From polluted indoor air to excess sugar in your diet, your body is constantly bombarded with stress and toxins that weaken your immune system, damage your cells and increase your risks of numerous diseases. This collection of detox meals can help. Each one is high in antioxidants, which helps “cleanse” your body of damaging free radicals (and may even help to detox environmental toxins, such as BPA from plastics). And each delicious meal is also high in other detox-enhancing ingredients to help you spring-clean your diet and your body!
BREAKFAST: Spicy Celery Detox Juice
Start your day of detox meals with this detox juice, featuring ingredients like kale, cucumber and celery that are exceptionally rich in antioxidants. The apple adds a touch of natural sweetness (plus digestion-boosting fiber to help you eliminate toxins faster), while the ginger and lemon gives this shake a bit of a spicy zing (and also speeds up your metabolism).
3 celery stalks
4 leaves kale
1 apple, cored
Juice from one lemon
1-inch chunk of raw ginger
Toss all the ingredients into your blender and blend until smooth. Enjoy!
LUNCH: Pomegranate Avocado Toast
When it comes to detox meals, this is no ordinary avocado toast. Avocados are extremely high in gut-friendly, detox-enhancing fiber, which literally “scrubs” your digestive system and cleanses your body. The healthy fats in avocado also boost your body’s natural ability to absorb other nutrients, thus helping you to get more out of your day of detox meals.
Fresh herbs, such as garlic and cilantro, do more than just add vibrant flavor. They’re also classic ingredients in many detox products. Finally, the pomegranate seeds add a pop of sweetness that compliments the guacamole’s spicy profile, giving this quick and healthy lunch a depth that will surprise you.
1/2 white onion, minced
1 serrano chile, diced
3 ripe avocados, pit removed
1/4 cup fresh cilantro, minced
1 1/4 tsp sea salt
Juice from 3 limes
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 cup pomegranate seeds
Mash all the ingredients together. Enjoy spread on your favorite whole-grain bread, or try with your favorite crackers as a dip.
DINNER: Carrot Ginger Soup
Rev up your family’s appetite as you fill your home with the aromatic scents of this simmering, colorful dinner. Ginger is a long go-to for detoxing, because it supports your digestive system. It also is a potent antioxidant and anti-inflammatory, and strengthens your immune system.
3 tbsp grass-fed butter or coconut oil
6-7 large carrots, washed and very thinly sliced
2 yellow onions, diced
Pinch of salt and pepper
1 tbsp minced ginger
2 c stock
2 c water
In a frying pan, heat up the coconut oil or butter and saute the onions and carrots until the carrots are soft and the onions translucent. Add the sauteed vegetables and, and the rest of the ingredients, to a blender or food processor and blend until creamy. Enjoy hot or chilled as the perfect way to end a day of detox meals.
Want More Detox Meals? Keep Reading: