Sunday, March 14, 2010

Detox Salad

The seasons are still changing. The biting cold seems to never end. The birds singing in the early mornings, the flowers that grow in the parks, and the sun that keeps the days longer all shows sign of spring being on its way. Stay focused on lighter meals now and let your body change and lighten as we approach the new season. This Detox Salad will encourage the elimination of toxins and provide you with vital nutrients to boost up your energy.

Detox Salad
2-3 handfuls of leafy greens (spinach, swiss chard, lettuce, collard greens etc.)
4 stalks celery
1/2 cucumber
1 handful of parsley
1tbsp pumpkin seeds

Wash the vegetables thoroughly. Tear the leafy greens apart with your hands. Chop up the celery and cucumber. Toss everything together in a big bowl and top with the pumpkin seeds. Drizzle with some olive oil and a dash of lemon juice (optional). Serves 1
HEALTH BENEFITS: As mentioned above this salad will help you detox and have a diuretic effect by flushing out toxins and stubborn sluggish that are stuck in your system. The liver, kidneys, lungs, bowels and the skin are your main detoxification organs. It is vital to keep these organs function in an optimal way. The best way to do this is to eat lots of vegetables, fruits, whole grains, and beans to get a lot of fibre, drink at least 2 litres of water each day including herbal teas (nettle and dandelion are killers and my absolute favourites), include fresh herbs such as parsley, and get your body moving EVERY DAY. Forget about red and processed meats, refined foods, and an excess of alcohol. These will only clog up and build up toxins in your system, promote weight gain and make you look older quicker.

FREE FROM: gluten, dairy, soy, wheat, yeast, egg and lactose

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