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During a detox, it's important to have a solid, healthy meal for lunch. Get inspired by any of the following recipes, or create a meal from any of the items on the Detox Foods to Include list.
Aim for variety, and take care not to supersize your portions. A lunch salad might include 4 ounces of protein, 1/2 cup of grains, greens, a cup or two of vegetables, a tablespoon of oil, and several herbs and spices.
Our detox guidelines, including which foods to include and exclude, were developed by Alejandro Junger, M.D., author of "Clean: The Revolutionary Program To Restore the Body's Natural Ability To Heal Itself"(HarperOne; 2009).
This recipe was adapted from "Clean" and makes two servings -- you can share with a friend, keep one portion for the next day, or halve the recipe. If desired, you can serve one cup of steamed brown rice per person on the side.
This recipe was also adapted from"Clean" and makes two servings. Look for noodles made from 100 percent buckwheat, which are gluten-free. For a vegetarian option, omit the chicken and add more vegetables.
Quinoa, which is used like a grain but is really a seed, can be found at natural foods stores and many supermarkets.Photography: Dana Gallagher
5 of 8Omit the shrimp from this dish to make it detox-friendly.Photography: Richard Gerhard Jung
This veggie and bean medley is delicious with grilled fish, but it can also be prepared with canned tuna for a quick lunch (look for low-salt brands with no soy fillers), or topped with avocado or grilled vegetables to make a meatless meal.
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Foods to Include
Dairy substitutes: Rice, oat, and nut milks such as almond milk and coconut milk
Non-gluten grains: brown rice, oats, millet, amaranth, teff, tapioca, buckwheat, potato flour, quinoa
Fruits and vegetables: whole fruits, unsweetened, frozen or water-packed, canned fruits, and diluted juices, all raw vegetables, steamed, sauteed, juiced, or roasted vegetables
Animal protein: fresh or water-packed fish, wild game, lamb, duck, organic chicken, and turkey
Vegetable protein: split peas, lentils, and legumes
Nuts and seeds: walnuts, sesame, pumpkin, and sunflower seeds, hazelnuts, pecans, almonds, cashews, nut butters such as almond or tahini
Oils: cold-pressed olive, flax, safflower, sesame, almond, sunflower, walnut, canola, pumpkin
Drinks: filtered or distilled water, decaffeinated herbal teas, seltzer or mineral water
Sweeteners: brown rice syrup, agave nectar, stevia, fruit sweetener, blackstrap molasses
Condiments: vinegar, all spices, including salt, pepper, basil, carob, cinnamon, cumin, dill, garlic, ginger, mustard, oregano, parsley, rosemary, tarragon, thyme, turmeric
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Foods to Exclude
Dairy and eggs: all
Butter and mayonnaise: all
Grains: wheat, corn, barley, spelt, kamut, rye, triticale
Fruits and vegetables: oranges, orange juice, corn, creamed vegetables
Animal protein: pork, beef, veal, sausage, cold cuts, canned meats, frankfurters, shellfish
Vegetable protein: soybean products (soy sauce, soybean oil in processed foods, tempeh, tofu, soy milk, soy yogurt, textured vegetable protein)
Nuts and seeds: peanuts and peanut butter
Oils: shortening, processed oils, salad dressings, and spreads
Drinks: alcohol, caffeinated beverages, soft drinks, and soda
Sweeteners: white and brown refined sugars, honey, maple syrup, high-fructose corn syrup, evaporated cane juice
Condiments: chocolate, ketchup, relish, chutney, barbecue sauce, teriyaki, and others not listed on previous slide
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