Spring is nature’s fat-burning season. Now that it’s getting warmer, it’s time to detox and shed that extra cushion that your body was holding on to during the winter you little squirrel, you.
Great news is there are a lot of foods available this season that naturally detoxify and help you metabolize and shed fat. The bad news is that “detox foods” aren’t that fun to eat by themselves.
So, I thought I’d give you 3 naturally detoxifying foods each in a delicious, gourmet-tasting dish that will make you forget you are “cleansing”.
3 Delicious Dishes That Will Make You Forget You are “Detoxing”
1. Grapefruit, Avocado, and Watercress Salad
A natural fat-metabolizer, grapefruit is great first thing in the morning to help burn fat and stabilize your blood sugar. Switch things up for breakfast and treat yourself to at at-home “spa day” with this salad.
(recipe adapted from Alice Waters’ “The Art of Simple Food”)
Section 2 ruby grapefruits and slice 2 avocados into 1/4-inch thin slices. Arrange on a plate.
Squeeze the juice from the leftover grapefruit membranes (above) over the salad. Drizzle with olive oil and sea salt. Garnish with a few tablespoons watercress – a powerful liver detoxifier.
2. Sesame-Ginger Daikon Radish and Carrot Salad
“A daikon what?”, is what the burnt-out young cashier at the health food store said to me yesterday. It looks like a big-ass white carrot and is fabulous fat-detoxifier. If you eat a heavier dish like meats or cheese, it’s a great idea to have a wee bit of grated daikon radish on the side to help cut through the fat.
Not the tastiest vegetable (it tastes and smells like mustard…or well, radishes, I guess) but I added it into my trusty Carrot-Sesame-Ginger Salad recipe from Go Feed Yourself and it was quite refreshing.
Grate 1 cup of daikon radish and 1 cup of carrot.
Place radish and carrot in a bowl and mix with 1 tbsp toasted sesame oil and 1 tsp brown rice vinegar or umeboshi plum vinegar. Serve topped with toasted sesame seeds. Or wrap in a nori (sushi) wrap with avocado slices!
3. Tender Sauteed Leeks with Toasted Pine Nuts
Leeks are a natural diuretic and the detox and de-bloating food of choice in the popular book (and one of my favorites on “non-dieting”), “French Women Don’t Get Fat” by Mirielle Guiliano.
The term “effing delicious” does not do this dish justice. The only ingredients are leeks, olive oil, and salt but when you saute it over low heat they become so tender, sweet, and buttery.
My mom, who is not a fan of leeks or anything in the onion family, couldn’t get enough of it either.
Slice leeks (just the white and light green parts) very thinly.
Add to a pan with olive oil over low heat, sprinkle with sea salt and saute on low heat, stirring every minute or so until they are soft and tender and a bit caramelized. About 7 minutes.
Serve alone or top with toasted pine nuts or toasted hazelnuts. I seriously can’t wait to make more of this today.
There you have it! Three spa-worthy dishes using foods that naturally help your body detox.
Much more pleasurable than a special tea that makes you sh*t your brains out, don’t you think?