The silly season has just began and already I am feeling the need for a detox!  December means Christmas parties, pre-Christmas get togethers and my birthday. These are all great reasons to celebrate with a drink or two. Just 15 days into December and I’m feeling a little boozy and unhealthy. Rather than commit to a detox which excludes alcohol, I decided to to nurture my liver by feeding it well.

Detox Beetroot Salad

Detox Beetroot Salad

In the words of Hippocrates, “Let Food be thy medicine, and medicine be thy food”

What I am proposing is a compromise with my liver.  I continue to enjoy the party season with wine and cocktails but I pamper my liver daily with some liver cleansing super foods.

I realise a true detox requires you to eliminate the bad things like alcohol.  THEN cleanse the liver with the good, but at this time of year it’s a huge ask.  What I am proposing is a harm minimisation strategy.  I realised I needed a detox recipe that would prime my liver to better handle the festive season and all the excesses.

Christmas Beetroot Salad

Christmas Beetroot Salad

What better way to do this than to take a look at what foods naturally cleanse the liver and load up on those. I did a little research and discovered some liver cleansing super foods that can make a real difference to the health of your liver. Looking at the list it became obvious that combining some of these super food would result in a delicious salad.

Christmas Detox Salad PIN

Christmas Detox Salad PIN

  1. Beetroot and Carrots -Rich in Glutathione which helps detoxify the liver. It also helps stimulate the liver to produce toxin cleansing enzymes and improve liver function.
  2. Spinach – another great source of Glutathione.
  3. Lemon and Limes – High levels of vitamin C stimulates the liver to synthesise toxic materials into substances that can be absorbed by water and excreted.
  4. Apples – Pectin is vital to help cleanse and release toxins from the digestive tract.
  5. Walnuts – Another source of Glutathione, plus a good source if omega-3 fatty acids and amino acid arginine.  These acids help support normal liver cleansing and are particularly helpful in detoxifying the body of ammonia.
Christmas Detox Salad

Christmas Detox Salad

Now that I have introduced you to these top 5 liver cleansing super foods it’s time to share a delicious salad that uses all these items.

As an extra bonus it even looks like a festive salad. I’m sure it would be right at home on the Christmas lunch table.

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Behold, I give you the “Detox Beetroot Salad!”  A salad that will hide its health giving properties in the guise of a delicious fresh salad.

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Christmas Detox Beetroot Salad
Prep Time
5 mins
Total Time
5 mins
 
A healthy salad to serve for a little fresh zing!
Course: Salad
Cuisine: Healthy
Servings: 8
Author: Julie
Ingredients
  • 3 raw medium beetroot peeled
  • 1 large carrot peeled
  • 1 lg Granny smith apple
  • 1/2 cup fresh spinach leaves
  • juice 1 lemon
  • 1 Tbs walnut oil
  • 1/4 cup coriander chopped
Optional Topping
  • Goats Cheese or Feta
  • Walnut
Instructions
  1. /4 the apple, beetroots and carrot and place in a food processor.
  2. Pulse in bursts until the desired constancy is achieved.
  3. Stir the coriander and spinach through the salad.
  4. Dress with the lemon and oil.
  5. Place the optional toppings on the salad to serve.

The Detox Beetroot salad will be accompanying me to  all my “bring a plate” functions through out the silly season.

I have been enjoying the Detox Beetroot Salad every day! It has been my “go to” lunch item. I have enjoyed it on a baguette with sliced ham and as a salad, topped with crumbled goats cheese and the number 5 super food, walnuts.

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There are more super foods that we can use to help our liver handle all the festive cheer so I will share a few more  Liver loving recipes in up coming stories.

It’s like having your cake and eating it too!

Beetroot Salad Liver Cleanse

Beetroot Salad Liver Cleanse

Don’t ask me why I started changing the words to the Christmas Carol, “12 Days of Christmas”; but take a read below.

I asked Mr GG to help me but he just told me I was weird. So readers, please help me finish my tribute to the alcoholic excesses of the Christmas, New year period.

“On the 1st day of Christmas

my true love sent to me,

Dom Perignon

 

On the 2nd day of Christmas

my true love sent to me,

two crates of wine,

and Dom Perignon.

 

On the 3rd day of Christmas

my true love sent to me,

three nips of gin

two crates of wine

and Dom Perignon.

 

On the 4th day of Christmas

my true love sent to me,

Four champagne flutes

three nips of gin,

two crates of wine

and Dom Perignon.

 

On the 5th day of Christmas,

my true love sent to me

Five cocktail shakers

Four champagne flutes

three nips of gin,

two crates of wine

and Dom Perignon.

 

On the 6th day of Christmas,

my true love sent to me,

Six sexy waiters,

Five cocktail shakers,

Four champagne flutes,

three nips of gin,

two crates of wine

and Dom Perignon.

 
On the 7th day of Christmas,

my true love sent to me,

Seven slabs of beer,

Six sexy waiters,

Five cocktail shakers,

Four champagne flutes,

three nips of gin,

two crates of wine

and Dom Perignon “

Help me out with the next 5 days of Christmas 🙂