Before I started juicing (years ago) I was quite a smoothie enthusiast, especially in the summertime. It was a fun family sport that we participated in nearly every morning. But I have a couple of confessions to make.
Firstly, I thought all smoothies were fruit smoothies. Who knew you could make green smoothies by adding spinach? And why would you want to? Well I’ve since learned a thing or two and nowadays I almost always add greens to my smoothies. (Really, a banana, pineapple, spinach smoothie is quite yummy!)
My second confession is that I’ve never done a smoothie detox. To be quite honest I didn’t even know what detox was at the time I started making smoothies. I just knew they were good and healthy.
Juicing versus Blending
Now, I don’t often write about smoothies on this blog, and there’s a reason for that. This blog is about juicing and when I talk about smoothies, sometimes people get the two confused. The main distinction between juicing and blending (smoothies) is that juicing removes the fiber. For fasting purposes this is a good thing because the colon gets to rest and we flush out the toxins.
I’ve learned, however, that it is possible to cleanse with smoothies it’s just that it happens at a slower rate. Kind of like if you eat enough good foods, eventually the body regenerates. For this reason, a typical smoothie detox lasts 21-28 days. Compare this to a 3-10 day complete juice fast.
But how should I know really? I’ve never tried a smoothie detox. That all changes today. I’m going to do it.
I’ve signed up for the 3 Day Smoothie Detox Challenge hosted by my friend Tera Warner and I encourage all of you to take the challenge with me! All the recipes and instructions, plus lots of info about smoothies are free of charge and you can start on any day that works for you (I’m starting this coming Monday).
Spring is here and I’m looking forward to shedding some of my winter blahs. I’d love for you to join me in this challenge. Maybe you’ve got some things you need to shed also. It’s only three days. What do you say? All the details can be found here.