Staying hydrated, eating healthy, light meals, and exercising are things that we are always trying to be mindful of doing daily. And, there have been times when we get really busy and suddenly a few days or a whole week goes by where it seems like we’ve gotten a bit off track. It’s perfectly ok to treat yourself at times and when it’s planned, it somehow feels rewarding. However, when the extra processed foods and missed exercise sessions are from being too busy or just lacking motivation, a Body Reset is in order!
For this Recipe Friday, we are sharing our Raw Detox Salad, which is a really great detox meal to reset your diet. It does require a lot of chopping, but other than that, it’s really easy to make and so scrumptious!
RAW DETOX SALAD
AKA: ENERGY BOOSTING RESET SALAD
Zest & juice from 1/2 a lemon
1/4 tablespoon grated ginger
2 tablespoons of hummus
Chop, chop, chop! Chop up all of the ingredients. For those who don’t love raw foods, the cauliflower can be soaked a bit in the dressing first and it will soften it. This is also great as a Mason Jar Salad since its hearty it won’t get soggy right away.
This salad is really delicious and nourishing! The fresh veggies are all full of nutrients that will help detox the body, boost the immune system, and aid in glowing skin. It is the perfect meal to get back on the healthy track and best of all, we made extra salad to have a healthy lunch option throughout the week.
Credits: Author: Jill Uechi // Recipe and Photography: Katelyn Guerrero
This recipe is so easy to make and really hits the spot when you are following a strict detox diet but are craving something sweet and cookie-like. During our last 8 week challenge, we were doing fine until the sugar cravings started to rear its head. At first, we would satisfy the sugar cravings with a big bowl of fruit. Eventually, the fruit wasn’t doing the trick and we started talking about how much we wanted a cookie!
So, before we gave into our cookie cravings, we turned to our accountability group and asked if anyone could come up with something that could help. These banana pumpkin seed crisps made by @enjoifood were so easy to make and yummy! We gobbled the crisps up and made additional batches a few more times during those 8 weeks too! They definitely helped curb those cookie cravings…Success!
Besides the fact that these chewy crisps curbed our cravings. They also were filled with some healthy ingredients too!
Pumpkin Seeds: Alkaline forming seed that can reduce LDL cholesterol levels. High in protein and helps to reduce inflammation from arthritis. Prevents kidney stone formation, good for prostate health, promotes sleep, and filled with minerals.
Flax: Rich in Omega-3’s, these seeds may lower your blood pressure and decrease inflammation. Flax is extremely high in fiber, protects against colon cancer and breast cancer and improves blood sugar levels. Finally, it is also rich in essential oils that aid in healthy hair, eyes and skin.
Bananas: Gives you instant energy and powers your brain. They keep your bowels regular and help to scavenge harmful free radicals and to curb sugar cravings, fights depression and anxiety and reduces the risk of stroke. Ripe bananas with brown spots on the peel produce a substance called Tumor Necrosis Factor (TNF) that helps to combat abnormal cells, which helps to fight cancer.
Did you indulge a little more than usual during the long weekend? A few of us did too and we were in much need of some nutritious and cleansing food. This Broccoli and Kale Detox Salad is so delicious and simple to make. The ingredients are easy to find in any market and although we are calling it a detox salad, this salad is actually filling too! And the best part? You can make a huge bowl of this and it keeps well in your refrigerator for 2-3 days! So this is a perfect salad for those of you who are meal prepping for the week too!
Every ingredient is nutritious and perfect for a Detox diet, Paleo Diet, or Vegan Diet too. Here is the nutritious breakdown: Broccoli & Cauliflower: A good source of potassium, calcium and cancer-fighting properties. Kale: Superfood Kale is cleansing and high in calcium, folate, and magnesium. Carrots: High in beta carotene & high fiber content. Lemon: High in Vitamin C, helps reduce inflammation and detoxes the liver. Cranberries: Immune booster. Ginger: Aids in digestion. Pine nuts: Suppresses your appetite, boosts energy and high in Vitamins A, B, C, E & lutein.
