As we start into this New Year, many people want to drastically change their diet and lifestyle habits – often starting with an elaborate (and most of the time even harmful) cleanse. After weeks of indulging and disregarding what we know are healthy foods, we promise ourselves to make up for it by being extra “good” and end up feeling hungry, unsatisfied and grumpy.
So does detoxing your body mean that you need to starve, only consume liquid calories or nibble on lettuce? Well, it can be – but only if you want to make things unnecessarily hard. A detox simply means stopping to put food into your body that doesn’t belong there in the first place, giving your organs the chance to get rid of what you don’t need anymore.
Once you stop the irritation, your body can start to heal and replenish. So of course cutting out unhealthy foods such as meat, fish, eggs, dairy, oils and white sugar already goes a long way! To take it up another notch, you can start increasing the amount of nutrient-dense foods, especially vegetables.
Here are 5 super delicious and clean recipes that make your detox process a joyous and satisfying phase towards better health:
1. Crunchy & Creamy Cashew Mustard Coleslaw
This creamy goodness makes you want to put the veggies on your plate, just to be able to enjoy the amazing sauce. The antioxidant-rich red cabbage has great anti-inflammatory benefits, helps to prevent cancer and cardiovascular disease.
On top of that, it supports your digestive tract which enables you to let go of unwanted residues. And so do the green apples! Their high amount of fiber benefits your entire bowel system, including IBS.
Along with the cranberries, they make for a super high dose of vitamins and antioxidants. The crunchy lettuce and self-made healthy mayonnaise both give an interesting texture and quite some excitement for your taste buds.
2. Creamy Red Lentil & Kale Soup
Sometimes, all that you need or crave during cold winter days is a nice bowl of filling soup. Lentils make for a great base – their high protein and fiber content will satisfy and satiate you very quickly while stabilizing your blood sugar.
Adding in some kale is perfect for detoxification as well as loading up on powerful antioxidants and a good amount of calcium. Onions are very protective in regards of your cardiovascular health, blood pressure and blood cholesterol levels.
And finally, the cancer fighting tomatoes don’t just add lots of vitamins and antioxidants, but a fresh and juicy taste. The ingredients are super simple and can be found in almost any grocery store for little money.
3. Blueberry Acai Super Smoothie
Of course we all want some sweet food on a daily basis too. Smoothies are a great way to pack in a good amount of micronutrients and water, all of which are very helpful for a gentle detox.
The spinach in this thick and tasty drink gives you a nice amount of iron and zinc, amongst countless of other vitamins and minerals. The abundant flavonoids act as antioxidants to protect your body from free radicals, especially your colon (which we all know is crucial for eliminating toxins).
The folate in spinach is good for a healthy cardiovascular system, and magnesium helps lower high blood pressure. Talking of nutritional powerhouses: blueberries are amongst the best sources of antioxidants while having a favorable impact on blood sugar regulation, even in persons already diagnosed with diabetes.
4. Parsley & Quinoa Green Detox Salad
The quickest way to detox is still by eating raw foods, especially dark leafy greens. And this green goodness is bursting of nutrition! Parsley is rich in vitamins, keeps your immune system strong and helps flush out excess fluid from the body.
It’s also a great source of antioxidants, relaxes stiff muscles, encourages digestion and can help control blood pressure. The folic acid in this herb is like a tonic for your heart! Adding some nuts and seeds is a great way to help absorb the fat-soluble vitamins A, E and K – and they make for a delicious and satisfying crunch as well.
To round up this dish, a nice load of protein and fiber comes from quinoa, a gluten-free pseudo-grain. Being very high in many minerals that most people don’t get enough of, it’s a perfect addition to the other vegetables like the rather fatty avocado, which can reduce inflammation and improve your feeling of fullness and satisfaction after this meal.
5. Hearty Italian White Bean Basil Soup
Last, but definitely not least, this white bean soup makes for a colorful, tasty and filling lunch or dinner. Spiced up with onion, garlic and chili, this will definitely help lower your blood pressure and can even hinder tumor growth while giving your metabolism a nice hot boost!
The quercetin found in allium vegetables is an anti-inflammatory antioxidant, which is said to help with arthritis. Again, we have delicious tomatoes in this recipe, which give you a nice amount of vitamins, minerals, fiber and hydrate your body. On top of that, their beta-carotene makes your skin look great and protects against sun damage.
Both your vision and hair will benefit from this juicy ingredient as well. What makes this dish satiating and filling are the white beans. They are amongst the most fiber rich foods, which forms a gel-like substance in your digestive tract and helps you release whatever needs to go. Therefore, they prevent constipation, digestive disorders and IBS. Plus they’re good for your heart and your blood sugar as well! So eat up on this healthy and tasty soup.
What's your favorite of these 5 recipes? And do you prefer crunchy salads or warm soups? How do you like to detox? Let us know in the comments below.
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