Spring Clean Your Lifestyle: Detox Your Body

Today I'm so excited to have Britney back for Part II of her Spring Clean Your Lifestyle series! Thanks so much for sharing your knowledge, Britney!

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Welcome to Part II of my three part series titled Spring Clean Your Lifestyle! Last month we talked about how to spring-clean your pantry by replacing old or preservative-filled foods with life-giving staples.

This month, we are talking detox.

Not the dangerous, skinny-by-the-weekend, drink-nothing-but-kale-juice detox, but the natural process of helping your body discard harmful toxins and replace them with balancing nutrients.

While there are several ways to naturally detox your body, I gravitate towards the least harsh- swapping out a couple of my regular meals each week for a detox recipe. I have found that by integrating cleansing recipes into my regular diet, I rarely need to make drastic diet changes. No 3-day-refreshes. No juice-for-a-week diets. Just simple recipes my whole family enjoys that aid in our digestion, energy levels, and overall wellness sprinkled into our normal routine.

If you are new to the idea of detoxing, this is a fantastic way to start. You will be fueling your body with superfoodnutrients without the usual side effects of a full detox- and you won’t ever feel hungry! Now that’s the way to detox if you ask me.

I’ve collected my favorite juice, soup, salad, and snack detox recipes so you can see how simple they are to incorporate into your regular routine. And since they use only real foods, you can eat them as often and in any (reasonable) quantities you want! Just be sure to drink plenty of water as the natural process of detoxification can be quite dehydrating.

Detox Juice
6 raw carrots
1 raw lemon - peeled
1 inch fresh ginger root
2 apples - cored and quartered
1 cucumber - peeled

INSTRUCTIONS:
Run all ingredients through a juicer and drink immediately.Store in airtight glass jar in fridge for up to 3 days. Shake before drinking.


Detox Soup
(adapted from theglowingfridge.com)
1/4 cup water (or vegetable broth)
1/2 of a red onion, diced
2 cloves garlic, minced
3 celery stalks, diced
3 medium carrots, diced
1 small head of broccoli, florets
1 cup chopped tomatoes
1/2 zucchini, chopped
1 tablespoon fresh ginger, peeled and minced
1 teaspoon turmeric (I used powdered)
¼ teaspoon cinnamon
1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper, or to taste (optional)
fine-grain sea salt and black pepper, to taste
6 cups water (or 4 cups vegetable broth + 2 cups water)
2 cups kale, de-stemmed and torn in pieces
1 cup purple cabbage, chopped
juice from ½ of a small lemon (or a whole lemon, depending how much lemon flavor you prefer)

INSTRUCTIONS:
1. In a large pot, add the water and turn on the heat to medium-high. After it’s hot, add the onion and garlic. Sauté for 2 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add the celery, carrots, broccoli, tomatoes, zucchini, and fresh ginger. Stir and cook for 3 minutes, adding in extra water or broth as needed (another 1/4 cup). Stir in the turmeric, cinnamon, and cayenne pepper plus salt and pepper to taste.
2. Add in the water or vegetable broth and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 10-15 minutes or until vegetables are soft. Add in the kale, cabbage and lemon juice near the last 2-3 minutes of simmering.
3.Enjoy!


Detox Salad
(adapted from gimmesomeoven.com)
3 cups chopped fresh kale
1 Tbsp. olive oil
1 Tbsp. lemon juice
2 cloves crushed garlic
1/2 tsp. dried thyme
pinch of salt and freshly-ground black pepper
1/4 cup freshly-grated Parmesan

INSTRUCTIONS:
In a large bowl, whisk together olive oil, lemon juice,crushed garlic, thyme, salt and pepper. Add kale and Parmesan, and toss until the kale is evenly coated. Massage the dressing into the kale with your fingers for an extra minute or two until the kale is soft and dark green. Serve immediately.


Raw Energy Bites
1 cup dry rolled oats
1/3 cup coconut flakes
1/2 cup nut butter
1/2 cup ground flax seed
2 T chia seeds
1/2 cup chocolate chips
1/4 cup raw honey
1 tsp vanilla

INSTRUCTIONS: Combine all ingredients and stir until well mixed. Refrigerate for 1 hour. Roll into 1-inch balls and enjoy! Keep refrigerated in airtight container for up to 1 week.

 Happy Spring and happy detoxing!

Britney Ammen is a mom and real foods coach who loves helping people to realize the full potential of their pantry through meal planning, cooking classes, and motivational groups. To learn more about her company, Dinner: Unprocessed, visit www.facebook.com/britneylynneammen.

Britney is not certified to diagnose, treat, or prescribe. Please see a wholistic health practitioner or doctor if you are unsure how certain foods may affect your condition or interact with medications.