The 10-Day Green Smoothie Cleanse

Reset your diet with the help of green smoothies.

The 10-Day Green Smoothie Cleanse

Get energized and lose weight in as little as 10 days with this smoothie cleanse plan from nutritionist J.J. Smith. Packed with fiber and protein to keep you full, you’ll replace your meals with green smoothies that are similar to Dr. Oz’s favorite green drink. Follow these tips to get the most out of this cleanse from Smith’s book Green Smoothies for Life.

More: Dr. Oz's 100 Favorite Smoothies for Weight Loss


Prep Your Green Smoothies

Smoothies are the foundation of this cleanse because they’re loaded with the antioxidants, minerals, and nutrients you need to keep sugar cravings in check. They’re a cinch to make – simply wash and prepare the ingredients, blend them in a blender or food processor, and enjoy! Smith’s green smoothies can keep in the refrigerator for up to two days so you don’t even have to make them on a daily basis. You can also prepare a big batch in the morning and portion out your breakfast smoothie, lunch smoothie, and dinner smoothie for the entire day.

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