New year, new you? Or new year, even better you? Either way, there’s a real chance that January has signalled the beginning of something for you. Whether it’s the start of a new calendar, a fresh new noteboook, or a completely new way of life. This month is traditionally the time where so many of us look to change our bad habits, and there is absolutely nothing wrong with that. So, if you’re on a mission to make some changes, how about kicking things off with a detox? And before you start to panic that detox means denying yourself, think again. Here are three delicious little recipes you can eat during detox. Enjoy!
What is a detox?
A detox is simply a short period where we eliminate certain foods and toxins from our diet, in order to cleanse the body and set ourselves back on track with a healthier lifestyle. For some, it can be intense. It can mean an end to a lifetime of bad habits. The end of caffeine, alcohol, fast food and sugar. For others it can simply be cutting out one or two things from the diet so that you can adapt your eating habits a step at a time. It might be that you’re drinking more coffee than you used to, or it may be that you have a sweet tooth that you want to curb. Either way, a detox does not need to painful. Think of it more as a way to embrace a new beginning, and NOW is the ideal time to do it!
Healthy, natural ingredients
During your detox, you will want to eat as many natural ingredients as possible, to help the toxins work their way out of your body once and for all. And the good news is that eating natural ingredients is not difficult. There is so much wonderful product out there to choose from, and a whole host of recipes that will not disrupt your new, healthy plans. So, here are three delicious little recipes that you can eat during a detox. Hope you like them as much as we do!
Tuna omelette with green salad
Eggs are a great source of protein, which helps you to feel fuller for longer- and during a detox the last thing you want is to feel hungry. So our advice would be to eat as much protein as you can with every meal. A tuna omelette will provide you with two portions of protein, and it’s so easy to make too. All you need is:
- 3 free range eggs
- dash of water
- goat’s cheese
- handful of chives
- 1 tin of tuna in spring water
- dash of olive oil
- green salad leaves
To make the omelette, simply beat the eggs in a bowl, and add all the other ingredients. Mix well. Heat the oil in a frying pan, adding the egg mixture when it is hot. You can either let the mixture cook on one side before flipping over to cook the other side, or you can use the the grill to brown the top, then serve with salad. Delicious!
Salmon with courgette noodles
Salmon is another great source of protein, and also provides the body with essential fats too, so it’s a great food to eat on a detox. And if you’re cutting back on carbs for a few days, courgette noodles are a great substitution. All you need for this dish is:
- 1 salmon fillet
- 1 lemon
- half an onion, chopped
- 1 clove garlic
- 1 teaspoon dried, crushed chilli flakes
- 1 courgette
- salt and pepper to taste
- tablespoon olive oil
Heat the oil in a pan, then add the onion and cook until soft. Then add the salmon and cook through. Allow the salmon to break down and flake. Then add the garlic, chilli and salt and pepper to taste. Add the courgette noodles and lemon, stir frying for a few minutes until the courgettes are slightly softer. If you prefer the noodles to be cooked more, that’s fine. Season to taste and serve.
Raw chocolate cake
Yes, chocolate is still allowed on a detox! Just as long as it’s not filled with sugar and unnecessary fats, that is. This recipe is a tried and tested favourite, and one that you’re guaranteed to want to make again and again, whether on detox or not! All you need for this cake is:
- 85 g walnuts
- 85g dates
- 85g cahsew nuts (soaked overnight)
- 40g melted coconut oil
- 2 tablespoons cocoa powder
- quarter of a cup of water
- maple syrup to sweeten
To make the cake, you need to make the base and the filling separately. Bend the walnuts to a fine consistency, then add the dates and blend again until you have a dough like texture. Then press the mixture into a cake tin and set aside in the fridge to cool. Next, you need to add the cashews, oil, cocoa powder and manly syrup to the blender, adding water slowly until you have a smooth, creamy mixture. Pour this over the base, then chill for at least three hours.
What are your favourite recipes to eat on a detox?