This 3 day detox consists of 6 meals as well as a morning and evening drink – keeping cravings to a minimum, and health and taste to a maximum!
Wakeup Drink: Lemon Ginger Zinger
Ginger and lemon together are great detoxifiers and really help to get your digestive system moving. Drink a full glass of this zinger drink right after rising!
- 1 tall glass filtered water, room temperature
- 1/2 lemon, juiced
- 1/2 inch ginger root, finely grated
Breakfast: Superfood Green Smoothie
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Supercharge your morning by drinking down the goodness in this amazing green smoothie. It’s packed full of minerals, vitamins, and fiber.
Blend or juice together:
- 1 lemon, peeled
- 2 apples
- 2-3 celery stalks
- 1 cucumber
- 2-3 kale leaves or chard leaves
- 1 bunch fresh parsley
- 1 glass filtered water
- 1/2 inch ginger root (optional)
Mid-Morning Snack: Fresh Veggies
You won’t be hungry after you enjoy a big pile of fresh, crunchy veggies! Prep by cutting up celery, red and green peppers, carrots, and cucumbers into long strips and storing them in the fridge until you need something to munch on. Eat as much as you like! Add a kick of protein and healthy fats with a couple of handfuls of almonds, walnuts, or pistachios.
Lunch: Asian Sea Vegetable Salad
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A lot like vegan sushi in a bowl, this salad can be prepared the night before (keep the dressing separate) so that it’s ready for your midday meal. Full of nutrients, sea vegetables help to draw out toxins and give you a full feeling, too.
- 1 T soy sauce
- 1/2 inch ginger root, finely grated
- 1 lemon, juiced
- 1 T avocado or olive oil
- Pinch sea salt, to taste
- 1 sheet nori or other Japanese seaweed, cut with scissors into thin strips
- 1 avocado, cubed
- 1/3 red onion, thinly sliced
- 2 cucumbers, diced
- 1 tomato, diced
- 1 carrot, grated
- 1 c alfalfa, sunflower, or watercress sprouts
- 1 bunch cilantro, chopped
- 1 T sunflower or sesame seeds
Afternoon Snack: Matcha Smoothie
Get your afternoon pick-me-up and packed full of nutrients, antioxidants (thanks to the matcha!) and healthy fiber. This sweet but healthy smoothie is the perfect afternoon snack, and can be combined with a handful of activated nuts.
- 1/2 can lite coconut milk or 1/2 c homemade coconut milk
- 1 banana
- 2 c spinach, fresh
- A pinch of matcha powder
Activated nut prep:
Soak nuts overnight and strain the water away in the morning; store in lidded container in the fridge.
- 1 c raw almonds
- 1 c filtered water, room temperature
- 1 t sea salt
Dinner: Hearty Vegetable Soup
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Fill a bowl or two with this warm, inviting soup to satisfy your hunger at the end of the day. Full of mineral-rich veggies and loads of fiber, this is a great meal for keeping you energized and your digestive track moving. Simmer the following ingredients together for about 30 minutes; add the kale 3 minutes before serving. Top with lemon-soaked avocado for an extra zing.
- 4 c filtered water
- 3 zucchini, diced
- 1 carrot, diced
- 3 tomatoes, diced
- 1 c green beans, chopped
- 4 celery stalks, chopped
- 1 bunch cilantro or parsley, chopped
- 3 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 t cumin
- 2 t sea salt
- 1 t black pepper
- 1 t each oregano, rosemary, thyme (to taste)
- 1 c kale
Dessert: Chia Tapioca
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Chia seeds are naturally gelatinous and will help to draw toxins out of your digestive tract gently and smoothly. Add some tasty flavorings and this is a lot like tapioca, only healthier! Shake the ingredients together in a jar and let stand for 30 minutes in 3 bowls.
- 1 c can lite coconut milk or 1/2 c homemade coconut milk
- 4 T chia seeds
- 1 t cinnamon or cocoa
- 1 T maple syrup
Evening Drink: Chamomile Tea
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Finish off the day with a restful, soothing cup of chamomile which not only has its own detoxifying benefits, but will also help you distress and prepare for a peaceful sleep. Steep a bag of the delicious tea in 1 cup of filtered water and enjoy without added sweetener.
For alternatives and additives to the above meals, check out the Top 20 Detox Foods.
About the Author:
Maryruth has been seeking the keys to environmental justice—both at home and at work—for over a decade. Growing up adjacent to wild spaces, Maryruth developed a healthy respect (and whimsical appreciation) for things non-human, but her practical mind constantly draws her down to earth to ponder tangible solutions to complex eco-problems. With interests that range from green living to green business, sustainable building designs to organic gardening practices, ecosystem restoration to environmental health, Maryruth has been exploring and writing about earth-matters for most of her life. Of special interest is the subject of ecopsychology and the role the natural world plays in the long-term health and well-being of humanity. You can learn more about Maryruth's work by visiting her site.
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