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Like every year, we tend to overeat during Christmas holidays and start the new year with some extra kg. But… the begigging of a new year is the best time for resolutions, so let’s commit to some detox recipes, without waiting for the summer to get ready for the “dress rehearsal”! There’s plenty of foods that are perfect for purifying your organism and you’ll find out that they’re also tasty!

Let’s be honest: stuffing yourself is not healthy for your body, but it’s great for your soul! So… it’s not too bad to indulge in the pleasures of food if you purify your body afterwards, for the benefit of your health.
It’s not necessary to be on a strict diet with flavorless foods, just stick to seasonal foods rich in antioxidants and vitamins, to fight swelling and toxins.
You should choose foods rich in fibres: they will make you feel full and help you intestine work well; use little fats and seasonings.


Ginger spinach soup

Ingredients:
- 2 red onions finely chopped
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- 2 potatoes peeled and diced into small cubes
- 1 tbsp minced ginger
- 2 garlic cloves minced
- 4 cups vegetable stock
- salt
- ground black pepper
- 350g (12.4oz) spinach after stalks are removed washed

Method:
Fry the onions in the olive oil for about 3 mins until they are soft. Add in the potatoes, ginger and garlic and fry for about a minute until fragrant. Then add in stock and season with salt and pepper, bring to the boil. Reduce heat and simmer for about 10 mins until the potatoes are tender. Add spinach leaves and simmer for a few minutes until they wilt. Turn of the heat, let cool and whizz until smooth in a blender. Adjust seasoning and warm through before serving.

Shakes

pineapple, apple and celery: blend 2 slices of fresh pineapple, 2 stalks of celery, 1 apple;

 

carrots & lime: blend 3 carrots, the juice from 1 lime, fresh mint leaves and brown sugar;
basil & honey: blend honey, strawberries and milks with basil leaves;
fennel & fruits: make a fennel infusion, leave to cool and add some teaspoons to a thick shake of apple or pear and brown sugar;
apple & ginger: blend yogurt, apple juice, ginger and some sugar;
green shake: blend 6 stalks of celery with 2 carrots and 1 asparagus then add some teaspoons of fennel infusion;
sweet blueberry shake: blens blueberries, orange juice and bananas.

Curried carrot soup

Ingredients:
- 2 tbsp vegetable oil
- 1 onion, chopped
- 1 tbsp curry powder
- 2 pounds carrots, chopped
- 4 cups vegetable broth

Method:
Heat oil in a large pot over medium heat. Saute onion until tender and translucent. Stir in the curry powder. Add the chopped carrots, and stir until the carrots are coated. Pour in the vegetable broth, and simmer until the carrots are soft, about 20 minutes. Transfer the carrots and broth to a blender, and puree until smooth. Pour back into the pot, and thin with water to your preferred consistency.

Detox artichocke infusion

Ingredients:
- 1 l water
- 100 g artichoke leaves

Method:
Bring water to boil in a saucepan, add artichoke leaves and leave them in infusion for about ten minutes, then remove from fire and leave to cool. Drink the infusion for a detox and draining effect, for reducing toxins and fight cellulitis.

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