10 Green Smoothie Recipes for Fatty Liver (2024)

If you’ve just been told you have fatty liver, you may be feeling confused about the diagnosis, especially if you have no symptoms.

This article will help you get a better view of what this condition is all about, along with which green smoothies and other foods you can add to your diet to support your liver health.

In This Article

  • What Is Fatty Liver?
  • Symptoms of Fatty Liver Disease
  • Risk Factors for Fatty Liver Disease
  • The Best Foods for Fatty Liver
  • Green Smoothie Recipes for Fatty Liver

What Is Fatty Liver?

Fatty liver disease is medically known as “hepatic steatosis.” It’s exactly what it sounds like — too much fat built up in the liver.

You may expect liver issues from a heavy drinker (that condition is known as alcoholic fatty liver disease, or AFLD), but fatty liver disease can happen to teetotalers too (non-alcoholic fatty liver disease, or NAFLD).

The famous Dr. Max Gerson believed that the liver is the body’s most important organ, with over 500 jobs to do for you. Its main jobs are to help process the food that we eat and filter out any toxins. These toxins can include chemicals on our food (pesticides, fungicides, herbicides, etc.) and chemicals in our food (like in highly processed packaged goods) that our bodies don’t recognize.

It also has to filter out environmental toxins, like pollution, as well as chemicals in our beauty care and home cleaning products.

The liver is also critically involved in metabolism, converting carbs into glucose, making bile, breaking down fats, and storing energy in the form of glycogen to burn when you aren’t eating.

So if there are any issues affecting the liver, a whole lot of other processes can be thrown off, too.

[Related: Could Toxicity Be Why I’m Sick?]

Symptoms of Fatty Liver Disease

People with fatty liver disease do not typically have any symptoms, but it is not uncommon to experience1:

  • Abdominal pain or discomfort, particularly on the upper right side
  • A feeling of fullness in the same area
  • Fatigue

If the condition progresses, it can cause scarring on the liver (liver fibrosis, or cirrhosis in severe cases). This scarring can bring on the following symptoms:

  • Loss of appetite
  • Weight loss
  • Weakness
  • Nausea
  • Fatigue
  • Jaundiced (yellowed) skin or eyes
  • Swelling in the legs or abdomen area
  • Mental confusion
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Risk Factors For Fatty Liver Disease

How would you know if you have fatty liver disease if you don’t have symptoms?

There are risk factors that your functional medical practitioner may want to monitor, so that if you do have the condition, you can treat it before it gets worse.

  • Obesity
  • Insulin resistance
  • High resting blood glucose, prediabetes, or Type 2 Diabetes
  • High blood triglycerides
  • Metabolic syndrome
  • High cholesterol
  • Heavy alcohol use
  • Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS)
  • Sleep apnea
  • Hypothyroidism
  • Hypopituitarism

The Mayo Clinic notes that these first four risk factors are potential causes as well, as they appear to promote the deposit of fat in the liver.2 When we over consume calories, or we don’t metabolize fat properly, what our body can’t use is converted into fat that’s stored in the liver. We can only store so much! Toxic stored fat levels lead to inflammation and scarring.

The Best Foods for Fatty Liver

The ideal diet for fatty liver is going to be filled with natural, whole, unprocessed foods, especially vegetables! These whole foods will give you lots of nutrients that support your body’s natural detoxification systems, so your liver can do its many jobs more thoroughly and easily.

Some of these whole foods are specifically supportive of the liver. The following contain nutrients like Vitamin C, B vitamins, choline, and more that support liver function:

  • Citrus fruits
  • Nuts
  • Seeds
  • Bananas
  • Spinach
  • Cruciferous vegetables (broccoli, cauliflower, kale, etc.)
  • Avocado
  • Apples
  • Cilantro
  • Parsley

Green Smoothie Recipes for Fatty Liver

Using the foods above, we can make some super liver-loving smoothies that taste great and get your detox organs functioning they way they should. Sip on these for better liver health:

All recipes are from the Big Book of Green Smoothies.