Ingredients for Salad:
1 head of broccoli
1/2 head of cauliflower
3-4 leaves of kale
2-3 shredded carrots
3-4 tbsp dried cranberries (unsweetened)
3-4 tbsp pine nuts (lightly toasted optional)
Ingredients for Dressing:
Juice from 1-2 lemons
1 inch grated ginger
2 tsp olive oil
2 tsp raw honey or maple syrup (optional – if following a vegan diet, use maple syrup instead of honey)
Chop all the veggies and place in a large bowl.
Whisk all of the ingredients for the dressing together in a small bowl.
Toss veggies together with pine nuts and salad dressing.
You can eat this right away or let the flavors meld together in the refrigerator.
And like we said, it tastes even better after dressing sets in refrigerator or the next day.
The first days of summer started with a heat wave and keeping hydrated became quite a challenge! It seemed natural to combine our favorite summer fruits; watermelon, strawberries, lime with coconut water superfood for the extra hydration needed. The watermelon-coconut-lime refresher and watermelon-strawberry salad are both so simple to make and the yet so healthy too!
Did you know that a well functioning renal system is important to keep your body in balance? With weak kidneys, your body can become prone to imbalances like high blood pressure, thin skin, low back pain, loss of balance, and bladder issues. Hydration is important to strengthen the renal system and drinking and eating foods high in water content can help you stay hydrated. Both watermelon and strawberries have 92% water content. Watermelon and Coconut water are both alkalizing, cleansing and nourishing. We couldn’t seem to drink or eat enough of these foods over this past week and wanted to share our watermelon-coconut obsession with you.
Watermelon Benefits: High in antioxidants, vitamins and electrolytes, watermelon helps to cleanse the kidneys and helps the liver to process ammonia. The high Vitamin C and Vitamin A content helps to boost the body’s immunity and protect the skin and eyes and also helps to regulate PH levels, improves digestion and fights cancer.
Coconut Water Benefits: Coconut water is a true superfood and drinking 12 oz a day can help almost all of your body’s functions. It acts as a natural diuretic, aids kidney function, balances sugar levels, relieves constipation, boosts the immune system, prevents cancer, aids in hair growth, boosts energy levels, provides trace elements, balances hormones and feeds friendly bacteria in the gut. Make sure to use fresh coconut water from green coconuts or buy high quality coconut water! We love Harmless Harvest Coconut Water!
These 2 recipes below are both so healthy and taste fantastic! The flavors just blend together so well. We hope you enjoy both of them as much as we did!
2 cups cubed watermelon
1 cup coconut water
1 lime peeled
Sparkling Water (optional)
Place the watermelon in a blender with the coconut water and lime. Blend on high speed until smooth.
Would you deliberately use a peel that causes your face to get really hot and red? It sounds crazy, but the Blueberry Detox Peel from Eminence Organics does just that and the result is skin that is fresh, glowing and younger looking!
HOT AND SPICY
This month we are focused on cleansing our insides with green smoothies, but now let’s take a look at how we can detox the outside as well. The Blueberry Detox Firming Peel is a natural exfoliating peel and, like many peels, it deep cleans pores and tones the skin. The highlight of this peel is the paprika, which is a naturally hot spice that definitely heats up your skin! Don’t worry; this is exactly the reaction that you want! Like exercising, the heat from paprika increases circulation to the skin, bringing fresh blood to the skin’s surface to give your skin that radiant glow. Increased blood flow also increases oxygen intake of the skin cells, which means that products applied after the peel will be absorbed better.
DO YOU DARE?
So, would you or wouldn’t you try this facial? We think that the temporary heat and redness is worth it and if you dare try it, this Detox Facial may just become your new fresh-faced beauty obsession!
CHECK OUT THE INGREDIENTS
Blueberry Juice: astringent; deep cleans pores, tightens and tones skin’s appearance
Raspberry Juice: high in vitamins and antioxidants to fight the appearance of visible signs of aging
Blackberry Juice: tightens the appearance of pores and is high in vitamins and Omega-3
Paprika: invigorates and revitalizes skin
Pineapple Extract (Bromelain): purifies skin by removing dirt and proteins