Kick-start your cleanse with these satisfying meals of detoxifying fruits and vegetables paired with plant-based fat created by Sarah Britton, C.N.P, vegetarian chef and blogger at mynewroots.blogspot.com. There is no set menu for each day, so double your favorite recipes to get you through the week.
What to Expect: You may experience detox symptoms such as headache and fatigue during the first few days. It's your body getting rid of toxins. It's OK to feel hungry; in fact, Cynthia Sass, R.D., says you want experience about four stomach growls a day.
By the End of the Week: You'll feel light, energized, clearheaded, and motivated to conquer Week 2. Keep a food journal this week to help you become more mindful of how food affects your life.
Grapefruit, Carrot, and Ginger Juice
Beet, Apple, and Mint Juice
Green Machine Smoothie
Tip: Don't have a juicer? Try these smoothies instead.
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Liquids in the morning are easier on your digestive system than solid foods. The carrots in this zesty tonic deliver a blast of immunity-boosting vitamin C and enough fiber to sustain you until your first snack.
Tip: Start a new prebreakfast routine this week. Sip a cup of hot water flavored with a squeeze of lemon to stimulate the liver and release digestive enzymes.
Antioxidant superstars, red beets contain betalains, compounds that fight inflammation and support your detox by neutralizing toxins and making them water soluble and easily flushed from the body. In one study, beet fiber increased the production of detoxifying enzymes in the liver.
Starting the day with this nutrient-dense elixir is a delicious way to charge your system with nutrients. Dark, leafy greens are extremely alkalizing, meaning they foster a more neutral body environment for better functioning enzymes, compared with acid-forming foods like meats and dairy.
Soup is a smart liquid-meal option that's also less taxing on your digestive system. Fibrous squash makes this velvety, slightly sweet option satiating. Plus, research shows antioxidant-dense turmeric may boost the liver's ability to remove chemicals.
With its special trio of phytonutrients (health-promoting organic compounds), broccoli helps promote and regulate the elimination of toxins from our cells. Steaming the cruciferous vegetable may be the best preparation technique -- research shows it helps lower your cholesterol even more than raw broccoli.
Beets may take a while to roast, but their powerful healthy status makes it worth the wait. (For a tasty side dish, saute the green tops -- they have double the potassium, folic acid, and iron as the sweet roots.) Garlic and leeks, both health-boosting alliums, add delicious flavor and dimension to any soup.
Boost your energy with one of these snacks throughout week one.
Dried Fruit and Nut Bites
Crispy Roasted Cauliflower
Cinnamon Poached Apples with Toasted Walnuts
Minty Pea Dip
Cranberry-Pumpkin Seed Trail Mix
Pistachio-Stuffed Dates with Coconut
Sesame Kale Crisps
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