Spring Cleaning (your liver!)

Last Tuesday (the 20th) was the First Day of Spring, and although it doesn’t seem like it as I look outside, well … YAY!

This is a great time of year to give your body a good “spring cleaning”… you’ve probably heard about all kinds of cleanses (and there are many different levels of them… some very intense), here’s a really basic, simple way to give your body a bit of a break and boost it’s ability to “self-clean” (HA! Kind of like the self-cleaning feature on your oven..).

I found these graphics that I really like…. the problem is that I can’t read the fine print, even WITH a magnifying glass and I can’t figure out how to make it bigger.

So I’ll write what is says… kind of lame, I know, but I think the graphics simplify things so much and give you some creative ideas on how to mix things up.

So…. to interpret

CHART#1

Choose 8-10 oz. of your BASE: either coconut water (for athletic performance),or green tea (for energy), or water (for weight loss).

Add GREENS:  2 cups of leafy greens or 1-2 TBSP of superfood green powder like spirulina

Add HEALTHY FATS, FIBER & FRUIT: 1 TBSP coconut oil (1/2 an avocado is a healthy fat too), plus 1 TBSP of fiber like chia seeds, and 1 cup of organic fruit such as blueberries.

Add a BOOST: OK… I can’t read anything it says other than those items would be bee pollen, raw cacao, or raw maca….. I guess to taste.

Add SWEETENER: 1 TBSP of a sweetner such as agave, raw honey or pure stevia (However… I recently spent a full 3 day conference that revolved mostly around sugar, and I’d say you can ditch the agave (hard to find without major chemical processing, which cancels out any benefit you might get) and somewhat ditto with the stevia (search out a good source if you want it, like one from Body Ecology). Organic honey is good or real maple syrup or plain sugar… not great, but not so bad unless over-used… which is, of course, our big problem).

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CHART #2

Choose your LEAVES: kale, silverbeet, swiss chard, spinach, romaine lettuce or watercress… no amount given, so I guess you can be creative.

Choose your BASE: filtered water, and/or coconut water and/or organic apple juice

Choose some FRUIT: whatever you like, although this chart doesn’t add any sweetener, so it looks like they are adding sweeter fruit such as banana, mango,  kiwis and pears.

Add some KICK: spirulina and/or marine phytoplankton and/or maca powder and/or bee pollen

Blend til smooth… drink right away.

And DO remember this!

BEETS provide excellent support for the liver (which is SO involved with the hard work of cleansing our blood, day in and day out). So find a way to add them to your diet… (here’s a recipe from The World’s Healthiest Foods which you can check out at whfoods.org  )

Roasted Beets

Roasting is one of the best way to cook beets, as it brings out their wonderful buttery flavor. This easy-to-prepare, healthy recipe does just that.

Roasted Beets Prep and Cook Time: 7 minutes/ 55 minutesIngredients:

  • 6 small whole beets
  • 2 small yellow onions
  • 2 TBS balsamic vinegar
  • 2 TBS extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 medium cloves garlic, pressed
  • 2 TBS coarsely chopped walnuts
  • salt and cracked black pepper to taste
  • 1 TBS chopped fresh parsley

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 400°F/200°C. Wash beets well and place in a baking dish just big enough to hold beets, and onions without crowding them. If onions are small, just leave whole with skin on. If they are medium sized, cut in half leaving the skin on.
  2. Cover and roast for about 55 minutes, stirring occasionally, until you can slide tip of sharp knife into the center of the beets fairly easily. Remove from oven.
  3. When beets and onions have cooled enough to handle, peel and cut into bite-sized pieces. Toss with vinegar, olive, oil, garlic, and chopped walnuts. Add salt and pepper to taste.
  4. Top with chopped parsley.
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