Drink More Water (filtered or spring) With Lemon
-This one seems so simple, but one that we often forget about. Great things can happen when we are properly hydrated. (with clean water!!) Drinking clean water is so important. Our tap water is now contaminated with things like fluoride, chlorine, pharmaceutical drugs, hexavalent chromium, heavy metals, and arsenic!! You can read more on this here - 7 things to know about tap water
- My favorite water filter is the Berkey brand
- Try keeping water with you at all times so you are reminded to drink more.
Start Drinking Freshly Made Juices
-Juicing offers lots of hydration, along with vitamins and minerals from an abundant amount of fresh fruits and veggies that can quickly be absorbed.
- Celery juice is now known (from Anthony William) to be a very powerful detox tool because of its mineral salts to help pull toxins out of the body.
-Some great fruits and veggies to juice are apples, ginger, carrots, celery, cilantro, kale, and cucumbers.
If you don't have a juicer you could try drinking smoothies daily. This is such an easy way to get lots of fruits and veggies into your diet. (You can find some of my delicious smoothie recipes here!)
Exercise And Move The Lymphatic System
Ok, so we all know exercise is a huge part of a healthy lifestyle, but what are some of the ways it helps us to detox?
-Sweat it out! Sweating is a great way to rid toxins from the body through the skin. (Just make sure you are hydrated well!)
- Moving the body helps to circulate both blood and lymph. The more they circulate, the more the liver and lymph nodes can do the job of cleansing and purifying the blood and lymph.
-When you reduce fatty tissue in the body, you help to eliminate the toxins that get stored in that fat.
-The oxygen that you breathe in during exercise travels though the blood to the brain and muscles. The lungs increase their capacity as the heart muscle grows stronger. Win, win!
What is the lymphatic system and what does it do?
The lymphatic system is the drainage system for everything the cells don’t use. The lymph system also produces antibodies, proteins that attach to invading substances. Some antibodies form a capsule around the invader so white blood cells know to attack and destroy them. Others produce antitoxins to neutralize substances secreted by bacteria.
the lymphatic drainage only goes one way, toward the neck. It has to continually work against gravity to move lymph to lymph nodes. That is why it is important to get your body moving to help the lymphatic system flowing.
-Rebounding (bouncing on a mini-trampoline) is especially good for stimulation of the lymph system.
Eat More Whole Foods, Fruits, And Veggies! Especially Greens!
- Try cutting down on all processed foods, gluten, and refined sugars. What are you left with? What mother nature intended us to eat. Lots of fruits, veggies, and whole foods.
-When you eat whole foods, your body recognizes these foods. They don't come from man-made chemicals, and our bodies can actually use the much needed nutrition that the whole foods provide us with. Trust me, your body will thank you for it and you will feel the love!!
- Fruits are sources of many essential vitamins and nutrients. Fruits are very healing and hydrating and help to cleanse toxins out of the body. They are sooo important for healing and maintaining health. So don't be afraid of eating fruit!
- Leafy greens help to expel, purge, and drain the lymphatic system so that it can remain alkaline.
-Leafy greens are high in enzymes, vitamin A, B vitamins such as folic acid, healing alkaloids. (plant compounds that fight disease) Greens are antiviral, antibacterial, and anti-mold and help to fight off disease and chronic illness. Whoaaa! Yes, that's why they are nicknamed "Miracle Greens"
Help Support Your Immune System During Detox By Getting Enough Vitamin C and Zinc.
-This will help your immune system stay strong during the detox period. Along with making sure you get enough sleep.
-Vitamin C is anti-inflammatory, and boosts the immune system against viruses, bacteria, yeast, mold, and other unwanted fungus
-Vitamin C also strengthens the liver and immune system. - Also anti-aging ;)
-Most of us are deficient in zinc, because of environmental pollution, so it can be tough to get it from food sources. This is why it can be important to supplement while detoxing or struggling with illnesses.
-Zinc can help protect you from many diseases. Maintaining healthy zinc levels can help protect you from pathogens and minimize future illness.
Let me know some of the ways you like to detox in the comments below!
1. Cut cauliflower into bite size florets
2. In a large mixing bowl, mix in the flax eggs and stir to coat the cauliflower. (use hand if needed)
3. In a small mixing bowl combine all spices and chickpea flour.
4. Mix in half of the spice mixture with the cauliflower.
5. Bake at 400 degrees for 15 mins.
6. Take out of the oven and flip cauliflower, add the rest of the spice mixture along with the breadcrumbs.
7. Bake for another 15-20 mins until brown and crispy.
8. Serve with your favorite dipping sauce!
Recipe Video Below!
