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Post-Thanksgiving Detox

by Rona Berg

Who doesn’t eat too much on Thanksgiving? Well, if you say you don’t, I just don’t believe you. Everyone overeats on Thanksgiving, and we all recognize the sluggishness that comes with feeling as overstuffed as your Thanksgiving turkey. 

Now you can plan your post-holiday detox  in advance and look forward to enjoying two healthy and delicious detox drinks from Wellness Chef Andrés Ruiz, of Marbella Club, the beautiful beach boutique resort in Spain. Chef Andrés has not only shared his Andalusian-inspired, detox drink recipes, he’s got tips for healthy foods to enjoy as you begin to reset yourself after the holiday. Chef Andrés has created an entire menu of Mediterranean-inspired vegan, gluten-free and dairy-free dishes that are served at Marbella. Best of all? They are easy to prepare at home.

Here are two of Chef Andrés’ top detox recipes:

For Rehydration

Infused Coconut Water

  • Coconut water

  • Pineapple rings

  • Cinnamon stick

  • Handful of strawberries

  • Starred anise

Bring to a boil and then let cool in the fridge. Have a few sips every day to recuperate electrolytes. For an anti-inflammatory hot drink, bring fresh ginger, cardamom seeds, a cinnamon stick, lime slices and thyme to a boil.

For An Energy-Driven Morning Boost

Early-to-Rise Green Smoothie

  • ½ mango

  • 1 cup of fresh spinach

  • ½ avocado

  • Juice of ½ lemon

  • Hemp seeds

  • A slice of fresh ginger

  • Pinch of salt

  • Water or coconut water

Mix ingredients together in the blender. Enjoy!

Here are some tips from Chef Andrés Ruiz on healthy detoxifying foods to look for, and what to avoid 

What to Look For

Fresh fruit and vegetables, extra virgin olive oil; legumes, nuts and seeds; quinoa, brown rice, vegetable-derived milk, barley, bulgur, rye, fish, dark chocolate (70 percent  or higher grade), herbs and natural seasonings, whole grains, honey, 100 percent natural juices.

What to Avoid

Refined sugar, cheeses, saturated fats (butter, cream, pates), refined flours (white bread, cookies, rice and pasta), sweetened juices, sausages, canned goods, cow milk, processed foods, ice cream, caffeine, alcohol, tobacco, artificial condiments, pastries and fast food.

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