Tag: Detox

Post-Christmas detox salad

Post-Christmas detox salad

A very much needed liver friendly post- Christmas salad. Green leaves that are part of the Brassica family like rocket mizuna, mustard greens, are rich in indoles which are believed to help the liver in the detoxification process. Raw red cabbage and radish (two vegetables […]

The best day to start a detox or a diet

The best day to start a detox or a diet

Most of us tend to start a new diet or detox on Monday, and most of us usually struggle to carry through and abandon their plans of a healthier diet mid-week. Could it be that the timing is just wrong? The answer is yes.  Starting […]

Pomegranate & orange quinoa salad

Pomegranate & orange quinoa salad

Since the start of this blog I have been fascinated more and more by the Middle Eastern cuisine. Similar in a way to the Italian one, mostly for its use of olive oil and fresh vegetables, it create complexity with the use of intriguing spices and contrasting flavors.

This recipe is vaguely inspired by the Persian cuisine, by the use of pomegranate, and orange. The quinoa, is flavored with both saffron and turmeric, and presents a very fresh and light taste, thanks to the citrus juice and the pomegranate.

Ideal as an accompaniment to meats like lamb, or vegetables like grilled asparagus, this is also lovely as a breakfast bowl.

Ready in 15 min

Ingredients

  • a bowl of quinoa
  • 1 orange
  • 1 pomegranate
  • a dash of saffron
  • a dash of turmeric
  • cumin  seeds ( optional)

Method

  • Cook the quinoa according to the packet instruction, ( usually 2 parts of water for 1 part of quinoa), adding the saffron to the water, and the turmeric half way through.
  • When ready, transfer in a bowl, add half of the orange juice, the pomegranate to taste and the remaining orange, peeled and cut in small chunks. Enjoy!

 

 

4 vegetables to add to your salad to aid detox

4 vegetables to add to your salad to aid detox

  Apart from practicing other ways of detoxifying your body, you can also include some food in your daily salad. Along with nutrition, rocket is peppery and has chlorophyll, aiding liver detoxification. Radish is rich in vitamin C, folates, and riboflavin, thus helping the liver […]

Pineapple, ginger, lime & mint drink

Pineapple, ginger, lime & mint drink

A delicious and refreshing drink for the summer, full of goodness and easy to make. When talking about fruit juices I am always a bit concerned about the amount of sugar they contains. It is worth to say that fruit mostly contains fructose (the fruit […]

Celery, carrots and fennel seeds soup

Celery, carrots and fennel seeds soup

A very delicate, cleansing soup, great even for the summer months. The fennel seeds help to get rid of bloating, so this soup is great if you need to show off a flat tummy in summery clothes! If you have overindulged, maybe eaten too many ice creams and drank a little too many al fresco beers, you could try having this soup in the evening either as a starter or main meal.

Ingredients

  • 4-5 celery stalks
  • 4-5 carrots
  • 8-10 asparagus
  • 1 medium brown onion
  • half a teaspoon of fennel seeds
  • extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 organic stock cube ( Kalo)
  • Grana padano cheese ( optional)

Wash and roughly cut the vegetables and put them in pot with some water. Add the stock and fennel seeds, and let it simmer for 30min. When ready, blend until the soup reach a creamy consistency and put back on the stove for 2-3 min. Serve with a sprinkle of good quality olive oil and some grana padano cheese shavings. Enjoy!

Healthy tips. Celery is very rich in fibers, that can help digestive system, especially the colon, helpful for a  gentle cleanse and detox. For more healthy and low calories summer soup recipes see also our “Peas, courgette & mint soup.”