Spring Cleaning for Your Body: Brazilian Coconut Detox Elixir

After a long winter, cleanse your insides with this scrumptious detox elixir.

Prep = 5 minutes

6 Servings, about 1 cup each

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Do you ever feel like your body needs a spring cleaning? After a winter of overindulgence or slothiness, are you ready to cleanse with something healthy, light, and refreshing?

My friend Sherri Holdridge picked up this recipe when she traveled to the Brazilian beach town of Buzios.  Buzios, a former fishing village turned beachfront resort, is most famous for being a hideout for French actress and model Brigitte Bardot when she needed to escape the paparazzi and enjoy some beachy relaxation with her Brazilian lover. 

Sherri raves about the Buzios breakfasts overlooking the sea that included this tangy tonic as well as fresh fruit sprinkled with chia seeds.

Coconut water, lemon juice and ginger are all exceptional for cleansing and purifying the body and staying well hydrated, which help keep you full and keep your digestive system running efficiently. (The honey is added just for flavor to offset the tartness.) 

You can read more about the health benefits of coconut water here.


  • 1 liter coconut water
  • 4 lemons, juice only
  • 2 Tbsp. honey, or more to taste
  • 4 thin slivers of peeled fresh ginger


Combine all ingredients in a blender and blend for 30 seconds until it is frothy. Serve it over ice.


You might also try stirring a teaspoon of chia seeds into your glass of detox elixir and letting it sit for 10 – 15 minutes until the seeds thicken. Then drink the now-gelatinous seeds along with the elixir.  Chia seeds are also cleansing, high in fiber and omega 3s, and can keep your appetite at bay by filling your stomach as they expand in liquid.

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This drink is incredibly refreshing and it’s also very tart from the lemons. If it’s too tart for your liking, you can double the honey (but my son Solomon and I love it just like this). 


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