreshing! I always make it if I feel a cold coming on (along with eating fresh garlic) and have avoided being sick all year. Thank you!!

  • Beautiful photos! Do you think it would be just as detoxifying in juice form? Not sure why, but I’m more in a juice mood than a smoothie mood. I assume that the lemon + ginger effect would be just as good, right?

    • Hi Bridget! It definitely would be cleansing, however it wouldn’t be substantial for a meal so I would have that first thing in the morning before breakfast! 🙂

  • Happy New Year, Christal! This looks great and my Vitamix is on the counter ready to whip it up. Just one question: I have come across ‘coconut cream’ as an ingredient a few times lately and I am not sure exactly what it is.. Please clear this up for me. Thanks!
    Deb

    • Hi Deb, it’s a product that is found typically in the can that has only the cream from coconut – you can make your own by buying a can of full fat coconut milk and refrigerating it over night (the whole can), then in the morning, open the can and scoop out the “cream” on top, the coconut water will separate and you can just discard it!

      • Thanks, Christal! I couldn’t wait overnight, so I just opened the can of coconut milk very carefully and scooped the cream off the top! This smoothie just earned a place in our regular smoothy rotation! I have been alternating green and red smoothies, now we have a yellow one to add to the mix 🙂
        Thanks again for the inspiration!

  • Happy new year Christal 😀 I enjoyed your little lesson on ginger and lemon there 🙂 And I also reckon that I’d love me one of those smoothies today! I was hosting a little get-together for the bells last night, and ended up staying awake until silly o’clock, I am sure this zingy goodness would wake me up for sure 😀 AND I bought an extra large piece of ginger in the shop today – it’s a sign! 🙂
    I hope you have had a good start to the new year xx

  • I love this recipe of lemon and ginger! I usually have it daily for all the reasons you mentioned.
    I still need to get your book. We are heading south to Key West. Once we are settled I can’t wait to load it up!!!
    Keep up the good work!