Have you woken up from your food coma yet? If you’re reading this, I guess that means you survived yesterday’s big Thanksgiving feast…but maybe you’re in the mood for something a little lighter this weekend and next week, yes?
How about an immune-boosting, nutrient-rich, easy to make super salad? I’ve got just the thing.
This Be Beautiful Super Salad is the perfect recipe to make when you want to detox a little, lighten the load on your digestive system, and feel beautiful from the inside out! It’s packed with Brussels sprouts, carrots, apples, pumpkin seeds, and some anti-inflammatory spices. I like to eat little bowls of this super salad as a light and refreshing (but still satisfying) snack.
You don’t have to do a 30 day cleanse or juice fast to detox your body. Daily detox habits are easy to set in place as long as you carve out a few minutes each day for them. I don’t have a ton of time to spend preparing fresh juices or teas or tonics on a daily basis. So here are a few easy detox tips that can be implemented into any busy lifestyle:
- Eat vegetables at every meal. Yes, even breakfast! It’s actually not as tough as it sounds. If I’m going to have eggs for breakfast, I’ll scramble in some mushrooms, spinach, and grated carrots. Very little chopping involved and it’s quick. I always throw spinach or some other green into my smoothies for a nutrient boost. If you’re usually a porridge person, try adding some squash or pumpkin puree to your hot cereal for some extra sweetness and vitamin A. At lunch and dinner, make sure to have a salad or other veggies in soups, stir-fries, and casseroles.
- Skin brush every day. I love using my skin brush! I usually do it before I take a shower in the morning for just a few minutes. It’s such an invigorating way to start the day. Look for a brush with natural bristles at body care stores or health food stores. Use soft, circular motions on dry skin. You can do this all over your body, but I especially love to brush on my upper back and lower legs as it sloughs off all those dry skin cells that winter weather brings. Skin brushing stimulates the lymphatic system and helps us detox.
- Drink plenty of fluids, mostly water. I don’t count juices and nut milks (even if they’re homemade) towards my daily “water quota.” Nothing is as pure and hydrating as good old H2O. Some people suggest that you drink half of your body weight (in pounds) in ounces per day. For example, a 150 pound person would shoot for 75 ounces of water each day. I find this to be a lot for me personally. When I drink half of my body weight in ounces per day, I feel like I’m trying to sink a ship. But the general point is a good one: drink water at regular intervals throughout the day and make it the primary fluid you consume.
- Eat a lot of raw foods. Nutrients are most available and pure in their raw, uncooked forms. So try to work in as many raw (or lightly steamed) vegetables and fruits as possible. And try to go organic. Stick with raw nuts and seeds when you can. For increased nutrient absorption, soak your nuts and seeds in water for 6-8 hours before eating. I just keep mine in little bowls on the counter and change the water every day. When I’m hungry, I’ll just grab a few nuts from the bowl to snack on. Because they soak up some of the water, they taste more refreshing this way, too.
- Jump for a few minutes each day. If you have a mini trampoline (a rebounder), use it! I don’t have one (yet…), so I just do a little jumping before my workouts to warm up usually, but rebounders are a smart and relatively inexpensive investment. Jumping stimulates your lymphatic system to move and drain, therefore getting rid of toxins and promoting immune health. Jumping also raises your heart rate, always a good thing for those of us that do a lot of sitting in front of the computer!
The holiday season doesn’t have to be a time where we lose all control and get completely off track with healthy living. Detoxing can happen on some level every single day! If you “stick to your guns” and stay the course, you’ll not only look amazing going into the new year, but you’ll feel incredible, too.
Start beautifying today with this delicious and nutritious super salad. It’s the ultimate way to pamper your body from the inside out!
(Looking for a healthy sweet treat once the pumpkin pie sugar rush wears off? Swing on over to The Balanced Platter for a collection of my favorite cookie recipes!)
Be Beautiful Super Salad
1 pound Brussels sprouts, trimmed, tough or damaged outer leaves removed
2 large or 3 medium carrots, peeled and cut in half crosswise
1 large apple, such as Gala or Fuji, cored and diced
1/3 cup pumpkin seeds, toasted
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
2 tablespoons Grade B maple syrup
1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
Sea salt, to taste
Using a food processor fitted with the shredding disk, shred the Brussels sprouts and carrots. (You can also do this by hand with a box grater, but it will take a lot longer and a lot more elbow grease!) Transfer the shredded vegetables to a large bowl and toss with the apple and pumpkin seeds.
In a small bowl, whisk together the lemon juice, maple syrup, olive oil, cinnamon, and ginger. Pour the dressing over the salad and toss to coat. Season to taste with salt. Allow to stand at room temperature for at least 15 minutes before serving (or in the refrigerator for up to 1 day).