I decided to detox, now what do I eat?

Once you decide to do a detox, one of the hardest things is figuring out what to eat.  One of the first steps to help you is to be prepared and have fresh, healthy food on hand (see my previous post: https://drellensimonend.wordpress.com/2011/04/10/what-foods-do-you-buy-for-a-spring-detox-diet/)

Next is to decide on some food options for each meal:

Breakfast: I chose 3 things and I alternate through them. First, a smoothie with rice milk, berries, pear and rice protein powder. Second, rice cakes spread with almond butter, honey and sprinkled with cinnamon. Third, rice porridge with stewed apples, walnuts and sunflower seeds.

Lunch: I think salad is the easiest choice for lunch. You just need to start with a base of lettuce then add whatever you want in terms of fruits and vegetables. I usually just add olive oil and vinegar for dressing.

Here’s some salad combo ideas:

This is a salad I made with mangos, walnuts and sunflower seeds. Mangos weren’t on my original shopping list but since they are in season my mom bought a case and gave me half of it. I think I’ll be making some mango curry chicken soon.

More salad combos: lettuce + berries + lemon juice + almonds

lettuce + shredded carrots + avocado slices + olive oil + balsamic vinegar + walnuts

lettuce + grilled zuccini + roasted garlic + grilled chicken + olive oil + balsamic vinegar

Basically, you can’t go wrong with salad 🙂

Dinner: The basic template for my dinners has been grain + protein + 1-2 vegetables. Grains include quinoa, brown rice and rice pasta. Protein has been chicken, salmon, lentils or beans. Vegetables can be whatever you want within the limits of the detox diet.

Above is an example of the dinner template: 1 large serving of liver friendly broccoli + brown rice with onions and sunflower seeds + baked salmon with olive oil and paprika.

Snacks: Besides a serving of fruit or vegetable, I always have a container of mixed nuts and seeds with me in case I am not at home and get hungry. Otherwise I’d be more tempted to buy some chicken mcnuggets. So always try to have snacks on you at all times.

Rice cakes and rice crackers are always good for a detox diet.

Rice cakes spread with hummus!

Rice cakes with avocado spread. Avocado spread is basically mashed avocado + olive oil + salt + pepper + lemon juice. It only takes 2 minutes to make! Hummus and avocado spread can also be used on chicken, grains and vegetables to give them more flavour.

I think tonight’s dinner menu will be rice pasta with chicken, zuccini, basil and garlic pesto! Check back for my next post about dining out on a detox diet.