Detox Energy Salad
I was first introduced to a detox diet when I visited an awesome health and wellness retreat called Kamalaya that is situated in Koh Samui, Thailand. I did a 14 day program especially designed by Dr Karina Stewart to help cleanse the body and nourish the cells. At the end of my treatment – I felt amazing ! I was energised, rejuvenated and ready to take on the world. Basically the motto of a detox is:
REMOVE – RESTORE – REJUVENATE
A detox is a bit like an oil change for your car. It can help to re-boot and re-energise your system, eliminating toxins from the body and help to enhance weight loss and optimum health. A well-designed detox menu is hypoallergenic and low inflammatory, eliminating foods that could cause gastrointestinal upsets.
Food is most healing when it is close to its’ original state and has the properties to heal and nourish. The Healthy Chef philosophy is a realistic and sensible approach to healthy eating that will last a lifetime. What I love about embarking on a detox diet is that after the program finishes, you can easily transition the wonderful foods and raw juices you are eating into your every day lifestyle. Detox to me is a bit like an intense training camp. I try and do one seasonally just to reset my body and healthy eating patterns and I also do occasional juice and smoothie cleanses over a weekend just to boost it along a bit.
Try to make small diet and lifestyle changes that will have positive outcomes to your health in the future. Enjoy the journey of healthy eating with balance, wisdom and moderation. ” If you give your body the right environment and adopt healthy habits, you have the power to change your health in the future.”
Why it’s awesome !
The ingredients have been specifically chosen to detoxify, alkalinize and heal the body. The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition states that alkalising diets improve bone density and serum growth hormone concentrations, while acidic diets contribute to bone and muscle loss. The most nourishing alkalising foods are green foods such as leafy greens, green vegetables, spirulina and wheat grass; citrus fruits; raw nuts and seeds, cold-pressed olive oil, beans and legumes. Make sure to include plenty of alkalising foods in your diet every day and you will notice the difference in your overall health.
150 g mixed leafy greens (cos, butter lettuce, iceberg, rocket, spinach, micro greens etc)
sprinkle of pumpkin seeds
sprinkle of sunflower seeds
handful of raw or roasted walnuts
sprinkle of goji berries or pomegranate jewels
1 teaspoon ground flax seed (linseed)
Arrange the salad leaves into serving bowls.
Lay over the avocado and sprinkle over the seeds + goji berries.
Serve with your favourite dressing.
I love my simple lemon and olive oil dressing or a lush parsley and mint salsa verde. (see recipes)
Pump up the protein by serving with steamed with fish, organic egg or poached organic chicken.
Enhance detoxification by adding 1/2 raw grated or roasted beetroot.
Add a little crunch and goodness by adding a little roasted buckwheat.
Green Salsa Verde
1 bunch parsley leaves
1 bunch mint leaves
zest and juice from 1 lemon
cold pressed olive oil, flaxseed or walnut oil
Make the green dressing by combining all the ingredients into a high performance blender like a Vitamix and process until smooth. Season with a little fresh ground pepper. Pour a little over the salad just before eating and enjoy. Add a little splash of coconut water to aid mixing.
Lemon and olive oil dressing:
1 Tablespoon lemon juice
2 tablespoons cold pressed olive oil
Combine dressing ingredients and pour over the salad.
Enjoy and feel nourished.