Thanksgiving “cleanse” foods

I totally despise the word “cleanse” – it’s so misused.  But it gets attention.  So now that I have your attention, let’s talk about eating really healthy for a few days, so you can work that Thanksgiving glut out of your system.  We were traveling for Thanksgiving, so I had to hit the grocery store as soon as I got home.  While wandering around, I thought about all the  foods that can help you recover from a few days of excess.  Some are seasonal, all will leave you feeling a bit healthier:

  • Grapefruit: tart, juicy, high fiber, vitamin C, folate, potassium
  • Dark greens like kale, spinach, beet greens and chard: flavorful, high fiber, antioxidants, carotenes, folate, potassium, minerals.  Wash, chop and saute briefly in olive oil.
  • Yoghurt: high protein, probiotics, calcium
  • Peppermint tea: soothing.  Even better: peppermint ginger tea, if you can find it.
  • Chunky vegetable soup that’s low sodium and free of MSG (if you think it needs salt, add your own):  Warming and flavorful, with a variety of nutrients
  • Unsweetened frozen fruit like peaches, berries, pineapple: really easy to make a fruit salad with these, or thaw them out overnight to use on yoghurt or in a smoothie the next day.
  • Unsweetened applesauce: keep it in the frig and dish up some cold applesauce for a quick sweet treat or dessert.

Come to think of it, these few foods would make a decent short-term diet.  Less boring than meal-replacement shakes, without their fake chocolate flavor and artificial sweetener.  But even if you’re not dieting, these foods make healthy additions to your pantry any time of year.

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