Spring is nearly here, and it’s time to put all of those holiday indulgences and rich, heavy winter foods behind you in favor of lighter, healthier fare. Not only are these 14 recipes for smoothies, juices, soups and salads packed with novel flavor combinations, they also support crucial bodily systems and functions. Start the season right with spa-like meals that will leave you feeling energized, cleansed and proud of your healthy eating habits.
Green Detox Smoothie with Pineapple and Spinach
Sweet pineapple and bananas round out the vegetable flavors of spinach and celery in the Detox Smoothie by Gimme Some Oven. A touch of ginger gives it some spice, while chia seeds add some omega fatty acids for an energy boost.
Detox Salad with Roasted Beets and Brussels Sprouts
If you’re tired of boring salads, here’s one to shake things up: Eating Bird Food’s Detox Salad includes the nuanced flavors of roasted beets and brussels sprouts along with greens, cabbage, black beans, mushrooms and avocado. A homemade balsamic dressing gives it even more punch.
Apple, Pear, Avocado and Spinach Smoothie
Avocado makes smoothies extra rich, smooth and filling, and in Deliciously Ella’s smoothie recipe, it adds to the green hue provided by a handful of spinach. Apples and pears add a touch of sweetness and some additional vitamin C.
Sweet and Tart Shredded Salad
If you’ve ever had the sweet and tart Detox Salad at Whole Foods, you’ll want to follow this recipe by Oh She Glows to make it yourself. Cruciferous veggies like cauliflower and broccoli detoxify by providing support to the immune system, inflammatory system, hormonal system and antioxidant system.
Immunity-Boosting Carrot-Ginger Juice
The Detoxinista has a recipe for an alluringly colorful immunity-boosting carrot ginger juice loaded with vitamin A and beta carotene. Clementines, romaine lemon and ginger make this a bright, sweet and spicy treat.
Gluten-Free Mulligatawny Detox Soup
Antioxidant-rich vegetables including carrots, onion, sweet potatoes and veggie juice combined with detoxing spices like garlic, turmeric and cayenne pepper make this mulligatawny soup by Gluten Free Goddess a powerful addition to your lunch or dinner.
Green Machine Granny Smith Apple & Kale Smoothie
The combo of kale, granny smith apple, banana and – of all things – cilantro might not sound great at first, but give the Green Machine smoothie by Cookie and Kate a chance. Along with ginger and lime, the cilantro adds a little zing. This smoothie provides over 700% of the vitamin A daily value, and 260% of your vitamin C needs.
Watercress, Apple and Celery Green Detox Pressed Juice
The delicate flavor of watercress is front and center in this Green Detox Pressed Juice by FitSugar, helping to energize cleansing enzymes in the liver. Rich in antioxidants, spinach helps boost chlorophyll levels in the digestive system to help the body get rid of environmental toxins, while celery acts as a diuretic and ginger aids digestion.
Chilled Cucumber Soup with Yogurt and Mint
A spa staple for their fresh flavor and diuretic properties, cucumbers are an ideal base for a chilled soup. This recipe from Food and Style adds yogurt and fresh mint as well as red onion, jalapeno and garlic for a refreshing savory smoothie alternative.
Blackberry Ginger Smoothie
Not a fan of green smoothies? Try this instead. Baltic Maid’s Blackberry Ginger Smoothie has detoxifying fruits (and yes – a little spinach – but it’s well-disguised!) plus oats for fiber to help you feel satisfied longer.
Colorful Nutrient-Dense Detox Salad
Green Plate Rule’s Detox Salad packs a variety of nutrient-dense foods including carrots, celery, cabbage and green apple with a tasty avocado-based dressing.
Kimberly Snyder’s Glowing Green Smoothie
Celebrity nutritionist Kimberly Snyder has helped the likes of Drew Barrymore and Fergie lose weight and cleanse away toxins with her famous Glowing Green Smoothie recipe, which contains spinach, romaine lettuce, lemon, celery, banana, pears and apples.
Inner Goddess Detox Fruit and Veggie Salad
Chock full of cleansing, toxin-eliminating ingredients like leafy greens, carrots, raw almonds, strawberries and cucumbers, the Inner Goddess Detox Salad by Iowa Girl Eats will get you back on track after a weekend of indulgences.
Tropical Green Detox Smoothie
Tropical fruits like pineapple and kiwi will help satisfy your sweet tooth in this Green Detox Smoothie by Delectably Free. Spinach and cilantro help with heavy metal detox, liver cleansing and optimized digestion.