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More and more people are embracing the concept of a digital detox. Not only is going on a digital detox good for your body and mind, but it also helps to reduce your exposure to electromagnetic fields (EMFs) and their harmful effects on your body and immune system. These healthy detox meals support your journey towards a digital detox, and also help reduce your disease risks, boost your immunity, and improve your overall well-being by providing antioxidants that support your body’s natural detox process.

Essential Ingredients For Healthy Detox Meals

In our recipe guide on diets to reduce the harmful effects of EMFs, we highlighted selenium as a powerful detox ingredient. But it’s far from the only food that helps your body’s detox processes. Supporting your body’s natural detoxification process involves consuming a balanced and nutritious diet that provides essential nutrients. While the body has its own built-in detoxification systems, including the liver, kidneys, and digestive system, certain foods, vitamins, and minerals can support these processes. Fruits and vegetables are the most important place to start. Rich in antioxidants, vitamins, and fiber, fruits and vegetables support detoxification by helping to neutralize and eliminate toxins. Berries, citrus fruits, leafy greens, and cruciferous vegetables (such as broccoli and cabbage) are particularly beneficial. Another great category are vegetables like broccoli, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts, and kale — they all contain compounds that support the liver’s detoxification enzymes. “The basic components of any detoxification program should include [a diet] rich in organic fruits and vegetables and filtered water,” explains the University of Wisconsin. Other great ingredients to incorporate in healthy detox meals include:

  • Green Tea: Green tea contains antioxidants, particularly catechins, which may help enhance detoxification processes.
  • Turmeric: The active compound in turmeric, curcumin, has anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties that may support liver function.
  • Garlic: Garlic contains sulfur compounds that support the liver’s detoxification processes.
  • Ginger: Ginger has anti-inflammatory properties and may support digestion and liver function.

But you don’t have to start from zero. The following three healthy detox meals each contain at least one of these powerful ingredients, helping you to look and feel your best this week.

BREAKFAST: Turmeric Smoothie

“Many high-quality studies show that turmeric has major benefits for your body and brain,” explains the doctors at Healthline. “The spice known as turmeric could be one of the most effective nutritional supplements in existence.”

Now, most people think of turmeric as something you’d use in savory dishes, such as Indian curry. But this smoothie powers up your morning with a creative take on this healthy detox ingredient. This turmeric smoothie is not only tasty but also packed with nutrients from the fruits, vegetables, and the anti-inflammatory properties of turmeric and ginger. Feel free to customize the recipe based on your preferences and dietary needs.

1 banana (frozen for a creamier texture)
1/2 cup pineapple chunks (frozen or fresh)
1/2 teaspoon turmeric powder or 1 teaspoon grated fresh turmeric
1/2 teaspoon ginger (grated)
1 tablespoon chia seeds or flaxseeds
1 cup spinach or kale leaves
1 cup almond milk (or any milk of your choice)
1/2 teaspoon honey or maple syrup (optional, for sweetness)
Ice cubes (optional)

If you haven’t done so already, freeze the banana and pineapple chunks for a creamier texture. Gather all other ingredients.

In a blender, combine the frozen banana, pineapple chunks, turmeric, grated ginger, chia seeds (or flaxseeds), spinach or kale, and almond milk.

Blend on high speed until the mixture is smooth and creamy. If the consistency is too thick, you can add more almond milk a little at a time until it reaches your desired thickness.

Taste the smoothie and adjust sweetness if needed. If you prefer a sweeter smoothie, add honey or maple syrup and blend again.

Pour the smoothie into a glass, add ice cubes if desired, and enjoy immediately!

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LUNCH: Cold Ginger Chicken

“Ginger has been used as an herbal medicine for a variety of health problems,” reports Harvard Medical School. “Ginger has been shown to boost the immune system and combat inflammation. A recent systematic review of ginger’s effects on human health supports its ability to help treat a range of ailments, such as gastrointestinal function, pain, inflammation, metabolic syndromes, and more.”

This cold ginger chicken is a refreshing and flavorful dish that can be served on its own or with a side of rice or noodles. Make it ahead of time and pop it in your fridge, and you’ll have healthy detox meals ready-to-go whenever you’re hungry (it’s also easy to pack for school or work lunches!).

For the Chicken:

1 rotisserie chicken, shredded or chopped
2 tablespoons soy sauce
1 tablespoon sesame oil
1 tablespoon rice vinegar
1 tablespoon fresh ginger, grated
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 teaspoon honey or maple syrup
Salt and pepper to taste

For the Sauce:

3 tablespoons soy sauce
2 tablespoons sesame oil
1 tablespoon rice vinegar
1 tablespoon fresh ginger, grated
1 tablespoon green onions, finely chopped
1 teaspoon honey or maple syrup
1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes (optional, for heat)

For the Garnish:

Sesame seeds
Fresh cilantro, chopped
Sliced green onions

Remove the meat from the rotisserie chicken, discarding the skin and bones. Shred or chop the chicken into bite-sized pieces.

In a bowl, combine the shredded chicken with soy sauce, sesame oil, rice vinegar, grated ginger, minced garlic, honey, salt, and pepper. Toss well to coat the chicken evenly. Allow it to marinate for at least 30 minutes in the refrigerator to let the flavors meld.

In a separate bowl, whisk together soy sauce, sesame oil, rice vinegar, grated ginger, chopped green onions, honey, and red pepper flakes (if using).

Pour the sauce over the marinated chicken and toss to coat thoroughly. Adjust seasoning if necessary.

Cover the bowl and let the cold ginger chicken chill in the refrigerator for at least 1-2 hours to allow the flavors to develop.

Before serving, garnish the cold ginger chicken with sesame seeds, chopped cilantro, and sliced green onions. Serve chilled and enjoy!

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DINNER: Easy, Savory Garlic Shrimp

We round out this list of the top healthy detox meals with this savory dish that will fill your home with the healthy, mouthwatering fragrance of fresh garlic. This garlic shrimp is versatile and can be served as an appetizer, over pasta, rice, or with crusty bread for a complete meal. Enjoy the flavorful combination of garlic, butter, and shrimp!

1 pound large shrimp, peeled and deveined
4 tablespoons unsalted butter
4 tablespoons olive oil
6 cloves garlic, minced
1 teaspoon red pepper flakes (adjust to taste, for heat)
Salt and black pepper to taste
1/4 cup fresh parsley, chopped
1 tablespoon lemon juice (optional)
Lemon wedges for serving

Pat the shrimp dry with paper towels and season them with salt and black pepper.

In a large skillet, heat 2 tablespoons of butter and 2 tablespoons of olive oil over medium-high heat. Add the shrimp to the skillet in a single layer, making sure not to overcrowd the pan. Cook for 2-3 minutes on each side or until the shrimp turn pink and opaque. Remove the shrimp from the skillet and set aside.

In the same skillet, add the remaining 2 tablespoons of butter and 2 tablespoons of olive oil. Add minced garlic and red pepper flakes. Sauté for about 1-2 minutes until the garlic becomes fragrant, being careful not to burn it.

Return the cooked shrimp to the skillet with the garlic mixture. Toss the shrimp in the garlic-infused oil and butter until well coated. Cook for an additional 1-2 minutes to allow the flavors to meld.

Stir in chopped fresh parsley and lemon juice (if using). Taste and adjust salt and pepper as needed.

Transfer the garlic shrimp to a serving platter, garnish with additional parsley if desired, and serve hot with lemon wedges on the side.

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