Eating seasonally is something we encourage everyone to do. It makes sense from numerous standpoints including taking advantage of the freshness of locally-grown food and supporting local farmers. Thus, as winter has finally waned, our bodies are starting to crave lighter fare, almost in anticipation of the upcoming first local greens, peas, and asparagus.
This is the perfect time to help our bodies detoxify and cleanse from winter’s hibernation. Choosing cleansing foods will help the body’s spring detoxification process. If you don’t care to embark on a full-blown detox regimen, you can still focus on certain foods that are particularly cleansing in their properties.
Here is a partial list of cleansing foods:
- Cayenne aids digestion and improves circulation, both of which help the cleansing process
- Garlic activates liver enzymes that filter toxins
- Avocado helps the body produce glutathione, which is necessary for the liver to cleanse harmful toxins
- Beets contain compounds that make them excellent blood purifiers and liver cleansers
- Apples contain pectin which binds to heavy metals and helps escort them out of the body
- Lemon cleanses the liver and helps convert toxins into a water-soluble form so they can be easily flushed from the body
- Cabbage stimulates the activation of two crucial liver detoxifying enzymes that help flush out toxins
- Grapefruit boosts production of liver detoxification enzymes that help flush out toxins
- Dark leafy greens are packed with chlorophyll, which helps to eliminate toxins, especially heavy metals
- Seaweed binds to heavy metals and radioactive waste and helps eliminate them
Avocado and Grapefruit Salad
2 pink grapefruits
2 avocados, peeled, pitted and diced
1/4 small red onion, thinly sliced
1 head Bibb lettuce or mixed baby greens
pinch sea salt
Peel grapefruits and remove all the white pith. Cut out each segment along the side of the membranes. Place in a bowl and add avocados, onion, and salt and toss gently. Spoon salad over lettuce leaves or baby greens and serve.
Master Cleanse Lemonade
from “The Complete Master Cleanse”
“The Complete Master Cleanse” recommends 6-12 glasses of lemonade a day when following the cleanse. We suggest reading the whole book before undertaking a cleanse process. Oryana sells copies of this book
2 tablespoons maple syrup
2 tablespoons fresh organic lemon juice
pinch cayenne pepper
10 oz. filtered water
Make sure lemons are room temperature. Stir ingredients together and drink!
Apple Beet Salad
1 teaspoon grated fresh ginger
1 pound beets, peeled, grated
1 large apple, diced small
1 tablespoon cider vinegar
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
1-2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
chopped parsley for garnish
Place apples, beets, and ginger in a bowl. Add cider vinegar and salt to bowl and toss to coat evenly. Add olive oil and toss again. Serve immediately garnished with parsley or let sit for 20 minutes to allow the flavors to meld.
Garlic Lemon Soup
1 large head fresh garlic
Olive oil for drizzling
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 yellow onion, chopped
1 tablespoon parsley, chopped
½ teaspoon thyme
15 garlic cloves, peeled
4 cups vegetable stock
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
1/2 cup coconut milk
½ teaspoon sea salt or to taste
Freshly ground black pepper, to taste
Fresh parsley for garnish
- Drizzle garlic head with olive oil, wrap with foil and bake at 350 for 1 hour or until soft. Let cool and squeeze clove pulp into a bowl.
- In a heavy-bottom saucepan, heat olive oil over medium high heat. Add onions, parsley and thyme and cook until the onions are just softened, about 3 minutes. Add fresh and roasted garlic, and cook, stirring often, another 3-4 minutes. Add vegetable stock and lemon juice, turn down the heat and let the soup simmer, covered, for 35-40 minutes, or until garlic is tender.
- Blend the soup using a handheld blender until smooth. Add coconut milk and return to a simmer but do not boil. Add salt and pepper to taste and garnish with parsley.