Ah Christmas, the season of sugary sweets, over indulgence and heavy drinking. It’s great to be able to let your hair down and celebrate all the joyous celebrations, but there are ways to do it without causing major damage.
The following is a list of recipes you can make after a heavy night of drinking, or a heavy week of eating. Stock your cupboards with these ingredients to have ready when you’re body has had enough.
These recipes clear out toxins from the body, cleanse the liver, stimulate the digestive fire and overall, improve vitality. A perfect diet plan post Christmas.
Hangover Detox: Baked Pears with Cardamom
Pears are high in fibre, which helps to keep the intestines clean. Soft pears calm the heart and relieve restlessness. They soothe inflamed and irritated tissues and are a perfect breakfast to have after a night of drinking, as it relieves raw and upset stomachs.
- ½ tsp. Cardamom
- 2 whole pears
- ½ cup. Water
- 2 tbsp. sliced almonds
- 1 tbsp. pumpkin seeds
- Preheat the oven to 350.
- Lay pears down on a baking dish.
- Coat the bottom of the dish with water.
- Sprinkle the pears with cardamom, seeds and almonds.
- Bake at 350 till tender (about 10 minutes). Stir occasionally, making sure the seeds and nuts don’t burn.
Post Christmas Kitchari Cleanse
Kitchari is a gentle Ayurvedic dish that is known for its ability to detox the body. It provides a substantial amount of nutrients, while gently pushing any excess Christmas indulgence out of the body.
- ½ cup. Split mung dahl
- ¼ cup. Basmati rice
- 6 cups. Water
- 1 tsp. Ghee (homemade) or coconut oil
- 1 tsp. Lemon or lime juice
- 2 tsp. of a mixture of spices of choice: mustard seeds, coriander, fennel, cumin, turmeric, hing (optional)
- Lemon juice
- ½ Onion
- 1 thumb of ginger
- ½ cup of vegetables of choice: carrots, spinach, cilantro leaves, celery, kale, or turnip
- Rinse rice and dahl twice and leave soaking in water overnight.
- In the morning bring to a boil. Reduce heat to a low boil and continue cooking for about 55 minutes, or longer if you prefer thicker consistency.
- Chop and steam carrots, turnips, celery, leaks or any other choice of veg.
- In a separate pan, heat the ghee and add the spice seeds (cumin, mustard, coriander) sautéing briefly (about 30 seconds or until fragrant). Add onion and ginger.
- Mix 1 tsp. Turmeric with ¼ tsp. hing, the juice of ½ lemon and ½ tbsp. soy sauce. Then add liquid to spice mix, keeping heat low.
- Add steamed veg and spice mix to the dahl and rice, and stir well.
If you’re out for the day, make this dish in the morning and transfer the mixture to a thermo flask. The thermo flask will keep it hot so you can enjoy it no matter where the Christmas celebrations take you.
Christmas Detox Tea: CCF
This tri spice tea helps to boost circulation, clear water retention, cleanse the urinary tract, restore vitality and calm a scattered mind. What more could you want from a Christmas detox tea?
- 1 tsp. Cumin
- 1 tsp. Coriander
- 1 tsp. Fennel
Boil 1 tsp. each of the spice into 1Ltr of water for 10-15mins.
Strain the seeds and pour the tea into a flask and sip throughout the day.
Stimulate Digestion with Ginger Relish
The combination of these ingredients helps to stimulate the digestive fire and keep things moving. Digestion plays a huge role in overall health. Ginger is a very gentle way to support the digestion process by helping to break down heavy meals in your GI tract.
It is amazingly beneficial over the Christmas period, as it assists the body in removing toxins.
- Large piece of fresh ginger
- 1 whole lemon
- ½ tsp. black pepper
- 1 tbsp. Honey
- ½ tsp. black salt (optional)
Grate ginger or make paste of fresh ginger. Fill ¾ of a glass jar with this paste.
Squeeze lemon into this paste and then add black salt, black pepper and honey. Mix well and store in fridge for one week.
Take ½ tsp. before each meal over Christmas. Make sure mixture is at room temperature before taking it.
Christmas season only comes round once a year so make sure you enjoy yourself. It’s ok to indulge every once in awhile, as long as you balance it out with other healthy habits.
Article written by features editor Ciara Louise Glover.