The word “detox” can conjure up a lot of varying images depending on who you ask. For me, I always imagine some kind of juice cleanse that involves a lot of apple cider vinegar. I also see myself trying to stuff my hunger down for a lot longer than I’d like! Now you understand why I’m skeptical about the existence of delicious detox recipes.
As it turns out, going on a detox doesn’t mean major restrictions to your diet. In fact, all it really means is eating a bit more mindfully than normal. You can even sneak in the occasional treat! These 25 delicious detox recipes prove there’s so much more behind detoxing than drinking juice (although, there are a few delicious drinks on the list). Hit the reset button on your body and feel better than ever!
1. Apple Cinnamon No Bake Energy Bites
Whether you eat them for breakfast or a midday snack, these no-bake energy bites are ridiculously easy to make. They’re super delicious, too! Apples have plenty of fiber, and when they’re paired with flaxseed, protein powder, and warming spices, you’ve got a super tasty treat on your hands.
2. Sesame-Crusted Baked Chicken Tender with Mandarin-Ginger Dressing
Yes, chicken tenders can fit into a detox meal plan! Instead of being coated in a heavy breading and fried, these tenders are coated in sesame seeds and baked in the oven. Served them over a leafy green salad topped with a light dressing and you’ll have a delicious, detox-friendly version of a classic.
3. The Best Detox Broccoli Cheese Soup
Surprisingly, this cheese soup doesn’t have any cheese in it! It’s able to attain a crave-worthy creamy flavor with the help of almond milk and nutritional yeast. Surprisingly, a lot people have a sensitivity to dairy and don’t even know it. Take a break from dairy without sacrificing flavor by whipping up a pot of this soup!
4. Apple Cider Vinegar and Cranberry Detox Drink
Apple cider vinegar is well-known for its detox qualities, and it recently had a surge in popularity. Not many of us can drink a shot of this first thing in the morning, so mix it with cranberry and lime for a delicious drink. You won’t even taste the apple cider vinegar, but you’ll still get all the health benefits!
5. 15-Minute Gazpacho with Cucumber, Red Pepper, and Basil
This 15-minute gazpacho is a veggie-lovers dream for a number of reasons. It’s beautiful, super simple to make, is loaded with vital nutrients, and tastes amazing!
6. Triple Chocolate Detox Smoothie
Any detox plan that includes chocolate is a-okay in our books. This tasty blend of protein, healthy fats, and complex carbs will leave you feeling full all the way until lunch. Plus, the addition of honey as a natural sweetener will make it taste much more indulgent than it actually is!
7. Peanut Butter Granola
Granola is a great snack, but most of the store-bought varieties are packed with sugar and unhealthy fats—not what you want when you’re trying to give your body a reset. Make your own peanut butter-flavored granola with this recipe! With only five ingredients, this is perfect to mix with yogurt or even eat on its own!
8. Detox Coconut Lemongrass Chicken Ramen
Ramen is the ultimate Asian comfort food, so make this detox version for a tasty weeknight dinner. Packed full of veggies and protein and blended together with plenty of spices, this dish is seriously crave-worthy. Ditch the pre-packaged ramen you ate in college for a healthier edition you’ll be sure to make again and again.
9. Coconut Detox Macaroons
Who knew desserts could be considered detox-friendly? With a few simple swaps, we’re able to create cookies that are lighter and more nutritious. This recipe barely takes a half hour to make start to finish, so you can make this sweet treat in a flash! Plus, they’re only 98 calories per serving!
10. Lemon Ginger Detox Drink
This gingery lemon drink will become your go-to detox drink when you’re in serious need of a reset. With only three ingredients, this drink can be made anytime, anywhere. It’s great way to ease into a detox plan thanks to its simplicity. Integrate it into your regular diet for a boost, or as part of an entire detox plan!
11. Grilled Cauliflower Steaks
Cauliflower is great for your diet since it’s a cruciferous vegetable, so start eating them more by making these tasty cauliflower steaks! These can be made as a side or eaten as a meal all on their own; they’re full of flavor either way. Grilled and covered with olive oil and spices, this recipe will convince any vegetable skeptics that cauliflower is delicious!
12. Spinach Artichoke Soup
Spinach and artichoke dip is a go-to appetizer, so make this detox-friendly version by turning it into a healthy soup. You still get that creamy flavor thanks to the addition of sour cream, parmesan, and cream cheese. Plus, it’s done, start to finish, in about a half hour. Perfect for a busy weeknight dinner!
