Detox Salad

by Polly N on January 2, 2011

For those of you still feeling a little worse for wear following the New Year festivities and craving something healthy here is the detox salad I made myself for dinner last night.  In fact I enjoyed it so much that I threw another 2 handfuls of watercress and rocket in a bowl with the remainder of the dressing and the avocado and ate that immediately after the first bowl.

When we feel hunger set in, it is our body asking for vitamins, minerals and enzymes so that it can obtain the energy it needs to carry out bodily functions. I don’t know if you have ever noticed but very often on eating foods from the SUK (Standard UK) Diet – such as bread, cheese, cereals, processed and refined foods, we find ourselves reaching for more food shortly afterwards. (SUK – appropriately named don’t you think?!) This is because the body’s nutritional needs have not been met. When you’re hungover and it feels like you crave sugar and carbs, the body is really just looking for something to bring it back to health. So although a salad or a cleansing juice doesn’t feel like it’s quite going to cut the mustard, and all you really want is a dirty great burger, think twice as this will only make you feel worse!

Cabbage is good at relieving headaches so throw some into a salad or make a juice if you’re suffering. I included it in my juice this morning just for fun along with cucumber, celery and sweet potato. Goji berries are packed full of Vitamin C which your body will be in short supply of so snack on those and of course drink lots and lots of water. Your body is made up of water – your brain consists of 76%, your muscle 75% and your bone 25% so it really is important to stay super hydrated so that it can work efficiently.

Don’t forget to get outside for some fresh air – although staying on the sofa might seem like the only thing you are capable of, a walk will make you feel much better. Wishing you all a happy and healthy New Year!!

Detox Salad

  • 1 handful watercress
  • 1 handful rocket leaves
  • 1 spring onion, chopped
  • 1/4 cucumber, diced
  • 2 inches celery, finely chopped
  • 1/2 avocado
  • handful coriander, roughly sliced

Combine all ingredients in a bowl and garnish with coriander and Walnut Dressing

Walnut Dressing

  • 1 tbl walnut oil
  • 1 tsp lime juice
  • 1 tsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1 garlic clove

Combine alll ingredients in a mini-food processor and pour over salad. (Any oil can be used but I prefer to keep olive oil to a minimum, opting instead for hemp, walnut or pumpkin.) Try to buy cold-pressed oils as these are much healthier for you whereas the standard oils in light coloured bottles have been heated, damaged and are potentially very bad for you.


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