Spring is in the air and now is the perfect time to start exploring the light flavors of a warmer season!
Nature is blooming with renewed energy and this is the best time of the year to turn attention to nutrient-rich produce for complete liver detoxing power. It’s time to leave behind the heavy foods of winter and start exploring the fresh, lighter flavors of Spring!
With powerful antioxidants and phytonutrients such as cynarin and silymarin, artichokes are a super-food for your liver. They are also high in potassium, which improves heart health, and fiber for healthy digestion.
Try it in our Baked Chicken and Artichoke Casserole.
These amazing stalks are high in potassium and low in sodium, helping to fight water retention by flushing out excess fluids. Asparagus also contains high amounts of inulin, a prebiotic that helps feed the good bacteria in your digestive system.
Try our easy Roasted Asparagus recipe.
This cruciferous vegetable offers a full bounty of iron, vitamins A and C, potassium, and fiber. The chromium in broccoli has been known to maintain stable blood sugar levels.
Try our Citrus Broccoli recipe.
A cousin to kale and cabbage, these greens are wonderfully nutritious. Containing both soluble and insoluble fiber, collards are ideal for keeping cholesterol in check and digestion moving smoothly. These leafy greens also contain healthy amounts of iron, calcium, and vitamins A, C, and K.
Try our recipe for Spicy African Collard Greens.
Crunchy and fibrous, this veggie also offers plenty of vitamin C, potassium, and magnesium. Cucumbers also contain a healthy dose of silica which is essential to healthy connective tissue; it helps build strong bones, muscles, and tendons.
Native to the Asian region, endive is another leafy vegetable that offers lots of fiber which helps reduce cholesterol levels. It is also rich in beta-carotene and vitamin A which aids in healthy skin, good eye sight, and strong lung health.
Enjoy fresh endive leaves paired with our Homemade Salsa instead of chips.
A powerful root, jicama is a solid source of fiber— 1 cup of jicama provides almost 6 grams of fiber. Bursting with vitamin C, it can help keep LDL (‘bad’) cholesterol from oxidizing and can also help protect against heart disease.
Try our recipe for Jicama Salad.
These leafy greens provide more nutritional value for fewer calories any other food. Kale is one of the best vegetable sources of vitamin A, plus calcium, manganese, and vitamin C.
Packed with antioxidants like vitamins C and E, beta-carotene, and zinc, spinach helps battle damaging free radicals. The high vitamin A content fortifies mucous membranes, respiratory system and is a key component for healthy white blood cells, all of which help fight infections and strengthen immunity.
Try our Lime Booster Smoothie.
Though they may bring tears, raw onions help with production of HDL (‘good’) cholesterol in the body. Onions also contain chromium which can stabilize blood sugar and quercetin, a powerful antioxidant.
Enjoy onions in our simple Shrimp Ratatouille recipe.
A cousin of cruciferous veggies like broccoli and Brussels sprouts, watercress is known to offer over 15 essential vitamins and nutrients. Though it covers an array of nutrients, these leafy greens tout an extremely high vitamin K content which is crucial for good bone and brain health.
Try our recipe for Fat Flush-Friendly Chicken Salad.