Let’s be kind to ourselves. The holidays are a time of indulgence – between Christmas and New Years and catching up with friends + family in between, there was likely ample food, drink and sweet stuff circulating. And you know what? It’s a glorious time! There is nothing better than sharing food and drink with loved ones. So let’s just throw away any guilty feelings we have around anything we may have consumed.
After two weeks of indulgence I know I’m eager to get back into my normal eating routine. To jump start this, I created a delicious smoothie with ingredients that would support our bodies through this detox process. Our liver is the prime organ in detoxification. When we overeat, eat processed or fried foods and over-drink (hello holidays!) our liver becomes overworked and overloaded. It’s easy to overlook this if you’re young, strong and healthy – but this overloading builds up over time and hinders our body’s ability to detoxify optimally. It’s important that we cultivate this self-awareness during times of indulgence. The foods I have put into this smoothie are all liver-supporting foods. Meaning, that they help cleanse the liver naturally.
In an effort to jump into 2016 head first, it’s important that we set our bodies up so that we can achieve the intentions we’ve set out for ourselves in the coming year. Intention setting is actually one of my favourite parts of the holiday season – it gives me a chance to reflect on the year’s past and dream even bigger things for the upcoming year. If you haven’t done it yet, give it a try, it’s an exercise that leaves me feeling empowered. Be sure to write out your intentions so that you can reflect on them throughout the year. I’ve ditched the whole “New Years resolution” thing and just make “intentions” instead. It works for me and you’ll find what works for you.
If possible, it’s always best to use organic ingredients… we don’t want additional toxins coming in through the foods we’re consuming especially when we’re talking detox.
Yields: 3 cups
1 medium beet
1 tbsp coconut oil
1 lemon – juice from 1/4 of a whole lemon
2 cups spinach
2 cups of cooled green tea – steep it 30 minutes prior and use when cooled
4 capsules of activated charcoal – purchased from any health food store, it will be a great addition to your supplement collection (this will help in removing toxins from the body)
Enjoy — wishing you all a beautiful year!
Holistic Nutritionist, food stylist + photographer