A holiday season is over and all the food you had in the past period probably resulted in poking extra holes in your belt. Even if you didn’t gain weight, you probably feel stuffed and in need of a good detox. That means now is the perfect time to clear up your diet and choose smartly what you’ll be putting on your plate.
Besides improving the quality of your menu, which means you should opt for meals that contain carbohydrates, proteins, and healthy fats and drinking a lot of water (and lemon water), you should know which food is the best for detox. For example, you’ll want a lot of food rich in magnesium since it’s good for digestion and speeds up your metabolism. So, nuts and seeds, whole grains, beans, and lentils are must-have staples in your fridge in the next period. In addition, you should eat alkaline-forming foods, such as parsley, kale, lemons, etc. to balance out your body’s pH levels and keep blood sugar levels under control. Here are a few delicious recipes to get you started.
Baked Brussels sprouts
Not only can Brussels sprouts help protect the vulnerable lining of digestive tract, the chemical called sulforaphane found inside these tiny vegetables can facilitate important detoxification processes. They’re also packed with fibres, essential for good digestive health, so baked Brussels sprout recipe is just what you need after holidays. You’ll need 1 bunch of Brussels sprouts (halved), 1 small red onion (cut into crescents), ½ cup of walnuts (chopped), 2 tablespoons of coconut oil, and salt and pepper. Have the oven preheated to 220 ° C; combine all of the ingredients in a bowl, and spread it out on a pan. Season to taste with salt and pepper and bake until it becomes brownish – for about 25 to 40 minutes. Optionally, you can add some turmeric – a yellow spice that can do wonders in cleansing your liver.
Simple oatmeal and green tea
Whole grains help regulate the digestive tract and oats are full of fiber thus making them a natural diuretic. This will help the toxins leave your body faster, so consider fruit oatmeal for your next breakfast. Remember to opt for plain oatmeal – not the pre-packaged sugary kind, and add cranberries, raspberries, or other low-sugar fruits. Finish off with a cup of warm green tea with lemon to speed up your liver activity and boost the production of detoxifying enzymes. A squeeze of lemon will bring an alkaline kick to the meal and you’ll feel refreshed after this light breakfast. To make this detox period even more effective, add physical activity to your morning routine. Monitor your progress with a good body measurement tracker and you’ll be back on track in no time.
Lentil-lime detox soup
Lentils are a good source of vegetable protein; therefore, they make an excellent addition to any kind of detox diet. They also help regulate the glycemic index making your blood sugar levels steady and making you feel full. Besides, this lentil-lime soup is a great way to increase your daily fluid intake – the most important thing while on a detox regime. In addition, soups are a miraculous cure for hangovers so here we go. Prepare 6 cups of vegetable broth, 1 bay leaf, 3 cups of dried lentils, 2 cups of chopped onions, 3 minced garlic cloves, 3 tablespoons of cumin seed, 1 tablespoon of turmeric, 2 cups of chopped kale, ¼ cups of olive oil, 1 cup of fresh lime juice, and a pinch of sea salt. Rinse lentils and then bring it to boil together with bay leaf and broth. Simmer for 30 minutes. In a separate skillet sauté onion, garlic and salt for 10 minutes, and then add turmeric and cumin seed. Add onion mixture and kale to the lentils. Turn off heat, add lime juice and olive oil and that’s it!
All you need to do now is to head to the market, pick up some fresh vegetables, nuts, and spices. Try some of these recipes and you’ll be stunned what a tweak in your diet can do to your overall condition. Not only you’ll use weight, but you’ll also feel better and have more energy. Bon appétit!