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Doable 3-Day Winter Detox with Recipes

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When January arrives, I always feel the need to reevaluate my diet and reset my system for the new year. Last year I tried a 3-day juice cleanse and was surprised at how much I loved it. This year, I’m kickstarting 2015 with a 3-day menu of winter detox recipes that are warm and full of color and flavor. You can still detox – and eat filling meals – if you clean out the processed, sugar-filled foods in the refrigerator and pantry. Here are a few tips to get mentally prepared and make the most of the detox process.

10 Detox Tips

  1. Make sure you check with your doctor before you start any detox.
  2. Get support. Find a friend to do the 3-Day Mini Detox with you.
  3. Write a goal on a Post-it note and put it up somewhere you will see every day (like your bathroom mirror). Commit to your well-being!
  4. Incorporate five minutes into your day to simply stop, reflect, and appreciate your life.
  5. Start a journal to document this amazing 3-day process, as journaling can be very healing for the soul.
  6. Eat/drink every 3 hours to stabilize your blood sugar.
  7. Keep meals as simple as possible to support proper digestion.
  8. If you want to boost your detox experience, feel free to add superfoods like spirulina or chlorophyll to your juices or smoothies for extra energy.
  9. Hydrate! A LOT. Drink at least half of your body weight in ounces every day.
  10. Regular bowel movements are important for proper detoxification; if you are not “going,” then try drinking senna tea or more lemon water to support your liver.

3-Day Detox Menu


Detox Breakfasts

Warm Chia Seed Pudding

1 cup non-dairy milk
3 tablespoons chia seeds
2 tablespoons raw honey or 5 drops stevia (optional)
1/2 teaspoon vanilla (powder or alcohol-free vanilla extract)
Dash of cinnamon
Dash of ground ginger

In a small saucepan, warm your non-dairy milk over a medium low flame for 2 to 3 minutes. Make it is as hot as you can stand it without boiling it. Add your chia seeds to a cereal bowl. Add the milk, sweetener (optional), cinnamon, vanilla and ground ginger. Mix thoroughly, and allow it to gel. This process should happen in less than 2 minutes. Top your chia pudding with fresh fruit. Serve immediately. Makes 1 serving.

NOTE: If you would like to serve this cold, allow your pudding to chill for at least 4 hours in the refrigerator, or ideally overnight.

Spinach & Punokin Seed Power Smoothie

1 cup water or almond, hemp, or coconut milk
3 tablespoons pumpkin seeds
1 small frozen banana, sliced into 2-inch chunks
1 cup frozen blueberries
1 cup spinach
1 tablespoon ground flax seeds
1 tablespoon chia seeds
1 teaspoon cinnamon
Stevia to taste
3 to 4 ice cubes (optional)

NOTE: If you feel cold from drinking your smoothie, you can add ¼ teaspoon of a warming spice such as cinnamon, nutmeg, or clove. Or have a hot cup of dandelion or chamomile tea with raw honey to warm your digestion. Makes 1 serving.

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