- 2 heads broccoli (1 bunch), stems removed
- 1 head cauliflower, stems removed
- 2.5 cups shredded carrots
- 1/2 cup sunflower seeds
- 1 cup currants
- 1/2 cup finely chopped fresh parsley
- 1/2 cup raisins
- 4-6 tbsp fresh lemon juice, to taste
- kosher salt, pepper to taste (1/4-1/2 tsp salt and lots of pepper)
- kelp granules or Herbamare (optional), to taste
- Pure maple syrup, to drizzle on before serving
- 1. In a food processor (or chop by hand) process the broccoli (no stems) until fine. Add into large bowl.
- 2. Now process the cauliflower (no stems) until fine and add into bowl. Do the same with the carrots.
- 3. Stir in the sunflower seeds, currants, raisins, and parsley. Add lemon juice and seasonings to taste.
- 4. Drizzle with maple syrup to taste.
World’s Healthiest Foods reports that cruciferous vegetables (such as broccoli, kale, cauliflower, cabbage, watercress, and mustard greens) are said to be detoxifying because they provide support for the immune system, inflammatory system, hormonal system, detoxification system, and antioxidant system (source). These vegetables contain a wide variety of vitamins and minerals as well as phytonutrients. For example, one such group of phytonutrients found in cruciferous vegetables are called glucosinolates. Glucosinolates are thought to have anti-cancer properties in a variety of research studies (source). World’s healthiest Foods also suggest consuming 3 servings of cruciferous vegetables each week for maximum benefit.
Detox your body of mercury and heavy metals by drinking this juice for 14 days. Cilantro and parsley have excellent heavy metal chelating effects. Drinking the juice from these herbs regularly, will gradually help clean out heavy metal poisoning such as aluminium, arsenic, cadmium, mercury, nickel, lead and uranium. If you are often exposed to any of these heavy metals, it may be wise to include these in your juice menu regularly.
Some of the common symptoms of heavy metal poisoning:
Chronic unexplained body pains and headaches
Depression, anxieties, brain fog
Loss of memory and forgetfulness
Yeast infection and parasites
Low immune system
Anemic and blood disorders
Low body temperature, cold hands and feet
Muscle and joint pains
Female reproductive issues
Dark rings under eyes
Drink this daily for up to 14 days for a good heavy metal detoxification.
- 1 Bunch Cilantro
- 1 Bunch Parsley
- 1/4 Lemon
- Using a juicer, add cilantro, parsley then lemon. Whisk to blend and serve.
- Use only organic produce for best results.
Skipping meals crashes blood sugar, leaving you feeling lethargic and anxious. Here is a recipe for a well-balanced salad that includes optimal protein, healthy fats, antioxidants, and fiber. Optional superfood ingredients you may include in an anxiety-busting salad are raw sprouted lentil beans, raw dandelion greens, and hemp heart seeds, which are all excellent sources of gut-boosting, anxiety-lowering prebiotic fiber.
- 2 cups of fresh organic spinach
- 1 avocado sliced
- 1 stalk of sliced raw broccoli
- 1/4 cup sliced or shredded carrots
- 1/2 a red beet, sliced or shredded
- (Optional) Cashew "cheese" crumbled
- 2 tablespoons walnuts, almond slivers or hemp hearts
- 2 chopped scallions
- 2 chopped radishes
- Salad Dressing
- In a Mason jar add ¼ cup of extra-virgin olive oil, 2 tablespoons of freshly squeezed lemon (about 2 lemons), 1 clove of garlic minced, and ½ teaspoon of mineral-rich Himalayan sea salt with cracked black pepper to taste. It’s easy to mix in the Mason jar and add just before eating the salad. If you have extra this dressing keeps well in fridge.
- Toss salad in large bowl with dressing and serve.
This salad is absolutely chock-full of lovely green spring produce, with textures ranging from crunchy to creamy. You can make the zippy lemon dressing and blanch, drain, and chill the peas and asparagus up to 2 days ahead, but combine all the elements shortly before serving to preserve the color of the avocado and the crunch of the greens. Delicate pea tendrils or shoots would be spectacular here, but watercress makes a delicious peppery substitute. Though you may be tempted to use only one herb, we urge you to use both: The parsley adds a burst of freshness, and the mint contributes deep herbal goodness.
- 1 1/2 cups frozen green peas
- 1 pound asparagus, trimmed and cut diagonally into 2 1/2-in. pieces (4 cups)
- 12 ounces sugar snap peas, trimmed (about 4 cups)
- 3 tablespoons minced shallots
- 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
- 1 1/2 teaspoons grated lemon rind
- 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
- 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
- 3/4 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
- 4 ounces pea tendrils, pea shoots, or watercress (about 5 cups)
- 1 cup loosely packed fresh flat-leaf parsley leaves
- 1/2 cup torn fresh mint leaves
- 1 firm, ripe avocado, cubed
- Bring a large pot filled with water to a boil over high. Add green peas, asparagus, and sugar snap peas; boil until crisp-tender, about 3 minutes. Drain and rinse well with cold water; drain well.
- Whisk together shallots, oil, rind, juice, mustard, salt, and pepper in a large bowl. Add blanched vegetables; toss well to coat. Add pea tendrils, parsley leaves, mint leaves, and cubed avocado; toss gently to combine.
Cleanse and protect your liver with this simple juice recipe. Pomegranate juice contains high amounts of vitamin C, antioxidants, and healing properties which make it ideal for cleansing the body.