13. Purple Power Detox Smoothie
Smoothies are usually seen as detox-friendly, and this recipe is no different. Gather up all your favorite purple foods to make this super smoothie! Blueberries and beets give it that distinctive color, but bananas, coconut milk, and orange juice make it taste extra sweet.
14. Sour Cream Bran Muffins
Muffins are great for a Saturday morning breakfast, so try making these bran muffins this weekend! Cinnamon, molasses, and raisins make these muffins perfect for a cold-weather treat. Bran is full of fiber, making these muffins seriously healthy. Serve them up with a hot cup of coffee and you’ll have the perfect breakfast!
15. Detox Tabbouleh
For those who don’t know, tabbouleh is a salad traditionally made with fresh herbs, onion, and bulghur. This detox version replaces the bulghur with cauliflower for a low-carb alternative, but it’s still full of flavor. Serve it over crackers with hummus for a delicious midday snack!
16. Cranberry and Brussel Sprouts Detox Salad
This simple salad is loaded with nutrient-dense foods that will jump start your detox plan and have your body feeling so much better. Ingredients like kale and broccoli provide a ton of health benefits (like vitamins and minerals), and it’s topped with an apple cider vinegar-based dressing. Detoxing never tasted better!
17. Strawberry Detox Water
When we decide to go on a big detox, we usually focus on big changes rather than small ones. A lot of us overlook the fact that we don’t drink enough water, and let’s face it: drinking plain water is boring, and we’d much rather be drinking something else. Give your water bottle a much needed upgrade with this fruit-infused recipe!
18. Antioxidant Smoothie
This smoothie can be made ahead of time as a smoothie pack, and then thawed on the day you need it. Berries are loaded with antioxidants, and that’s what makes up the base of this drink. Bananas add healthy carbs, spinach adds iron, and almond milk makes it deliciously creamy!
19. Detoxifying Slow Cooker Moroccan Stew
Trying to go on a detox during the cold fall and winter months can seem impossible. We’re surrounded by comfort foods that are usually pretty unhealthy. Fortunately, this stew is super healthy and detox-friendly. Plenty of veggies and warming spices make this stew taste indulgent while still being a clean-eating meal!
20. Beet Coconut Water Detox
Another simple, three-ingredient recipe, this juice is a great way to flush out any toxins from your system when starting your next detox. Coconut water is naturally packed with electrolytes, perfect for those times when you’re feeling drained and dehydrated. A splash of beet juice and lemon and you’re good to go!
21. Detox Green Smoothie Bowl
Make all your Instagram followers jealous when you post a pic of this smoothie bowl. This is a perfect way to make your weekday mornings feel a little more special; it’s so pretty to look at! Plus, it only calls for six ingredients, most of which you probably already have in your fridge and freezer.
22. Detox Juice for the New Year
Why wait until the new year to get started on your health and wellness? Whip up this juice any time of year for a quick and easy reset. This juice is made up of traditional detox ingredients: apples, carrots, cucumbers, pineapple, and lemon. There’s a reason why drinks like this are so popular—they work!
23. Gentle Morning Kitchari
Kitchari is a traditional Indian dish made with rice and lentils, and this savory breakfast version is perfect when you’re craving something super nourishing. Eating savory foods for breakfast is common in most Asian countries, so don’t be afraid to start eating less sweets in the morning! As a bonus, this dish is even vegan and gluten-free.
24. Thai Chicken Buddha Bowls
Buddha bowls are known for packing a ton of superfoods into one meal, so try making this Thai chicken version to see what all the hype is about! This recipe uses farro and Asian vegetables topped with a peanut sauce, but feel free to get creative and make your own version!
25. Seriously Delicious Detox Salad
One hard and fast rule for nutrition is to eat the rainbow, and this salad definitely abides by that principle. A ton of vegetables add complex carbs and fiber, and almonds add healthy fats. Top it off with a Japanese ginger carrot dressing for a well-balanced (and seriously awesome) salad!
See? I told you it was easier than you thought. Detoxing can fit into any kind of diet or meal plan, and you can make it uniquely yours with a little bit of planning. We’ve got you covered for every meal, and all the snacks in between. Be sure to save these recipes for a healthy post-holiday reset (or whenever your body needs it)!
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