4 Recipes to Support Your Efforts to Detox

posted: 04/14/15
by: Stephanie Vuolo
4 Recipes to Support Your Efforts to Detox
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Easy ways to eat clean.

Looking to kick start a healthier diet and lose a few pounds along the way? You're not alone as many people are embarking on various cleanses to rid their bodies of excess sugar and toxins that may have been consumed over the long winter. Cleanse or not, eating a diet focused on whole, nutrient-dense, and enzyme-rich food is sure to increase your overall well-being. Start with one of these recipes as a simple way to eat cleaner and support your body's natural detoxification efforts.

1. Green Kale Smoothie

I walked into a health food store a few weeks ago curious to learn about their powerful green smoothie. Boy, was that a mistake! I was in for an intense presentation about how they make this amazing smoothie from a powder that contains over 100 foods. I much prefer to eat my foods in whole form, and nothing is easier on the go than this nutrient-dense green kale smoothie. It makes a great after school snack or can be used to start your day, paired with a frittata. To supercharge the detoxification, add a teaspoon of fresh grated ginger to the recipe. Ginger has been shown to decrease inflammation and regulate blood sugar.

2. Whole Foods Detox Salad Copycat

The Whole Foods Detox Salad Copycat is so delicious and contains a great variety of vegetables including broccoli, parlsey, and kale. You might even be able to get your kids to try a few bites. The recipe, which can quickly be made using your food processor, makes enough that you can pack it for lunch for a whole week's worth of detox supporting goodness to power you through the day. It is so versatile you can also add a clove or two of garlic, a sprinkle of colorful turmeric and some grated raw beet to increase the detoxification effects.

3. Raw Carrot Salad

My acupuncturist recommended that you can detox just by eating a raw carrot salad everyday. Carrots are high in the antioxidant betacarotene, which blocks against free radicals that cause aging. This raw carrot salad contains only a few ingredients, so it won't take long to whip up and keep in the fridge for a few days. You can add a a teaspoon of freshly grated ginger, and a sprinkle of sesame seeds to add a little extra flavor.

4. Vegetarian Borscht Soup

Beets have been shown to be helpful in successful detoxes as they are especially beneficial to cleaning the liver. This recipe for vegetarian borscht soup is a great cleansing tonic. If you want a thinner consistency, you can bland half of the soup with an immersion or standard blender. Also, add chopped raw beet greens, grated raw beet, and parsley as a healthy garnish to each bowl. Soups are also an easy way to stay hydrated and maintaining a high fluid balance can support the kidneys and circulatory system in flushing the toxins out of the body.