7 day smoothie cleanse
During the week stick to grilled chicken and fish, plenty of vegetables like broccoli, beans, brown rice, fruit and nuts. Once you've got the basic food diet down, it's time to add smoothies that target weight loss and fat burning.
Give your system a kick start with a juice of ½ peach, ½ fresh mango, ¼ cup of apple, ¼ cup of dandelion greens and ¼ cup of water. Dandelion may sound gross but it stimulates the gall bladder, encouraging the body to break down fat.
Continue the detox with a classic green smoothie with 4 kale leaves, 1 apple, 1 banana, 1 tsp ground ginger and ½ cup of water.
For a perk-me-up breakfast try a simple smoothie of ½ whole red grapefruit, ½ apple, 1 banana, 1 cup of dandelion greens and ¼ cup of water. Grapefruit contains lycopene - a powerful antioxidant that reduces cholesterol and purifies the liver and kidneys.
Now is the time to move away from detox smoothies and in to the world of weight loss smoothies.
Blend ½ cup skimmed milk, ½ cup frozen strawberries, ½ banana, 2 tbps protein powder and 1 tsp of brewer's yeast. This helps to correct glucose levels in the blood stream, while the protein powder decreases your appetite and helps you feel fuller for longer.
Boost your fibre with 1 red grapefruit, 1 kiwifruit, 1 tbsp ground flaxseed, 2 bananas, 2 cups baby spinach and ½ cup of water pulsed into a juice.
Add some more antioxidants and nutrients with a cherry smoothie that contains high levels of disease fighting beta carotene, vitamin C, potassium, iron, magnesium and folate. Blend 1 cup frozen cherries with ½ cup of orange juice, ½ lemon, ¼ cup of water and a tbsp honey.
It's the last day, so finish with a bang with a strawberry and orange juice smoothie. If you're feeling adventurous add protein powder, flaxseed oil and a tablespoon of brewer's yeast.
For more smoothie recipes read Skinny Smoothies: 101 Delicious Drinks that Help You Detox and Lose Weight by Shell Harris and Elizabeth Johnson, £9.95, amazon.co.uk.
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