After the indulgence (and comfort eating) of winter, cleansing, and detoxing will give your body the fresh start it deserves as Maria Marlowe from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition reveals:
“Spring in particular is an excellent time to detox. If you’re like most people, you likely spent the cold winter eating heavier, protein-rich, hearty foods which are higher in fat. While those foods do help keep you warm, they can also slow down your digestive system.
A detox helps you cleanse your digestive tract and get it working more efficiently while preparing it for the lighter, fresher foods that you will likely start to crave as the temperatures rise.”
A great way to kick start your spring detox in style is to nourish your body from the inside out. Here at Web of Goodness, we love seasonal, wholesome and local ingredients, and we make no secret of it.
But what foods should you be eating to detox your body, clear out those toxins and reveal a happier, healthier, more nourished you this spring?
It is also billed as an anti-carcinogen, along with spinach, which is also a great source of omega-3.
The common dandelion contains 48 different substances that cleanse the body naturally. The roots and leaves in particular cleanse the liver.
Be sure to pick and eat dandelions in spring however. Larger, older dandelions picked in summer generally have a bitter taste. The best tasting dandelions are picked in late spring, i.e. May and early June. Check out these surprisingly tasty dandelion recipes to get started.
Why not kick off your spring cleanse and detox with a refreshing drink of nettle tea?
Instead of buying pre-packaged, lemon based detox products, try making your own fresh lemon and ginger tea.
You can use celery to enjoy dips like hummus, and when diced and added to salads it adds an extra crunch. On cooler spring days, cream of celery soup, flavoured with extra fennel, lemon, and tarragon, is a rich yet refreshing lunch option.
Green tea is antioxidant rich and flushes out toxins to boost liver function, burn calories, aid weight management, boost physical performance, and improve brain function.
Not quite finished with winter inspired dishes? Try these healthy plant-based recipes and enjoy wholesome ingredients and a comforting meal.