Post-Halloween Sugar Detox: Recipes and Strategies

By Melissa Schneider November 1, 2013 No Comments

Morning PumpkinsIt’s the morning after Halloween.  Whether you were passing out candy to swarms of neighborhood kiddos (and nibbling some along the way), or rocking out at some snack-strewn costume party, you might be in need of a Post-Halloween Sugar Detox.

Consider these five sugar detox recipes and strategies to get back on track:

1. Treat or…Trick Yourself Out of Finishing the Leftover Candy
Just because the neighborhood kids didn’t hoover up your ambitious stockpile of candy does NOT mean that you, personally, must polish it off.  As my grandmother used to say, “Better in the waste basket than the waist basket.”  (Budump-ching!)  If there’s something you love, like Reese’s Cups, then save one to eat after lunch or dinner today.  But after that, take action.  Throw out the rest of your candy–it doesn’t matter if you spent money on it.  Wouldn’t you pay $8 to lose three pounds?  If you can’t stomach pure disposal, give it to a hungry-looking teenager or your colleagues (but that’s kind of mean…they don’t need it either!).  Whatever you need to do—do it!  Don’t eat the leftovers.

2. Brew Some Tea
Whether you lean toward caffeinated or herbal, tea is a great natural detoxifier.  Green tea, for example, is naturally high in flavonoids that speed up liver activity and increase the production of detoxification enzymes.  Herbal teas such as mint, peppermint, ginger or chamomile are great for settling the stomach, preventing bloating, and generally supporting digestion and system cleansing.

3. Try Lemon Water
Lemon Water is a great detoxifier.  Since lemons are packed with antioxidants and vitamin C, they naturally kick-start your body’s fat-burning processes.  If your Halloween celebrations included an extra…ahem…flagon or two of alcohol, then lemon water is especially recommended to cleanse and speed re-hydration.  To make: Squeeze a large half-lemon into a glass of warm water, using a strainer to catch the seeds. Drink and enjoy!

Green Smoothie4. Make a Green Juice or Smoothie
Indulge yourself in a delicious green health drink.  Here’s a great recipe:

Simple Green Smoothie

Ingredients

  • 1/2 bunch spinach
  • 1 handful watercress
  • 1/2 lemon, peeled
  • 1 celery stalk
  • 2 apples
  • 1-inch slice of ginger

Method:  
If Using a Juice Press: Juice all ingredients into a tall glass. Serve immediately.

If Using a Blender: Prior to blending, chop apple and discard the core; peel and chop ginger; chop celery stalk; zest and juice lemon, throwing out remaining rind. Combine all ingredients, and blend on high until smooth. Add water or ice to help thin out the smoothie. (Recipe from FitSugar)

5. Choose Foods with Natural Cleansing Properties
Even if you really over-did things last night, don’t start skipping meals in some ill-conceived compensation plan.  Eating small, delicious meals for several days is the best road back to digestive regularity.  Work these eight tasty foods into your next several meals, and you’ll be feeling great soon.

Eight Great Detox Foods

  • Watercress
  • Dark leafy greens
  • Fresh fruit
  • Cabbage
  • Artichokes
  • Beets
  • Ginger and garlic
  • Whole grains (Like oatmeal, quinoa, brown rice, and rice bran)

Denver-area Residents:  Have a bag of tasty, meticulously-sourced detox foods delivered straight to your doorstep from our Corner Store!  Order some Organic Spinach, Organic Grapefruit, and more, direct from our Organic Produce Aisle!

Everyone:  Here’s to making it to January without buying bigger pants!

Photo 1 (cc) by Flickr user mellow_stuff

Photo 2  (cc) by Flickr user digitalstyle_surat 

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