You’ve seen them on Pinterest and Instagram for the past year, I’m sure of it. Maybe you’ve even tried to master it yourself, but it never turns out right. The infamous “detox smoothie”. What does detoxing even mean? Am I going to sweat out all of the alcohol and pizza I’ve consumed the past month? Or even worse, I’m gonna pee every 30 minutes for the next 24 hours. I’ve done a little bit of research and I’m here to shed some light on what it means to detox, why it’s important and some tasty ways to do it!
WHAT IT MEANS:
By definition, to detox means to “abstain from or rid the body of toxic or unhealthy substances.” The most trendy way of doing that lately are juice cleanses, where you basically sip high calorie fruit/veggie/electrolyte juices instead of eating solid food for as long as 3 days. I’ve seen lots of information supporting the fact juice cleanses are not healthy for the average person, and your body will most likely be miserable because it’s not getting the protein it needs. Instead, the daily consumption of antioxidants are way more effective!
WHY IT’S IMPORTANT:
An antioxidant is a molecule that inhibits the oxidation, a process that creates free radicals, of other molecules. Free radicals are basically molecules with an unpaired electron that are HIGHLY unstable and can cause damage and deterioration of living healthy cells, creating a terrible chain reaction that can cause diseases like cancer or heart disease. Antioxidants basically donate an electron to stabilize and neutralize free radicals to prevent disease and tissue damage!
HOW TO DO IT:
The most common antioxidants to get your hands on are vitamins C, E and A. Some tasty foods high in antioxidant levels are raspberries, strawberries, acai berries, cherries, lemon, blackberries, dark leafy greens, sweet potatoes and oranges!
Another super easy way to pack your day with antioxidants is by blending them up into a smoothie! I like to drink mine for breakfast. My favorite smoothie combo is:
1 cup of mixed frozen berries (I like target’s antioxidant blend with strawberries, cherries, blueberries, raspberries and cherries)
1 whole banana
1/4 cup of almond or coconut milk
1 handful of baby spinach
1 scoop of coconut yogurt OR plant based protein powder if I’m replacing a meal.
I PINKY PROMISE you can NOT taste the spinach, don’t let the greens scare you!!!
What are your favorite ways to get in some antioxidants? Let me know in the comments if you have any tasty detox water or smoothie recipes! If you guys want to know exactly when I’m posting, follow me on Instagram and on BlogLovin! @ MeggieRyanDee