If like me you
ate your weight in chocolate over-indulged during the holiday season, then my January detox might be just what you need to get your body back in check.
I’ve pulled together my favorite healthy recipes that are sure to help you shed those extra few lbs and have you feeling your usually self in no time! Usually if I (mostly) stick to the following routine for the month of January, by February I can begin to enjoy a few indulgences again while not impacting my waistline!
Jenna’s Tips for Detox Success:
- Start every morning with warm water with fresh lemon juice. This is a great way to get your digestive system in gear for the day to come.
- Limit the amount of caffeine you drink. If possible, try to keep to one caffeinated drink a day. You can drink as much herbal tea as you like, though! Good options are green tea (which is high in antioxidants) and dandelion tea (excellent for detoxing).
- Add some vegetable-based juices to your diet. For instance, as a mid-morning snack. I’ve included my favorite juice recipes below.
- Your main meals should include plenty of green vegetables (kale, broccoli, spinach). For the month of January, I try to cut out all meat and dairy, but if you need the extra protein to fill you up, opt for lean protein such as chicken or turkey with your meals.
- Exercise! 15 – 20 minutes of moderate exercise a day is all you need. I like the Jillian Michaels DVDs that give me a high intensity workout in 20 minutes. I do those during the week and Saturday mornings I go to my regular pilates class. Sunday is usually my day of rest unless I’ve skipped a workout during the week.
- Drink plenty of water. Water is amazing at ridding your body of gunk!
Remember, I am not a doctor nor am I a nutritionist. This is simply what works for me – I’m only 5’2″ and quite petite so you may need to increase your portions slightly based on your size.
Okay, let’s get down to my meal plans! Clicking on the food item will take your directly to the recipe.
Mid morning snack:
Green salad (baby kale, baby spinach, etc.) with bell peppers and cherry tomatoes. Use lemon juice as a dressing. No oils!
Irish Steelcut Oatmeal
1 Apple (peeled and cut into slices)
Almond milk (optional)
Cook oatmeal as per instructions using only water.
Meanwhile, put apple slices into a frying pan with approx. 1 tbsp of the agave. Cook on a medium temperature until the apples are soft..
Mix the cooked oatmeal with 1 tbsp. of almond milk (optional). Top with the apples and sprinkle with cinnamon.
Bob’s Red Mill Buckwheat Pancake Mix (gluten Free – can be found in most supermarkets)
Oil for pan [ palm oil or coconut oil ]
Put 2 tbsp of the pancake mix into a bowl. Add 1 egg and enough almond milk to make a thick batter.
Add a dollop to the pan. Flip when you see bubbles.
Top with a spoonful of almond butter
Oil for the pan [ palm oil or coconut oil ]
Mash banana with a fork. In another bowl whisk eggs. Mix eggs & banana together. Put the cooking oil in the pan (medium heat). Add a dollop to the pan. Flip when you see bubbles. Enjoy with a small amount of all-natural maple syrup (optional).
This recipes can be played with. The only rule is to make sure that fruit is a minority ingredient. Fruit is full of natural sugars that you want to limit during a detox. If you don’t own a juicer I really recommend getting one!
Handful of kale
1 stick of celery
1 peeled lemon
Small piece of ginger (peeled – 1”/2.5 cm.)
Sprig of parsley
1 granny smith apple
4 large carrots
2 medium beets (peeled)
2 medium red bell peppers (remove seeds)
Piece of ginger root (peeled – 1”/2.5 cm).
Handful of kale
Homemade Lentil Soup
2 cups of Bag of Bob’s Red Mill Veggie Soup Mix or other lentil soup mix
2 cups of water
1 cup of low sodium vegetable broth
Any additional vegetables of your choice (carrot, celery, red kidney beans, etc.)
Bring the soup mix, vegetables and liquid ingredients to a boil. Reduce and simmer for 1.5 hours or until all vegetables are soft. Serve and enjoy.