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- 1 quart Classic Green Smoothie (with optional 2 scoops raw, organic, plant-based protein and optional 1 scoop of sprouted flax, for essential fatty acids)
- 1 quart Classic Green Smoothie (with optional 2 scoops raw, organic, plant-based protein and optional 1 scoop of sprouted flax)
NOTE: You can switch the foods eaten at Lunch and Dinner, if you’d like.
- Days 1, 3: Lentil Soup and Cucumber/Tomato Salad
- Days 2, 4: Baked potato (with 1–2 Tbsp. organic, no-salt-added butter) and Purple Heaven
Snacks to ward off hunger anytime:
- Lemonade made with water, fresh lemon juice, and stevia to taste
- Water with 1 Tbsp. chia seeds stirred in, up to three times a day (very filling!)…or put the chia in the “lemonade” above!
- Raw, vegan, organic protein shake (nothing else added, except chia is legal)
- Days 5–6: 1 quart Hot Pink Breakfast Smoothie
- Day 7: Breakfast Oatmeal and 1 pint Classic Green Smoothie (with optional 1 scoop raw, organic, plant-based protein and optional ½ scoop of sprouted flax)
- Days 5–6: Baked sweet potato (with 1–2 Tbsp. organic coconut oil) and 1 pint Classic Green Smoothie (with optional 1 scoop raw, organic, plant-based protein and optional ½ scoop of sprouted flax)
- Day 7: Black and Green Salad and 1 pint Classic Green Smoothie (with optional 1 scoop raw, organic, plant-based protein and optional ½ scoop of sprouted flax)
- Days 5–6: Crunchy Avocado Salad and 1 pint Classic Green Smoothie (with optional 1 scoop raw, organic, plant-based protein and optional ½ scoop of sprouted flax)
- Days 7: Black and Green Salad and 1 pint Classic Green Smoothie (with optional 1 scoop raw, organic, plant-based protein and optional ½ scoop of sprouted flax)
- Same as before!
NOTE: Bunch units are based on medium-sized bunches. But bunch sizes vary widely, so keep an eye on what you are buying. But if you happen to have leftover greens, remember that they can be washed and then frozen in plastic freezer bags to be used in green smoothies later.
|Food Item||Notes & Tips||Unit||# of People on Detox|
|organic greens||choose from spinach, chard, kale, collards, beet greens, cabbages, etc.||bunch (see|
|apples||organic if possible||2||4||6||8|
|lrg. avocado||organic if possible||2||4||6||8|
|sm. red onions||1||1||1||1|
|lrg. yellow onions||3||6||9||12|
|green cabbage||sm. head||1||2||3||4|
|purple cabbage||sm. head||1||2||3||4|
|organic lrg. carrot||5||10||15||20|
|med./lrg. lemons||optional for legal cheat||30||60||90||120|
|med. lemons||for Crunchy Avocado Salad||1||2||3||4|
|limes||¼ C juice needed per person; freeze any extra||3||6||9||12|
|organic med. ripe tomatoes||8||12||16|
|organic ripe Roma tomatoes||or 2/3/4/5 lrg. regular||3||6||9||12|
|tomato sauce||low salt or no salt added||sm. can||1||2||3||4|
|coconut water/juice||NOT coconut milk||12 oz. can||2||4||6||8|
|strawberries||organic if possible||12 oz. bag||2||4||6||8|
|mixed berries||organic if possible||7 lb. bag||1||2||3||4|
|gluten-free rolled oats||C||0.33||0.66||1||1.33|
|chia seeds||optional for legal cheat||C||1||2||3||4|
|raw pumpkin seeds||C||0.25||0.5||0.75||1|
|chopped dates||or 4/8/12/16 lrg. pitted||Tbsp.||4||8||12||16|
|golden raisins||optional if can’t find them||C||0.5||1||1.5||2|
|green or red lentils||lb.||0.5||1||1.5||2|
|organic butter||no salt added||Tbsp.||2||4||6||8|
|organic coconut oil||Tbsp.||4||8||12||16|
|extra virgin olive oil||C||0.5||1||1.5||2|
|vegetable broth||no sodium, if buy canned||quart||1||2||3||4|
|real maple syrup||Tbsp.||3||6||9||12|
|red wine vinegar||raw if possible||Tbsp.||3||6||9||12|
|raw apple cider vinegar||sm. bottle||1||1||1||1|
|nutritional or Brewer’s yeast|
|cayenne||optional for Crunchy Avocado Salad||Tbsp.||1||1||2||2|
|Spike seasoning (salt- free variety) or other extremely low-sodium seasoning|| |
|See Bonus page for GSG sprouted flax coupon|
|organic protein product (any type)||See Bonus page for GSG protein product coupon|
|inexpensive citrus juicer (from discount store)||optional, but will help if making lemonade legal cheat|
Black and Green Salad
Makes 5 (1 C) servings
1 C quinoa, rinsed well (soak for a few minutes, then drain in a fine strainer)
2 C water
1 can black beans, rinsed well (or ⅔ C dry beans rinsed well and then simmered in 2 C water for 2 hours)
2 medium tomatoes, diced
4 green onions, chopped (including most of the green part)
½ C chopped fresh cilantro
1 heaping Tbsp. grated lime zest
¼ C fresh lime juice
¼ C extra virgin olive oil
2 tsp. real maple syrup
optional: 1–2 tsp. salt-free seasoning, such as Spike
Whisk together lime zest and juice, olive oil, maple syrup, and optional seasoning in a serving bowl. Simmer the quinoa in water uncovered for about 10 min. Turn off the heat, cover, and let stand 10 min. Strain any excess water, then add the quinoa to the dressing and toss well. Stir in the remaining ingredients (beans, tomatoes, scallions, cilantro). Serve warm or chill in fridge.