- 1 red beet
- 3 sticks carrot
- 1/2 cucumber
- 5 stalks celery
- 1 handful spinach
- 2 tablespoons of Pomegranate seeds
- 1 inch slice of ginger
- 1/2 slice of turmeric
- Wash all produce well.
- Peel the beet and carrot. Juice spinach first then add cucumber, carrot, Pom seeds and lastly beet.
If you live a dairy-free lifestyle due to ethical reasons or lactose intolerance, then you may envy people who can easily obtain healthy probiotics by eating yogurt or drinking dairy kefir. You may even be thinking of taking probiotic supplements, but these supplements are often ineffective. Instead, try making affordable, dairy-free water kefir. The basic recipe will give you a base you can then add fruit juice or even a natural flavor extract to in order to customize your flavor.
To make water kefir, you need to purchase a starter culture of water kefir grains. Not only are they super-affordable, but you should only have to purchase them once! Not only can they be re-used, but since they are filled with living bacteria and yeast, they will keep growing and replicating, and you will actually end up with more and more the longer you keep them!
Once you receive them, make your water kefir in any glass jar (an empty jam or pickle bottle is perfect) by following these steps:
- Dissolve two-tablespoons of brown sugar in about one-quarter cup of hot water and then let cool to room temperature. (The kefir grains will “feed” off it, so there will be little to no sugar left in the final beverage.)
- Add 2 cups of room temperature water to the sugar solution.
- Add one tablespoon of water kefir grains.
- Place a clean cloth or coffee filter over the top of the jar and secure it with a rubber-band or string tied tightly around it. Do not top with the metal lid that came with the jar, or you will starve the solution of needed oxygen!
- Place it in warm spot in your home. The solution thrives best at around 75-degrees Fahrenheit, but don’t worry too much about the exact temperature too much. However, if you find a batch does not ferment the first time, you may have to find a warmer spot in your home the second time around. Your unheated oven is the perfect place to store your water kefir if you don’t use it daily.
- After about 36-hours, you should notice that the water is cloudy, and this is when you can strain the mixture to remove the grains.
- Once the water kefir is fully prepared and the grains taken out, you can chill it before you drink it and add a splash of fruit juice for a delicious, healthy beverage. Enjoy!
Since the process of making a batch of water kefir does take a few days, you may want begin your next batch using the same grains again as soon as you strain them from the first batch. However, you can store them in the refrigerator between uses if you don’t plan to make a new batch right away.
This article was previously published on Huffington Post.
Try this savory, refreshing and guilt free Asian-inspired salad. A one-cup serving clocks in at only 80 calories! A spiralizer is a handy kitchen tool for creating low carb veggie noodles.
- 2 cucumbers, spiraled (using a vegetable spiralizer)
- 1 bunch cilantro, chopped
- 1 cup shredded carrot
- 1 cup snap peas, cut in half
- 1 bell pepper, julienned
- 1 green onion, minced
- Sesame seeds for garnish, optional
- 1/3 cup cashew butter
- 1/3 cup water
- 1/4 cup tamari
- 1 tablespoon maple syrup
- 1 tablespoon rice vinegar
- pinch of chili flakes (optional)
- 1 teaspoon toasted sesame oil
- 2 garlic cloves
- 1 inch piece of ginger, grated
- Combine all pasta ingredients together, place in the fridge. In a high speed blender combine all dressing ingredients until smooth. Pour over noodles, garnish with sesame seeds. Enjoy immediately!
We often use cranberries during the holiday season and forget they can be juiced. You can benefit from the power of cranberries by drinking a detox juice the day after you’ve over indulged in food or drink. Cranberries contain arbutin, a diuretic that helps flush toxic fluids from the body that contribute to bloating. Also the antioxidants present in cranberry juice support the liver and aid in protecting against heart disease and certain cancers.
- 32 oz water
- 1/2 lemon
- 1/2 cup parsley
- 1 inch ginger root
- 1/2 cup fresh cranberries
- Blend until smooth. Sip on over an hour to truly flush the system.
This healthful smoothie is packed with vitamin A, potassium and fiber. Top each serving with some ground flaxseeds or a pinch of nutmeg.
- ½ banana
- ½ cup pumpkin puree
- 1 cup almond milk
- 1 scoop vanilla protein powder
- 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
- 1 Tablespoon ground chia seed
- 3-6 ice cubes
- *Add a shot of cold brew coffee or espresso for a little boost
- Place all ingredients in a blender. Blend until smooth. Sprinkle with extra spice on top. Enjoy!
Pumpkin is an often-overlooked source of fiber and can keep you feeling full for longer on fewer calories. A fiber-rich diet seems to help people eat less and shed pounds.
If you like a smooth oatmeal, use rolled oats. If you like a crunch to your oatmeal, use steel cut oats.
- 1/2 cup gluten free steel cut oats or rolled oats
- 1 1/2 T pumpkin
- 1 tsp chia seeds
- 1 tsp flax meal
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- 1/4 tsp nutmeg
- 1/4 tsp ginger
- 1/8 tsp cloves
- 1 medjool date chopped or 2 tsp maple syrup
- 1/4 cup chopped pecans
- 1/2 cup almond milk
- Pour all the ingredients into a jar and mix very well. Try 5 at a time and they last all week! Great for those busy mornings. Enjoy!
- If you like warm oatmeal transfer from jar to heat and serve.