It looks a tad scary, but this jet-black Charcoal Detox Smoothie is actually bursting with tropical fruit flavor!
In fact, if you closed your eyes, you’d never guess that it contained charcoal at all! All you taste is fruit!
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I first tried charcoal in a juice blend from our yoga studio. I expected it to taste gross, but to my surprise it actually tasted really good. As in, I finished the whole thing!
Activated charcoal (not the stuff for your grill) is touted by many natural living enthusiasts as a somewhat of a cure-all with benefits including:
- Digestive system cleanse/detox
- Skin improvement
- Teeth whitening (when used for brushing)
I’m not sure about all the others, but I can definitely attest to charcoal’s “cleansing” effects. So if you have any issues with “slow” digestion, then this is something you might want to try!
There are also many reports of weight loss benefits (like this one on Fox News), though I’ve never gone on a full-scale juice cleanse myself.
I simply love to incorporate juices and smoothies into my daily healthy eating plan, and this is one of my new favorites — a total keeper!
Charcoal Detox Smoothie Ingredients
- 2 cups pineapple juice
- 1 cup raspberries
- 1/2 cup lime juice
- 1 cup coconut water
- 1 teaspoon activated charcoal powder
- 2 cups ice
Combine ingredients in blender and blend until smooth.
We actually started with a whole pineapple, and juiced it separately in a juicer. We then added this pineapple juice with the rest of the ingredients in the blender. This extra step prevents the smoothie from being pulpy, if you just popped the pineapple straight into the blender.
Another option is to use prepared pineapple juice so you don’t have to fool with cutting up a pineapple.
Healthy properties of this Charcoal Detox Smoothie*
- Cleansing (charcoal)
- Free-radical-fighting antioxidants (raspberries)
- Hydration & Potassium (coconut water)
- Immune system support (pineapple)
*Note: This is based on my own personal research & experience; I’m not claiming to be a medical professional.
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