Dr. Oz Detox Shake- Modified: By Jen Oliak

Do you ever do juice/smoothie cleanses? The Master Cleanse, the 3 day Kreation cleanse and Dr.Oz’s 3 day Detox Cleanse are just a few I have tried in the past.  I don’t know why I did them, because not only was I starving while on them, but even if I lost 4-5 lbs in 3 days, I always gained them back when I started eating again.  The lost weight was mostly water!

But in trying the different types of cleanses, I did find one smoothie that I really love and drink on a regular basis.

It’s the Lunch Drink from Dr. Oz’s Detox Cleanse with one substitution and one addition- I replace the coconut oil with almond butter and I add a little flax seed. Scroll down to the bottom to skip to the recipe.

Coconut oil has too strong of a taste for me. Although I am not crazy about peanut butter, almond butter has a milder taste that complements the other ingredients in the smoothie.  It is a good option to get the unsaturated fat we need to feel satiated.  As for flax seed, I add it for the extra boost of dietary fiber and omega 3 fatty acids.

I am pretty bad at eating or drinking food that isn’t tasty.  But this drink actually tastes good!  It doesn’t have the most appetizing look due to its puke green color, but I love how I feel when I drink this shake. I mean, just look at these ingredients. So good for you!  I also like how I can take it with me in the car as I drive the kids around and run errands.

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Ingredients

I do not enjoy cutting and chopping food.  As I discussed in my Tastiest, Easiest Salad I’ve Made in Years post, I’m not crazy about cooking. I am always looking for the most efficient way to do things when I am in the kitchen.
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When I discovered the Vitamix a few years ago at Costco, I couldn’t believe the efficiency I witnessed at their demo table as the Vitamix rep was whipping up fruit smoothies in seconds!  I bought one immediately.  This appliance is worth every penny ($350-$600 depending on model). Instead of cutting up the vegetables and fruit, I just throw everything (including the unpeeled cucumber) in the blender, close it and turn it on high.  If you don’t have a Vitamix, this is hard to believe.

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I double the recipe to make enough for two large mason jar shakes; I drink one for a meal the same day and put one in the fridge for later. I throw an ice ball (click here to see post with link to buy) into my shake to keep it very cold since it takes some time to finish the jar.  I love that I get all of the fresh ingredients (pictured above) compressed into one jar and it fills me up for hours. Tip:  Don’t skip the almond butter to try and conserve calories or you will be hungry very quickly after.

What has been your experience with cleanses? Do you have a favorite smoothie?  I would love to hear your thoughts on this one!

Recipe for Modified Dr. Oz Detox Green Smoothie:

1 Tbsp. Ground Flax Seed

4 Celery Stalks

1 Cucumber

1 Cup Kale

1/2 Green Apple

1/2 Lemon or Lime

1 Tbsp. Almond Butter

1/2 Cup Almond Milk

1 Cup Pineapple

p.s. If you like green smoothies, you will like my posts on this delicious super easy salad and my favorite ways to prepare zucchini