With temperatures finally rising, spring is officially here and it's the perfect time for a detox! I've said it many times before but the way I like to recommend doing a detox is as a way to reset the diet and get back on track. Holidays, vacations and life can have us slowly sliding off the healthy path we have for ourselves and a detox can be a great way to refocus. This is also the time I like to add a good supplement to give the body a boost depending on an individual's health goals- Skin issues? Liver need a boost? Just want a general nutrient support? For myself this is an even better time to do a detox! After 9 months of pregnancy nausea and a diet that focused on anything that didn't make me want to get sick, I am ready to get things back on track. However, since I am currently breastfeeding, I will be skipping the supplement this time and just focusing on diet. Again, even by just cleaning up diet and focusing on fresh, whole foods will boost your health! My husband will be adding a supplement and my 2-year old will be eating the same foods as well!
Tomorrow is my family's official start day, so today is my prep day. By making a plan and having snacks and foods on hand it can make the diet changes much easier to follow and stick to! So what am I prepping today?
I made sure to make a roasted chicken for dinner last night so that I could make stock today! Just add the left over chicken bones, carrots, celery, onions and any spices you like to a stock pot of water. Bring to a boil, then simmer for at least an hour. The longer you simmer, the more flavour you'll have. For anyone who is vegan/vegetarian, you can prep a vegetable stock by omitting the chicken bones.
Grain Free Granola
One of my favourite cookbooks is Nourishing Meals by Alissa Segersten and Tom Malterre. This is the second cookbook they have released and over the next two weeks, you will see many meals made from their recipes (both their cookbook and blog). They have also just released another book (though I don't have it yet), the two I do are well worth the investment! In this book, Nourishing Meals, they have a wonderful grain free, nut based granola. I use this recipe as a base and add to it to make my own.
Ingredients: 3 cups chopped nuts (walnuts, almonds, pecans but you can use whatever you'd like), 1/2 cup raw pumpkin seeds, 1/2 cup raw sunflower seeds, 3 tbsp chia seeds, 1/4 cup hemp hearts, 1/4 cup ground flaxseeds, 2 tsp of cinnamon, 1/4 tsp nutmeg, 1/4 tsp sea salt, 1/4 cup (generous) maple syrup, 1/4 cup (generous) melted coconut oil. Mix together, spread on a parchment paper lined cookie sheet and bake at 300F for 35-40 min. Remove from oven and mix in any add ins you'd like (dried cranberries/fruit, raisins, coconut, chocolate chips, etc.) and let cool!
Raisin Seed Cookies
These raisin seed cookies are amazing and egg and nut free (for anyone who can't have nuts or teachers in a nut free school). However, if you don't have to avoid nuts and don't have sunflower seed butter on hand you can easily use almond butter instead (which is what I do). Find the recipe here at The Paleo Mom. I will even let me daughter have these for breakfast since they are so low in sugar and so high in healthy proteins and fats!
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