Some people (not you, obviously) tend to overdo it on Thanksgiving. If you get visions of gravy-soaked pecan pie every time you close your eyes, you may be in need of a post-holiday detox. Nothing major, just a quick cleaning of your insides to help you kick off any leftover sluggishness and plunge into December, fresh faced and full of energy. Here are three sample meals that are delicious, cleansing and perfect for either a 1-day detox or stretched out and repeated for longer programs.
Greek Yogurt Parfait:
¾ cup Greek yogurt
1 pear, chopped
2 tablespoons natural granola
Fresh mint, chopped
1 teaspoon maple syrup
The Greek yogurt is packed with protein and healthy probiotics that aid digestion. The pear, mint and maple syrup are natural detoxifiers and also reduce inflammation. Mix the ingredients together in a bowl or layer in a glass for a fun presentation that almost feels like dessert.
1 bunch fresh beets
2-3 cups organic vegetable stock
½ cup Greek yogurt
2 teaspoons cayenne pepper
2 teaspoons fresh ginger, minced
Salt and pepper to taste
Soup cleanses are all the rage these days. And for good reason: fresh, low calorie soups can deliver a huge amount of nutrients and are tastier and more satisfying than a juice cleanse (especially during winter months). This delicious recipe harnesses the detoxifying power of the beet (aka Your Liver’s Best Friend). To prepare, boil the beets until tender, slide the peel off and discard, transfer beets to a food processor and start to blend, adding vegetable stock as you go. Once the desired consistency is achieved, transfer the mixture back to a pot and add Greek yogurt, ginger, cayenne, salt and pepper, then let simmer on low for 15 minutes while flavors marry.
Salmon, Collard Greens and Farro
6 oz. salmon, filleted
2 cups collard greens, chopped
1 tablespoon olive oil
½ cup farro
1 tablespoon pine nuts
1 tablespoon crumbled feta
Salt and pepper to taste
A well-balanced meal to finish your detox day, this dinner incorporates salmon (omega-3 and protein rich), collard greens (excellent source of vitamins A and K) and farro (lots of fiber). To prepare, season the salmon with salt, pepper and ½ tablespoon olive oil, then roast in the oven at 375 for 20-30 minutes (depending on your oven) or until tender but cooked, throughout. In the meantime, get your farro going on the stovetop and sauté the collard greens in a large pan with ½ tablespoon olive oil. When greens are finished cooking, toss in the feta and pine nuts. Serve all three dishes while warm.
Green juice, raw almonds, carrot sticks and hummus
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