Spring is almost here: Is it time to Detox?

A spring cleanse is an important regimen, no matter how healthy you are. Our bodies need a good cleansing from the previous diet of the winter. In the winter months we tend to get less exercise and we eat heavier, fattier and more comfort foods. Our metabolism slows down as much as 10%, so we have to get it back up and running. A detox can get that metabolism back up and ready to go for the warmer months ahead.

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Today I will share a video and a few recipes on how I like to do my Spring detox. I would advice, before starting and new nutritional or exercise regimen to speak to your health care professional first.

One of my favorite ways to detox, is to drink vegetable broth in the morning. Here’s simple and nutritional vegetable broth you can try at home. I also like to juice during my detox, carrot juice is my favorite and provides results, quickly.

I hope this video will give you a few tips and enjoy the recipes below. Remember, to always Set the Table with Love.  I start with a salad for lunch here’s a great salad recipe already on the blog, https://setthetablewithlove.wordpress.com/2016/01/04/warm-beet-green-apple-and-trio-lentil-salad/

 

Ingredients:

Vegetable Broth

1 tablespoon olive oil

2 medium onions, unpeeled, cut into 1-inch pieces

10 celery stalks, cut into 1-inch pieces

2 large carrots, peeled, cut into 1-inch pieces

1 small fennel bulb, cut into 1-inch pieces

1 head of garlic, halved crosswise

6 sprigs flat-leaf parsley

1 bay leaf

1 teaspoon whole black peppercorns,

1 teaspoon turmeric powder

1 teaspoon garlic powder

1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper

Sea salt to taste

Directions:

Heat oil in a large stockpot over medium-high heat. Add remaining ingredients and cook, stirring occasionally, until vegetables begin to soften, 5-7 minutes. Add 4 quarts cold water.  Add spices. Bring to a boil; reduce heat and simmer until stock is reduced by half, 1-1 1/2 hours.
Strain stock through a fine-mesh sieve into a large bowl; discard solids.

I drink this stock each morning. I drink it like a tea. You can also add lentils, an egg or other legumes to boost the protein.

Carrot Juice

Simple. Juice 5 carrots and enjoy. To boost the juice, to help with your immune system add1/2 tsp of turmeric at the bottom of the glass, then juice the carrots.

 

 

 

Smoothie with a Purpose

I love making my smoothies in the morning and also juicing, but it’s not just to feel good and have lots of energy. You can purpose your juicing and smoothie making, by just adding the right combinations for fruits, vegetable and herbs to help with specific health issues. Always talk to your Physician before starting any new diet plan, everything that is good is not always good for everyone. 

These three juice recipes are for helping you lose weight.

I drink about one or two of these a day. One for breakfast and one as my mid day snack.

I hope you enjoy these smoothies and juice recipes as you are on your journey to better health.

Berry Pineapple Smoothie or Juice

1 cup of blueberries

1/2 cup blackberries

1/2 cup raspberries

2 sprigs of parsley ( but not if you are pregnant or have kidney problems)

1 cup chopped pineapples

1 scoop of Vegan protein powder mix

If juicing add all the fruit and parsley to the juice. Whisk and pour in a glass and Enjoy.

If making a smoothie, add all ingredients into a blender, Vitamix or Ninja. Blend and Enjoy.

Carrot, Apple and Celery ( juice)

1 medium apples

1 carrot

2 stalks celery

1/2 cucumber

Melons and Pineapples 

1 cup watermelons, chopped

1 cup pineapples, chopped

1/2 cup cantaloupe

1 orange

1 thumb size piece of ginger

Using a juicer, process the all the produce. Whisk and pour in a glass and Enjoy.

Three Weight Loss Juices.
Three Weight Loss Juices.

Cancer Prevention Juices

Cancer. That word can be very scary. I have many family members that have battled cancer. I get many questions about how to prevent cancer. I am not a MD, but I did go to school and study Holistic Nutrition and Medicine. I suffered with kidney disease and other illness for over 35 years. I went back to school to heal my body and help my family stay well.

I had a kidney transplant in 2008, my husband was my donor. I love this man!!  Healing is a total mind, body and spirit collaboration.

I wanted to share with my readers a few juices that are great for Cancer Prevention. Let me make this very clear: This information  is intended to provide information about the preparation of uses of  juices containing whole foods. It is not intended as  a substitute for professional medical care. Consult with your healthcare provider before trying in any diet or exercise regimen. 

Now since that is out-of-the-way, let me give you a list of foods that are known for their anti cancer benefits and a few juice recipes I juice often to keep my body healthy and vibrant. This is list is not complete there are plenty others but this will help you start.  I hope this will inspire you to eat Live Well. Live Beautifully.

Fruit

  • Acai
  • Apricots
  • Black Currants
  • Cherries
  • Citrus Fruits~ oranges, lemons, limes, grapefruit and tangerines
  • Cranberrries
  • Figs
  • Grapes
  • Kiwi fruits
  • Mangoes
  • Melons
  • Nectarines
  • Papayas
  • Peaches
  • Strawberries
  • Watermelons

Vegetables

  • Asparagus
  • Broccoli
  • Cabbage
  • Carrots
  • Cauliflower
  • Celery
  • Leafy Greens
  • Parsnips
  • Peppers
  • Spinach
  • Squash
  • Swiss Chard
  • Watercress

Juice recipes I enjoy !

Three Detoxing Immune Boosting Juices.
Three Detoxing Immune Boosting Juices.

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Three Detoxifying Juices from the cookbook

SET the TABLE with LOVE

 

Apple Ginger Pear
Benefits ~ cleansing, lowers blood sugar, protect the colon, purifies blood

2 apples
2 pears
1/2 inch ginger root
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1. Using a juicer, process the apples, pears, ginger and celery stalk. Whisk together with a cinnamon and pour into glasses.

Carrot Apple Sweet Potato
Benefits~ antioxidant, boost immunity, lower blood cholesterol, helps produce collagen

2 apples
1 large sweet potato
3 peeled carrots
1. Using a juicer, process the apples, sweet potato and carrots. Whisk together and pour into glasses.

Super Green Juice
anti aging, blood cleansing, immune boosting, aid in digestion

2 cups chopped pineapples
1 head of romaine lettuce
1 cup chopped kale
1/2 inch ginger root
1. Using a juicer, process the pineapples, romaine lettuce, chopped kale and ginger root. Whisk together and pour into glasses.