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Your 3-day Smoothie Cleanse That Works

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There is sometimes a tendency for health bloggers to exaggerate the benefits of some foods. This happens often with smoothies as well.

There are reasons why smoothies could be a useful meal staple. They’re easy to make. And fast. If you have packed mornings, they’re a good way to feed your body what it needs. They can be used as a quick breakfast or lunch.

There are also cleanses or kickstarts to weight loss regimens that depend on smoothies.  The problem with smoothie cleanses is that they’re too extreme. Smoothies tend to be mostly fibre, and fibre is great for your body, but we also need protein and some fats. People who drink just smoothies don’t tend to eat enough of all the food groups. Another issue is that we’re not used to liquid diets: chewing is enjoyable. It is one of the triggers of satiety: knowing you have eaten enough. If you stay on a smoothie diet for too long, you’re probably going to crave solid foods soon.

The good news is you don’t have to restrict yourself to smoothies to be healthy. They’re just one of many good food ideas. Check out our guide to clean eating.

For days when you’re in a rush and want healthy food you can drink, here are some smoothie recipes.


Your 3-day smoothie cleanse

1) Day 1

Breakfast: Creamy Chocolate Breakfast Shake

Blend some frozen bananas, cocoa powder, nut butter, non-dairy milk, and flaxseed powder. This banana cocoa smoothie1 can be a filling breakfast or a sweet treat for the evening.

Tip – Choose raw cacao for an extra boost of antioxidants!

Creamy Chocolate Breakfast shake


Lunch: Healthy Thai Red Curry

This Thai Red Curry is the most popular recipe on this blog. It’s simple enough for a weekday dinner, but so tasty our readers keep coming back for the recipe.

For a vegetarian alternative, try my favourite vegetable curry recipe.

Red curry thai recipe


Dinner: Superfood Quesadillas

Cater this superfood quesadillas2 recipe to your mood and what’s in season. When I make this recipe, I head to the farmer’s market and find the best-looking produce I can fit between two tortillas.

Tip – To make this recipe gluten free, skip the tortillas and serve it over brown rice with some extra greens. Trade in the cheese for a healthy fat like avocado to make it dairy-free.

Superfood Quesadillas


2) Day 2

Breakfast: Green & Good

Blend up some frozen bananas, berries, flaxseed meal, almond milk, and spinach. Make this green smoothie3 in the morning and have it on your commute.

Green smoothie


Lunch: Spaghetti Squash Lasagna

We’re smack-dab in the middle of the season when squashes are flavorful and in every grocery store. If you haven’t tried spaghetti squash, now’s the time.

Make this vegan-friendly  spaghetti squash lasagna4 ahead and you’ll have lunch for a couple of days. Meal planning made simple.



Dinner: Sea Bass with Tomatoes and Lentils

We could all eat more fish. The omega-3 oils are essential to your immune system. If you don’t have sea bass5, replace it with any fatty fish you can find. Fish is one my favorite protein sources because it’s quick. And simple. Whip up fish on a Tuesday night and you’ll see why it’s a staple in my kitchen.

For a vegetarian alternative, try this hearty lentil walnut loaf. Walnuts and flaxseeds, two of these ingredients in this recipe are great vegetarian-friendly alternative to omega-3 oils. Serve it with a salad.


Sea Bass with lentils and tomatoes


3) Day 3

Breakfast: Blueberry Maple Protein Shake

Blueberries (and vegetables) are on the top of my food recommendations list. We should all have more berries. Blend together some organic yogurt, blueberries, a little maple syrup, vanilla extract, and some non-dairy milk to make this blueberry maple smoothie6.

Tip – To make this recipe dairy free, substitute yogurt for coconut yogurt, or try adding a banana instead to make it creamy.

Blueberry maple shake


Lunch: Baked Falafel Bowl

It grabs your eye and it’s deceptively simple. Make this baked falafel bowl7 just as pictured or adapt it to whatever’s in your pantry.

Baked Falafel Bowl


Dinner: Thai Chicken Soup

Canned soup doesn’t even come close to comparing.

For one thing, this Thai Chicken Soup8 is low in sodium. Canned soups may be tempting with their promise of a quick dinner, but they’ll will push you right past your daily salt quota. And, it bears saying, won’t taste as good as this chicken soup will.

The most exotic ingredient in this recipe is fish sauce, which most grocery stores do carry. Use organic chicken if you can. For an even more nuanced flavor, add lemongrass.

For a vegetarian option, try this Thai Curry Vegetable Soup (just skip the fish sauce!)


Thai Soup


Did we miss your favorite smoothie recipe? Share your recipe ideas with us in the comments – we’d love to hear them.

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Heather Tick M.D.

Heather Tick M.D.

Using both the data of modern science and the time-proven traditions of complementary medicine, Dr. Heather Tick M.D. has helped tens of thousands of patients reach their peak levels of health. For over twenty years Dr. Tick has dedicated herself to researching evidence-based holistic treatments for pain and inflammation. A multiple-book author, including the highly acclaimed Holistic Pain Relief - An In-Depth Guide to Managing Chronic Pain, Dr. Tick empowers her patients to live free of pain and full of life. She is the first holder of the prestigious Gunn-Loke Endowed Professorship of Integrative Pain Medicine at the University of Washington and a Clinical Associate Professor at the University of Washington in the departments of Family Medicine and Anesthesiology & Pain Medicine.