By now you’ve finished off your holiday leftovers and New Year’s Eve champagne; it’s probably time to detox. But that doesn’t mean you have to cut calories or ditch drinking. You can easily improve your digestion, increase energy, and get your pre-holiday “glow” back without going on an extreme detox diet or juice cleanse. (In fact, for many of you, we recommend you don’t.) Laying off the party food, trying Meatless Monday, and making a few healthy recipes will yield vast improvements in your health.
To help, we rounded up 8 great detox recipes for vegan and vegetarian salads to help you get back to feeling great. Make one for dinner, or make a batch to pack away for lunch, and you’ll be well on your way to getting in more fruits and vegetables, and cutting out the junk. Get excited: You’re about to get reacquainted with kale (and lots of other fruits and vegetables).
Sweet Potato Salad with Rye Berries, Pepitas, and Ricotta SalataEating salads is easy; getting your sweet tooth back in check is the hard part of a January detox. This salad is full of naturally sweet ingredients to quell your cravings and help you ease off sweets, naturally. GET THE RECIPE, via Eats Well With Others
Honey Mustard, Broccoli, and Apple SaladRaw vegetables, fruits and seeds are pretty much all you could want in a detoxing meal; this one uses seasonal ingredients and dresses it up with a delicious-sounding vinaigrette. GET THE RECIPE, via Joy The Baker
Shredded Red Cabbage and Carrot SaladRaw vegetables and fiber are two things missing from most holiday meals, so making sure to get a good dose of both will help your body recalibrate. Make a big batch of this salad and serve it alongside other meals to get a good dose of nutrient-rich roughage back in your diet. GET THE RECIPE, via Angie's Recipes
Haloumi Salad with Pomegranate and CherriesIf you're down with dairy, haloumi is a high-protein, low-fat cheese that makes for a great salad. Try it with nutrient-rich pomegranate and cherries for a decadent (tasting) detox salad. GET THE RECIPE, via Wholesome Cook
Kale Salad with Fennel, Radicchio, and Asian PearSalads that only use seasonal ingredients can be a little bleak in the winter; not in this case. Kale, radicchio, and pear are all widely available throughout the winter, and they make for a tasty (and detoxifying) mix. GET THE RECIPE, via The Little Ferraro Kitchen
Winter Salad with Kale & PomegranateIt looks gourmet, it tastes gourmet, but it's truly a simple, healthy salad that will get you on your way to feeling great in 2013. GET THE RECIPE, via A Tasty Love Story
Mediterranean Quinoa SaladJanuary detoxes can be overwhelming when you're catching up on everything that fell off track in December. But if you keep it simple, you can succeed: Try making a batch of this simple quinoa salad to keep you detoxing all week. GET THE RECIPE, via Half Baked Harvest
Spinach Pomegranate Salad with Pumpkin DressingIf you're not quite ready to give up on pumpkin spice, try this salad: It packs way more fruits and veggies than a Starbucks latte, and will satisfy your craving for the classic fall/winter flavor. GET THE RECIPE, via The Little Ferraro Kitchen
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