One of the best things a person can do to improve their health, would be to do a detox. You may ask what is a detox? A detox is an internal cleansing of sorts. When my kids were younger I would try to explain with the following scenario by asking; if you had someone dump a 2 liter bottle of coke over your head, you would turn out very sticky and feel uncomfortable, right? Well, your insides feel the same way when you have been eating different junk foods for a long period of time, maybe years; or consuming large amounts of a certain type of food taking you out of balance with your body’s harmony. So keeping things simple, it is good to clean the inside of our body’s periodically, just like having a fresh tune-up on our automobile. Things last longer with less potential problems throughout our lifetime.
I will be touching on detox several times in the future and different ways of accomplishing the task. Sharing some different ideas on how to clean and rid the body of toxins. This usually helps one maintain better weight control. For now you can start by creating a mildly detoxifying menu. Start with avoiding the foods and substances that you tend to over consume. This might mean eliminating the “big five”: sugar , wheat, dairy, caffeine and alcohol. Then emphasize alkaline choices in your diet, including fresh fruits and vegetables (particularly greens) and alkaline grains like millet and quinoa.
I will throw some example recipe’s at you for starters below:
Breakfast – Creamy Millet with Apples & Honey Serves 4
Millet is a small, yellow bead-like grain with a nutty taste. As the seasons unfold, try different fruits cooked with the millet: Currants in winter, peaches in summer.
Prep Time: 30 minutes
1 cup millet
1 apple, cut in thin slices or grated
2 1/2 cups apple juice
Pinch of sea salt
Raw, uncooked honey
1. Place millet in a fine mesh strainer; rinse under cold water and drain. Combine millet, apples, juice and salt in a two-quart saucepan and bring to boil. Cover and simmer on low heat 20 to 25 minutes until all the water is absorbed. Serve in bowls with a drizzle of honey on top.
For babies ten months and older, omit salt and don’t use honey as topping; puree and serve.
Lunch – Brown Rice and Hempseed Salad serves 2
Hempseed delivers good fats, which reduce inflammation and fuel the brain. Raw parsley, carrots, onions, and lime juice add fiber and vitamins with live enzymes — plus a zingy taste. You’ll feel very clean after you’ve eaten this. Follow with a hot cup of detox tea, if you like.
1 cup cooked brown rice
½ cup shelled hempseed
1 cup chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
1 cup grated carrots
2 tablespoons chopped fresh mint
1 bunch (1¾ ounces) chopped fresh cilantro
2 tablespoons finely chopped green onions
2 teaspoons dried basil, crushed between your fingers
½ teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes or dried Aleppo pepper
? cup fresh lime juice (about 4 limes)
2 tablespoons pure maple syrup
¼ teaspoon sea salt, or to taste
Freshly ground black pepper
Combine all ingredients; toss and serve.
PER SERVING: 467 cal, 40% fat cal, 22g fat, 2g sat fat, 0mg chol, 15g protein, 57g carb, 6g fiber, 357mg sodium
Dinner – Roasted Asparagus with Lentils Serves 2
According to Traditional Chinese Medicine, asparagus is a natural detoxifier; it also contains inulin, a carbohydrate that increases beneficial gut flora. Cayenne pepper, surprisingly, is healing for your innards, unlike other peppers, which can irritate.
¾ cup dried red lentils
1½ cups water
2 large cloves garlic (or more to taste), minced
¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper
1 teaspoon ground coriander
1 bunch (1 pound) asparagus, tough ends trimmed Olive oil cooking spray Zest of 1 medium lemon Juice of ½ medium lemon
1 cup cooked brown rice
4 green onions, green tops only, finely chopped
In a small saucepan, combine lentils, water, garlic, cayenne, and coriander. Bring to a boil, reduce heat, cover, and simmer steadily for about 15 minutes.
Meanwhile, preheat broiler and place oven rack as close to heat as possible. Spray a baking sheet with oil; spread asparagus on it in a single layer. Coat asparagus with cooking spray and sprinkle with salt and pepper. When broiler is very hot, cook asparagus 3-5 minutes, until crisp. Remove from oven and transfer to a large platter to cool a bit. Add half of lemon zest and juice, tossing to distribute flavors.
When lentils are tender, stir in cooked rice and green onions. Add salt and pepper to taste. To serve, fill two shallow bowls with rice mixture and top with roasted asparagus; drizzle remaining lemon zest and juice over all.
PER SERVING: 419 cal, 6% fat cal, 3g fat, 1g sat fat, 0mg chol, 26g protein, 78g carb, 15g fiber, 17mg sodium
We will be adding many more detox recipes to help provide you with a great mix of healthy detox options.