Detox Your Body With Superfoods

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Detoxing your body is vital for any diet plan or life change. This is especially true, if you have been eating a poor diet and not exercising for some time. When you start a detox plan you may be looking at simply juicing or something similar. The trick to this, if you choose to do it, is to stick to fruits and vegetables for your juicing that are considered superfoods. This will give you the biggest bang for your time and will help detox your body in many ways. Here are some of those superfoods.

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Lemon

Lemon is a hands-down must-have if you are trying to detox your body with superfoods. Lemon is loaded with vitamins and can help deliver antioxidants to the body. When drank as a warm tea in the morning, by mixing with water and a small amount of honey for taste, you can boost your metabolism which will help you lose weight. It can also be used as an appetite suppressant. Lemons act as a natural energizer. The best way I found to drink water with lemon is to purchase a water bottle with an infuser. You just cut up the lemon and put it in the infuser and it helps to cut down on the pieces of lemon and seeds that get into your water. You can add other citrus fruits to the mix too for a refreshing drink.

 

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Green Tea

Green tea is something you can easily add to your juices and detox. It has multiple benefits as a superfood and is used commonly in weight loss and Asian based weight loss plans. You can choose to brew the green tea and add it, use it in a very pure form of matcha powder added to your juices or smoothies, or use it as a straight tea mixed with juice. Green tea also helps with liver function and cleansing which is essential in detoxing. You may choose to add a little honey or lemon to help the taste.  I tend to add a little something to my green tea because it is too bland for me.

 

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Beetroot can be easily added to both fruit and vegetable-based juices. It has a slightly sweet flavor so it can mix easily. If you are making a vegetable-based juice you can add not only the beetroot but you can also add the beet greens for an added boost. The beetroot is known for cleansing the liver and the colon. You can look at beetroot as a sort of all-purpose cleansing superfood that delivers vitamins and nutrients to your body as well as flushing out the bad and built-up toxins in your system.  If you do not like beets (I know I don’t) you can get this in powder form and add to smoothies or your juices.

 

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Oranges

Oranges are known for their immune-boosting properties and assistance as a superfood. It goes without saying that during a detox you will need to boost your immune system as much as possible. Though considered by some to be a superfood and others to simply be a vitamin-packed fruit, it is still something to consider as part of your normal detox plan and juicing. This is another one of those fruits you can add to your infuser to make a nutrient-rich drink.  As I mentioned earlier a water bottle with an infuser is a great way to get these immune-boosting drinks in.

 

Remember, you want to use as many superfoods as you can per juice or smoothie session. You can do this with fresh fruit and vegetables as well as adding capsules and powders.

 

To your health,

Pamela

 

 

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Four Superfoods for Juicing

Most people who juice at home tend to go with very basic juice mixes. These usually consist of something like apples, oranges, and carrots. In some instances, you may decide to add kale or another green leafy vegetable. The problem is that you may get into a rut with these juices and decide to leave juicing all together. Instead of dropping it and tossing the juicer away, consider these four superfoods to add to your juices to give them a kick and change them up enough to keep you interested.

Ginger

You may not think that ginger is suitable for juicing, but it can be a great spice to add to give your simple juices a kick. One of the most popular methods to add ginger is into a sunshine juice which consists of orange, apple, and pineapple juice. Add ginger food-grade drops, ginger powder, or fresh ground ginger for an added spice and kick. It can change the flavor and give your basic juice a boost. It can also be made ahead of time if you are looking for a way to add juicing to your meal prep plan.

Chia Seeds

Chia seeds are a superfood that many people avoid because they don’t like the texture of the raw seeds in their juicing. If you want to add chia seeds, but also don’t like the raw texture, you do have another option. Simply soak your chia seeds overnight in either water or some of your leftover juice from a previous juicing session. The chia seeds will soften and will blend better with your juice while still giving you the same nutrients. These should be added halfway through the juicing in order to blend them properly into the mixture.

Pomegranate

Pomegranate is another superfood that leaves people a little perplexed on how to incorporate them into juicing recipes. These are actually easier than you may think. Simply open your pomegranate and spoon out the round ball-like seeds. These are what you add to your juicing. You can add them in between two hard components or at the end of the juicing process to incorporate them as much as possible. If you decide you don’t want to cut and spoon out the pomegranate seeds another option is to have frozen pomegranate on hand.

Watermelon

Watermelon is one of the juices that can stand on its own and give you great benefits as a simple juice to break up the juicing recipe rut. Watermelon gives hydration and energy boosts naturally and has been noted by some to be a bigger boost of energy in the morning than even coffee provides. You can jolt this juice up a bit by adding chia seeds, other superfood fruits, and ginger.

There are many more superfoods, superfood rich powders, and mixes that you can add to your juicing. By just thinking outside of the box, you can make subtle changes to your juicing recipes that will keep you interested and change the taste for the better. These changes will also give a boost to your vitamins, minerals, and nutrient intake without heavily increasing calories.

Have fun experimenting with superfood options and juicing.  And enjoy!!

If you have juicing ideas, please feel free to share them with our community below.

 

To your health!

Pamela

 

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3 Great Superfood Smoothie Ideas

Smoothies are a great way to get all of your nutrients in one easy to drink meal. You can stuff them full of fruits, vegetables, superfoods, and even protein powders to give yourself the massive boost you need. You can also use them to fill the void you may have with vitamins and certain minerals throughout the day. Unfortunately, most people don’t know the many ways you can make smoothies to fit your dietary needs or tastes. Here are a few easy methods for how to make a smoothie and how to change up your superfood smoothies to give it a different flavor.

Milk-Based Smoothies

When you hear milk-based smoothie, you may think about typical dairy milk. The truth is, you can use any type of nut milk to make a smoothie and to fit with vegetarian or vegan eating habits. These smoothies are usually creamy and offer more of a milkshake feel to them. These are ideal bases for fruit-based smoothies and early morning smoothies where you need to add a calcium or protein aspect to your drink. These are fairly easy to make and require only a small amount of milk. Ideally, you will be adding your fruits or vegetables to the blender first and adding one-quarter cup of milk to start with. You can also drizzle your milk in throughout the blending process until you reach the consistency you want for the smoothie.

Yogurt Based Smoothies

Yogurt based smoothies generally use Greek yogurt that is thicker and has more superfood properties. Some of these yogurts already have some fruit added and are ideal in cases when you may want a certain fruit, like blueberries, but are unable to get them out of season. These smoothies usually use about a half cup of yogurt, or small yogurt serving, per blended smoothie mixture. If you feel that the consistency is too thick, consider using regular yogurt that is not as thick or more water-based fruits and vegetables.

Pure Juice Smoothies

Pure juice smoothies tend to use things like bananas as the base to replace the yogurt or milk. A banana, apple, and berry or mango smoothie is a prime example. To add liquid, you would use water until you reach the right consistency. Alternatively, you can also add fruit juice that has been premade or bottled.

These are only three of the ways you can use to make smoothies. There are many other ways that fit different eating habits such as vegan, vegetarian, and even flexitarian diets.

 

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Pamela

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