It’s common knowledge that in December we binge and in January we detox. Although our bodies are in constant detox mode—neutralizing toxins and eliminating waste—sometimes we need a little extra help in this department. Lack of exercise, overeating and stress overwhelm the body and overexert our natural detoxification systems. Our detox organs like our kidneys, liver, colon and skin all need a little more support this time of year, so here are the top 10 detox recipes to help kick start healthy eating in January.
Celery, Cucumber & Kale, Oh My!
Cold-pressed juice shops are popping up everywhere, for good reason. Juicing fresh, organic vegetables allows the body to easily and quickly absorb a vast array of nutrients, especially antioxidants. Juices help to alkalize the blood, which in turn promotes a strong immune system. Although these fresh juices do not contain any fiber, they carry a huge detoxification punch. Replace your morning coffee or afternoon snack with a green juice and you will start feeling the effects instantly. If buying a green juice is out of your price range then make one at home!
Brussels Sprouts & Kale Winter Salad
Brussels sprouts and kale are a part of the cruciferous family, which are amongst the mightiest detox veggies. Cruciferous veggies support the liver’s phase 1 and phase 2 detoxification systems. The sulfur compounds found in Brussels sprouts and kale help excrete chemicals out of the body.
Turmeric is touted as one of the best cleansing spices due to its anti-inflammatory compound, curcumin. Curcumin enhances liver function and supports liver detoxification while destroying mutated cells.
Farro Tabbouleh With Feta
Tabbouleh is a traditional Middle Eastern dish made with lots of fresh parsley and lemon. It tastes unbelievably fresh and zesty. Parsley is not only a natural diuretic but it supports the kidneys. Kidneys are the detox organs that filter the blood of excess toxins, sodium and water. Cleansing the kidneys helps to prevent kidney stones and high blood pressure. It also improves and boosts the immune system.
Toasted Coconut Chia Pudding
Chia are tiny little seeds that are packed with omega 3 fatty acids, protein, antioxidants and soluble fibre. The fibre within chia seeds makes you feel full, which inhibits you from overeating. The fibre also helps move food through your digestive system, which cleanses the colon and eliminates waste. Chia seeds are one of the best foods to reduce belly bloat and help you lose weight.
Superfood Salmon Salad
When people think of detoxes they generally think of starvation and deprivation, so this last detox recipe might seem like an odd one. Detoxing is really about nourishing your cells with powerful, rich, nutrient-dense foods, and not about fasting. Wild Salmon is known for its omega 3 content, which is responsible for improving the cardiovascular system, elevating moods, protecting joints and eyes, and decreasing cancer risks. The lean protein from wild salmon balances blood sugar, regulates hormones and helps repair tissues, organs and cells.
Quinoa With Shiitakes and Snow Peas
Quinoa is a unique, fluffy and hearty grain. It’s so unique because unlike many other grains or vegetables, it is a complete protein. Quinoa is also jam packed with soluble and insoluble fiber; both of these types of fiber work to clean out the digestive system, especially the colon, and eliminate toxins and waste. The fiber in quinoa also helps to regulate blood sugar and make you feel fuller faster and longer.
Carrot, Red Lentil and Ginger Soup
If you are looking for a detoxifying soup with a delicious flavour profile, this is the one. Lentils contain loads of fibre, carrots are loaded with antioxidants, ginger is an anti-inflammatory powerhouse and lemons are alkalinity machines. Not only are you boosting your immune system, especially during cold season, but you are also cleansing the colon, kidneys and skin simultaneously.