Monday, February 14, 2011

Day 8: Detox

Dealing with Detoxification
Along with juicing, detoxification is a crucial part of reclaiming your health. Once you clean out the toxins from your system, you'll be surprised how energetic you'll feel!
Some people experience headaches, some a runny nose, others just feel sleepy or maybe no symptoms at all.
Giving the body energy (good food) is what it needs to push away toxins so it can rebuild and reclaim.

Side note: If you feel too much detoxing, you can slow it down by eating more cooked foods. Raw foods speed up your detoxing.

Today's Recipe
Potato Soup

2 Tbsp olive or grapeseed oil 2 onions (or leeks)
2 stalks celery, sliced 4 potatoes, cubed
2 cloves garlic or 1/2 tsp garlic powder 1 tsp onion powder
4 cups water 1 tsp thyme
1 1/2 tsp basil 1 tsp unrefined sea salt
2 Tbsp fresh parsley (or 1 Tbsp dried) Opt: 1 tsp dill
Optional ingredients

2 carrots, grated
1 bunch kale (see below)
1 bunch broccoli
1 tsp prepared mustard

1. Sauté onion and celery in oil.
2. Add rest of vegetables, water, thyme, and basil and cook until tender (about 30 minutes).
3. Purée in blender or with hand blender, then mix in additional herbs and seasonings, and simmer for about 10 minutes more.

Potatoes can be used with skins on, peeled or half peeled (most nutritious with skins on). Purée just one half of soup for chunkier version.
If adding kale, break into small pieces and steam separately. Add to already puréed soup.