Is one of your New Year’s resolutions to eat healthier? Here are some detox diet meal ideas to kick that off nicely!
What does a wonderful holiday season mean to you?
Is it being surrounded by your loved ones?
Or all the traditional food you only get during December?
Did you enjoy a delicious Christmas meal? What was your holiday spread?
All that food!
We had raclette on Christmas Eve. We stuffed ourselves with melted cheese (so yum!!), meats (beef, chicken, bacon and ham slices), bell pepper, mushrooms, seafood, and potatoes.
We had roast turkey, potatoes, red cabbage, and salad on Christmas Day. My mother-in-law prepares this traditional German Christmas meal yearly.
Tonight, for New Year’s Eve, we’re having pizza. I made an easy no-knead pizza dough which we will top with remaining raclette cheese (we bought too much for Christmas Eve!), salami, peppers, and onions.
And in between Christmas and today, I had met up with friends. We always prepare too much food. We’re Filipinos after all!
Suffice to say, I gained weight.
Last November, I wrote about a Detox Diet that I followed and subsequently lost 9 pounds/around 4 kilos, after 2 weeks. I’m definitely doing it again when we go back to Biel (we spent the last 2 weeks here in Langsur with my in-laws.) Read that post to get more details into the detox diet.
So, I have searched for other detox diet meal ideas to try and I’m sharing these with you so you don’t have to go into the wormhole that is the Internet! I have also a sample one-week meal plan here!
Here are other detox diet meal ideas:
Egg muffins are perfect for make-ahead meals and meal prep (if you’re into that). Here are some ideas:
Broccoli Egg Breakfast Muffins – don’t add the cheddar cheese!
Paleo Egg Muffins – more ideas for egg muffins!
Scrambled eggs or omelets make for a quick healthy breakfast. Serve with some greens and you’re on your way.
Basic omelet – Don’t add cheese, and use olive oil instead of butter. Add other veggies too!
Scrambled egg stir fry – for you prawn lovers out there! This one has an Asian twist to it.
Soft herb scrambled egg with asparagus – as usual, omit the cheese and serve with greens, not the ciabatta.
Baked eggs are loved in our household! Here are couple more ideas!
Baked eggs with shredded chicken and salsa – use leftover roast chicken and storebought salsa (read the ingredients list!) or make a simple one by mixing chopped tomatoes, red onions, lime juice, salt and black pepper (add chili pepper too if you want it extra spicy). Avocado on the side with some arugula would be awesome!
Spicy tomato baked eggs – not really baked eggs, as cooked on the stove top. Omit the sugar and you may also make the tomato sauce ahead of time! Reheat sauce on the stove, crack in an egg and poach until done to your liking.
Shakshuka – this is a Tunisian dish of eggs cooked in a spicy tomato sauce. I turn to one of my favorite food bloggers, Smitten Kitchen, for a tried and tested recipe. Omit the feta cheese for your detox.
Lunch or Dinner
Seared Cod with Spinach-Lemon Sauce – this sounds super yum.
Almond-crusted Creole Salmon – This recipe calls for Creole seasoning that I have not seen in our groceries. It is super easy to make a home though, see here for a recipe. I would also substitute zucchini or broccoli for the green beans as those are the allowed veggies.
Southwestern Grilled Salmon “Tacos” with Pineapple Salsa – these are low-carb but so full of flavor! Lettuce takes the place of tortillas and the salmon is seasoned well and grilled to perfection.
Roasted Sardines with Cherry Tomatoes – as the sardines are small, these will take only 15 minutes in the oven! Quick dinner! If you have whole frozen sardines that have not yet been cleaned and gutted, they’re not hard to clean. Read this to learn how!
Zucchini noodles, avocado, and mackerel salad – if you got a spiralizer, bust it out and make zoodles for this healthy salad. Otherwise, julienne the zucchini.
Chicken and Turkey
I would use chicken and turkey breasts interchangeably with the recipes below, depending on what I have on hand.
Broiled chicken tenders with pineapple relish – flavorful marinated chicken tenders are broiled and topped with a tangy pineapple relish. Omit the brown sugar in the marinade though, substitute with 1/4 cup pineapple or apple juice.
Poached chicken in broth – I’ll add some broccoli to this to make it heartier!
Grilled chicken salad with roasted garlic confit – for garlic lovers only!
Chicken Souvlaki skewers – omit the pita and serve with more salad!
Lemony Chicken Dill Soup – I’ll omit the orzo and garlic bread for the detox diet.
Simple Herb Garlic Turkey Breast – roast a couple of breasts and add to your salads during the week!
Eggs for Dinner
Spicy Roasted Harvest Vegetables with Fried Eggs – If you love eggs, you might want to try this for dinner! Roasted eggplant, zucchini, mushrooms and bell peppers are tossed with a spice mix. This calls for a spice named urfa biber. A quick search on Google revealed that it is a dried Turkish chile. If you don’t have this in your pantry, you may substitute with Aleppo pepper or smoked paprika.
Cauliflower Steaks with Ginger, Turmeric & Cumin – spice up cauliflower and bake until crispy!
Zoodles – if you have a spiralizer, put it to good use and make zoodles! Here is a primer on zoodles.
I hope this list will help you in eating healthier in the new year!