Detox for Spring the Whole Foods Way

Many associate the word detox with the 3 S's:

  1. SACRIFICE
  2. STARVATION
  3. SUFFERING

However, none of these are necessary! In fact, a detox, when done correctly, should be all about these 3 things:

  1. SELF LOVE
  2. SPIRITUAL HEALING
  3. SEASONAL FOOD

With each season, our bodies start to adjust to the world around us. As it becomes winter, we naturally begin to crave the heavier and more comforting foods that are in season such as grounding root veggies and warming spices like cardamom and nutmeg. We also switch our iced beverages to steaming mugs of our favorite drinks and just naturally settle down into a slower pace as the days become shorter and darker. This seasonal change can even put a little extra weight on our frames as our bodies prepare for freezing temperatures that in the past, have left food scarce.

Waking up to warm lemon water will help your body hydrate while supporting its detox efforts.

Waking up to warm lemon water will help your body hydrate while supporting its detox efforts.

Likewise, in the spring, our bodies also begin to naturally adjust to the longer days and warmer weather by shedding the extra weight of winter, by picking up the pace of daily life and by craving lighter, more energizing fare. Luckily, Mother Nature provides everything we need to support this natural transition between the seasons by providing foods that will help us combat the effects of pollen, that can clear congestion and help improve our circulation so we can keep up with the extra "spring" in our step that comes along with this new season.

Supporting this natural detox process needn't be a struggle. Simply tuning in to the natural cues of the Earth and to your body's individual needs will support you in ridding yourself of winter's heavy and clogging nature. You don't need to suffer through hunger and sacrifice. Instead, you will naturally get a mood boost by the extended daylight hours providing more time in the sunshine and for getting out in nature and moving your body. And the foods of Spring are so light, fresh and delicious, they're certainly more of a treat than a sacrifice. So fill your plate and your belly full of Spring's delicious bounty to feel more alive, light and happy as we greet the warmer weather and sunshine-filled days with open arms and an open heart.

Here are the seasonal foods to favor during the Spring. These foods will support your body in detoxing naturally during the seasonal transition and keep you feeling your best all Spring long.

Support your body's natural detoxification process with these functional Spring time favorites.

Support your body's natural detoxification process with these functional Spring time favorites.

{Pseudo}grains like soaked millet and sprouted quinoa and even chickpeas are great to round out these functional spring time favorites for a complete body-loving meal. Also, sprinkle on the spice! Spices like cinnamon, cayenne, ginger and black pepper not only taste great, but they're an easy way to aid your body during the detox process.

And, of course, you knew this was coming... to feel your best, you also want to avoid dairy, wheat, sugar and table salt along with heavy fried and fatty foods to support your body's complete and total detox efforts during this time.

Now for a tasty Spring time salad to get you started! The spicy greens, the crisp cucumbers, licorice-scented fennel all balanced by the subtly sweet goji berries and beets... and speaking of beets, this dressing tastes WOWZA amazing on them! No sacrifice here!

Spring Detox Salad with Sweet and Spicy Ginger Dressing

This detox salad features all of Spring's finest flavors in one big and beautiful bowl of health-promoting goodness.

This detox salad features all of Spring's finest flavors in one big and beautiful bowl of health-promoting goodness.

*please use organic ingredients for best results

2 1/2 ounces {half of a clam shell} of arugula

1 small handful of kale

1 small handful of microgreens or sprouts

sliced fennel, as desired

1/2 cup raw shredded beets

thinly sliced radishes, as desired

skin-on cucumber slices, as desired

2 tablespoons of goji berries

2 tablespoons pumpkin seeds

Sweet & Spicy Ginger Dressing

1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil

2 tbsp raw apple cider vinegar

1 tbsp maple syrup

1/2 inch piece of ginger, shredded or chopped finely

2 tbsp water

sprinkle of cayenne

sea salt & black pepper, to taste

DIRECTIONS // Add dressing ingredients to mason jar, put the lid on and shake shake shake. For the salad, simply place ingredients in a bowl and top with dressing as desired. Enjoy!! :)