8 Post-Holiday Detox Recipes to Lighten Up the Load

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The holidays are full of love, joy, family and friends,–and all too often also full of delicious, yet rich and heavy food.  After the season of retox, your body might be telling you that it’s time to lighten the load. Check out the following 8 post-holiday detox recipes and start the new year of with a healthier, lighter, and more vibrant you!

1. Holiday Detox Smoothie

Fittingly named, this smoothie is full of in-season cranberries, which are loaded with antioxidants that help flush toxins out of your system. Completely free of added sugar, this sweet kale-loaded smoothie is perfect for breakfast or a quick and refreshing snack.

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2. Blueberry Coconut Baked Steel Cut Oatmeal

This vegan and gluten free breakfast meal (which could even double as a dessert) is free of added sugar, and loaded with antioxidant-filled blueberries, which incidentally are also believed to improve memory!

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3. Vegan Post Holiday Detox Salad

The perfect lunch option for the next week, this winter salad is raw and so completely satisfying. Eat it to boost your energy levels, improve your circulation and amp up your digestion for the very end of the year.

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4. Maple Roasted Chickpeas

Satisfy your sweet tooth and keep your blood sugar levels at an optimal level with this delicious and energizing little snack. All you’ll need is cooked chickpeas, oil, maple syrup, brown sugar and an oven.

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5. Ultimate Green Juice

Juicing has become synonymous with cleansing and detoxing, and this one’s definitely the ticket to ridding your body of toxins. With celery, a nutritional powerhouse of potassium, folic acid, magnesium, and iron, this potent detox cocktail is just what your body needs after a season of indulgence.

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6. Heart Healthy Sandwich

Not only will this sandwich help you correct your holiday eating, it will also give your skin that emanating glow. Its delicious and satisfying ingredients are full of healthy enzymes and amino acids, and it’s so easy to pack with for a work lunch.

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7. Invigorating Homemade Yogi Tea

Whether or not you’re into yoga (which, by the way, will also help you detox), the healing ingredients in this tea will help tone your digestive system and purify your blood after heavy holiday eating. Enjoy it in the morning with your oatmeal or use it as a dessert alternative to kick the sugar overload.

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8. Cinnamon Banana Green Smoothie

This smoothie is so easy to make that there’s practically no excuse to not include it in your daily regimen for the duration of your detox. Full of iron, calcium, veggie protein, and antioxidants, it’ll put you back on track for the coming year.

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