Ready to do something drastic? We get it – an entire month of heavy holiday dinners, cookie trays, and sugary cocktails will send most people running for the nearest fad diet come January. We’re all for recommitting to healthy eating this time of year, but let’s change the way we think about detoxing. Forget the juice cleanses and super low-calorie diets! Instead, let’s get back to the basics and detox by supercharging our bodies with nutritious, whole foods. This strategy won’t feel restrictive or take tons of motivation to stick to – after all, when you’re cramming so many tasty, natural foods into your diet, there will be little room left for those processed snacks and convenience meals you used to love. Yep, you’ll still slim down, but you’ll feel healthier and more energized and you’ll never be hungry.
Here are five staple recipes to add to your weekly rotation that can be tweaked in a thousand ways. No lengthy grocery list or complicated meal prep here! Simply stock up on your favorite fruits, veggies, and whole grains and use the recipes below as a guide. Whether it’s constructing the perfect breakfast sandwich, throwing together a salad, cooking up a pot of soup, or blending up a smoothie, detoxing has never been easier – or more delicious!
Warm Avocado Toast
Toss the processed energy bars and keep this simple recipe from Tara Milhem of The Whole Tara in your recipe box for those times when you’re in a pinch. Toasted bread is topped with creamy avocado and sprinkled with cayenne pepper for a filling breakfast or energizing afternoon snack that takes just two minutes to whip up. Give the toast a protein-boost by adding an egg or experiment with other veggie toppings like tomatoes, onions, sprouts, and radishes.
Spicy Vegetable Soup
The ultimate slim-down meal, soup fills you up for just a few calories while packing in tons of nutrients. An assortment of veggies and beans packs 10 grams of filling fiber into this recipe for just 250 calories a bowl, while a hint of spice adds a kick that will entertain your taste buds.
New Year’s Resolution Bowl
You won’t believe how satisfying a salad can be with this combo of energizing carbs, lean protein, colorful veggies, and healthy fats. Milhem encourages us to use the recipe as a guide and then get creative with the ingredients – the perfect way to use up all your leftover ingredients in the fridge!
Potatoes tend to be the go-to side dish at the dinner table. This season, replace the starchy root vegetable with this flavorful cauliflower recipe to liven up your dinner menu, while chiseling away at your tummy. The low-calorie veggie is tossed with olive oil, balsamic, and Parmesan cheese then roasted to a slight char, giving it a crispy outer coating that complements its naturally creamy texture.
People tend to associate juices with detoxing, but smoothies are the smarter route. Not only are they lower in sugar, but they utilize the whole fruit and vegetable, upping the fiber content for a more filling meal or snack. This banana-nut version is perfect for colder months when we crave heartier fare like creamy bananas and thick peanut butter that packs in 13 grams of filling protein.
Start the New Year on the right foot by customizing your own meal plan (choose from 1000’s of delicious recipes!). Plus, track your meals on the go with the free Calorie Counter app!
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