Happy belated Fourth of July!
This is Kristin again, and one of the things I have really enjoyed about working for FBC as an ‘adult’ is being able to add more of the items that I’m passionate about. Some of these include more organic products, bone broth, medicinal mushrooms, elderberry syrup for fighting off colds, jackfruit (this is super popular in California right now! Especially as a vegan sub for meat), sprouted and/or gluten-free flours, and more natural cleaning products—just to name a few.
What I want to highlight this month, are some naturally detoxifying foods. This is especially useful right after Fourth of July and other celebratory weekends—BBQ’ed and deep-fried foods pair great with beer and fireworks, but your skin and gut won’t necessarily thank you for it the next day.
A couple foods that are great natural detoxifiers, include:
- Dandelion (normally consumed as a tea or possibly as a powder supplement)
- Milk thistle (also often consumed as a tea)
- Lemon and other fruits high in citric acid (can be added to water – even with a touch of honey, it still has lots of health benefits)
- Brussel sprouts and other cruciferous vegetables
- Black beans and other high fiber foods (or if you’re like my dad, you can just take some Metamucil)
I personally always keep some of the Yogi Detox tea on hand (with the key ingredient being dandelion) to consume the day-after any day or night out (along with lemon water and coconut water). I also try to regularly drink milk thistle tea keep my liver functioning optimally.
Brussel sprouts is another one of my favorites and an easy one to incorporate right into dinner. I usually bake it in the oven until it’s really crispy – preferably with some parmesan cheese and maybe even some balsamic vinegar 🙂 But it’s also possible to grill it right on the BBQ alongside your burger and hot dogs.
Another great food that I love to grill is asparagus. It goes great wrapped in tin foil with some butter and seasonings and just thrown right on the BBQ. And asparagus has a ton of benefits that can complement your detoxifying efforts. According to a study published in the Journal of Food Science, the minerals and amino acids in asparagus may help protect the liver from the toxins in alcohol.
So, try incorporating a few of these tips into your next party and you can totally have your burger and eat it too 🙂
Check out some of my other recommended items here:
Let me know if there are any other items that you think we need more of on our site and/or if you have some favorite foods that you think should be featured 🙂