New Year is the best time to start efforts for a new body and new you. Even though you are lazy and yet to start on with your resolutions, it is not too late. It is still February and you have time enough to prepare for the spring-summer season with a fabulous body.
Just like you clean the home before you prepare it for any festivity or for any reason, your body needs the same treatment. The body cleansing process is the detox. There are different detox programs currently doing rounds. It is the 3-day detox that stands out as it is shorter and is easier to manage.
Detox Is Not Starving; It Is The Right Way Of Eating
Yes, detox does not mean that you go fasting for straight 3 days. You should eat right to clean the body. This is where I am going to help you with. There are detox drinks, foods, salads and other recipes. The foods in these recipes help the body get the waste out and cleanse it internally.
You just need to be careful with a few items. When you are eating or dirking right, you also need to avoid a few items, to make the efforts effective.
Here are a few detoxifying and nutrient-rich recipes that would sure kick start your efforts in achieving those health goals. You will see some detox drinks, salads etc that are easy to make. At the same time, it is packed with nutrients and energy in the suitable form.
Easy To Make Detoxifying And Nutrient-Rich Recipes
Cleansing Carrot Detox Drink
Detox drink usually involves all the green ingredients like leaves, cucumber or apple. Here is a different variety of it where you have the green leaves alright, but also have a carrot in it to give it a twist. You need the following ingredients,
- Spinach leaves
- Half a cup of carrots and frozen mango
- A small piece of ginger
- Few mint leaves
- 1 tablespoon pumpkin seeds
- 1 cup each of unsweetened almond milk as well as coconut milk
Blend all the ingredients together until smooth consistency. You don’t need the sweetener here as the mango has some sweetness in it. This drink is packed with vitamins and beta-carotene. This makes a good morning drink for the detox days.
Liver is the cleansing agent of the body. While cleaning the body, it can also get dirty and slimy. Here is a drink that can remove all the dirt and waste from the liver. Gather up your things. You will need,
- 1 cup of green leaves of your choice (spinach, kale or dandelion)
- 1 cup of red cabbage
- 1 carrot
- ½ a cup each of beets and apple
- 1 lemon
- 300 ml of water
Blend these ingredients thoroughly to make a smooth drink. The beets improve blood circulation while the green ingredients cleanse the liver. The apple is a good source of fiber to get the solid wastes out of the body.
Colorful Detox Salad
We should eat first with the eyes. A colorful palate is one of the best ways to make the food look tasty. Detox period is the best time to get those colorful food items into the plate and have a blast. The ingredients used here are low in carbohydrates and rich in nutrients and fiber. Use the only minimal amount of oil and keep the seasonings to salt, pepper, ginger, lemon, Apple Cider Vinegar, and honey only. Take out all the colored vegetables like,
- Red cabbage
- Spring onions
- Almonds, sunflower seeds, and raisins
Finely chop the leaves and vegetables. The almonds and raisins are best when soaked and give it a good grind if you can. Add more of the cabbage, cauliflower and broccoli and an equal amount.
Mix a teaspoon of vinegar, olive oil, and lemon juice. Add some grated ginger, a dash of honey and some sea salt in a bowl and give it a mix. When you have the chopped veggies ready in the mixing bowl, add the vinegarette into it and mix well. Refrigerate it for an hour; you have your healthy detoxifying salad I ready for the lunch.
Vegan Soup For Dinner
You can have this vegan soup made with lentils, kale, and sweet potato. You will need, Kale, carrots, sweet potato, vegetable stock, onion, garlic, fresh herbs and 2 cups of lentils.
Cook the ingredients except for kale until the lentils are soft and mushy. Mix the kale before you take it from the heat. Cover it for 5 minutes. Mash the contents together, add salt as needed. Serve hot. You can refrigerate it for later if you want.
If you are craving for some sweetness, have this apple cinnamon drink that not only detoxifies the body but adds some flavor as well.
- 1 cup kale
- 1 apple
- Handful of parsley
- 1 stalk of celery
- Lemon juice as needed
- Flax seeds 1 tablespoon
- ¼ teaspoon of cinnamon
- 2 cups of water
Blend the ingredients well to a smooth juice consistency. You can also add some honey if you want it sweeter. The cinnamon can add some sweetness to it but honey can mask the acidic taste of lemon very well. Use cold water for the mixing.
Some Tips To Follow While On Detox
Drinking tea and coffee during the detox period is not healthy. What you can do is to drink Green Tea as much as you want. You can mix the juice of half a lemon or brew some ginger in the water before you add Green tea bag. Mix in honey o you want, but it would be better if you do not.
Drink plenty of plain water, preferably warm, throughout the day. This helps the elimination of toxins. Completely avoid sugar and sugary items, processed food etc. Stick to the plan, yes, you should have one. Do not use any fried foods. You can bake or grill the food without much oil. Use only Extra virgin olive oil or coconut oil for the purpose.
Split the food into 4-5 small meals. This way you can supply steady load for the body and keep it working.