Heading down to the stadium at 10 a.m. to start tailgating that afternoon game with some family and friends? I’m sure those juicy wings and burgers are washed down by those three beers you just shotgunned. Welcome to tailgate season, my friends. You’re doing your best to keep up, but can your liver? Hydrating with water when you can and keeping alcohol consumption to a minimum on those off days works wonders, but why not try a detox? Don’t worry—not a seven-day liquid bender where you end up dropping 20 pounds by the end, but just a quick one-drink detox you whip up the day after pounding that keg (or two). Your head, waistband, and liver will thank you.
Green Liver Detox Smoothie
I did some research and this recipe is frequently used to help cleanse the liver and rejuvenate all those organs that work so hard to keep your body functioning. The apple is full of fiber, and the dandelion greens and cucumbers help to flush out unwanted toxins. Keep in mind that dandelion greens can be hard to find—the Wegmans I tried had them but there weren’t a lot to choose from. Any sort of whole foods or organic type of market should have them.
- 2 cups dandelion greens
- 1 cucumber
- 1 celery stalk
- 1 green apple
- ½ lemon
Make sure all of the above ingredients are washed and cleaned, put them in a blender, and blend on high until smooth. I also added a handful of ice to make it a little less thick. The apple helps to sweeten the smoothie, but it has a very mild flavor, so if you want something sweeter you can add honey or even shake some coconut water in there.
Red Beet Detox Smoothie
Although this smoothie has more ingredients than the green smoothie, it has flavor to show for it! Plus, beets are a great food to incorporate into your diet. High in vitamins and other nutrients, they’re good for your liver and blood and have been linked to reduction in brain tumor growth and memory loss. You won’t be able to erase the regrets you have from this weekend, but this smoothie will improve your mental health, possibly helping you to make smarter decisions in the future. So if one too many brain cells were lost due to a variety of reasons, this blend is the one for you.
- 1 red beet
- 1 red apple, sliced
- ½ peeled orange
- Handful of berries (frozen works just as well)
- Handful of kale
- ¼ cup pineapple (optional; can be replaced by coconut water or any other sweet fruit)
- Handful of ice
- ½ cup water (also optional; you can check the consistency and use as much or little as needed)
Put all ingredients into a blender and blend on high until smooth. If it’s too thick, add more water or coconut water until it has desired consistency and taste.
Great for a rough Monday morning when you’re rushing around and don’t have time to make something, coconut water from your local grocery store is a natural pick-me-up that can and should replace your morning coffee. With only about 45 calories per 8 fl. oz. serving, coconut water is incredibly hydrating, replenishing electrolytes after a crazy weekend and providing you with 100% of your daily value of vitamin C. It’s also a great source of manganese, magnesium, and potassium. A word of caution: plain coconut water has a very unique flavor that many find difficult to enjoy, so try a flavored one to start! My favorite is lemonade, which mellows out the sweet taste and goes down much smoother.