Detox Juices for Clear and Beautiful Skin

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The 10-Day Detox Diet Jump Start Guide

You’d probably be skeptical – most people, including doctors, don’t think you can create radical health transformation in a few days, but I do. And that’s because I see it every day and have seen it for the past 20 years with over 10,000 patients....more

Quinoa Fennel Curry w/Shrimp & Tofu

I have become obsessed with making the perfect quinoa curry ever since I ate this particularly flavourful tofu curry at Urban Herbivore in a food court in Toronto. One wouldn’t think that a meal from a food court would make such an impression but I distinctly remember the crispy tofu and the creamy, sweet and spicy broth.  Ever since then, my mission has been to create the same comforting experience, and I believe I have finally completed my quinoa curry quest!My quinoa curry is packed full of protein, hints of sweetness, simmering spice and a creamy finish that will have you returning for seconds.  I toasted whole cardamom, fenugreek and coriander seeds to bring out the most flavour from these spices, however if you don't have whole seeds handy substitute with 25% less (1 teaspoon whole seeds = 3/4 teaspoon ground). I used fenugreek because it has all kinds of great health benefits - including flushing out harmful toxins and helping digestion - an important aid during our detox!  The heat from these spices builds slowly on the palette, and is balanced out by the soothing sweetness of the coconut and raisins.  The carrots and almonds provide a nice crunch, as well as complimenting the earthy element of the quinoa.  What makes my curry unique is that instead of using an onion as a base, I used fennel.  I made this substitution because my boyfriend loves fennel, and because I thought the licorice flavour would tie the spicy and sweet elements together nicely. We devoured this curry while watching the first episode of the new season of Game of Thrones - the perfect comfort food when watching that unpredictable show.  Needless to say, I have really fallen in love with fennel, and I can't wait to make this curry again!Ingredients for the curry:2-3 cups low sodium chicken broth1 x 398ml can coconut milk300g frozen shrimp, defrosted1 x fennel bulb, top removed and two layers of outer bulb finely diced.  Save fronds for topping.2 x medium carrots peeled, trimmed and sliced lengthwise and chopped into half moons4 x baby bok choy, trimmed and coarsely choppedhandful cilantro, finely chopped1 x lime2 x garlic cloves, finely chopped1 x 1 inch piece of ginger, peeled and finely chopped½ a red chili finely chopped5 cardamon pods, shell removed1 tablespoon curry powder1 tablespoon olive oil2 teaspoons garam masala1 teaspoon cumin seeds1 teaspoon ground cumin1 teaspoon ground coriander½ teaspoon coriander seeds½ teaspoon fenugreek (substitute for coriander seeds if needed)sea salt and freshly ground pepper to tasteFor the full recipe head over to I See Hungry People and get addicted to fennel curry! ...more

Two Bite Chicken Apple Curry Kale Wraps

One of my favourite wraps in Toronto can be found at a small downtown coffee shop called Le Gourmand. Their chicken apple curry wrap is a standout: sweet crispy chunks of apple, spicy hints of curry, and tender roasted chicken all wrapped up in a creamy bite. I no longer work in that area, but have been tweaking my own version ever since.My two-bite chicken kale wraps are a quick, light lunch or a healthy afternoon power snack.     Being on a detox, I had to find a substitution for the wrap. I’ve had endive and Boston lettuce wrapped food before, but I’m a big fan of kale and of all the leafy greens, kale has the highest nutritional value. Kale is packed full of vitamins A,C & K and has 1000% more vitamin C than a cup of cooked spinach!  This leafy green is also high in fiber which helps support our digestive track and is loaded with antioxidants, a key benefit during a detox. By massaging the kale in apple cider vinegar and olive oil, the leaves become more pliable without losing the crunch. I’ve added raisins to this recipe because I love the tiny bursts of sweetness alongside the crunchy apple, but I know many people dislike raisins for exactly this reason (but let me try to convince you…give raisins another try!).  If you prefer, you can substitute the raisins with maple syrup. This recipe serves four, but I could easily eat half the portion myself, the chicken-apple-curry combination is so addictive! I secured the wraps with a toothpick, but feel free to dive right in and scoop up the chicken with the kale, Ethiopian-style.IngredientsFor the wraps:16 kale leaves, stems carefully removed1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar½ teaspoon olive oildash of sea saltFor the filling:2 x 6 oz boneless, skinless chicken breasts2 x celery stalks finely chopped2 x large Gala apples peeled and cored. 1 coarsely grated, 1 finely diced½ cup plain Greek yogurt¼ cup of golden raisins or 1 tablespoon real maple syrup1 tablespoon curry1 teaspoon cumin½ teaspoon garlic powderjuice from half a lemonsea salt and pepper to tasteFor the directions, head on over to I See Hungry People:

