Eat Pretty: Spring Detox Recipes

April 10, 2017

As a certified health coach and author of nutrition-based beauty guide Eat Pretty Every DayJolene Hart is the first person we call when our diet needs a refresh. With spring in full swing and summer on the way, we gave her a tall order: recipes that will make us feel great and look great (while tasting great, of course). So, what’s for lunch? These naturally detoxifying dishes featuring an all-star lineup of beauty-boosting superfoods. Enjoy!

Spring Detox Recipes: Summer Detox Salad Spring Detox Recipes: Summer Detox Salad

SUMMER DETOX SALAD 
serves 4 
This simple, office-friendly salad provides an ideal balance of protein, skin-nourishing fats and detox-friendly spring produce.

What You’ll Need
1 bunch asparagus
½ cup cilantro leaves, finely chopped
½ cup parsley leaves, finely chopped
2 garlic cloves, minced
¼ cup olive oil
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
Unrefined salt
Ground black pepper
1 small bunch radishes
1 15-ounce can chickpeas, drained and rinsed

How To Make It
Fill a small pot with water and bring to a boil. Remove tough ends of asparagus and cut into 1 ½ inch pieces. Drop the asparagus pieces into the boiling water and cook 4-5 minutes, until just tender. Drain, rinse with cool water and set aside.

In a small bowl, whisk together cilantro, parsley, garlic, olive oil and lemon juice; season with salt and pepper to taste. Using a mandolin or sharp knife, slice radishes into thin rounds.

In a serving bowl, combine asparagus, radishes and chickpeas, then toss with cilantro and parsley mixture. Serve alone, or on a bed of greens.

Spring Detox Recipes: Spring Warmer Soup Spring Detox Recipes: Spring Warmer Soup

WARMING SPRING SOUP
serves 4-6
April showers in the forecast? This light, nourishing soup chases away the chill.

What You’ll Need
1 teaspoon coconut oil
4 shallots, chopped
10 ounces white button or cremini mushrooms, brushed clean and chopped
4 ounces shiitake mushroom caps, brushed clean and chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 tablespoon fresh thyme leaves
8 cups vegetable broth
11⁄2 cups gluten-free rotini pasta
1 cup fresh or frozen peas
2 large handfuls fresh organic spinach, chopped
Unrefined salt
Freshly ground black pepper

In a large pot, melt the coconut oil over medium heat. Add the shallots and cook until they begin to soften. Add the mushrooms, garlic and thyme and cook until the mushrooms are tender and reduced, 5 to 8 minutes. Add the broth and raise the heat to high. When the broth begins to steam, add the pasta. Simmer for about 10 minutes, stirring once or twice to prevent the pasta from sticking. Stir in the peas and spinach and cook until the spinach wilts and the pasta is just tender, about 5 minutes longer. Season with salt and pepper, ladle into bowls and serve immediately.Spring Detox Recipes: Spring Green Refresh JuiceSpring Detox Recipes: Spring Green Refresh Juice

GREEN BEAUTY REFRESH JUICE
serves 1
Watercress is one of the most detoxifying foods you can come by, but some find it too bitter. This bright green drink pairs it with collagen-building lime juice and pineapple for sweetness and digestive support.

What You’ll Need
Juice of 1 lime
2 large handfuls watercress leaves
¼ cup pineapple
1 cup pure water

How To Make It
Combine all ingredients in a high-powered blender and process until smooth.

What’s for breakfast? Check out Jolene’s recipes for beautifying smoothies