Simple Holiday Detox Smoothie
I hear Christmas music on the radio, I’m bombarded by “BLACK FRIDAY” signs, and those happiness-triggering red cups are back at Starbucks.
It’s the holiday season!!
A time of general happiness, warmth, holiday parties and funfunfun! Right? I mean that’s what it’s supposed to be.
Well now, I can 100% say, yes, I see the holidays this way too more or less.
But for years I felt quite the opposite—the holidays made me feel uneasy. The holidays triggered a cascade of negative thoughts and emotions because of anxiety over the parties, anxiety over the holiday foods and treats that presented themselves at every corner, the fear of weight gain—it was not a “merry time”—it was miserable!
Without going down too much of a rabbit hole here, I have since learned that though I felt alone in my holiday anxiety, I certainly was not! So many women struggle with finding balance during the holidays & many take one of two routes:
1) Say “F” it and eat cookies until their stomach protests and their mind feels ashamed.
2) Avoid all treats at all costs to prevent the possibility of “spiraling.”
I’m going to go out on a limb here and say that neither routes are healthy and that we should aim for more of a balance.
A simple trick that I will go into more detail in in another post is the power of routines. But for the purpose of this post & recipe, I will say that a simple breakfast routine can be a game changer for how balanced we stay during the holidays. Especially for days after holiday parties, indulgent dinners out, and the big days like Thanksgiving and Christmas!
For the past couple years, I make this smoothie after most of the scenarios I described above without thinking too much about it. Any other time of year, I’d eat a healthy breakfast. It’s that healthy breakfast that sets the tone for the rest of the day. That being said, why not stick to my routine during the holidays? Well, that’s what I found works.
Combat negative feelings, emotions and fears during the holidays by restarting each day a new…like with this smoothie! I personally made this smoothie the day after Thanksgiving (aka loads of turkey, sweet potatoes, etc) after my workout, like it was any other day INSTEAD OF loading my plate with leftovers.
There’s this wonderful comfort in knowing that you won’t overdo it. And how do you know? You have an easy routine to go to. This smoothie is the foundation of my post-indulgence routine. It’s easy & clean, while also being delicious—plus, it feels like a little digestive reset after a heavy night.
I call this recipe my “Holiday Detox Smoothie” but in reality, it’s a favorite recipe of mine all year long. It just so happens to contain very cleansing & balancing ingredients such as flaxseed and spinach that are perfect for a day after indulgence. Plus, it’s a beautiful green color that, if you decide to top with raspberries, will scream Christmas in a mug! Like who doesn’t want that?? 🎅🏼
1/2 Cup ice cubes
1/2 Water 💦
1 TBSP Ground flaxseed
Dash of cinnamon
2 Handfuls organic baby spinach
1/3 Cup fresh or frozen pineapple
1 Scoop vanilla flavored plant 🌱 based protein powder (I used Whole Foods store brand)
*Optional* Raspberries for garnish
Use a high-powered blender, either single serve or full sized for this recipe. I use a single-serve Ninja blender.
Blend ice, water and greens together.
Add in pineapple 🍍 & cinnamon, then blend again.
Add in the protein powder last and assess the thickness. If you want it thicker, add more ice—if you want it a bit more liquidy, add more water and then blend once more.
Top with fresh raspberries and one more dash of cinnamon if you’d like!
NOTE: Eat/Drink slowly. Try not to gulp it down!! Even though the ingredients are blended, they still need to be digested by your body. So, treat this and any smoothie like a meal. Sip or spoon it slowly as you really taste the flavors of vanilla, pineapple and cinnamon while you give your body the opportunity to properly digest the ingredients. You’ll be left with a lower chance of bloating and higher chance of energy!
EAT THIS FOR:
1) Gentle Detoxing
Detoxing is really just another word for “cleansing.” Anything with lots of fiber and nutrients can be “detoxing”. Both the flaxseeds and the spinach in this recipe are loaded with fiber that helps push things along in your GI tract, thus “cleansing” your body faster than if you don’t eat high fiber foods.
Flaxseeds, specifically when ground up, are very effective at moving things along! But be careful, a little goes a long way! Use too much and you might actually get gas!
2 ) Hormone Balancing:
This smoothie is hormone friendly for a few reasons. First off, it’s loaded with fiber & protein with relatively little sugar. This means your insulin levels will not spike, which is very important for healthy hormones.
Second, flaxseeds contain ligans, a type of phytoestrogen. The ligans in flaxseeds have been found to help regulate the body’s production of estrogen, something many women need help with!
Third, cinnamon has been found to be a blood sugar regulator! It has even been recommended to people with type 2 diabetes to better manage their blood sugar levels.
The combination of enzyme-rich pineapple & high-fiber flaxseeds make for the perfect constipation remedy! The natural enzymes in pineapple 🍍 help to break down the food you ingest while the flaxseeds act as little “brooms,” quickly sweeping up the gunk in your colon. Sexy stuff, I know. 🚽
As always, thank you for reading BB! I would love to hear your thoughts on the recipe &/or any alterations you might make—I am always open to improving. Also, if this helps you in some way, please, share your story or experience in the comments!!
—Morning Dove 🕊