Today I made some bright and beautiful smoothies for a client of mine, packed full of detoxifying fruits and veggies.

As I continue to fight off this cold I am very focused on loading up on healthy plants to help my body heal. These smoothies will also help to keep your immune system strong and ward off all those nasty bugs going around!

With so much color that exists naturally in plants, you wonder why we ever turned to the world of artificial food dyes!

The first smoothie is the brightest and most joyous shade of fuchsia you’ll ever see, it is so pretty to look at! The reason I chose this smoothie for detox month is because it is packed with nutrients that help to cleanse and revitalize the body:

Beet – cleanses the liver, purifies the blood, anti-inflammatory, source of iron

Avocado – helps lower blood pressure, lubricates joints, anti-inflammatory, loads of healthy fats, high in fibre

Strawberries – high in antioxidants, rich source of vitamin C, benefits digestion

Celery – acts as mild diuretic, promotes feeling of fullness, rich in B vitamins and fibre

Lemon – antibacterial properties, aids digestion, high in Vitamin C, detoxifies and alkalizes, mild diuretic

Virgin Coconut oil – fights viruses, fungi, and bacteria, metabolism booster, healthy MCT fats, increases good HDL cholesterol

Apple (optional) – helps balance blood sugar levels, helps lower cholesterol, aids digestion

Pink Power Detox Smoothie:
– 1 cup water or coconut water
– 1/2 medium avocado, pitted
– 2 celery stalks, roughly chopped
– 1 cup strawberries (frozen preferred), hulled if necessary
– 1 small/medium beet, ends trimmed and roughly chopped*
– 1 lemon, juiced (about 3 tablespoons or so)
– 1 tablespoon coconut oil
– 4 large ice cubes
– 1 apple (I used a pink lady)

Add all ingredients into a high-speed blender and blend on high until smooth.

Read more: http://ohsheglows.com/2013/09/03/introducing-vegan-glow-pink-power-detox-smoothie-recipe/#ixzz3RlL8EAuC

Next up is the Green Monster Detox Smoothie. This smoothie is packed with two types of nutrient rich dark leafy greens, as well as some stellar fruits:

Kale — It’s actually one of the healthiest vegetables on the planet! Kale provides excellent sources of antioxidant vitamins A, C, and K. Putting it in a smoothie is a great way to a serving or two of veggies in.

Spinach– Spinach has an extremely high nutritional value and is rich in antioxidants. It is a good source of vitamins A, B2, C and K, and also contains magnesium, manganese, folate, iron, calcium and potassium.

Strawberries — This sweet berry packs a vitamin C punch to help keep up your immunity.

Cucumbers — Cucumbers help re-hydrate the body. They are loaded with vitamin A and K, and also provide a decent amount of potassium.

Banana – A great source of potassium, good carbs, and fiber are packed into this delicious fruit that makes smoothies creamy and slightly sweet.

Green Monster Detox Smoothie:
– 3/4 cup frozen strawberries
– 1/2 cup cucumber, peeled and sliced
– 1 large frozen banana, broken into pieces
– 1 1/2 cup vanilla almond milk (or alternate milk)
– 1 1/2 cups kale, loosely packed, stems removed
– Large handful of spinach

Add all ingredients into a high-speed blender and blend on high until smooth.