Vegan Detox nutrition: What you need to know, plus a few delicious recipes

A vegan way of life is about so much more than fruits and vegetables for every meal and in actual fact, many vegan followers go so far as to call a vegan diet a diet of indulgence. People hear the word ‘vegan’ and automatically picture a lean, toned, fit, health enthusiast with not an ounce of fat on their body. In reality however, not all vegan foods are necessarily healthy and nutritious for the body, which is why vegans often follow detoxifications like everybody else. Some people follow vegan diets for personal and/or ethical reasons, whilst others follow them with the intention of getting fitter and healthier. Whatever their reasons for following the diet may be, one thing’s for sure, and that is that some vegan foods, and indeed recipes for that matter, are far healthier than others.

Detox Your Mind & Body in Phuket, Thailand

Detox Your Mind & Body in Phuket, Thailand

When I was in Thailand I did this raw food detox at PhuketFit (it was really good!) and ever since I’ve tried to do my own detoxification at home. In this article I will show you what I learned and how you can do this at home, too.

Why follow a vegan detox nutrition plan? – A vegan diet plan basically excludes any form of animal-derived food or drink, meaning that not only do vegans not eat meat, fish, or seafood, they also exclude eggs and dairy as well. However, there are still some vegan foods that are considered unhealthy and so vegan detox diet plans may still be called for. The idea behind these detoxes is to flush harmful toxins from the body that may have built up over time. These toxins not only come from unhealthy foods, they’re also in the air we breathe thanks to pollution, and in certain products we use such as aerosol or roll on deodorants. The foods consumed on a vegan detox diet plan will be all natural, low in unhealthy fats, and jam-packed full of vitamins, minerals, fibre, antioxidants, and other nutrients that the body thrives upon. On top of healthy meals, vegan detox followers must also drink plenty of fresh water each day, as that is how the toxins will leave their bodies, in their urine once filtered out via the liver and kidneys.

Vegan detox meal ideas – Now let’s take a look at some simple, yet delicious, vegan detox meal ideas.

Flaked almond “tuna” salad. This is a delicious salad that is rich in protein and vitamins, and couldn’t be simpler to make. The base is made up of almonds that have been soaked and then blended until they form a flake-like texture, just like tune flakes from a can. Diced celery, garlic, cucumber, and red onion is then mixed to add a little texture. Finally, a little melted organic coconut oil is mixed with Dijon mustard, and drizzled over the top.

Pecan and cranberry kale salad

Pecan and cranberry kale salad – Another salad but this one simply has to be tasted to be believed. The kale leaves are very finely chopped and then added to a bowl. The pecan nuts are toasted and then blended into small clumps and mixed with sea salt and a little olive oil. They are then scattered over the kale leaves. A simple dressing of olive oil, lemon juice, minced garlic, salt, and pepper is then drizzled over the top. Finally, a few dried cranberries are scattered on the dish.

Pink power detox smoothie – Beverages can also play an important role in any detox plan and this smoothie is no exception. Fresh beet, strawberries, avocado, and fresh lemon make up this smoothie with all of the ingredients basically being blended together with a splash of coconut water. Not only is this beverage rich in vitamins and antioxidants, the avocados also provide healthy omega 3 fatty acids.

You can be healthy on almost any “diet” and the exact opposite is true, too. Healthy eating is simple in my opinion, a lot of factors these days that make it a bit complicated. As a vegan I have become a master of scanning food labels and also a master of buying food with no labels, which are in the fact the healthiest. 

I have been kindly invited by Sara from Carob Cherub to share a favourite vegan healthy recipe. So here it is.

I love this combination of plants and it works every time. You can change the kind of leafy greens you are using, add an avocado, red peppers, beetroot, artichokes and it would be just as nice. 

Humongous Salad with Pita bread, hummus and olives 

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Here is what you need to make this lovely lunch/brunch/munch 

  • 1-2 tomatoes
  • 1/2 cucumber
  • Lamb lettuce
  • Celery
  • Baby spinach
  • Another leafy greens of your choice
  • Handful of sprouts(peas, alfalfa, broccoli or any other kind of your choice)

For the dressing

  • Juice of 1/3 lemon
  • Fresh basil
  • Sea salt
  • Black pepper
  • Olive oil 

Simply chop all the vegetables and place into a medium size bowl. To make the dressing mix all the above ingredients and pour over the salad. Mix well and enjoy. 

To make the pita bread simply make a mix of 3 spoonfuls of olive oil, lemon juice and oregano. Dip the pita in it and cook in the oven for about 3-5 minutes, until it’s sligthly golden.

On a side place some hummus and a serving of your favourite olives. 

Serve and enjoy.This platter also makes a nice starter for a dinner party. 

 

 

A Guide to the Best Organic Food Shops in London
What are organic foods?

Organic foods are food products that are specially produced according to the set standards of the various international organizations and national governments that have taken the issue of organic food production important. Organic foods and farm animals have been produced under specific organic recommendations without the use of any form of artificial supplements or additives. The use of animal by-products including fertilizers is also forbidden during the production of organic foods or farm animals.

The production process of organic foods have been designed in a way that it is environmentally friendly as the whole aim is to create a safer environment free from poisons and hazards for food and animals to be grown and produced.

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Benefits of Organic Foods

Organic food products are widely speculated to be much healthier than other food products grown without necessary care taken to remove the use of artificial supplements and additives, in these recent times that bad eating habits have caused a lot of health challenges in many families the need to eat healthy has gained a lot of popularity among the people. Eating healthy will effectively go a long way in guarding against common and complex health challenges like obesity, cancerous challenges and other specific and non-specific ailments. Organic based foods have been highly favored among many families worldwide many claim they offer significant health benefits.

Organic Food Shops in London

There are many organic farms in London and its environs that are into specialized organic based farming, these farms have been substantially supported by the various government schemes put in place to promote the production of organic foods. These farms have also opened up shop outlets to sell their organic food products, and in most cases entered into very convenient agreements with big food shops to sell their organic food products.

These organic food shops have experienced a high level of patronage as many families in London have taken to adopting the organic based diets and there are many restaurants that regularly patronize these organic food shops to purchase foods products for their menus.

Choosing the best organic food shops in London is going to be quite tasking as there are very many shops that offer very high quality food products produced under strictly organic conditions. There have been some speculation on the quite highly priced tags on these organic food products, but the argument has always been that the process of producing organically cultivated food items and meat is more expensive than the regular food items.

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Where to buy organic food in London

Locating the best organic food shops and markets in London will take some amount if investigation and after a trial or two, you will be able to comfortably settle for an option among the many shops available to do your shopping regularly, the following shops have built a good reputation for offering very fresh and delicious organic foods;

The Broadway market- this setting is an open market scene, it is reputed for being very clean and the foods offered range from a tempting collection of fruits, vegetables, fish and meat. The serene local vibe exuded by this market will encourage you to visit again.

Planet organic – from fresh foods to freshly made strictly organic sandwiches, this beautiful organic food shop has a lot to offer, it is quite expensive though but the quality is really a good bargain for the price of the food items, you must have a taste of the raw food deserts offered in this shops menu.

Whole foods market – this place offers great vegetarian snacks as an added attraction to the fresh and high quality organic foods available for purchase. The have great organic coffee that will leave you yearning for more.

There are other great places in the London area where great organic foods can be easily bought, we always urge you to eat healthy and stay fit to enjoy a long and energetic life.