The Post-Holiday Cleanse

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While I love a good juice cleanse now & then, most of the time my schedule doesn’t allow for sticking to any strict detox plans. But I’ve discovered that ‘detoxing’ doesn’t necessarily mean drinking only juice for 3 to 5 days straight. Instead, when my body needs a reboot, I turn to three recipes for breakfast, lunch & dinner. This is not a full detox – it’s just a way to eat a little bit cleaner and more mindfully, while giving the wine bottle some time off.

Get ready for your 2015 glow…

BREAKFAST: DETOX JUICE
Fruits & vegetables are high in fiber and packed with nutrients. They help to detox by flushing out toxins and replacing them with vitamins and minerals. I found this detox juice recipe and I love it because it gets your body back on track first thing in the morning. The beet will cleanse your liver and purify your blood, while the cilantro helps detox metals from your body. And as if that isn’t enough, it also has ginger to aid digestion and settle your stomach, mile to detoxify and alkalize, and carrots to balance your hormones.

Ingredients:
1 medium beet quartered
½ bunch of cilantro
½ peeled lime
4 (1×1 inch) pieces of ginger
1 ½ peeled navel oranges
4 medium carrots

Makes 1 12 ounce juice.

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LUNCH: ALKALIZING SPINACH SALAD
Spinach is reported to be the most alkalizing food there is, which means it balances the pH levels of your body and gives you more energy. Spinach is a powerful antioxidant and packed with some of the richest vitamins and nutrients. This colorful veggie salad helps your body to continue to detox throughout the day. Taking a break from meat, dairy & other animal products speeds up digestion and is a natural detox for your body. You can’t go wrong eating up as much of this healthy spinach salad at lunch.

Ingredients:
SALAD
2 cups raw spinach leaves
½ cup shredded carrots
½ cup raw red bell pepper, sliced
½ avocado
5 slices raw cucumber

VINAIGRETTE
2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
½ lemon, juiced
½ tsp cayenne pepper
2 cloves of raw garlic, minced

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DINNER: CLEANSING VEGGIE SOUP
There’s no better way to end a day of detoxing than with a warm bowl of soup. Broccoli soup is known for its cleansing properties, and this recipe in particular will help to hydrate your body and flush it with fiber. Broccoli can detoxify your body naturally, ridding it off toxins. This vegetable is rich in calcium, iron & magnesium, boasts substantial amounts of vitamin A, and contains more vitamin C than an orange! Plus, it’s delicious!

Ingredients:
1 tbsp olive oil
1 clove garlic, thinly sliced
½ yellow onion, roughly diced
1 head broccoli, cut into small florets (about 2/3 pound)
2 ½ cups water
¼ tsp each coarse salt and freshly ground black pepper
¾ cup arugula (or watercress)
½ lemon

What are your detoxifying tips?

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