The word “detox” is one of those buzzwords that grab your attention especially after you’ve eaten a lot of salty snacks, fried appetizers and beer or filled the void with your favorite unhealthy meal. When you don’t feel satisfied after eating the unhealthy food you ate, you may wish you had something to detoxify your body and clear your conscience.
Fortunately, you don’t have to rely on any particular food to remove so-called “toxins” like preservatives, sugars, and too much sodium and saturated fats that you’ve welcomed into your body. Your organs do a good job of removing toxins naturally on their own.
But you can help your organs by eating a diet rich in anti-inflammatory foods and antioxidants.
Unfortunately, eating a healthy meal full of these foods after a particularly unhealthy one is not the answer; However, eat a variety of these foods every day.
Some types of anti-inflammatory foods are fresh fruits, vegetables, beans and fish that combat the chronic low-grade inflammation caused by eating fried and highly processed foods. Antioxidants are compounds like vitamins C and E and beta-carotene found in colorful fruits and vegetables that fight off cell-damaging molecules called “free radicals.” You’ll find an abundance of all of these “detoxifying agents” in the recipes below.
Put these delicious meals into your regular menu rotation and start the habit of clean eating that will build you stronger, leaner and healthier. For more healthy weight loss meals, check out 22 Meals to Melt Belly Fat in 2022.
Turn your slow cooker into your weight loss partner. On days when you’ve been grinding for some time, it takes 20 minutes or less to “prepare and dump” anti-inflammatory ingredients like beans, peppers, mushrooms, and turkey breast into a slow cooker, you know, put it in and leave it. Until you come home from work. For an antioxidant boost, add a crunchy green salad as a side dish.
Get the Turkey and Two-Bean Chili recipe.
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Not eating meat several times a week is a great way to reduce saturated fat and hormones from meat in your diet. The chickpeas and quinoa in this delicious and satisfying soup provide 8 grams of protein to satiate your hunger and boost your metabolism by building muscle. This recipe makes six servings, enough to freeze and save for a quick lunch another day.
Get the chickpea and quinoa soup recipe.
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A salad can make a satisfying low-calorie meal if you use the right plant-based ingredients like chickpeas, which are rich in protein and the heart-healthy, saturated fats from olive oil. Fresh herbs (as well as vegetables) have anti-inflammatory properties and broccoli provides in part powerful antioxidants, disease-protecting phytonutrients, and dietary fiber to feed the good bacteria in your gut, which plays a key role in reducing inflammation.
Get the recipe for Mediterranean, Cauliflower and Pepper Salad.
Unless you’re talking about Froot Loops, in general, the more colorful your meal, the more nutrients it contains detoxifiers. That’s why it’s hard to beat this easy and quick clean-up skillet dinner full of greens, yellows, oranges, and reds. The lead protein here is salmon (choose wild caught), which is a great source of the anti-inflammatory omega-3 fatty acids, DHA and EPA.
Get the recipe for sweet and spicy glazed salmon with roasted green beans, cherry tomatoes, and yellow squash.
Instead of ordering Chinese meals the next time you’re hungry for a delicious Asian meal, use a grill pan to make chicken breast, pepper crisp, and baby bok choy quickly. Chinese-American takeaways tend to be very high in sodium and fat and therefore highly inflammatory. You can do better at home by using clean, fresh, and nutritious ingredients.
Get the recipe for Juicy Asian Chicken and Saucy Slaw.
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