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10 Vegan Recipes To Detox Your Day

10 Vegan Recipes To Detox Your Day

A Vegan Detox does not have to be a time set aside for boring foods and bland shakes. Having these tasty and vibrant vegan meals can help to keep you on your game and full of energy and vitality.

As each day goes by, your body is subjected to toxins in your environment, a diet that may possess too many processed foods, as well as the negative side effects of living a stressful lifestyle. Over time, this can interfere with your overall health and well being. A detox is when we give the body a rest so it can heal and do its job to the best of its ability.

By incorporating these recipes into your vegan lifestyle, you allow your body to detox on a regular basis — rather than going cold turkey for a week, like so many detox plans suggest.

Here are 10 vegan recipes guaranteed to keep your body in tiptop shape by nourishing your liver and ensuring it does its job of detoxing your body every day.

1. Lentil and Tofu Soup

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    Lentils provide the protein that assists in Phase 2 liver detoxification. Lentils are one of the easiest legumes to digest and have been shown to help reduce belly fat. This recipe freezes well also. So, try making a large batch that will provide you with several nutritious meals.

    2. Easy Chickpea Salad

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      The secret to this delicious salad is the wonderful dressing. Even while detoxing, it is important to be consuming oils for their omega content. The dressing in this recipe includes olive oil, herbs, and lemon juice, which are all great for the liver.

      3. Pomegranate Fennel Quinoa Salad

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        Quinoa is an excellent source of protein that is a great addition to any vegan lifestyle. The apple cider vinegar dressing complements the fennel, while the pomegranate seeds add vibrancy and colour to this salad, which is perfect on the side or as a meal on its own.

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        4. Roast Garlic Butternut Squash

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          This wonderful dish is an assortment of phytonutrients to go with the protein and fibre provided by quinoa, walnuts, tomato, and garlic. A warming dish, but one that can be enjoyed over the summer BBQ season also.

          5. Blueberry Kale Pops

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            Just because you are on a detox doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy a treat. These treats are amazing. To keep it in super detox mode, be sure to juice the purple grapes yourself rather than buying packaged juice at the store.

            6. Green Smoothie Cups

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              This is a recipe that will save both time and money. There may have been times when you didn’t have the ingredients on hand to make a fresh green smoothie. That is not a problem when you have a good stock of these beauties in the freezer. Wonderful avocado, kale, and flaxseeds make these Green Smoothie Cups a meal in themselves.

              7. Vegan Green Smoothie

                When you think detox, you probably think green smoothies. I like to make mine up in batches. That way, there is always a glass or two available for the whole family to enjoy. By adding hemp powder, this is a powerful vegan green smoothie.

                8. Kale and Wheat Berry Salad with Tempeh

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                  This is a great recipe for anyone new to kale and needing some persuasion to indulge in it. The secret to any kale recipe is to make sure to remove the stem and only eat the leafy parts, as suggested in this recipe.

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                  9. Snap Pea Slaw with Creamy Cashew Dressing

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                    When you need to detox, you need to go green, green, green! This recipe is all of that with an addition of a creamy and delicious cashew dressing. Enjoy.

                    10. Curried Chickpeas and Kale

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                      This recipe is a paneer that uses chickpeas instead of cheese. Kale is used in this recipe, but if you feel you are all “kaled” out, you can always use spinach.

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                      Last Updated on November 20, 2020

                      Kickstart Your Morning Workout With These 10 Simple Habits

                      Kickstart Your Morning Workout With These 10 Simple Habits

                      Benjamin Franklin said it like this: “Early to bed, early to rise, will make a man healthy, wealthy, and wise.” He knew from his own experiences and watching others that the ones who got up early were healthier and more successful. That’s why a morning workout can be so important.

                      One 2017 study found that:[1]

                      “after controlling for such factors as age, sex, smoking habits, and others…night owls, were found to have a 10 percent greater risk of dying from any cause compared to morning types.”

                      This is a great reason to tap into some morning motivation and get your morning workout done.

                      Circadian Rhythm for morning workout

                        As you can see in the above graph, your blood pressure begins to rise between 6 and 7 in the morning[2]. That means this is a great time to get your body moving and your heart pumping, even if it’s just for 20 minutes of exercise in the morning. 

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                        Here are some tips on how to find the motivation for a morning workout.

