The holidays are meant for indulging, but sometimes you need a detox month after the best weeks of gluttony. Washing down your sugar with veggies and greens can help you stay on top of your game, and it can keep your jeans fitting and your mind clear. Detox dishes don’t have to be tasteless and boring. As long as you prepare them correctly, you can look forward to them just as much as you look forward to that second slice of pie or cheesecake. Check out these seven recipes that yield detox lunches and dinners that are good for your mind and your body — especially after the holiday season or a weekend splurge. Taking a break from the carbs and cake is never a bad thing.
1. Detox Vegetable Soup
Trust us when we say the best thing you can continue to feed your body after the holiday season is vegetables. Eat your holiday treats, but don’t forget about the health benefits of whole foods. Luckily, this vegetable soup from The Healthy Maven is one you can easily give into. It’s full of fiber thanks to the impressive number of vegetables on its ingredients list, and it will only take you 40 minutes to make. Everyone has time for this soup.
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 medium yellow onion, diced
- 1 large carrot, peeled and chopped
- 2 celery stalks, chopped
- 1 red bell pepper, chopped
- 4 garlic cloves, minced
- 2 cups green beans, trimmed and chopped
- 1 (28-ounce) can of diced tomatoes
- 4 cups vegetable stock
- 1½ teaspoons dried oregano
- 1 teaspoon dried basil
- ½ teaspoon dried thyme
- 1 teaspoon sea salt
- ½ teaspoon black pepper
- 4 cups of kale, stemmed and chopped
- 2 tablespoons fresh parsley, chopped
See recipe directions at The Healthy Maven.