1. Green Machine
This is a great basic smoothie to start with if you’re not used to blending up your greens. Spinach is pretty mild, and the small amount of broccoli sprouts won’t take over the flavor (though they’ll offer plenty of great nutrients!). Both spinach and bananas contain B vitamins, which promote healthy liver function by helping to break down fat.

Large handful of baby spinach
1 handful lettuce (whatever kind you have on hand)
½ handful broccoli sprouts
1 carrot
2 tbsp nuts or seeds (organic, sprouted seeds are best)
2 bananas
Cold water

Place all ingredients in a high-speed blender and puree until smooth.

2. Green Beauty Cilantro Shake
Cilantro lovers will appreciate the medicinal qualities of this zesty blend! The leafy green contains linalool, which is a plant compound that helps protect the liver from damage3. This recipe blends cilantro with flavorful citrus fruits, and I recommend keeping the peels on to take advantage of their limonene, which aids in liver detoxification4. Just make sure you wash them first and use a sturdy blender!

1 bunch cilantro
½ unpeeled grapefruit
½ unpeeled navel orange
½ cup pineapple
1 tbsp honey (adjust to taste)
1 tsp blue-green algae flakes (optional)
Water as needed (to blend)

Place all ingredients in a high-speed blender and puree until smooth.

3. 4-3-2-1 Smoothie
Parsley is a wonderful ingredient for the liver. Not only does it have plenty of detox-supporting Vitamin C, but it also stimulates bile5. Bile is what helps our bodies break down fats so we can use them as energy. Parsley also helps extract heavy metals from the body6, which can take some stress off the liver.

4 kale leaves, coarsely chopped
⅓ bunch parsley
2 celery ribs, chopped large
1 apple, cut into wedges
Juice of ½ lemon
2 cups water

Place all ingredients in a high-speed blender and puree until smooth. You may need to add more water to reach your desired consistency. Feel free to add a teaspoon or two of honey for sweetness if the apple is on the tart side.

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4. Chocolate Morning Delight
I love this recipe with creamy avocado, though it’s great with bananas too for extra sweetness! Avocado is a good source of choline, a mineral that helps break up fat and move it through the liver7.

Here’s a good tip: if you want to increase the liver-love factor of this smoothie, try using cooled milk thistle tea as a base instead of plain water. This is an herb known to help regenerate the liver, especially helpful if there has been damage from scarring8.

4 cups baby greens, frozen greens, or other dark green lettuce
1 cup shredded cabbage
1 cup water, plus more for desired consistency
4 oz frozen blueberries
4 oz frozen cherries
½ ripe banana or ½ avocado
2 tbsp flax seeds
2 tbsp maple syrup
2 tbsp raw cacao powder
1 tsp vanilla

Combine water with banana (or avocado), flax seeds, maple syrup, cacao, and vanilla in a high-powered blender. Blend until the flax seeds are ground and the mixture is smooth and thick. Add cabbage and greens and blend, adding more water as needed. Add frozen berries and blend until smooth. Enjoy!

5. Bok Choy Cooler
Did you know bok choy is a cruciferous vegetable? That’s right! And it supports the second phase of liver detoxification, which gets toxins out of your system9. If you have trouble finding spirulina and maca powders, they can be optional, but they add a nutritious boost to this already nourishing smoothie. Ginger gives it that special kick, good for lowering inflammation around the body.

1-2 cups bok choy leaves
1 whole English cucumber
10 parsley, basil, or mint leaves
1 tsp spirulina
1 tsp maca powder
2 pears, chopped
1 apple, chopped
1-2 inch piece fresh ginger
2 cups water, plus more to desired consistency

Place all ingredients in a high-speed blender and puree until smooth.

6. Muddy Buddy Smoothie
This is another tasty smoothie recipe that supports phase two liver detoxification, more so if you opt for using almonds and almond milk. Cashews lend themselves to a creamy texture, but almonds will do the same if you soak them for a few hours first. Plus, you get Vitamin B2, which helps rid the liver of toxins10.

