I’ve decided that today, the Monday after January 1, should be coined National Detox Day and to celebrate I’m teaming up with five of my favorite healthy food bloggers to bring you six detox-friendly recipes to start 2015 off right.
First let me just say that I am honored to be part of this collaboration — all five of the other ladies involved are amazing food photographers, creative recipe developers and inspiring bloggers. Just scroll down and you’ll see what I mean.
In an effort to prepare for today’s post we all thought about what detoxing means to us and came up with a recipe to share. If I hadn’t been assigned the snack category I would have probably done a salad recipe. I love salads and in my head, detox = mountains of veggies = salad. Luckily I was forced out of my comfort zone because 1.) I already have a million salad recipes here (including a detox salad recipe) and 2.) the energy balls I’m sharing today are really good. Like, really really good. And they’re totally detox approved in my book.
More info on these delicious balls soon, but first let me share the full detox menu.
- Coconut Cashew Smoothie Bowl by Taylor of Food Faith Fitness
- Super Yellow Juice from Kelly of Nosh and Nourish
- Superfood Energy Balls by moi (scroll to the bottom for the recipe)
- Vegetable Soup from Davida of The Healthy Maven
- Roasted Salmon with Apple Fennel Salad from Lexi of Lexi’s Clean Kitchen
- Paleo Fried Rice from Lee of Fit Foodie Finds
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An immune booster and digestion aide in one glass, Kelly’s Super Yellow Juice is overflowing with vitamin C from the bell peppers and rutabega. Drink up.
Taylor’s Coconut Cashew Smoothie Bowl is extra creamy with avocado, greek yogurt and a cashew cream swirl. I want to dive in!
Salad has met it’s match with Davida’s Detox Vegetable Soup. It’s got eight different vegetables and is ready in under 40 minutes — it’s the perfect way to load up on veggies during the cold winter months.
Lee’s Paleo Fried Rice uses shredded cauliflower in place of the rice and a ton of veggies. If you’re looking for a quick (30 minute), vegetarian meal idea, this would be it.
Lexi’s Roasted Salmon with Apple Fennel Salad is served over garlicky kale. It’s simple and fast enough to make for a weeknight meal, yet fancy enough to serve for weekend guests. Salmon is my favorite fish so I’ll definitely be testing out this recipe ASAP.
Don’t these recipes make you want to start a detox?!?
A little more about my balls, they’ve got a base of heart-healthy oats, almond butter and dates with a few superfood berries studded throughout. They’re healthy enough for a detox but sweet enough to satisfy a sweet tooth craving. This week I’ve been using them as a pre-workout snack before early morning workouts and as an after dinner dessert option.
I used a mega antioxidant blend of berries that had golden raisins, cherries, blueberries, pomegranate, inca berries, goji berries and mulberries. Mulberries are my favorite dried berry flavor wise, but I love the pop of color that the other berries add.
The best part about this recipe is that it’s highly adaptable. Feel free to experiment with your favorite dried fruit or use other add-ins like coconut flakes or chocolate chips.
These balls take a mere 7 ingredients and only 10 minutes to whip up. Make a batch today and you’ll have a portable healthy snack option for the week!
- 1 cup old fashioned oats
- ½ cup almond butter
- ¼ cup ground flax seed
- 2 Tablespoons superfood berry mix or favorite dried fruit
- 3 medjool dates, pitted
- 1 Tablespoon maple syrup
- ½ teaspoon cinnamon
- Combine dates, almond butter and maple syrup in food processor and pulse until dates are fully chopped and everything is combined.
- In a bowl mix together oats, flax seed, dried fruit and cinnamon. Add date and almond butter mixture and stir until fully combined. Roll into 1 inch balls. Place balls into an airtight container and store in the fridge or freezer for snacking throughout the week.