Best Post-Holiday Detox Drinks

If your holidays were anything like mine, your diet could probably use a reset button. After successfully eating my way through Italy for nine days with nothing but pizza and pasta followed by a trip through the holy land of meat and beer--Germany--my body saw very few fruits and vegetables the past few weeks.

Although I regret nothing (I mean it when I say every bratwurst and every slice of steaming greasy pizza was totally worth it), I'm ready to swap out the deep fried munchies for some wholesome goodness.

That being said, if you're in need of a similar reset, I've included a few detox drinks/smoothies below to bring your A-game back to your mind and body after the holidays.

Cold Kicker

Fresh lemons - the best.

Fresh lemons - the best.

Lots of traveling usually ends in a cold or two, and after two and a half weeks of escapading around Europe, my immune system is likely not at its best. This drink combines the cleansing properties of lemon with apple cider vinegar, known for  helping alleviate cold symptoms, and can help kick a stuffy nose or sore throat when you first start to feel something coming on. So do your immune system a favor this winter and stay strong with this powerful drink. (Warning: for those new to apple cider vinegar, this can taste a little gnarly at first. Best advice: Just chug it, and don't drink on an empty stomach.):

- 8 oz. water
- 2 tbs apple cider vinegar
- 1/2 large lemon (Meyer lemons are the best)
- 1 tbs of honey or agave
- Cayenne pepper (to taste)

1. Stir all ingredients together.
2. Chug and enjoy. 


Green Goodness

Packed with vitamins and minerals, especially Vitamins K, A, and C, this is a great smoothie to "reset" and get some nutritious goodness back in your system after the holidays. Ginger is known for settling the stomach, and the probiotics found in yogurt are known for helping your digestive system, so after holidays packed with greasy, fatty foods that may make you feel a little bloated or sick, the ginger and yogurt are both great ways to get your stomach back on track.

- 1 c packed fresh spinach
- 1/2 c orange juice
- 1 chunk of fresh ginger, peeled (I usually use a chunk the size of a cherry tomato)
- 1 frozen banana
- 4 oz plain greek yogurt OR 1/2 small avocado (this makes it thicker/creamier)
- 5 dates with seeds removed
- 2 tbs pomegranate seeds (optional)
- 2 tbs shredded dried coconut (optional).

1. Place first seven ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth.
2. Top with pomegranate seeds and coconut.


Antioxidant Powerhouse

Cacao nibs

Cacao nibs

Who doesn't like chocolate? This smoothie is not only good for you--it tastes amazing too. Cacao is loaded with antioxidants which is known for its cancer-fighting abilities. This smoothie will help kick your body back into gear and fight all the processed and preservative-packed goodies from the holidays.

- 1 frozen banana
- 4 oz plain greek yogurt
-  1/2 avocado
- 6 dates with seeds removed
- 2 tbs cocoa powder
- 4 oz. almond milk
- 2 tbs cacao nibs

1. Place first six ingredients in blender and blend until smooth.
2. Top with cacao nibs and enjoy.


Notes:

1. Fresh aloe is also great for the digestive system and can be cut, peeled and added to any smoothie (make sure all the green is cut off and you're just left with the clear slimy goodness). Also note that there is edible aloe and non-edible aloe so be sure to ask at the store which kind it is. Whole Foods always carries good aloe. I usually cut off a two or three inch slice for a smoothie. I have yet to find it on Mallorca so any tips are welcome!

2. Ever heard of the Dirty Dozen or the Clean Fifteen? The Dirty Dozen is a list of the 12 fruits and vegetables which contain the most pesticides (often those that have thin skins or no skins at all): peaches, apples, sweet bell peppers, celery, nectarines, strawberries, cherries, pears, grapes, spinach/lettuce, tomatoes, and potatoes. The Clean Fiften is a list of the fruits and veggies which contain the least amount of pesticides and are not as necessary to buy organic: avocado, corn, pineapple, cabbage, onion, asparagus, mango, papaya, kiwi, eggplant, grapefruit, cantaloupe,  cauliflower, bananas, and sweet potatoes. As far as the dirty dozen goes: always try to get these specific fruits and veggies organic when possible. Lettuce and fruit are a big for smoothies. Non-organic can be laden with pesticides, countering your attempt at the whole "reset" thing.

3. For a little extra something... If you like your smoothies not as thick, add a bit of almond milk. For more sweetness, add honey, agave, or maple syrup. A little extra crunch? Chia seeds, cacao nibs, and homemade granola are my favorite.