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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 December 9, 2019

                      5 Simple Ways to Relieve Stress Effectively

                      5 Simple Ways to Relieve Stress Effectively

                      Everyone experiences mental stress at one time or another. Maybe you’re starting a new career, job, or business, or you feel incredibly overwhelmed between work, parenting, and your love life (or a lack of it). It could even be that you simply feel that you have way too much to do and not enough time to do it,  plus, on top of everything, nothing seems to be going the way it should!

                      Yup, we all experience mental stress from time-to-time, and that’s okay as long as you have the tools, techniques and knowledge that allow you to fully relieve it once it comes.

                      Here are 5 tips for relieving mental stress when it comes so you can function at your best while feeling good (and doing well) in work, love, or life:

                      1. Get Rationally Optimistic

                      Mental stress starts with your perception of your experiences. For instance, most people get stressed out when they perceive their reality as “being wrong” in some way. Essentially, they have a set idea of how things “should be” at any given moment, and when reality ends up being different (not even necessarily bad), they get stressed.

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                      This process is simply a result of perception and can be easily “fixed” by recognizing that although life might not always be going as YOU think it should, it’s still going as it should—for your own benefit.

                      In fact, once you fully recognize that everything in your life ultimately happens for your own growth, progress, and development—so you can achieve your goals and dreams—your perception works in your favor. You soon process and respond to your experience of life differently, for your advantage. That’s the essence of becoming “rationally optimistic.”

                      The result: no more mental stress.

                      2. Unplug

                      Just like you might need to unplug your computer when it starts acting all crazy, you should also “unplug” your mind.

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                      How on earth do you unplug your mind? Simple: just meditate.

                      It isn’t nearly difficult or complicated as some people think, so, if you don’t already meditate, give it a try. Whether you meditate for 5 minutes, 30 minutes, or 2 hours, this is a surefire way to reduce mental stress.

                      Meditation has been scientifically proven to relax your body (resulting in less mental stress), while also reducing anxiety and high blood pressure.

                      3. Easy on the Caffeine

                      Yes, we know, we know—everyone loves a nice java buzz, and that’s okay, but there’s a fine line between a small caffeine pick-me-up and a racing heart and mind that throws you into a frenzy of mental stress.

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                      Try giving up caffeine for a while and see how you feel. And, if that’s completely out of the question for you, at least try to minimize it. You might find that lots of your mental stress mysteriously “disappears” as your caffeine intake goes down.

                      4. Attack Mental Stress Via the Back Door

                      That’s right: your body and mind are part of the whole being, and are constantly influencing and affecting each other. If you’re experiencing a lot of mental stress, try to reduce it by calming your body down—a calm body equals a calmer mind.

                      How do you calm your body down and reduce physical stress? A  great way to reduce physical stress (thereby reducing mental stress) is to take natural supplements that are proven to reduce stress and anxiety while lifting your mood. Three good ones to look into are kava-kava, St John’s wort, and rhodiola rosea:

                      • Kava-kava is a natural plant known to have mild sedative properties, and you should be able to find it at your natural health food store or vitamin store. It’s available in capsules or liquid extract form.
                      • St John’s wort is a natural flower used to treat depression. Again, it’s found at your local health store in capsules or liquid. Because it uplifts mood (enabling you to see the brighter side of all experiences) it helps relieve mental stress as well.
                      • Rhodiola rosea is a natural plant shown to reduce stress and uplift mood, and Russian athletes have been using it forever. Like the other two supplements mentioned, rhodiola rosea can be found at your natural health store in capsule or liquid form.

                      While these supplements are all natural and can be very helpful for most people, always check with your health care provider first as they can cause side-effects depending on your current health situation etc.

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                      5. Good Old-Fashioned Exercise

                      This tip has been around forever because it works. Nothing relieves mental stress like running, kickboxing—you name it. Anything super-physical will wipe out most of your mental stresses once the exercise endorphins (happy chemicals) are released into your brain.

                      The result: mental stress will be gone!

                      So, if you’re feeling overwhelmed or just plain stressed, try using some of the above tips. You can even print this out or save it to refer to regularly.

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