Isn’t Thanksgiving the best? Surrounded by loved ones as you all eye the table, mentally formulating a game plan as to who is going for what dish first. Did you manage to get some Mushroom Stroganoff before your cousin? What a feast!
But now all of that is over, and you are left with jeans that are suddenly a bit uncomfortable. These recipes are nourishing, light, balanced, and will give you the energy you need to recover from Thanksgiving food binge.
Source: Seasonal Detox Soup
This Seasonal Detox Soup from Awesome Vegan Soups is perfect after you’ve indulged in a lot of rich, heavy foods. Doing a weeklong detox during chilly weather isn’t the best idea. However, this soup can give your digestive system a quick break. It doesn’t contain oils, salt, or grains, making it very easy to digest. A salt-less soup can take some getting used to. If you really need it, add a bit of salt.
We all know how stress can take the life out of us! When we start feeling out of control, start skipping meals, have our mind starting to race, have difficulty getting sleep — our bodies are giving us early symptoms of vata imbalance. This is the time to slow down, take time to rest, enjoy nature, and savor warm, soothing soups! The combination of mung beans and spinach makes Akshata Sheelvant‘s Ayurvedic Spinach-Mung Detox Soup not only protein-rich, but also a nutritiously dense, balanced meal. When we eat according to our body constitution and in tune with the changing seasons, the natural outcome is detoxification and weight loss.
Jesse Jane Lee‘s Thai Green Detox Soup With Cilantro Cashew Cream Soup is perfect for chilly days or whenever you are looking to take it easy because it cooks up in just 25 minutes. It is packed with lentils and greens as well as Thai flavors like lemongrass, tamari, lime, coconut, and a garnish of cilantro cream. If you love Thai food, it’s sure to delight your taste buds.
Source: Broccoli Detox Soup
Many “detox” recipes can be bland — but not this one! It’s rich and creamy, all thanks to coconut milk with warm undertones from nutmeg. Florian Nouh‘s nourishing Broccoli Detox Soup is a great cleansing recipe. With only two ingredients plus optional toppings, this soup is done in under 30 minutes. If you like, add some sliced avocados, crushed macadamias, and last but not least some chopped parsley (or maybe even some grains!) to the soup to make a full meal from it.
If you are unfamiliar with Ayurveda, it is one of the world’s oldest forms of medicine that focuses on balancing the elements that make up the human form. One of the most important ways to maintain a balance is through food. Ayurvedic foods focus on using an abundance of balancing spices, like in Priscilla Soler‘s Vegetable Lentil Soup With Turmeric. This is a very light variation of an Ayurvedic dish called kitchari, incorporating lentils and a variety of veggies that will keep you full, but not weigh you down.
Source: Vinegret: Russian Beet Salad
Vinegret is traditionally beets tossed with some other root veggies, vinegar, and pickles. This sort-of-traditional take by Annie McGee on the Russian beet salad is cheap, healthy, and easy to make. This recipe swaps out the vinegar in favor of fresh lemon juice that adds the perfect level of acidity to the dish.
Molly Patrick‘s Green Goddess Golden Milk Smoothie is so good you’ll be hard pressed not to scream, “Yasss queen!” This smoothie is packed with bananas, turmeric, and ginger so this creamy confection is delicious and also super healthy.
Source: Carrot Avocado Ginger Soup
Blended soup. With avocado. And carrots. And ginger, because it’s good for you and it tastes wonderful. Amy Height‘s Carrot Avocado Ginger Soup is both super nourishing AND super satisfying … it hits all of those nice chill-out spots in the brain (nutrients! creaminess! flavor!) and it so simple to make, you’ll be extra impressed with how good of a cook you are and issue some immediate high fives to your bad self.
Source: Healthy Broccoli Salad
Taylor Kiser‘s crowd-pleasing Healthy Broccoli Salad is a no-cook dish that could also function as lunch or dinner. Drizzled on top of the fresh, crunchy broccoli is a creamy peanut sauce that adds the perfect amount of sweetness and salty flavor. That’s not all. The salad also has a underlying flavor of coconut, a tangy bite of fresh lime, salty notes of soy sauce, and the most perfect pow of spicy ginger and sriracha that warm your throat as you munch through crisp broccoli, water chestnuts, and crispy roasted peanuts. It’s quick, easy, gluten-free, and vegan with a paleo option!
Source: Creamy Zucchini and Corn Soup
If you want a super satisfying, healthy, and simple dinner, this Creamy Zucchini and Corn Soup by Cheri Alberts must be on the top of your list. There are endless health benefits to eating zucchini and corn, such as vitamin C, high in fiber, and other minerals. This soup is pretty much health in a bowl.
Source: Black Charcoal Smoothie Bowl
Try out Kelly Fielding‘s photogenic Black Charcoal Smoothie Bowl that uses activated charcoal in the banana and persimmon base. You don’t need to leave the house or spend a lot to try out the newest food trend, activated charcoal! It’s not all hype; charcoal does have some great benefits for the body. It is commonly used to remove toxins from the body. The thing with charcoal is that in its ability to remove the not-so-good things, it can also prevent your body from absorbing nutrients if taken too often. So use sparingly!
12. Creamy Cauliflower Chickpea Soup
Source: Creamy Cauliflower Chickpea Soup
This decadent, dairy-free Cauliflower Chickpea Soup by Stacey Isaacs is just perfect in its simplicity. The creaminess of this cauliflower chickpea soup is unparalleled. Yet, there’s no cream — there’s not even any non-dairy milk in it. The base of this soup is entirely made from cauliflower, onion, and garlic. It gets whizzed up in the blender and the result is like a bowl of chowder that tastes like it’s made with heavy cream. It works perfectly as leftovers — so, if you make a big pot and put it in the fridge, you will be able to eat healthy all week long.
If you’re getting bored of salads get ready to get excited – Dana Sandonato‘s Bright Beet Salad With Quinoa in a Citrus Vinaigrette is anything but ordinary. Ruby red beets are shredded, then tossed in a citrusy vinaigrette along with creamy chunks of avocado, carrots, edamame, hearty quinoa, and toasty pumpkin seeds. Then, the whole thing is drizzled with a tangy, lemony dressing that will rock your socks.
Source: Healing Turmeric Smoothie
In Amrita Levan‘s Green Detox Bowl With Thai Pesto, a flavorful basil pesto is stirred with plenty of green vegetables, rice, and carrots. The little additions on top of the bowl are lemony sautéed kale and broccolini, both of which are tossed in the pesto, steamed carrot, and creamy avocado. This dish is pretty healthy, pretty simple, and done in under 15 minutes. If you’re keen on an easy, fuss-free, healthy dinner, try out this green dish.
We hope you feel better, because the holidays are far from over! Keep light on your toes and give yourself some tender lovin’ care. It’s nice to treat your body to some nourishing foods rich in vitamins and minerals; check out the Anatomy of the Perfect Smoothie by downloading the Food Monster App, which is available for iPhone, and can also be found on Instagram and Facebook. The app has more than 15,000 plant-based, allergy-friendly recipes, and subscribers gain access to ten new recipes per day. Check it out!
Go get your green on.