Much of the fitness and food buzz for 2014 is revolved around detoxes and juice cleanses. While I love them just as much as the next health nut, the truth is that a strict detox plan is unpractical and inconvenient to maintain with my schedule. What I have discovered is that you don’t have to drink only juice for 5 days straight to give your body a healthy new start. When my body is craving a reboot after a long week of too much coffee and not enough sleep, I look toward these three meals to get back on track and feeling good without the inconvenience and expense of a typical detox. With these recipes for breakfast, lunch, and dinner I end the weekend feeling reenergized, lighter, and cleansed of impurities.
Breakfast: Kale Ginger Detox Smoothie
Fruits and veggies are high in fiber and packed with nutrients for your body. They help to detox by flushing out toxins and replacing them with vitamins and minerals. I found this detox smoothie on Oh My Veggies and I love it not only because I’m a smoothie fiend, but also because it gives your morning the perfect jump start to feeling back on track. This purifying beverage contains kale to cleanse the kidneys and ginger to help stimulate bile flow in your gall bladder.
One of the easiest ways to eat healthy without too much thought is to make sure that there are lots of colors on your plate. The Skinny Fork provided me with a delicious and healthy detox recipe filled with an abundance of vegetables. The rainbow salad consists of romaine, red cabbage, hearts of cauliflower, carrots, and broccoli. The red cabbage is an anti-inflammatory and antioxidant rich food, the cauliflower acts as another antioxidant rich food that also boosts detoxing the body, and the broccoli is known to relieve stress and detox the body!
Dinner: Black Bean and Quinoa Veggie Burger
For dinner, I detox with Prevention RD‘s Black Bean and Quinoa Veggie Burger. The burgers are full of nutrition and in fact stats couldn’t be more impressive (7.2 grams of fiber and 4.3 grams of fat per burger!) This recipe has lots of flavor and is the perfect way to end the day feeling satisfied and rejuvenated.
So if you’re ever feeling like you need a jump start, I encourage you to try out this cleanse!