Fruits and Smoothie Detox recipes
Fresh fruit is a storehouse of essential nutrients. Packed with vitamins, minerals, fibre, amino acids and enzymes, raw fruit should feature in any detox regime, as it helps bind and flush out toxins.
These refreshing fruits are loaded with vitamin C,a powerful antioxidant that protects the body against harmful free radicals and inhibits premature aging. Antioxidants also help to reduce the risk of cancer and heart disease, and increase iron absorption.
Lemon is perhaps the best cleanser; its astringent and antiseptic properties stimulate the liver and gall bladder. A glass of hot water with freshly squeezed lemon juice is the ideal way to begin a detox day. The rich fibre and water content of tasty fruit make it the perfect internal cleanser.
Freshly squeezed oranges and grapefruits stimulate the digestion and tone the system. They are also an excellent source of beta-carotene, calcium, phosphorus and potassium. They are also an effective diuretic and laxative.
Popular for one-day mono-diets, grapes are one of the most effective detoxifiers in addition, they have been shown to relieve constipation and help kidney, liver, digestive and skin disorders. The white or red varieties are best.
Crunchy apples contain malic and tartaric acid, which act to boost the digestive system and cleanse the liver. Their high pectin content binds heavy metals, such as lead.Apples also provide a steady stream of energy via fructose, a natural sugar.When eaten regularly, pears help foster a good complexion and glossy hair.
These fragrant soft fruits are reported to cleanse the blood.They also benefit the kidneys and digestive tract.
Dried fruit provides plenty of sustaining energy and is invaluable in a detox regime. Although higher in calories than fresh fruit, unlike chocolate and sweets, dried fruit is a great source of nutrients. Whenever buying dried fruit, look for unsulphured fruit, especially if you suffer from asthma. Choose from dried hunza apricots, figs, dates, raisins, apples, pears and peaches. Alternatively, you could opt for some more exotic fruits, such as pineapples, mangoes and papayas. These add tasty variety to your diet.
Perfect for snacks, dried fruit provides all the essential nutrients in a compact form. A blend of soft fruits and milk or yogurt, smoothies offer a tasty alternative to eating fruit. Their vitamin content makes them ideal detoxifiers. Summer smoothies can be partially frozen for a cool treat.
- 125g/4oz banana
- 125g/4%oz mango
- 120ml/4fl oz/%cup yogurt or milk
Peel and chop the banana and mango into large chunks. Place the fruit in a food processor or blender with the yogurt or milk. Process for 1-2 minutes, until smooth and creamy, and pour into a large glass. Add a sprig of mint for a tasty bite. Fresh fruit and vegetable juices play a vital role in detoxing- they stimulate the whole system and encourage the elimination of toxins. Drink juices fresh, as processing reduces nutritional values.
You can use pomegranates ,which are only available in the winter months but they do add a wonderful splash of colour. This is a great alternative dessert dessert for Christmas,if your guests don’t want a traditional pudding.
- Ripe mango x 1
- Papaya x 1
- 150ml double cream
- 1 tbsp Marsala/sweet sherry
- 1 tbsp icing sugar
- 4 cantuccini biscuits
- Peel and remove the stone from the mango and cut the flesh into thin slices.Peel the papaya, cut in half, scoop out the seeds and cut the flesh into slices.
- Arrange the fruit on the plate. Scoop out the seeds from the pomegranate and sprinkle over the slices.
- Whip the cream until it forms soft peaks. Fold in the sweet wine and the icing sugar. If you want to prepare the dish ahead of time,chill for 1 hour at this stage.
- Add a few spoons of the cream to eah plate and serve with the cantuccini biscuits.
Purple Pep, an antioxidant powerhouse, and tangy and cleansing Citrus Shake. For a healthy dose of antioxidants, try this rich, colourful juice.
- 3 carrots
- 115g/4 oz beetroot (beet)
- 30g/1 oz baby spinach
- 2 celery sticks
Scrub and trim the carrots, then cut the beetroot into large chunks. Juice all the vegetables in a juice extractor, then pour into a glass and drink immediately.
This refreshing juice gently boosts the immune system.
- 1 pink grapefruit
- 1 blood orange
- 30ml/2 tbsp lemon juice
Peel the grapefruit and orange and cut into rough segments. Juice the fruit, then stir in the lemon juice.
Drunk in the morning, fruit juices are useful for scouring waste products from the digestive tract. Vegetable juices are best drunk in the afternoon, as they re-establish the acid and alkaline balance of the body giving a rejuvenating effect. Do not drink fresh juices if you suffer from health problems such as candida, diabetes or bowel disorders.