It’s official! It’s finally spring (in the Northern Hemisphere) and we are coming out of hiding. Trips to the farmers’ markets are a pleasure and the fresh produce is plentiful. It is the perfect time to think about doing a spring detox.
Why you may ask? Let me remind you! During winter, most of us hid indoor and it took quite a bit of will power to eat nutritious food. Not to mention, we all sort of got sick of the same old cabbage, carrot, beets combos over the winter! And, if you hate the cold like I do, chances are exercise has been non-existent for a while. Now that spring is here, we may feel a bit achy and not exactly rested.
What’s there to do? Start a spring detox! And before we share some yummy salads to enjoy, let’s first take a look at what it takes to do a successful spring detox.
Schedule dinner early
Whether you fancy intermittent fasting or not, dinner should be your latest meal and eaten no later than 7 pm.
Drink a lot of water
Here’s a trick from a doctor I trust: In the morning, fill a 2-liter bottle with water. Keep it handy (on your desk, on your kitchen counter, etc). Each time you pass by it, take a sip. Before you go to bed, the bottle should be empty!
Avoid added sugar and give your body time to rest from digesting it. You may also want to avoid diary and alcohol.
Look into HIIT, plan long hikes, take up tennis, go dancing or anything that will get your heart rate up. A good sweating session will get rid of toxins.
Without further ado, the team at BookDetoxRetreats.com shares some delicious spring detox salads, which are healthy, colorful, and ready in less than half an hour!
Detox Kale Salad
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We all love colorful salads! And the Detox Kale Salad makes no exception. It combines kale, bell pepper, radishes, carrot, cucumber, avocado, and beets with a simple lemon-parsley dressing.
Kale is high in vitamins K, A, B, and C; carrots are full of beta-carotene and vitamin A, radishes calm inflammation; beets are full of minerals, as well as vitamins A, B, and C; while avocado is well-known for the monounsaturated fats.
Dill and Cucumber Salad
It cannot get simpler than this. To make the salad you need cucumbers, red onion, salt, vinegar (cider or red wine), salt, and dill. Voila!
Cucumbers are excellent sources of vitamin A and C, as well as magnesium. Dill, on the other hand, offers manganese and vitamin C.
Cauliflower and Broccoli Detox Salad
This salad will take about 15 minutes to make and makes 3 servings. Along with cauliflower and broccoli – as the name suggests – you will also need kale, parsley, carrots, some cranberries, almonds and poppy seeds. The dressing is a simple olive oil – lemon vinaigrette, spiked with ginger, tamed with honey, and flavored with oregano.
Cauliflower is very high in vitamin C. it also offers vitamin B and K, as well as folate. Broccoli is quite similar, only that the amount of vitamins offer is much higher than in cauliflower. It also offers vitamin A and E, and a host of minerals.
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The salad’s main ingredient is cooked quinoa (2 cups). You will also need an avocado, some spinach, a cucumber, onion, and some broccoli. Parsley and mint leaves, as well as ginger add some interesting flavor, while the toasted seeds add crunch. It takes about 10 minutes to make it and you just toss everything together.
We all know about the “superfood” quinoa but not many know what it contains: mostly water (72%). It also offers protein (4.4%) and quite a lot of amino acids.
Kale Coconut Detox Salad
To make this delicious recipe, you need kale, some edamame, shredded coconut, almonds, and cilantro. The vinaigrette is made from orange and lemon juice, apple cider vinegar, salt, maple syrup, and more cilantro.
Edamame offer a lot of vitamin A and C, as well as calcium and iron. It is also packed with protein (11g) and fiber (9g).
Ready to take advantage of the spring produce and be the healthiest you can be? Why not kickstart your lifestyle transformation with a raw food detox? BookDetoxRetreats.com offers a great selection located all across the globe!