Spring cleaning doesn’t only apply to your home - it applies to your body as well. We’ve rounded up a selection of spring detox recipes to help you clean out and refresh your system so you feel revitalized and energized as the weather warms up.
When you hear "detox," you may automatically think of juice cleanses or restrictive, super low calorie meal plans that are marketed as a weight loss cleanse. That’s not what we’re after here—we think it’s important to eat enough calories (including protein and carbohydrates) to keep your body functioning properly or your detox could do more harm than good. You can accomplish a natural cleanse while still eating delicious foods.
These recipes feature liver-and-gastrointestinal-nourishing foods with a variety of fruits, veggies and spices. So yes, you can do a body cleanse diet and still feel satisfied!
1Antioxidant Fruit Salad with Bee Pollen - Life by Daily Burn
With a myriad of fruit and a topping of vanilla-infused honey and bee pollen, this salad is practically dessert!
2Detox Cookies - Sweetashoney
These delicious little cookies are sweetened by fruit only - so you can snack on them (or even eat them for breakfast!) without the dreaded sugar crash.
3Beet Blueberry Muffins - Nutrition Stripped
All the beets and blueberries make these minimally-sweetened muffins Antioxidant Central!
4Dark Chocolate Detox Bites - The View from Great Island
Each nibble of these dark chocolate bites provides loads of antioxidants and heart healthy flavonoids.
5Super Summer Detox Salad - Well Plated
This antioxidant-rich salad is full enough to be a main meal without weighing you (and your digestive system) down.
6Chopped Green Goddess Salad - Pinch of Yum
Chopped veggies plus a light dressing? That’s the recipe for a fantastic detox salad.
7The Mean Green Detox Salad - Half Baked Harvest
Yet another example of a detox salad that will actually be filling!
8Asparagus Salad with Lemon & Caraway - Homespun Capers
A simple asparagus salad that’s filling enough to make a meal. Yum!
9Roasted Beet Noodles with Pesto & Baby Kale - Inspiralized
Full of vitamins and antioxidants, this salad also features a dairy-free pesto sauce.
10Spring Beets & Citrus Detox Salad - The Raw Food Kitchen
Salads are a staple for detoxing…but don’t worry, this one is full of flavor and has a “zingy” dressing to go with it.
11Avocado Strawberry Spinach Salad with Poppyseed Dressing - Gimme Some Oven
This summery salad is bursting with flavor. You don’t need to be on a detox to enjoy a salad like this!
12Detox Slaw - Naive Cook Cooks
This simple little salad features a mix of veggies and a light tahini dressing.
13Turmeric Broth Detox Soup - Feasting At Home
Turmeric is a great addition to any detox as this comforting turmeric broth soup shows.
14Detox Vegetable Soup - The Healthy Maven
This soup is bursting with veggies but absolutely won’t leave you unsatisfied! Your body is going to love all the clean nutrition in each spoonful.
15Coconut Lentil Soup with Lemongrass and Ginger - Cafe Johnsonia
This warm soup is gluten free, vegetarian and vegan. A Thai dish full of flavor!
16Roasted Fennel and Cauliflower Soup - In Sonnet's Kitchen
Soups are a great way to enjoy lots of veggie goodness, aren’t they? Perfect for a detox.
17Asparagus & Avocado Spring Rolls with Citrus Dipping Sauce - Oh My Veggies
You would never guess that these adorable little spring rolls are helping you flush toxins. Well done, cute little spring rolls!
18Roasted Nourish Bowl with Lemon Tahini Dressing - A Couple Cooks
First, love that this is called a “nourish” bowl. Second, can a healthy dinner get any prettier?
19Roasted Salmon with Apple Fennel Salad - Lexi's Clean Kitchen
Salmon makes the perfect light protein, and paired with all the flavorful produce? Astounding.
20Green Goddess Enchiladas - Eats Well With Others
What? Detox enchiladas? Well, basically. You’d never know there are tons of greens and chickpeas in those tortillas.
21Mushroom Quinoa Lettuce Wraps - Love & Lemons
Trust us, you won’t miss the meat with these vegetarian wraps.
22Detox Tonic - In Sonnet's Kitchen
This easy-to-make detox tonic features ginger, lemon, honey, cayenne and turmeric. It makes a perfect morning coffee replacement.
23Ayurvedic Detox Tea - Feasting At Home
This detox drink promotes easy digestion, and it couldn’t be easier to make if you have a french press.
24Apple Ginger Drink - Swanson Health Products
This refreshing drink features apple cider vinegar, which is known to help cleanse your system!
25Super Yellow Juice - Nosh and Nourish
This vibrant Super Yellow Juice is bursting with fruits, veggies, and flavor!
Popular Detoxing Foods
- Lemon Water: Lemons are a great source of vitamin C, which can help the body detox and burn fat; they also aid digestion.
- Dark Leafy Greens: Their chlorophyll content helps rid the body of toxins.
- Whole Grains: Besides being full of nutrients and antioxidants, they're incredibly high in insoluble fiber, which helps keep you regular.
- Fresh Fruit: Full of vitamins, antioxidants, and fiber, fruit is a great way to fill up without adding fat or other unwanted commodities.
- Beets: The fiber in beets helps increase the production of antioxidant enzymes in the liver, which help the liver and gallbladder eliminate bile and other toxins.
- Watercress: A natural diuretic and free-radical fighter that helps stimulate cleansing enzymes in the liver.
- Cabbage: Another liver cleanser that also refreshes the palate.
- Artichokes: This veggie can promote healthy liver and gallbladder function, and stimulate healthy digestion
- Ginger and Garlic: These flavor-boosters help the liver get rid of free radicals.
- Green Tea: Top your meal off with green tea and speed up liver activity while giving a boost to detoxifying enzymes.
Do you have any favorite foods or drinks that you eat during a whole body cleanse? What detox recipe or drink are you most excited to try?