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2 large kale leaves
1 large frozen banana
½ avocado
¼ cup cashews or soaked almonds
1 tbsp raw cacao powder
1 tbsp honey
1 tsp flax seeds
Water or almond milk to desired consistency

Add all dry ingredients, then pour in water or almond milk until it reaches about one inch above the mixture. Blend well and enjoy.

7. Lemon-Lime Coconut Smoothie
There are a few ways to work with this smoothie. I like to plan ahead and separate the coconut water and meat beforehand. Then I’ll freeze the coconut water into ice cubes to use in the smoothie later! If you can’t find a fresh coconut at your local market, see if they carry coconut meat in the produce or freezer section. Also, if you have a high-powered blender, you can go for that limonene boost and use whole lemons and limes. Since the peels can be a bit bitter, you may need to adjust the stevia to your taste level.

2 cups spinach
Meat of 1 young Thai coconut
½ avocado
½ cucumber, chopped large
⅔ cup fresh lemon juice (about 3 lemons)
⅓ cup fresh lime juice (about 2 limes)
5-6 ice cubes
Stevia, to taste

Open the coconut and put its water in a bowl. Scrape out coconut meat and add to blender. Add all ingredients and puree until smooth, streaming in the coconut water if mixture is too thick.

8. Chocoholics’ Choice
Another fabulous chocolate smoothie, one that would also be particularly delicious using cold milk thistle tea as a base. The almond butter here offers its B2 benefits, along with healthy fat that helps slow down the absorption of natural sugars in the fruit and dates. This means you’ll have super long-lasting energy throughout the day, more than enough to put towards an exercise routine that can help lower your risk factors for fatty liver!

3 cups ice cold water
2 large swiss chard or collard greens leaves
Red leaf lettuce, added until blender mixture reaches 6-cup line
½ vanilla bean, or 1 ½ tsp vanilla extract
2 Granny Smith apples
2 mangos, peels and pits removed
2 bananas, frozen in chunks
½ cup almond butter or ⅔ cup raw almonds
8 pitted dates
¼ cup cacao nibs or raw cacao powder

If using almonds instead of almond butter, puree them with the three cups of water first. Then add chard, lettuce, and vanilla bean to the mix and puree again. Add remaining ingredients and blend until smooth. Serve immediately or refrigerate for up to 24 hours and shake well before serving.

9. Dandelion Doodleberry Juice
Fun fact: bitter greens are really helpful to your liver! Dandelion root is a popular herb for liver health as well, but here we’re using the bitter greens as a veggie base for our smoothie. This detoxifying blend includes several of the supportive ingredients we talked about earlier, making it a powerful way to kick start your fatty liver diet for the day.

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4 cups dandelion greens
2 ¾ cup water
2 large stalks celery
¼ whole lemon, including peel
2 inches fresh ginger, peeled
Spinach, added until blended mixture reaches 6-cup line
2 apples
1 pear
1 banana, frozen in chunks
Frozen berries added and blended until container is very full

Blend first six ingredients until smooth. Add fruit and blend until smooth. Serve immediately or refrigerate for up to 24 hours and shake well before serving.

10. Blast of Broccoli
Feel free to use either broccoli or broccoli rabe for this cruciferous cooler. One thing I like to do is save broccoli stems in the freezer if I’m only using the florets for a recipe. Then I’ll use them for smoothies like this! If you want to use broccoli rabe, you can typically find it at Italian or Asian markets. It's a little more bitter, but either way, the flavor punch from all the tart and sweet fruits will balance it out nicely.

2 ¾ cups water/ice
⅔ tsp stevia
2 cups broccoli (florets and/or stems) or broccoli rabe
Spinach, added until blended mixture reaches 5-cup line
1 orange, peeled and quartered
2 cups pineapple, chopped
2 bananas, frozen in chunks
2 cups frozen mixed berries

Blend the first four ingredients until smooth. Add fruit and blend again until smooth. Serve immediately or refrigerate for up to 24 hours and shake well before serving.

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