When you hear the word “detox” do you run screaming as far away from your blender as you can get? A January detox doesn’t have to be all about restriction of certain food groups (i.e., meat, gluten, dairy, sugar, alcohol, or caffeine), and it doesn’t necessarily have to feature a line up of nothing more than green juices or steamed kale and cabbage. Ewwwwwwww!
The truth is you can refocus your healthy eating habits in January with a line-up of fresh, clean, and naturally detoxifying and nutritious meals (yes, recipes that actually contain solid food) like these…
Start things off slow in the New Year by accompanying your favorite filet of fish or grilled chicken breast with a detoxifying side dish. These mint Brussel’s spouts can provide a nutritious side or the base of a fresh salad, warm of chilled. Toss lightly steamed sprouts in a zesty marinade of cumin, ginger, and sherry vinegar. Sprinkle with crunch with flax and chia seeds, and arrange on mixed greens or brown rice. Top with mint leaves, crushed pistachios, and a lemon drizzle.
You could say that thoughts of cleaner eating put me in a “curry state of mind”. While vegetarians and vegans will love this recipe for it’s lack of animal-based ingredients, meat eaters will barely notice the lack of beef, chicken, or pork. This recipe takes inspiration from a traditional Indian cauliflower-style curry, called aloo gobi, but features yellow gold potatoes, coconut milk, fresh ginger, cauliflower, onions and garlic, diced tomatoes, and chickpeas. Each hearty spoonful is fragrantly spiced with garam masala, cilantro, coriander, cumin, cardamom, star anise, and red pepper flakes.
Now I’m not judging, but you likely didn’t have very many green fruits and veggies on your plate over the stretch between Christmas and New Year’s Day, right? Get back to an eating regimen that focuses on freshness with this beautifully colored rainbow salad bowl with nothing but good things to bite into. Enjoy the antioxidant-rich crunch of shredded red cabbage, carrots, broccoli, cauliflower, red pepper, creamy avocado, and sesame seeds.
Yes, you can have time for a nutritious breakfast and still get to work on time! Streamline your morning routine with this piping-hot baked oatmeal casserole to keep tummy grumbles at bay until lunchtime. In a large baking dish, combine steel-cut oats, old fashioned oats, chopped pink lady apples, real maple syrup, frozen cranberries, chopped walnuts, unsweetented applesauce, vanilla extract, milk, and a pinch of nutmeg. Bake for 15-minutes then split the portions into to-go containers and grab one on your way out the door to enjoy a nutritious breakfast at your desk.
What to do with all of that leftover bird from Christmas and New Year’s? Try turning turkey on a comforting and nourishing soup for your body and soul. Jam packed with the amino acid known as tryptophan, which triggers “happy feelings” from seretonin in the brain, this wintery soup also features the antibacterial properties of garlic and the anti-inflammatory benefits of ginger. Plus, fragrant flavors of lemongrass, creamy coconut milk, lime, and celery. Serve with a multigrain or rustic loaf.
Ok, so it might be meatless, but this hearty chilli won’t leave you hungry after a heaping bowl. You’ll get plenty of fiber in an assortment of black beans, yellow sweet corn, and green pepper. Protein from the beans and quinoa (which is the highest protein grain). Antioxidant prowess in zesty diced tomatoes. Not to mention a ton of mouthwatering taste in savory spices that include fresh cilantro, sharp poblano pepper, tangy minced garlic, cumin, onion powder, and the perfect touch of cinnamon stick sweetness.
Start 2016 with delicious, grilled fish for a super tasty and protein-rich lunch or dinner packed with the antioxidant prowess of selenium. You’ll round out your daily dose of antioxidants (and anthocyanins) thanks to an array of colourful white, black, and red beans. And don’t forget the lycopene, another beneficial antioxidant, in the zesty, sautéed heirloom tomatoes. Antioxidant-rich meals have been linked by health experts to significantly lowering heart disease, atherosclerosis (or hardening of the arteries), and risk of colon, ovarian, pancreas, breast, bladder, lung, and prostate cancers. So eat up!