Alright, guys. The New Year is here (and for some, January was just a trial). For those of us in the south, the second Christmas is over, Mardi Gras season begins. So, there is never a break from fun and indulgence. But, the holidays are over and it is time to reboot. That constant craving for cards and sugar is your body’s way of telling you it needs to be cleansed. And this green goddess detox salad is just the thing to do so.
Detoxing doesn’t mean starving yourself. It doesn’t mean just drinking juice for 7 days straight. It is simply replacing all the refined sugar and white flour with more whole foods like fruits and veggies. Do that and your body will LOVE you.
The first time I made this salad I was just planning on eating it for the week I was doing a detox. But, I loved it so much it has become a staple for lunch. It is not just for detoxes. It’s just one of those healthy recipes that can be eaten anytime you need a light, fresh, nutrient-packed meal. It’s a great way to reset digestion, kick a weekend splurging hangover or simply eat the way nature intends.
There’s so many reasons why this salad works.
1. Apple Cider Vinegar has unbelievable cleansing and detox properties due to its rich content of minerals, vitamins, and enzymes. When purchasing apple cider vinegar, look for acv that hasn’t been processed, and is still with the ‘mother’, which is made up of strand-like enzymes of connected protein molecules, living nutrients and friendly bacteria. The beneficial enzymes in the ‘mother’ will displace some of the harmful bacteria in your body.
2. The broccoli in this detox salad works with the enzymes in your liver to convert toxins into something your body can eliminate easily.
3. Chia seeds are high in fiber, iron, and calcium. As well as omega-3 fatty acids which help raise your HDL or “good” cholesterol levels, which is what protects us from heart attacks and strokes.
4. Brussles sprouts are a good source of protein and potassium, as well as vitamin C.
I could go on and on about the benefits of this salad, but the bottom line is that it is great for you and your body. And taste amazing too.
• 4 brussels sprouts (finely chopped)
• 1 cup baby kale (finely chopped)
• 1 cup spinach (finely chopped)
• 1 cup broccoli (finely chopped)
• 1 cup sugar snap peas
• 1 tbsp chia seeds
• 2 tbsp sunflower seeds (raw)
• sea salt and pepper (to taste)
• ½ fresh lemon
• 3 tbsp apple cider vinegar
• 3 tbsp olive oil (or liquid coconut oil)
Toss all ingredients together. Mix in dressing.