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Start the year with a delicious detox plan

December 28, 2011

Indulge a bit too much over the winter holidays? Don’t worry, the beginning of the year is a great way to get back on track!

After having a couple too many glasses of wine or a handful too many sugar cookies, not all is lost. But now is the time to eat foods to replenish the nutrients you didn’t take in from that Christmas ham or potatoes au gratin.

Essential nutrient: glutathione

What does it do? Gultathione helps your body repair pretty much everything, as well as get rid of toxic chemicals and regulate hormones.
Where do I find it? Leafy green vegetables! Broccoli, kale, and arugula are great sources, but milk thistle is really a glutathione super food!

Now make it yummy!
1 head broccoli
4 tablespoons pine nuts
3-4 tablespoons olive oil
lemon juice
salt and pepper

  1. Pre-heat oven to 250 degrees
  2. Clean brocolli of stems
  3. Place on tin foiled cookie sheet with pine nuts
  4. Drizzle with olive oil
  5. Broil in oven until florets begin to turn brown (about 7 minutes)
  6. Toss with lemon juice, salt and pepper to taste

Essential nutrients: Vitamins A, B, C, and the rest of the alphabet

What does it do? Vitamins help your body to rebuild and recover after stress, whether that be exercise, illness, or injury. Vitamin C is instrumental in collagen formation, which forms the basis of your connective tissues and Vitamin B is important in the creation of new tissues.
Where do I find it? Get your vitamins by eating the rainbow. Different vegetables contain different amounts of the vitamins your body craves, so try to get at least 3 different colors on your dinner plate!

Crave it.
1 each red, yellow, green bell pepper
1 bunch asparagus
olive oil
2 tablespoons goat cheese
2 teaspoons lemon juice
salt and pepper

  1. Sautee bell peppers and asparagus until soft in a lightly oiled pan
  2. Add goat cheese and lemon until vegetables are covered
  3. Sprinkle with lemon juice
  4. Add salt and pepper to taste

Essential nutrient: L-Tryptophan

What does it do? Besides making you drowsy after too much Thanksgiving turkey, tryptophan is essential in producing serotonin, the chemical that helps to regulate mood and make you feel happy.
Where do I find it? The most common source of tryptophan is turkey, but eggs, spirulina, Parmesan cheese, and sesame seeds are where you can find even more of the happy chemical.

Cook it up!
3 egg whites
Handful of spinach
Leftover or deli turkey
1/2 cup cherry tomatoes, chopped
2 tablespoons parmesan cheese
Rosemary

  1. Cook spinach until wilted and tomatoes until soft in small pan
  2. Add egg whites, stir constantly
  3. When eggs begin to firm, add rosemary and parmesean
  4. Cook until eggs reach desired firmness

After getting in some good nutrients, come sweat out your toxins at YYF!

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