Multi-talented health coach, cookbook writer, wellness speaker, and founder of Walker Well-Being, Tammy Walker is all about making long-term healthy choices. It can be incredibly difficult to make positive food choices all day long (our sweet tooth tends to go into overdrive come 3P.M.), so this week Tammy is lending a hand and sharing her favorite healthy lifestyle tips on our blog.
Along with open-toe shoes, daylight savings, and pastel nails, a light detox is one of my favorite signs of spring. I don’t mean the drastic, liquid-only measures that leave you hangry (hungry + angry) and dead tired. Those diets can often have a rebound effect (i.e. the inevitable post-detox “I deserve it!” bender) that negates the whole effort.
Instead, I recommend embracing more naturally detoxifying whole foods that support your liver, kidneys, and colon (the detox organs) in doing what they’re meant to do. This spring, hit the reset button, increase your energy and improve digestion by eating more of these in-season detox foods.
1. Dandelion greens
The unsung hero among cleansing superfoods, dandelion greens are your liver’s BFF. They stimulate the digestive system to release toxins, reduce bloating and inflammation, and provide calcium, iron, fiber, vitamins A, E, and K. Ease their slightly bitter taste by steaming or sautéing them, or mix the raw greens with a tart dressing like balsamic vinaigrette. I love them cooked with olive oil, garlic, red pepper flakes and a can of cannellini beans. They’re also great in place of kale in a green smoothie.
Asparagus is detox-friendly because it’s the food with the most glutathione, a cancer-fighting antioxidant that is especially good at helping the liver flush out toxins. It’s also high in fiber and promotes the growth of good gut bacteria – key for an effective detox. Roast it in olive oil and chop and add to salads, egg dishes, and sandwiches. Or, go raw with a shaved asparagus salad.
Juicy, tangy pineapple is my go-to sweet fix when I’m in detox mode. It has an awesome digestion-boosting enzyme called bromelaine, along with heaps of vitamin C and fiber. Toss a cup of pineapple chunks, ½ a banana, 2 big handfuls of spinach (or sub in a handful of dandelion greens!), and about 2 cups of water in a blender, blend and drink up.
Unsure what to do with your in-season foods? Get inspired with one of these spring recipes!