Detox Challenge is on the way and I think it’s important to take a look at some of the greens and green superfoods that can help you prepare for it a bit better!
The importance of leafy greens lies in their nutritional diversity. When rotating them you’ll get a more well rounded and balanced amount of vitamins and minerals (kale, for example, has a much higher level of calcium, iron, and protein than spinach- sad part about it is that Estonian food retailers don’t really promote kale on their shop shelves. Tip: grow it yourself, kale grows perfectly in our climate)
Another aspect to keep in mind is to rotate greens to avoid an overabundance of any particular food which could lead to nutritional imbalance or toxicity. Yes- you heard me right, toxicity. All leaves contain small amounts of toxins as a defense mechanism to keep the plant from predation (for leaf-eating animals to consume it all). Spinach, for example, has oxalic acid in it which can lead to kidney problems when you have it in your diet (3 or more bunches) for a longer period. That does NOT mean that adding spinach to your smoothies will give you kidney problems but eating a whole 500g package per day might over time. Pointing it out again: rotation is important for well-balanced nutrient intake. So when there is too much spinach in your diet currently, try kale for a couple of weeks, then switch it to Romaine lettuce or dandelion and then back again.
Since preparing for this 3-day challenge should be taken seriously in order to get a full experience from it I will also introduce some green superfoods that should be on your plate regardless.
Brussel Sprouts– rich in vitamins A and C, potassium and cancer-fighting phytochemicals. Fiber-rich vegetables are also a great source of amino acids and protein. Roast them with olive oil and you’ll get a delicious side dish or a snack.
Avocado– these amazing fruits have healthy fats in them that help lower cholesterol and keep you full longer. Also packed with Vitamins E, C and potassium. Potassium is important for good digestive and muscular function. Use avocado in your smoothies, or pureed with some mineral salt and pepper as a spread.
Kale– Great source of Vitamins A,C, and K, healthy omega-3 acids and calcium. A true masterpiece! I personally like to roast kale with some mineral salt and olive oil as a snack, but better yet, you can put it into oven and roast it completely and it will become salt substitute! yum-yum
Spinach– high in fiber, it’s The choice for a health-conscious eater. Spinach provides antioxidants like beta-carotene to support heart health, fights cancer and helps keep your eyes healthy. I use it as a salad base, cook it with whole grain pasta and of course- smoothies!
Broccoli– Packed with Vitamins A, C, and K, broccoli is also high in fiber which helps with satiety (the feeling of being full) and supports weight maintenance. I like to steam my broccoli slightly, toss some mineral salt and olive oil on it and just Eat It All as a snack. Ooor!!! There are some pretty interesting smoothie recipes with broccoli
And as an extra:
Spirulina/Chlorella– these belong to the type of algae that are rich in protein. They also attach to heavy metals in our blood thus detoxifying the body. Both are super greens and quite heavy to consume by themselves. I take chlorella as pills with water, but I’ve used it in my juices also and the expressions on my face have been noted as something people do not want to try for themselves.
Grasses (wheat, barley)– Packed with Vitamins C and B12, calcium, iron and protein, these can be added to juices or smoothies
Boost Yourself Detox blend contains wheatgrass, barley grass, chlorella, spirulina and Camu-Camu. Of course, adding raw greens to smoothies is good but when you don’t have them in your reach or want to add extra nutrient kick then green superfood blends will provide you with multiple ingredients in one, convenient and nutrient-dense scoop
This Detox Challenge is a great way to maybe take an overall look at how you’ve been shaping your eating habits till today. I highly recommend you to take At Least a week to prepare yourself. By preparing I mean trying to have one meal replaced with a smoothie, no snacking on some random crap, exercising and drinking loads of water. Some time ago I wrote a post about how our body is a detoxifying machine itself and how you can help your body in order to prevent it from burning out. Click HERE and give it a read.
I will finish with this TedTalk that looks into fasting and eating habits that can be related to different health problems we encounter today in the World.