25 Delicious Clean Detox Dishes To Reset Your Healthy Lifestyle

25 Delicious Clean Detox Dishes To Reset Your Healthy Lifestyle

If you’re considering a detox diet, you’re probably thinking complicated restrictions, embarrassingly loud stomach growls, and downright deprivation. But you don’t have to guzzle cayenne-pepper-and-maple-syrup juices by the gallon to be healthy.

These detox recipes are designed to hook you on health at first bite. They’re made from whole foods and clean ingredients—nothing packaged, premade, or preserved here!—and they’re free of allergens, too. Best of all, they’re simple.

We have you covered, thanks to Amie Valpone, who knows a thing or two about eating clean. Six years ago, she was a busy working woman living in New York City. But struck with immobilizing gut inflammation and chronic pain, she decided to make a drastic change. (Make Prevention’s Eat Clean, Stay Lean your go-to clean-eating guide, with 300 real foods and slimming recipes.)

Valpone discovered she was born without the gene to absorb folate, thus explaining the high levels of mercury in her body. She put herself on a strictly clean diet: free of sulfates, most dairy, soy, beans, grains, oil, and gluten.

Even though Valpone can’t eat many of the foods other people can, her body still loves veggies, avocado, eggs, organic turkey and chicken, Greek yogurt, sharp cheeses, and homemade guac (which doesn’t sound like terrible deprivation to us.) “I’m confident that I am healing,” Valpone says on her blog, The Healthy Apple. “I have my body to thank for telling me what foods I can and cannot eat.”

Valpone, now a Manhattan-based personal chef for celebrities, shared her 25 detox meals with us at Prevention, so get ready for a full year of clean eating. You just might feel better yourself.

Cran-Quinoa Salad

Serves 4

Salad:
1 cup uncooked quinoa
1/4 cup dried cranberries
2 scallions, finely chopped
2 cups mixed greens such as spinach and arugula

Dressing:
1/4 cup cashews
1/8 cup pine nuts
2 tsp miso paste
1/4 tsp agave nectar
1/2 cup water
3 Tbsp freshly squeezed lemon juice
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 Tbsp lemon zest
1/4 tsp crushed red pepper
1/4 tsp sea salt
1/4 tsp black pepper

COOK quinoa according to package instructions.

While quinoa cooks, COMBINE all dressing ingredients in a blender; process until smooth. Add water if dressing is too thick.

In a large serving bowl, COMBINE cooked quinoa, dried cranberries, scallions and mixed greens; gently toss with Caesar dressing to coat. Serve chilled.

Source: Amie Valpone, TheHealthyApple.com

Raspberry Salad

Serves 6

4 large red potatoes
1 cup fresh raspberries
4 cups loosely packed mixed leafy greens such as arugula or baby spinach
1/2 cup snap peas
1/2 large red onion, thinly sliced
1 Tbsp coconut oil, melted
1/2 tsp honey
1 Tbsp finely chopped fresh sage
1 Tbsp sesame seeds
1/4 tsp sea salt
1/4 tsp crushed red pepper
1/4 tsp black pepper

BOIL a large pot of lightly salted water over medium heat; add potatoes and cook for 20 minutes or until tender. Remove from heat; drain and run under cool water for 1 minute. Dice potatoes and place in a large bowl.

ADD remaining ingredients; gently toss to combine.

TRANSFER to serving bowls; serve warm.

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