No matter how hard I try, holiday time always turns out to be a bit of a binge period. Even though my family sticks to fairly healthy holiday foods (er…mostly, anyway), we eat a lot more than we normally would. Do you have a similar experience or do you have a stronger will?
Call me crazy but by the time New Year rolls around, I’m actually looking forward to detoxing a bit. Nothing drastic really, fasts and crash diets make me feel terrible and I’m very doubtful about their healthfulness and long term effects.
Besides, I love eating! So I’m always looking for ways to lighten up my diet after the holidays without having to restrict it much. As a result, what I mostly do is load up on fruits and veggies, cut down high fat desserts and sauces and eat a bit less overall. If you’d like to cleanse the non-drastic way yourself, have a look at my favorite recipes for this purpose. You’ll see they look more like a colorful feast than a stomach-growl-inducing, bland menu.
I like to stick to green smoothies and fresh fruit when detoxing. That way I can be sure I get a huge amount of vitamins and minerals first thing in the morning. Every once in a while, I opt for chia or flax pudding instead to load up on the heart-healthy omega-3s.
You get all the vitamin C, magnesium and folate you need from this smoothie and it tastes amazing.
Very refreshing and vibrant and packed with superfoods, this smoothie is probably my favorite way to start the day when detoxing.
This is a great guilt-free option if you want something more decadent than a green smoothie but still looking to lighten up your diet.
Want to eat your breakfast with a spoon instead of a straw? Try this ultra creamy chia pudding.
Turns out flax has nutritional superpowers that rival those of chia seeds. I love its nutty flavor in chocolate flavored puddings like this one.
Detox Lunches & Dinners
Lunches and dinners become mostly giant fresh salads, vegetable soups, and bowls of all kinds when I’m cleaning up my diet. That may sound boring but I assure you my favorite salads are no rabbit food! Also, I could never go without my favorite pasta dish – the healthy vegan carbonara with tofu bacon.
Creamy, rich sauce that’s secretly good for you! I like to serve it over zucchini noodles when cleansing but whole-grain pasta is great too.
This soup is so creamy and thick, I can’t get enough of it. But all of the heartiness comes from veggies and beans, no flour or butter involved!
What I love most about this healthy dish is that it takes just around 15 minutes to make. Perfect weeknight dinner!
Avo sandwich topped with homegrown sprouts is a tasty detox lunch that takes only minutes to put together.
Here comes my all-time favorite salad. Made with purple cauliflower, romanesco, and pomegranate, it makes me think of a candy store.
The pineapple adds just the right amount of sweetness to this dish, making quinoa with broccoli into something exquisite.
Here’s another of my beloved detox soups. This lentil one is even more filling than the cream of broccoli. Perfect for both lunch and dinner and very easy to make. Just go easy on the volume if you have trouble with bloating.
Light Snacks & Desserts
I try to stick to fresh fruit and veggies and the occasional handful of nuts after holidays but whenever I feel like something a little fancier, I whip up one of these treats.
These chewy protein cookies go great with an afternoon cup of tea or coffee and you don’t have to bother with baking them.
This grain-free granola makes for a delicious crunchy snack but I bet it would be a great breakfast food too.
This pudding is one of my favorites before, during and after the holidays. Somehow, its addictive creaminess never gets old.