A Paleo Breakfast: Banana Bread & Gordon Ramsay's Scrambled Eggs with Pomegranate

The snow is finally melting, spring has sprung, and detox time is upon us!  I have been detoxing every spring for the past 6 years now and I look forward to it with great zeal.  I love experimenting like a mad scientist, discovering new, healthy dishes and afterwards I feel revitalized and full of energy.  While I love my carbs, coffee and cows, after a cold winter hibernating and packing on the "winter fat" as I lovingly call my excess padding, by the time spring rolls around I feel sluggish and start craving all kinds of sugary foods.  These are some major indicators that it's time for me to reset my system.  So for the next three weeks I'll be avoiding: processed sugar, corn bi-products, beef & pork, coffee, dairy (except for Greek yogurt, goat cheese and feta in limited amounts), alcohol - and the hardest one for me: gluten.I can go without caffeine and alcohol without a problem, I love teas and have grown quite fond of a club soda with lime.  I don't have a big sweet tooth, so sugar is never an issue.  But to have breakfast without toast?!  Sacrilege! In previous years I have found some decent brown rice bread.  Food For Life's brand was the best of the bunch, but it's expensive and the loaves are small.  Last year I discovered a paleo bread recipe from Elana's Pantry and while the density resembled more of a loaf, the bread was still flavourful, packed full of nutrients and held together well.  This year, my boyfriend requested banana bread for our first detox breakfast, so I modified this recipe by adding a banana, cashew butter (almond butter would work as well, but cashew is his favourite), whole flax seeds for a bit of crunch and I doubled the coconut flour and baking powder.  The result was a really addictive and filling banana bread!  We polished the whole loaf off in two days (and are half way through another...but who’s counting).  Topped with my favourite apple butter, this paleo bread makes my stomach forget about toast...for the moment.Banana bread is not optimal for yolk dipping (annddd I'm back to missing toast) so for our breakfast I made scrambled eggs.  Not just any scrambled eggs - Gordon Ramsay's scrambled eggs.  When I discovered Gordon's recipe, I realized that I had been incorrectly scrambling for years.  First off, I was using a fry pan instead of a pot that allows you to contain the eggs and mix them properly.   Second, which was the biggest change for me, is that the eggs are cracked directly into the cold pot along with the butter and are scrambled in the pot as it heats up slowly over medium heat.  This ensures the fluffiest of scrambled eggs, and the butter gives them a velvety finish.  Finally, the eggs should be seasoned at the very end, otherwise the salt will break down the eggs and make them watery.  Gordon's eggs call for a tablespoon of creme fraiche, but we're on a detox so no dairy for us!  I added tumeric to our eggs which gives them a bit more of an "eggy" flavour, and tumeric is a strong antioxidant as well as an anti-inflammatory, perfect to help cleanse the liver.  Gordon tops his with some chives, but I like adding either some spice or sweetness to my eggs and will top mine with hot sauce & avocado or pomegranate.  I sprinkled some pomegranate arils over today's scrambled eggs to compliment the sweetness of the banana bread.  Our bellies were happy and full after this breakfast, and we still have lots of banana bread and pomegranate to munch on for an afternoon snack!Ingredients For the Paleo Banana Bread2 cups blanched almond meal flour4 large eggs1 large ripe banana, broken up and smashed into small pieces¼ cup golden flax seed (raw, whole)¼ cup coconut flour2 tablespoons cashew butter, slightly melted   1 tablespoon coconut oil1 tablespoon raw honey, slightly melted1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar½ tablespoon baking soda¼ teaspoon sea saltApple butterFor the scrambled eggs:5 eggs1/4 cup pomegranate arils1 tablespoon unsalted butter¼ teaspoon tumericsalt and pepper to tasteFor the printable directions on how to make this sweet and hearty breakfast head over to I See Hungry People and happy detoxing!...more

Detox Water

Cranberry Kick report: Day 1 of detox drinks with my Juice Plus ladies

 Cranberry Kick challenge for January: A detox drink...more

Detox Bath

Detox BathHi Hi Hi! This post is something a little different than the regular foodie post but still I really wanted to share this with all of you!...more

6 Tips to Detox Your Body, Naturally

Lately, there have been a craze of detoxing your body.  It is true our body builds up toxins but drinking a shake for a week won't solve your problems.  Many of the teas and shakes are filled with laxatives which clean you out but are not a sustainable way to flush the toxins out of your body. Keeping up with a healthy lifestyle is a great way to keep your body running at full capacity and they aren't hard changes to make. Here are few changes you can make to support a healthy life:...more

Pump up your Greens ‘Creamed’ Soup

I’ve been craving greens, fish, and fresh fruit like no one’s business this week!...more