                        1. Remember Your Why

                        It starts with remembering why you want to get up for a morning workout. If you don’t set a goal and establish your reasons for accomplishing a health and fitness goal, then you definitely won’t get up early.

                        Getting up early isn’t easy. If it were, everyone would do it, right? Your goal for your health and fitness must be so strong, and the WHY behind it must be so powerful, that nothing will stop you from accomplishing that goal.

                        2. Go to Bed Early

                        If you want to get up early for a morning workout, it’s going to be important to get to bed earlier. Falling asleep at midnight and trying to get up at six just won’t work in your favor.

                        This will likely be very difficult for a few days while you adjust your sleeping habits. However, as you get into an exercise routine in the morning, this will naturally make it easier to fall asleep earlier and faster at night.

                        3. Make a Commitment

                        I sometimes tell my Facebook community of my plans to work out, and we all keep each other motivated by posting our runs, our workouts, etc. This is a way to develop accountability. By publicly announcing your intentions, you increase your chances of actually carrying out your plans.

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                        Another way to do this is to find an accountability partner who has similar goals for morning workouts. You can check in with each other to make sure you’re sticking to your plans. If that doesn’t work, hire a personal trainer for a few weeks to get you started.  

                        You can learn how to find a good accountability partner here.

                        4. Find a Friend

                        If you can find a friend that is motivated like you are, and you can hold each other accountable daily to working out, then you will accomplish your fitness goals. Many people prefer working out with friends to working out alone. Whether it’s a chat while hitting the treadmill at the gym, or having someone to spot you while weightlifting, working out with friends is sometimes just more enjoyable.

                        Texting each other the night before with a simple statement is best. Don’t ask: “Are we still working out in the morning?” With this kind of question, if they were thinking about not working out, you just gave them an opt out.

                        Make a statement instead: “Can’t wait to see you in the morning!” This implies that they will be there, and they will feel more obligated to show up.

                        5. Treat Yourself

                        We all have to treat ourselves every now and then. After a morning workout, plan to treat yourself with a colorful, healthy breakfast or a delicious morning smoothie. This will help you look forward to something and push through to the end of your workout.

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                        You can learn more on rewards and punishments here.

                        6. Change your Mindset

                        Many people throw away the idea of a morning workout by simply saying, “I’m not a morning person.”  Instead of using this excuse, decide to try to become a morning person by shifting your mindset.

                        When you look into the benefits of waking up early and getting some exercise in before your day starts, you’ll feel more positive about your life overall.

                        7. Plan Your Day

                        You know you’re going to be busy. Try time blocking to plan all the things you need to do on a given day, and make sure you add in your morning workout[3]. If you have a plan laid out, you’ll be more likely to follow it and get done everything on your list done.

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                          8. Reflect on How You’ll Feel After

                          Starting a morning workout is hard, but visualizing how you’ll feel after can help you find motivation. Think about the extra energy you’ll have and how proud you’ll feel knowing that you were already so productive. No matter what you do the rest of the day, at least you squeezed in your exercise!

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                          For me, I live in an area where there are a lot of runners. When I am heading home in the evening or sitting out on the patio at one of my favorite restaurants, and I see the runners go by, it makes me feel so accomplished that I got mine in that morning and I can enjoy the evening.

                          9. Lay out Your Workout Clothes

                          Setting out your workout clothes the night before makes it impossible for you to start to run late because you couldn’t find something to wear. Tap into the determination you have before bed in order to convince your less-than-motivated morning self that you need to get up and get your morning workout in. When you wake up and see your outfit laid out next to you, it’ll push you to get up and get moving.

                          10.  Set Multiple Alarms

                          Many people miss their morning workout simply because they hit the snooze button so many times. In order to make this more difficult for yourself, set a series of alarms. That way, if you keep hitting snooze, you’ll have three or four alarms going off every ten minutes, which will be annoying enough to get you out of bed.

                          Also, put one alarm at least a few feet from your bed so that you’re forced to get up to turn it off.

                          Final Thoughts

                          About three years ago I went from being the person that says I will never be an early riser to a person that loves to get the day started as soon as possible. Without the distractions that begin to come around 8 or 9 in the morning, you’ll find that you’re more productive and more likely to squeeze in that morning workout.

                          Take some of the actions above and find the best morning workout routine to start your day and feel good.

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                          Featured photo credit: Tomasz Woźniak via unsplash.com

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