If you’re looking to detoxify your body, you don’t have to fall victim to the latest cleanses, fasts and terrible concoctions that starve you for days (ahem, looking at you, cayenne pepper water).
The truth is, your body already comes with several built-in detoxification systems—your colon, liver, kidneys, lungs and skin to name a few—and they work to naturally eliminate toxins and keep things functioning properly every day.
Luckily, there are ways to help your body do what it does best by aiding the natural detoxification processes already taking place—specifically with what you put in your mouth.
Certain foods act as a catalyst for the detoxification process and help your body to work at its highest potential. Below is a list some of the best foods and recipes to naturally detoxify your body (without starving it!).
Pro tip: Drink a full glass of room temperature water in the morning spritzed with lemon juice to hydrate your body and kickstart all your body’s systems!
The Best Foods For Natural Detoxing
- Sweet Potatoes
- Green Tea
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Related: Why Detoxes Don’t Always Work
The Best Recipes For Natural Detoxing
These recipes combine a lot of the foods above for a super healthy way to assist your body it’s natural detoxification process.
Detox Vegetable Soup by The Healthy Maven
Full of good for you ingredients that nourish your soul and replenish your body, this detox vegetable soup is one of the most popular recipes on our website and for good reason. It’s the perfect dinner for a cold winter’s night and will fill your home with delicious aromas as it simmers.
Kale Rainbow Detox Salad by Ambitious Kitchen
Kale is one of the healthiest foods on the planet which makes it a great base for this delicious and healthy salad. This recipe is also loaded with all sorts of veggies including colorful bell peppers and carrots which have wonderful health benefits including beta-carotene and vitamin C. Plus, it’s topped with simple but delicious vinaigrette that brings everything together.
Salmon Sweet Potato Avocado Kale Salad by Slender Kitchen
With so many delicious ingredients in this salad, you’ll forget you’re eating healthy! The salmon and avocado bring good-for-you, satiating fats while the sweet potato, kale, apple, cucumber and tomato give your body an extra boost of nutrients.
Roasted Red Pepper Quinoa Chili by Fit Foodie Finds
Try a different spin on chili with this roasted red pepper and quinoa version. This vegetarian recipe takes less than an hour to make and is packed with protein and fiber.
Beet, Arugula & Quinoa Salad with Citrus Dressing by Get Healthy U
Beets are one of the best detoxifying foods and this salad is filled with good-for-you ingredients while still tasting delicious! Let this salad be your go-to when you’ve been indulging in a few too many Christmas cookies.
Tropical Detox Smoothie Bowl by Get Healthy U
Smoothies are a great way to start your morning and the pineapple base of this smoothie means it’s a great way to detox too! Plus, you can make this smoothie bowl year round using fresh or frozen fruit!
Cleansing Green Radish Soup by Heavenlynn Healthy
A few too many cocktails this weekend? This Cleansing Green Radish Soup is the perfect clean recipe you need to get your body back in shape. Dairy-free, gluten-free, and packed with veggies, it’s a great meal to make for the family or to take in you lunches all week!
Carrot Apple Ginger Zinger by Get Healthy U
Sometimes after eating too much unhealthy food, the only thing you want to put in your body is juice! Our Carrot Apple Ginger Zinger is the perfect shot of nutrients to your system to help detoxify without loading you up with more calories.
Watercress, Beetroot, Avocado & Lentil Salad by Heavenlynn Healthy
Protein, fiber and healthy fats – what more could you want?! This salad is an amazing source of vitamins and minerals, has great fresh flavor and crunch as well as avocado, beets and pecans all topped with a dijon maple dressing. Yum!
Crockpot Chicken Tortilla Soup with Kale by Fit Foodie Finds
Soups are a winter staple, but they’re also a great way to load up on the veggies and hydrate your body. This chicken tortilla soup is made in the crockpot with delicious Mexican flavors and a healthy potion of kale.
Kale, Edamame and Quinoa Salad with Lemon Vinaigrette by Ambitious Kitchen
This unique fruit and veggie combo salad combines kale, edamame, mango, grape tomatoes, avocado, quinoa and red onion for a filling and healthy meal any time of day. Your body will truly thank you!
Skinny Vegetable Medley Soup by Get Healthy U
Despite the name, this vegetable medley soup doesn’t taste like a “diet” recipe; this healthy dish is so delicious and so filling you won’t believe it has under 200 calories and is packed with 11 grams of protein per serving. It’s LOADED with veggies and totally customizable so you can add in your favorite veggies or take out ones you don’t love.
Green Goddess Tuna Quinoa Salad by Ambitious Kitchen
We love Green Goddess dressing! And in this salad, it’s the perfect compliment to the quinoa, tuna, and fresh spring veggies! It’s easy to prepare ahead and bring to a gathering or to have for an easy side dish (or main!) during the week.