by: Yuri Elkaim

Detox Salad

Some weeks your eating is just off. I get it.

You’re too busy to prep veggies, so you grab a burger and fries. You’re stuck with a tight deadline, so you end up eating pizza at your desk. Derailed diets get the best of everyone, and it’s totally okay. Life happens. You can’t be perfect all the time.

Of course, the problem with a few weeks of lost food focus is the inevitable consequence: your waistline starts to feel a little soft; your pants start to feel a little snug and your belly starts to become more bloated than normal; maybe you’re feeling lost in a brain fog funk, or perhaps some diet-related health issues have sprung up—a general lack of energy, severe cravings, constant hunger, digestive issues, and headaches can all be caused by an unbalanced approach to eating.

Do You Need a Detox?

Whatever has you feeling like you need a refresh, you don’t have to feel bad about it. I’ve been there, too. (Yes, even nutritionists fall off the health foodie wagon, sometimes.)

Having experienced this, I’ve found one of the fastest ways to “get back on track” is to simplify your meals for a couple of days. It’s not necessary to go all out with a juice fast to get your body back in tune; simply eating clean can do wonders for your body. Really.

Get back to basics. Purge your fridge and limit your options. Eat only a few simple meals for three to five days. Here’s an easy plan that works every time:

By following a nutritional ‘detox’, you can boost your metabolism, optimize digestion, and stabilize your health and hunger. Remember, you can’t just add a salad to your afternoon and call it a day. Starting a food detox involves removing junk food from your diet and adding in food with lots of nutritional value.

Why This Detox Salad Works

Detox Salad Ingredients

This recipe is a perfect way to kick off a detox. Keep a big bowl of this delicious and fragrant salad in your fridge to use as a lunch, dinner, or mid-day snack.

I’ve loaded this recipe with cabbage, and for good reason. Not only does cabbage cleanse your liver, it also aids with the digestive process to expel toxins. The sulfur in cabbage breaks down chemicals in your system, and indole-3-carbinol boosts DNA repair. Kale is also a superstar veggie that provides support for the detox system, and parsley is a diuretic herb that adds flavor to this salad as it flushes your system. As you start your nutritional detox, make sure to stay away from sugar, flour, processed foods, caffeine, and alcohol, and don’t forget to drink extra water.

Simply put, this salad is a refreshing, tasty addition to your detox diet, and will help to reset your body.

Chopped Detox Salad

Print Recipe
Chopped Detox Salad
This salad recipe is a perfect way to kick off a detox. Keep a big bowl of it in your fridge to use as a side dish or midday snack.
Detox Salad
Prep Time 15 minutes
Servings
Ingredients
Prep Time 15 minutes
Servings
Ingredients
Detox Salad
Instructions
  1. In a food processor, pulse cabbage, kale, parsley, cilantro, carrots, ginger and garlic until coarsely chopped. Pour into a large bowl. Toss with remaining ingredients. Serve and enjoy. Will store in fridge for up to six days.

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Yuri Elkaim

Yuri Elkaim

Yuri Elkaim is one of the world’s most trusted health and fitness experts. A former pro soccer player turned NYT bestselling author of The All-Day Energy Diet and The All-Day Fat Burning Diet, his clear, science-backed advice has transformed the lives of more than 500,000 men and women and he’s on a mission to help 100 million people by 2040. Read his inspiring story, “From Soccer to Bed to No Hair on My Head” that started it all.