Red Pepper Sauce
1. Peel and chop potatoes and place them in a pot of water and a dash of sea salt.
2. Bring potatoes to a boil and cook until soft.
3. Once potatoes are done, drain them and set aside.
4. Sauté onions with a splash of vegetable broth or water until they soften.
5. In a large mixing bowl add potatoes and mash with a masher or a fork until the chunks are gone.
6. Next add the sautéed onions, black pepper, garlic & herb seasoning, and grilling seasoning. Mix well.
7. Make the Red Pepper Sauce by placing all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth.
8. Next add 2-3 Tbsp of the red pepper sauce to the potato mixture and mix, saving the rest as a dipping sauce.
9. Assemble pierogies. (watch video below for more detail)
11. Sprinkle with dill and serve with the red pepper sauce. (also good with ketchup!)
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1. For the caramel sauce - In a high speed blender, combine dates, almond milk, salt, and coconut oil. Blend until smooth.
2. Transfer caramel to a bowl. Set aside.
3. Get your toppings ready by placing them in separate bowls.
4. Firmly press a wooden stick (or popsicle stick) into the center of each apple.
5. Roll each apple in the caramel sauce.
6. Then roll the apples in the toppings of choice.
Refrigerate for more crisp/crunchy apples!!
1. Cook quinoa, using the 2 cups of vegetable broth. Let cool.
2. In a large mixing bowl, combine quinoa and the rest of the ingredients and stir until well combined.
3. Place all jalapeño dressing ingredients into a small blender or food processor.
4. Blend until smooth.
5. Pour dressing into the quinoa salad and mix well.
6. Best eaten right away. Can be refrigerated for about 2-3 days.
1. Combine everything in a medium sized mixing bowl.
2. Mix well until everything is well coated.
3. You can eat right away. I like mine to be more cold so I place it in the fridge for a few hours or overnight.
**Perfect for taking to work or school, no cooking or microwave required!!!
1. Place almonds in a bowl and cover them with water. Soak them overnight for about 8-12 hours.
2. Drain almonds and rinse well.
3. Place almonds, spring water, maple syrup, and vanilla extract into a blender.
4. Blend on high until there are no chunks left.
5. Place the nut milk bag or cheesecloth over a large bowl.
6. Slowly pour the almond milk mixture into the bag over the bowl, then squeeze the bag or cloth so the almond milk comes out leaving the pulp and blended almonds in the bag.
7. Once you have strained all the almond milk into the bowl, add cinnamon and whisk together.
8. Pour into a large glass jar with a tight fitting lid and place in the fridge for 3- 4 days.
9. Shake well before each use.
** Preheat oven to 375 degrees
1. Cook quinoa and vegetable broth according to package directions. Set aside.
2. Sauté onions and garlic with 1 Tbsp oil. Set aside.
3. Steam kale and broccoli using a steam basket or pot. Set aside.
4. Combine cooked quinoa, onions, garlic, and steamed broccoli and kale into a large mixing bowl.
5. Make the cheezy sauce by combining all the "cheezy sauce" ingredients into a high speed blender and blend on high until smooth.
6. Add the cheezy sauce, 1/2 cup daiya cheddar shreds, vegan mayo, and cilantro to the quinoa mixture.
7. Mix well until everything is combined and coated with the sauce.
8. Transfer mixture to an 8x8 baking pan.
9. Top with the mixture with the remaining 1/2 cup of Daiya cheddar shreds.
**Optional : Add crumbled pistachios on top like I did. :)
10. Bake in oven for 20-25 minutes until everything is heated through and daiya cheese has started melting on top.
** Serves 3-4
** If making this for a party or a larger family, I recommend doubling the recipe.
Serving: About 18
Dark Chocolate Coating
1. Combine filling ingredients into a large mixing bowl & mix well.
2. Form into 1 inch egg shapes and lay on a baking sheet with wax or parchment paper.
3. Place in freezer for 25-30 mins.
4. Break up the chocolate bar into equal size pieces.
5. Place chocolate bar pieces and coconut oil in a small pot, on very, very low heat.
6. Once chocolate is melted, dip each egg and coat with the chocolate.
7. Place them back on the wax or parchment paper lined baking sheet.
8. Sprinkle the tops of each egg with some sea salt or coconut flakes. Any left over chocolate can be drizzled over top.
9. Place back in the freezer for another 30 mins.
***Store in the fridge.
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