Detoxing involves a back to basics approach to eating, however this does not mean it has to be bland and leave you starving. Here are some suggestions to assist you in spicing up the menu. Remember you can use the allowable foods in the detox guide to create your own flavour sensations. You are only limited by your imagination.
There are many ways to prepare vegetables. Eat raw, marinate to get them soft, puree, dehydrate, steam or stir-fry. You can also make hearty soups, and add coconut milk instead of dairy to get a beautiful creaminess. Stir fry vegetables with olive oil, herbs (fresh and dry) and some tamari and brown rice vinegar. Enjoy as crudités with guacamole or hummus or make vegetable broths to drink as a warm beverage.
The more salad vegetables you eat the better. Add sliced avocado, nuts and seeds, olive oil, vinegar and herbs and garlic to make them more appetising. See our dressing recipes for more inspiration.
Fresh herbs are a great way to add flavour to any meal. Garlic, chilli, ginger, and lemongrass give great flavour to stir fries and actually support the detoxification process. Coriander, chives, mint and basil give a zing to a fresh salad. Experiment with fresh herbs and you will be surprised at the delicious flavours you can create.
Sprouts are a power house of protein, vitamins and minerals. They are rich in antioxidants, chlorophyll, living enzymes and oxygen which makes them the perfect food for detox support. Try alfalfa, broccoli, lentil, mustard seed, onion and sunflower sprouts sprinkled on salads, in soups or in your smoothies.
Green smoothies are a great way to get in your greens. Spinach, kale, celery and cucumber make great smoothie bases. Add stevia for a bit of sweetness and water or coconut water to mix. Throw in a green apple or blueberries if you need some extra sweetness. See our smoothie recipes for more ideas.
Green juices provide a power house of nutritious green vitamins and minerals. As the fibre is stripped out of the juice, we recommend diluting your green juice and including minimal fruit (lemons and half a green apple are okay). Experiment with your flavour combinations. Juice recipes for the liver include carrot (300 mls), beetroot (120mls) and lemon (100 mls) or Carrot (240mls), Celery (200mls), parsley (30mls) and Green apples (100 mls).
Flaxseed crackers and chia seed crackers are a great snack idea. They are low in carbohydrates and high in fibre so will keep you full until the next meal. My favourite crackers are TGC flaxseed and rosemary crackers. You can also try making your own! Rice crackers (plain) are a suitable alternative. Enjoy dipped in hummus, pesto or with a slice of tomato and avocado.
Nuts & Seeds
Include nuts in salads, sprinkled over vegetables, stir fries or with fruit. Soak them overnight in a jar of water to increase their digestibility and break down phytic acid. Drain the water in the morning and keep them in the fridge for an easy-access snack. Nut butters can be spread on your flaxseed crackers, rice crackers or fruit and veggies. They can also be eaten by the spoonful (just one or two teaspoons) as a satisfying snack!