Foods to eat when cleansing or detoxing

Foods that Complement the Simply Slender Charcoal Lemonade



Vegetables

We recommend that you load up on vegetables while you’re cleansing with Simply Slender Charcoal Lemonade. Vegetables are rich in nutrients, vitamins and phytochemicals that aid in hormone regulation; they help in the prevention of cellular damage and many more benefits. They’re also a good source of nutritional fiber that help control blood sugar levels, keeps you regular and help with satiety.

Cruciferous vegetables like broccoli, kale, Brussels sprouts, collard greens, and other green leafy vegetables should feature more prominently in your meals. Add in root vegetables like parsnips, carrots, sweet potatoes, jicama, and more to add texture and depth of flavor.

Fruits

Enjoy at least five servings of fruits a day. Maybe add some mangoes to your breakfast or a banana for a midday snack. Frozen berries are a great alternative if you want something cold and sweet on a hot day.

Whole Grains, Beans and Lentils

 

Whole grains are part of a healthy diet and help to reduce the risk of heart disease. Lentils and beans are a great source of protein. One cup of boiled lentils and 100 grams of chickpeas have 19 grams of protein. Beans and lentils are also versatile and can be used as meat substitutes in dishes like veggie burgers.

Healthy Fats

Just because you’re on a cleanse doesn’t mean you have to eliminate all fats from your diet. Good fats from avocados, olive oil and nuts are still essential part of a healthy diet. Monounsaturated fats from avocados, legumes and nuts; Polyunsaturated fats from vegetable oils and Omega-3 fatty acids in salmon, walnuts and flaxseed oil.

Foods to Stay Away From

You should try to avoid the following foods while cleansing:

  • Alcoholic drinks - abstain from drinking any type of alcohol during your cleanse
  • Red Meat or any meat - stick with vegetables and fruits during the whole cleanse
  • Highly processed foods - eat unprocessed or whole foods as much as possible
  • Dairy - abstain from dairy and substitute milk with nut milk instead
  • Excess sugars - use natural sweeteners like Stevia and coconut sugar instead. For one tsp. of sugar, you’ll only need ½ packet of Stevia. For coconut sugar, 1 tsp. of coconut sugar equals to 1 tsp. of regular sugar.

 

Simply Slender Charcoal Lemonade Cleansing Recipes

Breakfast

Apple Pie Chia Pudding

For the base chia seed pudding recipe, combine 2 tablespoons of chia seeds and half a cup of almond milk or any nut milk. Add a tablespoon of maple syrup or a packet of Stevia. Stir the mixture. Add a sprinkle of cinnamon and nutmeg. Add in cubed apples and a few crushed walnut pieces. Another topping option is to lightly sauté the apples in a teaspoon of coconut sugar or maple syrup and sprinkle toasted flaked almonds on top.

Chia Seed Pudding with Fruits

 

Use the base chia seed pudding recipe and omit the nutmeg, cinnamon and apples and replace with kiwis, mangoes, pineapples, strawberries, or any fruit you prefer. Keep fruit servings to half a cup of fruit.

For a lighter breakfast, you can go for 2 servings of fruit.

Lunch

Cobb Salad with Flaxseed Dressing

For the salad vinaigrette, mix 1 teaspoon of flaxseed oil with 1/2 teaspoon apple cider vinegar, 1/2 teaspoon Dijon mustard, and a dash of Worcestershire sauce. Adjust the ingredients to your taste. Add in 1/4 teaspoon of garlic or shallots, chives or green onions and add a bit of water to loosen up the mix (optional). Season to taste with salt and pepper. Toss the vinaigrette in salad greens (arugula mix) with cherry tomatoes, cucumbers and finally add a few slices of avocado and hard boiled egg (optional) on top.

Smashed Chickpea Avocado Toast

Mix chickpeas, olive oil, cumin, smoked paprika, turmeric, and salt. Make sure that the chickpeas are coated in the spice mix. Roast in a preheated 400 degree F oven for 25 to 30 minutes until the chickpeas are crispy. While the chickpeas are roasting, combine and mash half an avocado, lemon juice and season with salt and pepper to taste. Spread the mashed avocado on whole wheat toast. Once the chickpeas are done, smash them into relatively chunky pieces and add on top of the avocado toast. You can drizzle tahini sauce or sprinkle some smoked paprika for garnish.

Dinner

Cold Asian Veggie Noodle Bowl

For the vinaigrette, mix olive oil, soy sauce, lime juice, honey (you can add more depending on your preference), sesame oil, Asian chile paste and grated garlic in a small bowl. For the salad, hydrate rice noodles in hot water or you can go for shirataki noodles. Cut carrot, zucchini or cucumber, cabbage into julienne strips. Toss the vinaigrette in the salad and sprinkle with cilantro, mint and basil. Add crushed peanuts or chilies on top. Let the flavors steep and chill for a few minutes before serving.

Chunky Veggie Soup

Cook onion and garlic until softened. Then add diced carrots, zucchini, green beans and cook for another 5 minutes. Add the bell peppers, undrained crushed tomatoes, broccoli, tomato paste, bay leaves, thyme, and basil. Stir then add the beef or vegetable broth. Simmer until soft. Add the cabbage a few minutes before serving and remove the bay leaf.

References

“Chickpea” – Wikipedia
“Lentils” – Wikipedia
"Dietary Fats: What’s Good and What’s Bad" - FamilyDoctor, March 27, 2017
"Apple Pie Chia Pudding" - My Kids Lick the Bowl, April 10, 2018
"What to Eat While Detoxing" - Very Well Fit, February 25, 2018
"Cobb Salad with Flaxseed Oil Dressing" - Weight Watchers
"Recipe: No-Chop Cold Veggie Noodle Bowls with Soy Lime Vinaigrette" - Kitchn, June 7, 2018
“Weight Loss Vegetable Soup Recipe” – Spend With Pennies, December 30, 2016