Bell Peppers with Kale and Chickpeas

Detox means removing toxins from the body. These are harmful substances that build up over time and can include things like pesticides, preservatives, or other food additives. Detox diets can be a great way to smooth out your eating habits and get rid of the toxins in your body. It’s important to prepare for this type of diet in advance by stocking up on what you’ll need like fruits, vegetables, and lean proteins that will provide you with energy and nutrients while cleansing your system. This article will explore some great options for what to eat during a detox.

 

  1. Almonds

Almonds can be used in a variety of different ways, including in smoothies, on yogurt, or even just by themselves. They are high in vitamin E, which is an antioxidant that will help get rid of toxins from the body. They also have calcium to help maintain bone health, magnesium to keep the body’s muscles and nerves working properly, and potassium which keeps your heart healthy.

 

Almond Milk:

Almond Milk

To make almond milk, soak 1 cup of almonds in water for 12 hours. Drain the water and add the almonds to the blender with 3 cups of freshwater. Blend until smooth then strain through cheesecloth or a nut milk bag into a separate bowl. The leftover pulp can be used in other recipes or composted for garden use.

 

  1. Broccoli

Another great option is broccoli which provides a good balance of nutrients while cleansing your system from toxins. Broccoli is said to have detoxifying power due to its high glutathione content. Glutathione is an antioxidant that helps flush toxins from the body. It also provides a good source of fiber which keeps your digestive tract in check and aids in weight loss efforts.

 

Broccoli and Tomato Salad:

Ingredients:

4 cups of chopped broccoli

½ cup of cherry tomatoes halved

1/3 cup of cucumber, seeded and diced

2 tablespoons of fresh basil leaves, torn into pieces

3 tablespoons of fresh lemon juice

1 tablespoon of olive oil

Salt and pepper to taste.

 

Preparation:

Combine the broccoli, tomato, cucumber, and basil in a salad bowl. In another small bowl, whisk together lemon juice, olive oil, salt, and pepper to taste. Pour dressing over the salad ingredients and mix well before serving.

 

  1. Kale

Kale is a great choice for your detox diet because it’s packed with iron, fiber, and vitamins A and C that will boost your immune system while cleansing your body. Here are some recipes to try with kale in them!

 

Kale Vegetable Soup:

Ingredients:

1 tablespoon of olive oil

½ onion, chopped

2 cloves of garlic, minced

1 teaspoon dried basil leaves

4 cups of vegetable broth or water

3 cups of kale chopped into bite-size pieces. If using the stems, remove the woody part before chopping.

 

Preparation:

Heat the olive oil in a pot set over medium heat and add the onion, garlic, and basil leaves. Cook until the vegetables soften then stir in the vegetable broth or water. Add kale and partially cover to allow steam to loosen its flavor. Bring it back to a boil then reduce heat and simmer for 15 minutes or until kale is soft. Serve immediately.

 

  1. Bell Peppers

Bell peppers are another good source of vitamins and minerals that will help you feel healthy while cleansing your body. All colors of bell peppers provide different nutrients so you’ll want to try all the colors to get the best balance of nutrients.

 

Bell Peppers with Kale and Chickpeas:

Bell Peppers with Kale and Chickpeas

Ingredients:

1 tablespoon of olive oil

½ onion, chopped

2 cloves of garlic, minced

1 teaspoon dried basil leaves

4 cups of vegetable broth or water

3 cups of kale chopped into bite-size pieces. If using the stems, remove the woody part before chopping.

1 15 oz can of chickpeas rinsed and drained

2 red bell peppers cut into strips or rounds

Salt and pepper to taste.

 

Preparation:

Heat the olive oil in a pot set over medium heat and add the onion, garlic, and basil leaves. Cook until the vegetables soften then stir in the vegetable broth or water. Add kale and partially cover to allow steam to loosen its flavor. Bring it back to a boil then reduce heat and simmer for 15 minutes or until kale is soft. Remove from heat before adding in chickpeas and season with salt and pepper to taste. Serve immediately.

 

  1. Lemons

Lemons are a fruit that is usually associated with detox diets because they have properties of ridding toxins from the body while providing a boost of vitamin C, which helps give you energy for exercise and other activities. If you’re going to consume more lemons for this diet you’ll want to make sure that the lemons are organic because non-organic lemons can have high concentrations of pesticides.

 

Lemon Pepper Chicken

Ingredients:

2 tablespoons of olive oil

1 pound of skinless boneless chicken breasts cut into bite-sized cubes

½ teaspoon of lemon pepper seasoning (optional)

2 lemons cut into wedges

Salt and pepper to taste.

