A big part of detox is eating our dark leafy greens. Arugula, spinach, kale, collards, Swiss chard, mustard greens, watercress… these nutrient powerhouses are great for:
• minimizing sugar cravings;
• alkalizing the blood cells and bringing balance to your system;
• adding vitamin A and C, beta-carotene, folic-acid, calcium and chlorophyll;
• digestion magic. The high fiber content in greens helps eliminate waste through the digestive tract. (constipation be gone!); and
• promoting natural detoxification of the liver, which regulates cholesterol, balances hormones, detoxifies the blood and metabolizes fats.
So it’s important not only to add these babies to our detox plan BUT in everyday clean eating.
The problem is that we buy the gorgeous greens and in a few days they are wilted and we can’t eat them.
One of the most important things I learned over the years is to batch recipes with greens so that you don’t waste money and your body can reap the GLOW.
Before we start, check out how to keep your greens as fresh as we can>>>
Your back! Let’s do some batch cooking with spinach, shall we?
All recipes are built with the formula:
good carb + good protein + good fat =
clean + sexy meal
The dark leafy green, spinach, is the carb.
We do this because we want to balance blood sugar all day long, with every meal to ward off inflammation (hormone issues, lack of energy and focus, cravings, acne, bloating and more).
Okay, here we gooooooooo!
This is my go-to guide to batch meals with spinach for the week.
- Mason Jars for storage (you can pick up at Target, a farming supply store or order from Amazon or Live Green)
- Cutting board and chef’s knife
- Blender and/or juicer
- Recipe ingredients
Carve out an hour or so to prep and make the following meals for the week. Don on a pretty apron and have your favorite tunes playing in the kitchen (Drake is my go to lately! BUT Jack Johnson is always my fave). Make it fun!
- Make smoothies for breakfast (batch smoothie jars for a couple of days or whole week)
Grab the 16 oz. jars and fill them with blended smoothies… think hemp seeds, flax, almond or coconut milk, frozen fruit, bases (bananas, avocados, apples and pears) and of course, the green stuff! Freeze them until ready to slurp.
Here’s a recipe to try:
Grab more smoothie recipes here.
Need info on how to make smoothie jars? Click here.
If you are a juice lover (my hand raised high!) and want to batch your juices instead, go for it! Remember the golden rule: 3 veggies to one fruit to keep blood sugar levels stable.
Here’s a juice recipe to try:
More juice recipes can be found here.
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2. Salad Jars
Batch these salads right quick so you have handy lunches for the week. You can do up to 5 of these (will last for each day of the work week as long as you don’t open and close).
Try this sneak peek into Spring Renewal 10 Day Detox!
Chop Spinach Salad
¼ cup pumpkin seeds (toasted)
1 15 oz. can chickpeas, drained and rinsed
½ cup asparagus, chopped
1 carrot, chopped (1/4 cup)
1 celery stalk, chopped (1/4 cup)
2 Tbsp. lemon juice
1 Tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
1 bunch spinach (1 cup leaves)
Sea salt and pepper to taste
Preheat oven to 350° degrees F. Place pumpkin seeds on baking tray. Bake for 3-5 minutes. Remove and let cool.
In a large bowl, combine chickpeas, asparagus, carrot and celery. Add cooled seeds to mixture and stir in lemon juice and oil. Season with salt and pepper. Toss and serve over spinach.
Stick your spinach in a soup or quinoa dish. You can actually freeze the soups and meals in the mason jars (32 oz. work great). Pull the jars out in the morning so your meal is ready for dinner time.
Here are a few recipes to try:
Zesty Quinoa Soup (add spinach to recipe)
Lean Up Detox Soup (add spinach to recipe)
More soup recipes can be found here.
By using up all your spinach, you won’t have it wilting in your crisper. Yay!
Experiment with kale, collards, Swiss chard and other dark leafy greens. You’ll be planned, prepped and ready for the week as well as free of dying plants!
Batching saves my life! How ’bout you?
Do you have a batching secret to share with me? Do tell! I’m all about collecting ideas… we learn so much from each other!
PS. I’m so excited to explore more with you during the next LIVE group cleanse, Spring Renewal 10 Day Detox. It’s a special one… #45! I’ve been leading detox groups for over 9 years and I have so much fun planned for you. Click here to download your plan, shopping list, recipes and join us for accountability and support!
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