27 January 2013

Detox Foods

This week we learned about detox foods. To detox you don't have to go crazy on a juice cleanse, just incorporate some of the G-BOMBS.

GREENS- Nutritional powerhouses full of vitamins A, C, and K, calcium and low in calories. The best are: kale, collards, turnip greens, swiss chard, spinach, mustard greens, broccoli, leaf & romaine lettuce, and cabbage

BEANS- High in fiber they are known to promote gut health and reliable elimination. Easiest to digest and especially good for detox are: adzuki, anasazi, chickpea, lentil, and black eyed peas.

ONIONS- Provide beneficial effects on the cardiovascular and immune systems. Best are: leeks, garlic, shallots, chives and scallions. Leeks are anti-inflammatory.  

MUSHROOMS- Known for their cancer fighting properties. They contain chromium, which regulates blood sugar and promotes healthy weight management. All are great, especially shiitake.

BERRIES AND POMEGRANATE- High in antioxidants that bind to free radicals helping prevent free radical damage. 

SEEDS AND NUTS- Full of healthy fats

Other great spices are cinnamon, ginger, and cayenne.

Ebeth made us a Kale, Shitake and Leek Saute, Grapefruit Fennel and Avocado with Watercress Salad, and Cinnamon Cashew Milk. The first two dishes were only so-so, but the Cashew Milk was delicious. 

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