 

Preparation:

Heat a frying pan with the olive oil then add the chicken cubes and brown both sides until they turn white. Season the chicken with salt, pepper, and lemon pepper if desired. Squeeze one of your lemon wedges over the chicken then cover and let simmer for about 10 minutes. Serve hot with another lemon wedge to squeeze on top of the chicken.

 

  1. Apples

Apples are great to eat during a detox because they provide an energy boost without needing much preparation or added ingredients, making them easy to incorporate into any diet plan. However, if you have a sensitive stomach, it’s best to start with just one apple initially to see how they affect your system. If you don’t have any negative reactions to the apples after three days of adding them in then increase your servings per day up to four or five.

 

Apple Salad with Spinach

Ingredients:

1 tablespoon of olive oil

1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar or lemon juice

Sea salt and pepper to taste

3 medium red apples diced into cubes (leave the skin on)

2 cups of baby spinach leaf rinsed then dried

 

Preparation:

Whisk together the olive oil, apple cider vinegar or lemon juice, salt, and pepper in a small bowl then pour it over the diced apples. Mix gently the spinach leaf to coat the apples evenly before serving.

 

  1. Ginger

Ginger is another great food option for detoxes because it can help settle stomachs and make the detox more bearable. It also helps break up mucus in your body which can reduce pain in your sinuses, throat, or chest. Ginger is a root that you’ll either want to grind up into fresh ginger or use ground ginger to season foods for this diet.

 

Ginger Green Tea

Ingredients:

1 green tea bag

1 inch of fresh ginger, sliced thinly and peeled

2 tablespoons of honey (or your favorite sweetener)

 

Preparation:

Boil water then adds it to a cup or mug with the green tea bag and ginger. Allow the mixture to steep for about three minutes then remove the teabag. Stir in your honey then drink immediately.

 

  1. Chicken

Chicken is easily one of the best meats to eat during a detox diet because it’s easy to prepare and can be paired with many different types of vegetables or fruits for tasty dishes that don’t take much effort to make. It’s also an excellent source of protein and amino acids that help the body purify itself.

 

Chicken Enchiladas

Ingredients:

1 can of green enchilada sauce

2 cups of shredded cooked chicken

4 ounces of softened cream cheese

1 1/2 cups grated cheddar cheese, divided

6 corn tortillas or taco shells

 

Preparation:

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Pour half of the enchilada sauce into a casserole dish then spread it out evenly on the bottom of the pan. Combine the chicken, cream cheese, and 1/2 cup of cheddar cheese then fill the softened tortillas or taco shells with the chicken mixture and roll them up. Place the filled tortillas in the casserole dish then pour the remaining enchilada sauce over them and add the rest of the cheddar cheese on top. Bake for 30 minutes or until bubbling around the edges.

 

  1. Fresh Greens

Fresh greens like spinach and kale provide a good balance of nutrients while cleansing your body from toxins. For an easy way to enjoy this vegetable, try adding a few tablespoons of fresh greens to a fruit smoothie. You can also steam the greens to reduce some of the bitter flavors that often put people off.

Fresh Green Salad

Fresh Green Salad

Ingredients:

1 tablespoon of extra virgin olive oil or coconut oil

2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar or lemon juice

Sea salt and pepper to taste

4 cups of fresh baby spinach leaves, rinsed then dried

 

Preparation:

Whisk together the olive oil, apple cider vinegar or lemon juice, salt, and pepper in a small bowl then pour it over the spinach leaves. Toss the greens to coat them evenly then serve immediately.

 

  1. Garlic

Garlic is a great detox food because it contains antioxidants that will help you feel refreshed throughout this type of diet. These recipes with garlic in them will help you get the garlic taste without feeling too overwhelmed.

 

Garlic Pasta with Mushrooms and Spinach

Ingredients:

1 tablespoon of olive oil

3 cloves of garlic, minced

Sea salt to taste

2 cups of sliced mushrooms

4 cups fresh baby spinach leaves, rinsed then dried

Preparation:

Cook the pasta according to package directions then drain and set aside. Meanwhile, heat olive oil over medium heat in a large skillet then add the garlic, salt, and mushrooms. Cook until the mushrooms are soft then stir in spinach leaves until they wilt slightly. Toss with cooked pasta before serving immediately.

 

In this article, we have talked about some popular diet foods that can help you feel fresh and healthy. Detox diets are usually designed to remove toxins from the body, but they’re also an excellent way of jump-starting your metabolism as well as improving digestive health. The best foods for detox diets will provide plenty of protein and nutrients while cleansing your system at the same time. For those reasons, it’s important to prepare yourself in advance by stocking up on what you’ll need like fruits, vegetables, and lean proteins before starting this type of diet so you don’t go hungry or cravings set in too early. Remember these guidelines if you want to make this process more bearable.