This one works for me and I offer it to you because, we're friends, or I'd like to be friends. And friends don't let friends suffer the consequences of foodie-boozy (or foozie-boody) indiscretions for long. I have to warn you though. If you're looking for a "Make it go away, I'll never do it again, I swear" detox cure, don't think it's going to taste like a chocolate cheesecake or anything. No. It's going to be green and a little mean. But you'll feel better in an hour or so.
The trick is combining a high electrolyte base and alkalizing plant-based foods with a healthy dose of fiber to restore your Ph balance and relegate last night’s indiscretions into the land of happy memories, instead of lingering remorse. The coconut water is vital for quick rehydration. Red grapes are among the most heart healthy and cleansing of foods, especially if you can find ones with seeds, which contain powerful anti-oxidants and essential fatty oils. Spinach, cucumber and lemon are alkalizing agents and provide vitamins and minerals. Fresh ginger calms the digestive system and soothes the stomach. Coconut oil provides essential healthy fats that get the brain going and cinnamon warms the body and boosts energy. Finally, an additional boost of powdered fiber of your choice helps move mucus out of your system which can cause inflammation in the gut and that dreadful slow.... sluggish..... feeling. I use a home-use fiber complex called Detox Drink Plus from We Care Spa, which is available online. I like the slight cinnamon-y taste. But any store bought, vegan fiber powder will do the trick. It’s important to go all organic here, so you can keep peels on for the ginger and cucumber, which are great sources of essential minerals. And just like that, you can say goodbye to last night’s food coma and hello to a healthy, energized you.
Make 3 cups (2 12-oz. servings)
8 oz. coconut water
1 cup ice cubes
1 cup red grapes
1 large handful of spinach (about 2 cups loosely packed)
4 oz of fresh cucumber (about 1/4 of a large cucumber) with peel on
1 Tbs. fiber complex (powdered)
3/4 oz. peeled fresher ginger
1 tsp. coconut oil
1/2 tsp. agave
1/8 tsp. cinnamon
Juice of 1/2 lemon
Pinch of real salt
Combine all ingredients in a high powered blender. Serve immediately. If not serving right away, the fiber will cause the smoothie to thicken. Simply thin with water or additional ice cubes to desired consistency. You're all re-set!