If there is one buzzword that can define any month after a festive season, it is detox. After any indulgent week, everyone is looking to hit the “reset” button with their diet. Unless you have the resolve of Aamir Khan (the actor is known to have a resolve of steel when it comes to transformations), it is extremely hard to do a complete overhaul. After years of trying to work out the permutations and combinations of low-carb, no-fat, high-protein, Atkins (remember how it was the rage?) to the recent hype around the Whole 30 – I’ve now chosen to redefine detox in a manner that is rooted in it being sustainable.
I take my inspiration from “Baby Led Weaning” – starting around the age of six months, toddlers are allowed to pick their own foods from the array that adults are eating. The theory is that they will gravitate towards food with nutrients that their bodies need and will be guided by taste and textures. So, expect them to eat one heavy meal and go easy, automatically, on the next two. Think of how simple this is to apply to adults? Eat when you’re hungry and go easy after an indulgent meal. Listen closely to your body and it will make you naturally gravitate towards what is fresh and seasonal. And trust me, it’s not all work and no play – your body will make you pick up that slice of pizza when it needs it. But you will savour it and feel tremendously satiated with every bite that you take of it.
Keeping this principle of “let your body tell you what is right” in mind, I’ve chalked up five detox foods that you can incorporate into your diet, everyday rather than a strict seven-day diet –
– Smoothies and Smoothie Bowls: I would be lying if I told you that I have smoothies every day. Two days of drinking smoothies, and the third day, I like some egg and toast for breakfast. And you know what? That’s okay! It’s my body telling me it’s ready for some more carbs in the morning. A handy tip is to chop up the fruits for your smoothie and store them in Ziploc bags in the freezer. That way when you are struck by sudden hunger pangs, all you have to do is empty the contents of the Ziploc bag into the KitchenAid Diamond Blender or the Power Plus Blender and whizz up a smoothie in no time!… And for those who like to eat their breakfast instead, thicken up the smoothie with some extra frozen bananas or yogurt to eat a smoothie bowl instead!
– Get Spiralizing!: KitchenAid’s Spiralizer Attachment for the Stand Mixer makes such easy work of spiralizing zucchini, carrots and even sweet potatoes. Unlike other options, this is a “hands-free” one and that is what I love most about it. Tossing up these veggie “noodles” with pesto or a quick stir fry (more like flash fry), have been my go-to after an indulgent pizza.
– Soups: I make a lot of soups. Usually, after the veggies are done cooking in the stock, you have to wait for the entire mixture to cool down before blending it, only to re-heat it before you can eat. The KitchenAid Cordless Hand Blender is the only hand blender I’ve ever used that allows you to skip this hassle by being able to blend hot liquids and not waste any time before tucking into a bowl of piping hot soup!
– Whole Wheat and Parmesan Crackers: Detox with cheese? Yes, nothing wrong with a bit of parmesan sprinkled into the dough for whole wheat crackers. It lends oodles of umami and the crunchy texture of the crackers will keep you from wanting to reach out for a bag of chips instead. This is the sort of dough that I like to make in the Stand Mixer using the flat beater attachment, and add whatever spices and herbs I have at hand. Who said healthy had to be tasteless?
– Juices, but not out of a carton: That’s right, that stuff sold in cartons is packed with way too much sugar and preservatives. The Juicer and Sauce attachment for the Stand Mixer let’s you sneak some veggies into you juice and pick exactly how pulpy you want the juice to be. I a great way to pack up on nutrients while avoiding carbs.
Working healthier food choices into your diet, every day, in my opinion, is far easier than following a restrictive diet. Adulthood comes with its own challenges, so a punishing diet will only make you fall off the health wagon. Incorporating healthier options into your daily meals, taking the flight of stairs instead of the elevator… these are all small steps that show results in the long run.