Offer clients a spring cleaning with this delicious detoxifier.
Although Debra Koerner may deceive spa guests, it’s for their own good! The executive director of Destination Spa Group and host of the upcoming PBS series, Journey Into Wellbeing, admits to serving wary friends smoothie concoctions in opaque cups to hide the beverages’ muddled hues. “Oftentimes, when people see green, they think the drink is going to taste like raw kale,” Koerner explains. Luckily for her pals—and us—the vibrant hue of her Red Beauty Energizer Smoothie hints only of its refreshing, mildly sweet flavors.
“We are so addicted to sugar,” says Koerner, who created this naturally sweet smoothie to help “wean people off artificial sugars” and introduce them to more healthful alternatives. The Energizer combines potassium-rich watermelon and sweet beet greens with vitamin B-packed cucumbers, creating an energy-boosting blend that helps hydrate the skin and detoxify the liver and digestive system—perfect for springtime cleansing!
While it can help jolt morning spa guests, Koerner recommends the smoothie before a workout to rev up endurance, or imbibed with a few almonds for the perfect “late-in-the-day pick-me-up.” Emergency coffee run? Pass, we’ve got The Energizer on call.
One piece of advice: Don’t sip on this smoothie after dinner—“unless you have plans to stay up and clean the house all night,” Koerner cautions. Those dust bunnies can wait ‘til later this spring…
Red Beauty Energizer Smoothie
Place ingredients in the blender in the following order:
4 ounces iced water
1 cup beet greens, chopped
1 ½ cups watermelon, cored
1 small cucumber, peeled and quartered
¼ beet, peeled and finely chopped
Thumbnail-sized piece of ginger
Blend until smooth.
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