7 Foods For a New Year's Detox
The new year is upon us and so are the extra pounds.
If you indulged in eggnog, cookies, and alcohol this holiday season, you'll need to start off 2013 with a body cleanse. The liver is the main organ responsible for purifying the body, so whip it into shape by adding these seven toxin-freeing foods to your diet.
Avocados are one of the best foods you can add to your detox plan. They're packed with good fats your body needs, high in fiber (this keep you feeling full), and they are filled of antioxidants.
The rich buttery texture of an avocado serves as a great substitute for mayonnaise in any recipe, or add onions and lime juice for a tasty guacamole.
Ginger and garlic may seem like intimidating ingredients to work into a detox program, but it's easier than you think. These superfoods are full of detoxifying enzymes that stimulate your liver.
One teaspoon of minced garlic can add flavor (without major calories) to your dinner dishes. Sprinkle on top of your meat before baking, or stir it into sauces and soups for a spicy kick.
Add fresh ginger root to juices for a refreshing taste, or add a teaspoon of ginger and garlic to vegetable stir fry for an authentic Asian taste.
Lemons and Limes
Lemons and limes are laced with Vitamin C and cleanse the body of free radicals that can cause diseases. Work Vitamin C into your diet by adding lemon and lime to sparkling water for a revitalizing zero calorie beverage. Or squeeze lime on chicken or on top of avocado for a boost of flavor.
Swap out iceberg lettuce for darker, heartier greens. Leafy greens are rich in chlorophyll that increase the flow of oxygen rich-blood.
Toss dark greens in a zesty vinaigrette to kick start your detox.
It's no secret that fruits are good for you, but have you stopped to consider fruits can satiate your sweet tooth and cleanse your body?
Vitamin C in fruit helps to cleanse free radicals, and the fiber keeps you feeling full so you won't be tempted to snack on fatty foods.
Mix up a fruit salad of seasonal pickings, or sprinkle your favorite fruit in Greek yogurt for a healthy breakfast.
If you're a coffee drinker, you may consider switching out at least one cup a day for green tea. The free radical fighting benefits of green tea make it ideal for your new year's cleanse.
Steep a bag in one cup of hot water, and sip the green drink after a meal or in the morning for an energizing boost.
Water is your most important weapon in detoxification. Grab a glass every couple of hours to stay hydrated. You may find yourself running to the bathroom more often, but your body will adjust to the increase in H2O once drinking water becomes part of your daily routine.