Rather than only detoxing 1-2 times a year, we are encouraging you to consider the idea of daily cleansing. Daily cleansing allows your body to deal with the toxic environment we live in and allows your body to take little steps each day to prevent a major illness from creeping up on you later.
For this recipe Friday, we’d like to share a simple recipe for those who love to eat raw and clean, but don’t always have the time for to make a complicated clean food masterpiece. Adding detoxing foods, like the ones in this salad, are easy way to promote daily elimination of toxins.
CLEAN FOOD BREAKDOWN
Spinach contains high levels of vitamin A, which protects and strengthens “entry points” into the human body, such as mucous membranes, respiratory, urinary and intestinal tracts. In addition, spinach is a key component of lymphocytes (or white blood cells) that fight infection.
Loaded with antioxidants and rich in alkalinity, kiwi deepens the cleansing process and gives you energy. It is one of the few foods that contain naturally high amounts of B6, an immune supportive nutrient.
Packed with bioflavonoids to provide you with an immunity boost, red and pink grapefruit is also fiber rich and nutrient rich plus an excellent liver and intestinal detoxifier
Contains bromelain a digestive enzyme that helps cleanse your colon and improve digestion. Bromelain is also an anti-inflammatory enzyme that combats infections and eradicates bacteria.
Spirulina has been shown to help your body fight infection and allergic reactions. It may also protect against cancer and lower bad cholesterol, all while raising good cholesterol and aiding in weight loss.
Tropical Cleansing Salad
Spinach and Romaine lettuce
Fresh chunked pineapple
Pink grapefruit, segmented
Kiwis, peeled and sliced
Unsweetened coconut flakes
Slivered raw almond
Spirulina poppy seed dressing: We made this poppy seed dressing from theglowingfridge.com and added spirulina for an added immunity boost.
2 tablespoons unsweetened almond milk
1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
1 tablespoon maple syrup
1 tablespoon poppy seeds
2 teaspoons coconut flour (or any flour; to thicken)
2 teaspoons lemon juice – we added a whole lemon
1 teaspoon dijon mustard
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
pepper, to taste
1/2 – 1 tsp spirulina powder
In a large bowl, toss all of the salad ingredients together.
In a small bowl, combine all dressing ingredients and whisk together until well combined.
During the warm summer months we like to eat cooler foods and this chia pudding with tropical puree is perfect! It’s easy to make the night before so you don’t have to rush in the morning. In fact, chia pudding will keep in the refrigerator for 3-4 days, so make a few of these to have on hand! Not only is it easy to make, but chia seeds provide omega-3 fatty acids that promote heart and joint health and aid memory.
Tropical Puree over Chia Pudding
Coconut Chia Pudding:
¼ to ½ cup of Chia Seeds
¾ cup Coconut Milk
½ cup Coconut Water
1 tablespoon Beefree Honey
A drop of Vanilla Extract
In a large bowl mix thoroughly all of the above ingredients. Stir until well combined. Cover bowl and let chill in the refrigerator approximately 2 hours, but preferably overnight.
Tropical Fruit Puree and Toppings:
1 Passion Fruit
Dice mango into bite size cubes.
Slice passion fruit in half. Use ½ of the passion fruit (juice of passion fruit or include the seeds) for puree and half for topping.
Blend ¾ mango, ½ passion fruit, ½ banana and ice cubes to a smoothie-like puree.
Ready to serve: Layer tropical puree and coconut chia pudding in layers. Add chunks of fruit in between layers or on top. Scoop passion fruit bits seeds and all on top and sprinkle with coconut flakes.
Now that summer is over, the kids are back in school and we are back to the daily grind, we find ourselves day dreaming of a tropical paradise. Our tropical daydreams conjured up images of coconuts and pineapples, and lead to this Recipe Friday post. So, as you sweat through your last days of summer without a beach in site, we hope you’ll be inspired to make this dish to remind you of balmy days with scent of the salt from the ocean and sand beneath your feet.
This recipe also gave us a chance to try out Coconut Aminos. For those of you following a Paleo Diet, you may already be familiar with this ingredient. Made from coconut sap, Coconut Aminos replaces soy sauce in recipes.
Coconut aminos: Some reasons we made the switch from soy sauce to Coconut Aminos
Organic, gluten-free, soy free, vegan
17 naturally occurring amino acids
Made from the nutrient rich sap of the coconut tree.
Very low glycemic index
Contains a wide range of nutrients including minerals, vitamin C, B vitamins, and 17 amino acids
Has a nearly a neutral pH.
Naturally 73% less sodium than soy sauce.
Soy mimics estrogen, but coconut aminos contain zero phytoestrogens. Soy contains enzyme inhibitors, coconut aminos do not.