Recipe: The 2014 Cleansing Sweet Green Smoothie


(Photo: Jennifer Kass for Well+Good)

If there’s one thing that smart, healthy women are over, it’s the whole new-year-new-you hullabaloo. New Year’s resolutions tend to be so over-the-top (“I’ll never go on Facebook again!” or “I’m gonna get Michelle Obama arms in two weeks flat!”), they’re just a recipe for disappointment.

But there is value in hitting the restart button by honoring that awesome body of yours, which just rocked its way through another year.

Enter this invigorating sweet green blend, packed with alkalizing kale and spinach (which help regulate pH) and pineapple (which provides plenty of digestive enzymes and vitamin C…not to mention just the right amount of sweetness).

Spicy ginger warms the body and improves circulation, while spirulina helps zap winter blues, thanks to its mega-dose of mood-boosting chlorophyll. Throw in a dash of cleansing lemon, cucumber, and coconut water, and you’ve got a “here-I-come-2014” smoothie that you can whip up in your NutriBullet, then tote with you as you go forth and conquer! —Jennifer Kass

The Sweet Green Cleanse Smoothie

2 to 3 kale leaves
1 handful spinach
1 cup frozen pineapple
1/2 lemon
1/2 cucumber
1 inch of fresh ginger
1 tsp spirulina
1 cup coconut water

Blend and enjoy!

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  1. January 2nd, 2014 at 5:30 am

    Fabulous smoothie recipe, thanks for sharing – definitely a great one to start the year with! – Smoothie of the week on The Digital Panacea!


  2. January 2nd, 2014 at 1:49 pm

    I’m drinking this right now- delicious! The ginger and lemon are a great balance to the sweetness of the pinapple!

  3. January 2nd, 2014 at 2:54 pm

    Delish! I add fresh mint & parsley instead of cucumber & top it with toasted coconut & buckwheat for post yoga nourishing hit!

  4. January 2nd, 2014 at 4:24 pm

    Looks good! But I made it and would not call it sweet, that’s for sure!

  5. January 3rd, 2014 at 12:33 pm

    Do you put the lemon in peel and all?

  6. January 5th, 2014 at 1:48 pm

    Who long do you drink it for? Drink this and only this all day?
    Or how is it recommend?

  7. weightlosstea
    January 13th, 2014 at 7:33 pm

    Cleansing the body is one of the most essential things that you can do on a regular basis if you want to maintain healthier and stronger lifestyle and so there are many types of juice cleansing that are now popular and proven to be effective.

  8. January 24th, 2014 at 10:43 am

    i’m allergic to pineapples (most tropical fruits & melons), what can i use instead of pineapples?

  9. January 24th, 2014 at 8:41 pm

    Like the idea of using coconut water!
    Thanks for recipe!

  10. March 10th, 2014 at 12:06 pm

    I love all the ingredients…taste good too.

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