Note: If you dislike oatmeal, you may wish to substitute another whole, cooked grain.
⅓ C organic regular (not instant) rolled oats (Bob’s Redmill and King Arthur Flour make this, and you can optionally buy gluten-free oats, though oats are naturally low in gluten)
1 C water
optional: pinch cinnamon
optional: few drops liquid stevia
Bring water to a boil, then add oats. Reduce heat and simmer 10–12 min. Add cinnamon and stevia if desired.
Classic Green Smoothie
Makes 2 quarts
- Start with 2½ C water/ice in the blender.
- Add any 3 of these greens on any given day: mustard greens, beet tops, dandelion greens, spinach, collards, kale, romaine, mixed spring greens, cabbage, and chard.
- Optionally add 1½–2 scoops organic, raw, vegan protein powder 2–3 Tbsp. sprouted flax. (See your Bonus page. These are optional “nice to have”s to make the smoothies more sustaining, like a completely meal, with heart- and brain-healthy essential fatty acids.)
- Blend until liquid comes to the 5–5½ C line (add more greens if necessary to come to this line when blended).
- To the remaining green smoothie mixture in the blender jar:
- On Day 5 add frozen mixed berries to taste and extra water, if needed, to the 7–8 C line
- On Day 6 add 1–2 bananas plus frozen berries to the 7–8 C line
- On Day 7 add 2 apples, 1–2 bananas, and frozen berries to the 7–8 C line
Make a note each day of any reaction to the new fruit added.
NOTE: The way I have written the recipe relies on your paying attention to the amount of blended water, greens, and fruit in the markings on the blender jar. I wrote it this way because greens are highly variable in size. “Handfuls” are similarly imprecise. If you wish to make it your own way, you can. The basic proportions I use are ⅓ water, ⅓ greens, and ⅓ fruit. The idea is to maximize the amount of greens and minimize the fruits to your own tastes.
Crunchy Avocado Salad
Makes 3–4 (1 C) servings
2 avocadoes (don’t dice until just before you eat the salad, to eat fresh)
3 Roma tomatoes, chopped (or 1–2 large regular tomatoes, but Romas hold up better in the salad)
½ C raw almonds, soaked overnight and drained, coarsely chopped
1–2 stalks celery, finely chopped
1 green onion, diced
¼ C cilantro, chopped
1 Tbsp. fresh lemon juice
Spike (salt-free variety) or extremely low-sodium seasoning, to taste
1-2 Tbsp. nutritional yeast (or Brewer’s yeast)
optional: pinch cayenne to taste
Toss all ingredients, except add one chopped avocado for today’s lunch, and save the other one to add to tomorrow’s (so that it doesn’t turn brown).
Makes 7 (1 C) servings
2 organic cucumbers
2 ripe organic tomatoes
½ small red onion (do not double this for 2–3 people)
¼ C apple cider vinegar
optional: fresh basil or cilantro, to taste
Chop all ingredients and mix together well.
Note: A GreenSmoothieGirl reader said that lime juice and cilantro substituted for the apple cider vinegar and basil is delicious! If you do this, make sure to make these substitutions on your shopping list.
Hot Pink Breakfast Smoothie
Makes 1 quart
1½ C coconut liquid/water/juice (from a young coconut or a can, found in almost any food store; not coconut milk)
2 Tbsp. chunk organic raw beet, peeled
1 large organic carrot, scrubbed
¼ C unsalted cashews
2 Tbsp. chopped dates OR 2 large pitted dates
12 oz. frozen organic strawberries
Purée all but the strawberries in a high-speed blender for 90 seconds. Add the strawberries and blend until smooth, about 90 seconds. Serve immediately.
This makes a very large batch, so if you are not doing the detox with a “buddy,” you can share with your family or friends—or you can freeze for later use after the detox. You can add sea salt to your family’s portion, but remember you are seeking very low sodium on the detox.
Makes 10 (1 C) servings
½ lb. green or red lentils
½ C wild rice, rinsed well
3 large yellow onions, diced
4 stalks celery, diced
3 carrots, diced
2 cloves garlic
2 Tbsp. organic coconut oil
1 tsp. salt-free or extremely low-sodium herbal seasoning, or more to taste
1 tsp. dried thyme
1 tsp. cumin
1 quart vegetable broth (no-sodium, if you buy canned)
1 small can tomato sauce
2 tsp. red wine vinegar
Cover lentils and rice with boiling water and let sit for 15 min., then drain. In a large stock pot, sauté the onions and garlic with the coconut oil and seasonings until the vegetables are tender. Add the carrots and celery and sauté another 5–10 min. Add the vegetable broth, tomato sauce, and lentils. Bring to a boil, reduce heat, and simmer 1 hour. Add vinegar and serve.
Tip: This soup tastes even better the second and third days. I suggest you make it a day ahead of time, if possible.
Makes 4 (1 C) servings
2 C shredded green cabbage
2 C shredded red cabbage
½ C golden raisins (optional, if you can’t find them, but adds something very special)
¼ C raw pumpkin seeds
2 Tbsp. real maple syrup
2 Tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
2 Tbsp. red wine vinegar
1 clove garlic
Toss salad ingredients in a large bowl. Blend dressing ingredients and add to cabbage mixture.