Around this time of year, many of us feel compelled to be kind to our bodies. Whether it is taking up a new hobby, joining the gym, going for a dance class or just eating a detoxing meal, we need to boost our energy levels some way or the other.
We share a few of our favourite and yummy detoxing meals to give you the lift you need to get out of your winter slump.
Starting the day off well is always a good idea. A good boost from detoxing foods can last an entire day.
Acai Breakfast Bowl by Hello Glow
- 2 ripe bananas
- 2 tbsp acai powder
- 1/2 cup almond milk
- 2 tsp coconut oil
- 2 tsp bee pollen
- 1 tbsp almond butter
- To garnish: chia seeds crushed almonds, coconut flakes, bee pollen, acai berries
- Add all the ingredients into the blender and pulse to obtain a creamy mixture.
- Distribute evenly into the serving bowls, top with chia seeds, pollen, coconut flakes, pollen and berries, and serve.
- Freeze any leftovers in an ice cube tray and add to future smoothies
Vitamin and Mineral Rich
A detoxing, energy salad is the call of the day if you need a quick energy boost. Choosing ingredients that are high in vitamins and minerals will give you that half-day pick up you need. This detox salad will do just that.
Detox Salad by Detox Insta
- 3/4 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
- 1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil
- 1 to 1 1/2-inch knob of fresh ginger, to taste
- 1 clove garlic
- 2 tablespoons raw honey
- 4 cups shredded cabbage (green, purple, or both)
- 1 large carrot, shredded
- A handful of fresh flat-leaf parsley, roughly chopped
- 1/2 avocado, sliced
- 2 tablespoons raisins
- To prepare the dressing, combine all of the ingredients in a blender, starting with just 1-inch of fresh ginger, and blend until smooth. Add more ginger to taste, if desired, and set aside.
- To prepare the salad, toss together the cabbage, carrots, and parsley in a large bowl and top with the sliced avocado and raisins.
- Top the assembled salad with 3 to 4 tablespoons of the lemon-ginger dressing and let it marinate for 5 to 10 minutes before serving. Store leftover dressing in an airtight container in the fridge for up to a week.
A Sweet Tooth
Choosing the healthy version of a favourite treat can be dull and boring, but these no-bake dark chocolate cookies and something else. No guilt when eating too many of them and your body will thank you for pumping it full of ingredients to detox.
No-Bake Dark Chocolate Cookies by Paleo Hacks
- Double boiler
- Sheet pan
- Parchment paper
- 1 ½ cups raw cacao paste
- ¼ t sea salt
- 1 T coconut oil
- 2 T raw walnuts, chopped
- 2 T raw almonds, chopped
- 2 T raw pecans, chopped
- 2 T goji berries
- 2 T lemon rind
- Melt the raw cacao, salt and coconut oil in a double boiler and stir until smooth.
- Cover a sheet pan with parchment paper.
- Drop ⅛ cup of the cacao mixture onto the parchment paper to make 8 cookies.
- Sprinkle each chocolate with chopped nuts, goji berries and lemon rind.
- Place in the refrigerator for 10 minutes to set and enjoy!