Dr. Julie’s Favorite Detox Meals & Snacks.
–Going on a detox plan with our doctors can be very intimidating at first. Often times there is so much focus on what you can’t eat that the meals and snacks you are able to eat do not get discussed. Once you know which of the items on the approved shopping list you like or want to try, the plans get easier and easier! Even better news is that most are actually easy to make.
Here are some of the meals and snacks I enjoy the most during my detox and focus on “healthy eating” plans:
- Sweet potatoes–These are versatile and easy to make. They can be baked and added to any meal or reheated as a snack. Their natural sweetness helps when it feels that so many of the other sweet choices have been eliminated. You can find recipes for any meal that have sweet potatoes.
- Detox friendly “rice krispy treats”–These treats are a version that give you that crunchy snack for any time of the day. This has become a permanent recipe in my household.
- Banana oat cookies–The recipe I like is this 3-ingredient one. There are many versions of this out there, and you can add flavors that you like to see what works best for you.
- Mahi Mahi burgers–Traders Joes carries a 4-pack box of their brand frozen mahi mahi burgers that can be cooked a variety of ways. My choice is just to cook them in the oven, since I generally have them with baked sweet potatoes! These have a mild flavor, and are very easy to make.
- Smoothies, smoothies, smoothies–Always an easy way to add fruits and vegetables to your day, smoothies also ensure that you schedule in your “powder” product for the day. It is much more palatable than just shaking it up in water! There is no right or wrong way to make smoothies since everyone has different tastes and makes theirs differently. I use pretty much whatever is in my refrigerator or freezer, mixing fruits, greens or vegetables depending on what sounds good that day. You can prepackage your items at the beginning of the week, making your routine that much smoother (no pun intended) each day. Some of the go-to items that I keep on hand are frozen mangoes, fresh or frozen Kale (grow it and freeze it for year ’round use), and frozen strawberries and bananas.
- Ratatouille–A very tasty meal, that can be modified as you like. This dish is another one that I keep on the menu long after the detox is over. I love that it makes it possible to use so many fresh items from my garden!
- Slow Cooker Oatmeal–It is too easy to skip breakfast some days. By setting up the crockpot the night before with this recipe, I wake up to a prepared meal that smells delicious!
- Hummus with rice tortilla chips or vegetables–Trader Joes (and possibly others) sells rice tortillas. These can easily be turned into chips, and used to eat the hummus of your choice! Just cut the tortillas into triangles and place on a cookie sheet, brush lightly with olive oil, sprinkle a bit of salt on the to taste and bake until slightly brown and firm. If you are on days that have eliminated rice, switch to the vegetables of your choice for dipping.
- Green Beans with Pine Nuts–This is a filling side dish or light meal. Keep this recipe around as a healthy recipe to substitute during the holidays! Guests will not miss those heavier, less-healthy green bean dishes that they generally see for those family gatherings.
- Your own trail mix–I keep my favorite ingredients on hand, and will throw together my own trail mix to have ready at work or home for a quick snack. Mix your choice of nuts, seeds and other detox friendly items from your shopping list. This satisfies my hunger during the day, and gives an energy boost when needed.
You do not have to feel deprived or hungry during the detox. Use Revolution Health Medical Center as a resource, whether in person or online. Our blog and pinterest boards have recipes and health tips, and our doctors are specialists on our programs!
I hope seeing some of my favorites help. Our medically supervised detox can do so much for you. However, one of those things should not be to make you feel that you can’t eat anything!
Since starting the medical practice in 2001 (formerly known as Acupuncture & Integrative Medicine Center), she has been honored as a Phoenix Magazine Top Doctor (2013 & 2015).
She has also been nationally recognized as a fellow of the American Board of Oriental and Reproductive Medicine for her training and skill in holistic infertility care.