Did you know that detox diets are good for more than just flushing toxins out of your system? If you already suffer from chronic illness or disease, there are detoxifying recipes that can help you get rid of whatever it is contributing to that illness.
Before you start cringing at the idea of a detox diet filled with lemon juice and maple syrup, listen up because the detoxifying recipes I have for you today will get you hooked on eating healthy before, during and after your detox diet. You can forget about feeling starved or sleep deprived because these recipes only serve to help you get healthy and stay healthy.
Know Your Veggies
When it comes to creating your own detox recipes for every day healing you need to know your vegetables. This means knowing why bell peppers are so healthy for you and the benefits of cruciferous vegetables. Small tidbits of knowledge such as this will make it easier to simply toss a few fruits and vegetables into a blender and come up with a really great smoothie that heals.
Focus on organic raw fruits and vegetables and you can experiment with different flavor profiles. Small tips such as mixing kale with pomegranates will offer a delicious taste with tons of health benefits.
Digestive Juice Blend
This green veggie detox drink is made for those of you out there suffering from digestive problems. The vegetables in this recipe are fibrous, filled with water and have their own unique detoxifying properties.
- 3 leaves of kale, cleaned & chopped
- 2 beets, chopped
- 3 carrots, peeled & chopped
- 1 turnip, peeled & chopped
- ½ head of cabbage, rinsed & dried
- ½ onion, chopped
- 2 garlic cloves, smashed
- 2 celery stalks, chopped
- ½ bunch spinach, rinsed & dried
- ½ bunch parsley
Directions: Place all ingredients in a blender and run until smooth. Add water or green tea for a smoother consistency.
Immune Boosting Detox Juice
When the weather starts cooling down but before cold & flu season starts you’ll want to infuse your body with antioxidants to keep you healthy. In addition to helping you flush out toxins, these ingredients will help you burn fat and keep seasonal germs at bay.
- ½ lemon, juiced
- 1-inch ginger slice, peeled
- 1 ½ cup water
- 1 cup chopped pineapple
- ½ cup organic pomegranate juice
Directions: Place all ingredients but pomegranate juice in a blender or juicer until smooth then strain into a tall cup with pomegranate juice. Pour over ice or refrigerate until cold.
Energy Booster Juice
If the time change has you feeling sluggish or you’re consistently not getting enough sleep each night, you’ll need something to give you a good energy boost. That is where the super green energy boosting juice comes in. You can add in a dash of lemon juice to tamp down the taste of the bitter greens.
- 6 leaves of collard greens
- ½ lemon, juiced
- 1 cup parsley
- ½ cup cilantro
- 1 English cucumber, chopped
- 4 cups baby spinach, washed & dried
Directions: Add all ingredients but lemon juice to the blender or juicer and run until smooth. Pour into a tall glass and stir in lemon juice. Enjoy!
Basil & Lime Anti-Inflammatory Recipe
When you need to reduce inflammation or acidity within the body then you need a healthy dose of anti-inflammatories to help you fight illness and injury.
- 1 lime peeled
- 1 tbsp. chia seeds
- 1 cup strawberries, halved
- 1 cup coconut water
- ½ cup packed basil leaves
Directions: Place all ingredients in a blender until smooth. Add crushed ice if desired.
Clean Your Colon Drink
Whether you suffer from some type of digestive problem or you simply have dietary issues that cause excess buildup of waste in the intestines, you’ll need to seek relief the all-natural way. This recipe will flush out the large intestine, leaving you feeling healthier and lighter.
- ½ Granny Smith apple
- 1 kiwi, peeled and sliced
- 1 tbsp. chia seeds
- ¼ cup aloe vera juice (organic)
- 1 cup coconut water (less if desired)
- ½ inch ginger
- ½ lime (or lemon) peeled, reserve 2 tbsp. of juice
- ½ English cucumber, peeled and sliced
Directions: Run all ingredients through blender or juicer until desired consistency is reached.
What You’ll Need
Before you can start using detox recipes to help you recover from low energy, digestive problems and parasites you’ll need to make sure you have the right equipment to do the job right.
A blender or juicer is essential, but keep in mind juicers can be tremendously expensive particularly if you don’t plan to use it regularly. A high end blender will get the job done pretty well, and costs a lot less.
You will need a juicer or strainer for fruits like oranges, limes and lemons that come with lots of pulp and pith. Finally a tiny grater, also called a zester, can help when you have recipes that call for the skin of citrus fruits. These are filled with nutrients and flavor, so you can add one teaspoon of lemon or lime zest to even bitter green juices and smoothies.
One of the most important things to remember when coming up with detox recipes is what goes in it. You want to avoid the ingredients that popular smoothie makers use to add flavor but provide very little nutrients like ice cream, artificially flavored juices and yogurt.
At times you will need some type of liquid to reduce the thickness of a smoothie and even some juices. In those instances you will need to add plain water, coconut water, green tea and vegetable juice. These ingredients will give you the consistency you need for a healthy and healing detox juice or smoothie.
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