Detox January…Bring on the Smoothies!

January 10th, 2011 at 12:12 pm

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Back in December in the heat of cookie baking and candy making, Nicola from G-Free Mom invited me to be a part of her “Detox January” event, a month of detoxing smoothies and juices to kick start the new year healthfully. I eagerly jumped in, along with dozens of other bloggers, and couldn’t wait to start spreading some smoothie joy!

Nicola’s personal experience with cancer as well dealing with the health issues of her son, which you can read about here, are both touching stories in and of themselves. Far more inspiring, though, is her desire to pursue optimal health and cancer prevention through healthy eating. Her dedication to wholesome food along with her desire to spread the word about nutrition-based disease prevention are incredibly motivating.

There’s a quote I love from Dr. Mark Hyman that says: “The fork is your most powerful tool to change your health and the planet; food is the most powerful medicine to heal chronic illness.”

I could not agree more, which is why I’m participating in this event. Health starts in our homes, in our kitchens. It’s what we eat that makes us who we are. Today I’m sharing a smoothie favorite of mine, my Green “Creamsicle” Smoothie. It’s nutrient-packed but you’d never know it from the luscious taste.

Here are a few more of my favorite detox-friendly recipes from the archives:

Green “Creamsicle” Smoothie – makes 1 creamy and delicious smoothie

1/2 medium ripe banana

1/2 cup frozen mango or pineapple chunks

1 cup mild greens such as baby spinach or mache

1 two-inch piece cucumber, peeled or unpeeled

1/4 of a ripe avocado

1/4 cup unsweetened almond or rice milk

1/4 cup water

Combine all ingredients in a blender and blend on high until creamy and smooth.


  1. Great post Hallie! January seems like a good time to get back on the wagon, and smoothies are a fun way to eat yummy and nutritious food. This month’s issue of Whole Living has several recipes for smoothies too–some more food sensitivity-friendly than others.

    • Brianna—yes, January is a great time to jump back into healthy eating. I have the current issue of Whole Living, too…all those smoothies look delicious! Hope to try a few one of these mornings.

  2. Hallie,
    Couldn’t agree more. Yesterday I started my day with something other than a smoothie – felt slow and sluggish and dry most of the day. Love my smoothies.

  3. Love this green smoothie! It has all my green favs in it! My family and I have been drinking lots of green smoothies too.

  4. Hallie. This is a GREAT post. I love the quote. The smoothie looks phenomenal. I know what I’ll be drinking tomorrow. ;-).

  5. Hallie, beautiful job! I can just imagine how fabulous that tastes. It looks heavenly! Photo is gorgeous. Look forward to making this as soon as I have all the ingredients on hand … just missing a couple. Finally, great quote from Hyman. Might have to share that one elsewhere!

    Have a great week!

  6. Great post! I love adding avocado to smoothies, too. It provides such a luscious texture. Thanks for the inspiring quote, too.

    Now that I’ve found you, can’t wait to follow your posts!

  7. I love Dr. Hyman! Thanks for sharing that great quote – such a well written post Hallie. Your smoothie sounds pretty darn yummy. I don’t usually put milk in ours but I might have to try this one!

  8. Hallie, this looks amazing!

    I also agree with Dr. Hyman, it all begins with what we put in our mouth. It may just be in my head, but I swear I can “feel” the nutrients seeping into my bloodstream when I drink a green smoothie, I actually feel a bit giddy when I’m drinking one, LOL!


  9. Haven’t tried cucumber or avocado in my smoothies yet, but it sounds pretty good. I usually do add mango and banana to the spinach, though. Now I’m regretting that I didn’t get avocados at the store yesterday. Did a little bird tweet me that you are going to the Expo in Chicago? Hope we get to meet. :)

  10. Love your smoothie! I’m a big fan of avocado in smoothies – so luscious!

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