Good-bye summer! Good bye beach, bbq’s, cookouts, parties and all the other fun and indulgences that go along with summer! Let’s embrace a new season and start with a fresh clean slate.
I like to do that with letting my digestion rest so it can work at optimal levels and detox naturally – with food.
It’s a good idea to cleanse your body at least two times per year. Even with eating a very clean diet our environment is filled with toxins all around us. In spring, our bodies naturally detox on its own more than any other season. I guess that’s why, as human beings, we also like to do spring cleaning in our homes to detoxify our environment! But after just a few extra indulgences during summer it can certainly send our bodies into a downward spiral.
So, it’s the perfect time to get your bodies back into eating a bit more clean and healthy. Just as we like to start things on Mondays, we also like to start new things when seasons change. We tend to get more organized, structured and in a routine as September rolls around. Especially with the kids back in school. It also gets your mind, body and spirit in line with a healthier you before the holidays are upon us. This way you won’t want to over eat, drink or indulge in desserts that are loaded with refined sugar. Imagine getting a head start on a healthier you finishing the year strong and going into 2018 with a healthier you!
Start with this yummy detox salad!
Incorporating these types of food in your daily regimen helps your body naturally cleanse, rebuild, detoxify and thrive. This specific salad is alkalizing and has ingredients that help your body naturally detox. Here’s the low down on each ingredient:
Cabbage – It is an excellent source of vitamin K and C, along with being a good source of fiber, manganese, folate, vitamin B6 and potassium. It is particularly noted for being a powerful cleanser of the GI tract and is anti-inflammatory.
Kale – is high in vitamin K, A and vitamin c and also high in chlorophyll which is great for the cleansing the blood. It’s also a natural antioxidant and anti-inflammatory as well.
Carrots – high in vitamin A (from beta-cartotene), C, B6, K and potassium. Carrots also are rich in glutathione which helps detoxify the liver. It’s an all around good cleanser and best to eat them raw in their natural state.
Cilantro – is rich in flavonoids and and phytonutrients. It also is loaded with vitamins A, C, E, K, calcium, iron, potassium, and magnesium. It’s a natural detoxifier of heavy metals in your body.
Lime – has so many cleansing and nutritional benefits! It is loaded with vitamin C. It also has calcium, iron, potassium, copper, magnesium and phosphorous. Also the zest or peel is rich in phytochemicals. Limes help detoxify the liver. Helps with weight loss, improves digestion, treatment of scurvy, piles, peptic ulcer, respiratory disorders, gout, gums, urinary disorders.
Ginger – is naturally anti-inflammatory, anti-septic and anti-carcinogenic. Ginger helps calm the digestive tract and intestines.
Garlic – has manganese and sulfur compounds and helps boost your immunity and support your liver.
Maple Syrup – has far more health benefits that you can imagine. Helps prevent anemia, aids in digestion, good for immunity, rich in antioxidants, helps balance blood sugar.
This salad is loaded with healthy nutritional benefits that not only cleanse your body but nourish it as well.
Add it to your meals this week and let me know how you like it in the comments below.
Simple Detox Salad
This simple detox salad is so crunchy and tasty you will be coming back for more.
1cupshredded organic green cabbage
1 cupshredded organic red cabbage
2eashredded organic carrots
1cupchopped organic kale
1/2cupchopped fresh cilantro
1eazest of 1 lime
2eajuice of 2 limes
2tspreal organic maple syrup
1tbsorganic extra virgin olive oil
Mix all the shredded salad ingredients together. Add the vinaigrette and toss together, adjust seasonings to your liking.
In a small bowl, zest one lime using a microplane. Add juice of two limes. Add garlic, ginger, maple syrup and evoo. Whisk together and season with Himilayan pink salt to taste.
You can use a knife to thinly slice the cabbage or a mandolin. Use a box grater to shred the carrots or use a knife to julienne cut them.
Feel free to add some cumin to the dressing and top it with a sliced avocado & sprinkle with sesame or hemp seeds which I thought of after taking the picture!